First of all, I have a day and a half post cruise to spend in Florida. I'd really like to take my 3 kids sea shell hunting. They like doing that better than swimming actually. I plan to leave the port at 8:00, drive to Fort Myers, spend the night either on Sanibel or Fort Myers, and then head back to FLL the next day for a 4:00 pm flight. Is this doable?
Secondly, do you recommend staying on the island, even for one night? The prices are so much higher. I was leaning toward staying at one of the gateway hotels, or even an oceanfront room in Fort Myers beach is half the price of Sanibel. Can you still enjoy Sanibel, hunting seashells, without staying there? Is there a great advantage? If you go to the public beaches are they crowded and are the shells picked over? (finding a conch shell on the beach is on my bucket list!!) This will be Easter weekend, so I'm sure it will be a zoo no matter where we go. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!