Making our first visit to Sanibel/Captiva this weekend as we look to escape the cold and inauguration madness here in DC. The area was recommended in my wife's fav book "1000 places" but thanks to this forum for many sharing experience and recommendations that we've used to put together our itinerary. Not sure what we're going to get in terms of weather, but looks like 4 clear days. We'll be traveling with our 2 daughters: 3 yr old and 7 mo. Here's what we've got planned and will provide a report once we return.
Sat: Flight gets in at 1 and we'll drive to island and arrive around check-in time. Saying at Sunset Beach Resort. Plan to check out the pool/beach there until dinner time. May try Doc Ford's this night or bring pizza to the room from sanibel pizza depending on how the girls are doing.
Sunday: Wake early to check out the shelling. We're not fanatics, but I know my 3 yr old is going to want to take home every shell on the beach. Otherwise plan to bike up to the lighthouse during the day/ check out stores and maybe the shell museum. Also try to work in some pool time. Then bike up to Sanibel grill for dinner and the ravens game (at least the beginning of it). Definitely psyched for fried grouper/shrimp.
Monday: Possible shelling in the morning depending on my daughter's interest level/ my tolerance for having shells overflowing from my suitcase. Then either bike darling or do the tram tour. More beach/pool time. Then check out the "nascrab" experience (any way to spot the fastest crab?) on our way to the bubble room (realize that food may not be the best, but i think will be a neat experience for both girls).
Tuesday: Shopping for souveniers/ any activities that we can't get enough of or didn't have time for. Leaving the island around 3 to catch our flight home.
That's it, not the longest vacation we've ever been on, but should be relaxing and enjoyable. Thanks again for all the posters here!