You’re already biking around Sanibel Island, hiking on trails and exploring the Island from East to West, why not add the element of an exciting scavenger hunt to the mix! Have you heard of the term geocaching?

Geocaching is the act of following a map to hidden objects around your city or town. Picture yourself a pirate and you have just been handed an old map where you need to make your way towards “x marks the spot” and then explore that area for a hidden treasure.

Geocaching is easy on Sanibel, all you need to do is download one of the many geocaching apps (Geocaching, Cachebot) and then tie up your walking shoes or hop on your bike. Fire up your app and you will be presented with a map of our island with lots of locations to explore to locate each geocache (treasure). You never know where you’ll end up or what you will see during your journey.

Perhaps you explore a neighborhood you’ve never through to go to, notice one of many local plaques, sculptures or informational signs that never happened to catch your eye. As always, keep a lookout for wildlife, you never know when that elusive bald eagle will fly into a nearby tree.

Now you may wonder what to do once you’ve reached your destination. It’s simple. Start looking. The geocache you’re looking for will likely be an item that looks out of place, such as an old film canister or similar container. Once you find your item, you may open it to reveal your secret discovery.

Geocaching is a great way to explore Sanibel Island in a new light all the while seeing new things along the way!

Geocaching Safety Tips:

1. Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return. Going into a forest or remote locations without a partner is inherently dangerous. Geocaching is great fun, so think about planning a group hike with your family or friends around the geocache adventure.

2. Pay attention to your surroundings. It is easy to focus on your device and forget to look around you. Being conscious as to where you are walking will not only ensure your personal safety but will also respect the environment.

3. Pack your pack. Bring along a phone charger, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water. No matter the terrain or length of time on the trail, it is always a good idea to set out with extra clothing, food and water.

4. Be mindful of the local environment, especially during seasonal changes. Is the area prone to poison ivy or poison oak? What about bugs or dangerous animals?