Originally Posted by BarJen
Hi all, we will have a few days post cruise (port of Miami) in April before we fly home. We are wanting to stay on or near the beach. We are thinking of heading to Sanibel Island. My question is are the beaches nicer in the Sanibel area, or the Miami area?
Any info, suggestion, or pics from your experience would be greatly appreciated.
Sanibel Island is absolutely awesome; it is an area that is less touristy and the beaches are more natural etc. it is quite a drive - probably about 2 1/2 hours to get out on the island from Miami to Sanibel and now that the new bridge is done it goes a little quicker. you will not find typical chain hotels on Sanibel but there are very nice smaller, locally run operations; I have not stayed on the island but work out there every summer and it is beautiful.
to further answer your question: Sanibel beaches; = quiet, relaxing and natural settings; Miami Beaches: = a show, loud, fun and off the wall.
the cost of staying on Miami Beach vs Sanibel Island (Captiva Island) are pretty much the same; neither one is cheap.
here is a link to Sanibel's official chamber of commerce site