We recently visited Sanibel and loved it! We (family of four, kids 11 and 8) are planning another vacation for likely next June and my first instinct was back to Sanibel but hubby wants to try somewhere new. I was considering Boca Grande or Marco Island. I’m giving a short “wish” list based on our experience on Sanibel knowing many of you have experience with the others locations as well and might be able to offer some suggestions. I am also posting this on the other (MI and BG) forums.
Gentle surf, shallow water, great for kids
Prefer white sand beach
Biking everywhere was great, though golf carts might be better
Quiet, uncrowded beaches
Loved the restaurant options on Sanibel … we are casual, American fare eaters. Open a little later would be nice.
Local grocer a plus (we loved Jerry’s).
Laid back atmosphere (throw on a cover-up and grab a bite at a local restaurant)
Pool a must, slide or other options a plus.
Nearby golf course a plus (nothing fancy needed).
Condo or house doesn’t matter. At least 2 bedrooms required. On the beach a must. “Resort” atmosphere with more on property would be nice.
MI seems like a good option. But viewing the pictures online there seems to be so many high rise condos I worry the place is swarming with people. Is it bike friendly? Golf carts? If anyone has a recommendation, could you also share a lodging recommendation?