My wife and I visited Sanibel Easter weekend for a warm weather break, and we were not disappointed by the lovely accommodations at the Tarpon Tale Inn. We arrived from Fort Myers airport a couple hours early of our 3PM check-in time and were warmly greeted by Dawn, the owner. We quickly took care of registration while munching on her homemade banana bread, grabbed a couple bikes and headed up Periwinkle Way to The Lazy Flamingo for a great lunch of fried grouper sandwiches and cold Key West Ales. It was the perfect start to a perfect mini vacation! The Tarpon Tale offers simple but very comfortable accommodations; our room (Island Sunset) was clean and tidy, with plenty of room for the two of us. The well-stocked mini kitchen included plenty of pots, pans, towels and utensils for the few breakfasts and dinners we would prepare there. The weather was fantastic, so we ate outside on our table on the deck most mornings and evenings. The full-size bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was clean, with a nice big walk-in shower. Dawn and her staff leave plenty of extra towels and other items, for "help yourself" service when they are not on site, and we had no problem finding whatever it was we needed. Tarpon Tale is a three-minute bike ride from the Causeway road, so it takes no time at all to get to the activities that Sanibel has to offer; great little bars and restaurants, lots of cool little shops and plenty of nature at the wildlife refuge and other natural areas. Every day we grabbed bikes from the back, and toured our way around the island. We really never had to use our rental car except for a brief trip to Jerry's Foods to stock up on groceries; everything was within biking or walking distance, including the beach - which was an easy 5 minute walk down Buttonwood Road. Despite our proximity to all of the action, the east end, or "Old Sanibel" was peaceful and quiet. We could hardly tell we were on the main road on the island, even when the night crowds would converge across the street at Pinnochio's for out-of-this-world handmade ice cream dished up in huge servings! Right next door is the East End Deli, which has a big selection of huge and unique sandwiches. We'd grab a couple every day and take them down to the beach in our cooler. Dawn also provides beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, so we were always comfortable down on the sand. Listen, if you're looking for a reasonably priced vacation in a nice, clean, cute little place, you simply can't beat the Tarpon Tale. We were so comfortable, felt so welcomed, and really just unwound in no time in what was a great little place. If we go back to Sanibel, we are definitely staying here again! Two thumbs up!
Rooms on the south side are shady and quiet and very private.
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