One of the most popular features of Sanibel Island is the idyllic beach setting and the beauty of the natural environment. At West Wind Inn, you can enjoy comfortable accommodations only steps away from 500 feet of white-sand beach, and within walking distance to local natural attractions. Explore the nearby island sights and find unique educational experiences or simply enjoy the peaceful setting with the warm Gulf breeze. When planning your next visit, be sure to consider the following opportunities that will help you experience TRUE Sanibel.
Whether you wish to hit the beach for a relaxing day in the sun or scavenge the shoreline for unique seashells, you will encounter fun for all ages on Sanibel Island. There are a variety of beautiful public beaches available for your enjoyment, including the Causeway Beaches, Lighthouse Beach, Gulfside City Park, Tarpon Bay Beach, Bowman’s Beach and Blindpass Beach. Grab a beach chair and umbrella, and enjoy the day by the water, either on the beach or by the pool at West Wind Inn. Don’t forget to grab a drink from the Upper Deck Pool Bar!
Take a nature tour
If you are looking for a fun and educational nature experience, climb aboard a cruise with Adventures in Paradise! With cruise options for all interest levels, it’s easy to select how you wish to explore Sanibel. Adventures in Paradise also offers free seasonal trolley services to the West Wind Inn property for select cruise times throughout the week.
Tarpon Bay Explorers offers a variety of guided nature tours for you to enjoy. Explore the island on the water by covered pontoon boat, kayak, canoe or paddle board, on land with the tram tour of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, or the informative Free Deck Talk at Tarpon Bay to get you truly acquainted with the island.
Visit a wildlife refuge or conservation area
Spend the day surrounded by wildlife at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which offers the opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitats. Both a fun and educational experience, you can explore the Visitor & Education Center or check out the Wildlife Drive, Indigo Trail or Bailey Tract. Trail options are available to drive, hike or bike through the natural surroundings, and you can also go bird watching, boating, kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding.
At the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, you can explore the island as you learn about the importance of conservation and its impact on Sanibel Island. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation provides access to preserves, miles of walking trails and an observation tower, and its Nature Center offers a variety of exhibits to discover, along with a touch tank, Butterfly House and Native Plant Nursery.
Sanibel Island offers something for all ages and interests, and your friends at West Wind Inn can help you select the best activities to enjoy during your stay on the island. Give us a call at 239-472-1541 or 1-800-824-0476, or stop by our front desk to speak to a team member on the different opportunities available. Hope to see you soon!