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Best part of the island

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Best part of the island

My sisters and I are planning a weekend getaway in September and are trying to decide where to stay. We like to shell, walk on the beach, and take pictures. I have looked at different place but it is hard to tell from websites everything I want to know. For example, I like waves (not surfing type but the nice peaceful crashing kind). I am curious if the south part of the island has waves. Any recommendations will be appreciated. We are wanting something with a kitchen at will sleep 4.

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1. Re: Best part of the island

Waves vary a lot. The east (south) end of Sanibel is quieter. The water can get as calm as a mill pond. But let a strong on-shore wind kick up, and surf's up.

You get more surf up around Bowman's Beach, Blind Pass, and on Captiva.

That said, the Gulf of Mexico is NOT the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. You don't get the same kind of 'rolling' waves even when the 'surf's up'. The water around the islands is just too shallow.

When I stay beach front, I find the gentle surf very calming.

Look at condos on West Gulf, but be aware, one of the reasons this island is so popular with families is how calm the waters usually are. Try Sand Point, White Sands, Sanya, and the cottages at Beachview.

Surf gets better in winter months, so if you can, schedule your visit for Nov. The prices are still down, but the surf is usually up.

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Just wanted to add that if you are looking for the water to be warm - September would be better than November. I'm sure the pool where you booking with have a heated pool. But as far as the gulf, it might not matter to you, but as a Floridian if I'm going in the water, I like it to be comfortable. Have fun making your plans!

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Thanks for the input. We are coming the 2nd weekend in September. I hope the water will be warm and the sun sunny! I just wasn't sure which part of the island is best. Finding an afforadable place to stay that has everything you want in the perfect location is always so overwhelming.

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The water will still be very warm in September. We like the middle part of the island the best and our favorite place is Pointe Santo de Sanibel. It has some of the prettiest grounds on the island and one of the widest beaches. A two bedroom condo there would work well for you.

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Pointe Santo dose have lovely ground, lushly landscaped. Bit for great off season buys, and Sept is REALLY off season, try Villa Sanibel and Coquina. The setup for each allows for only 2 ground floor condos and two upstairs condos direct beachfront.

http://www.sanibel-beachcondo.com/

upstairs unit with loft

http://www.vrbo.com/189633

Villa Sanibel beachfront

http://www.vrbo.com/279811

http://www.vrbo.com/228437

Both small and quiet. Coquina Beach is east end and Villa Sanibel on West Gulf.

Edited: 09 March 2013, 05:33
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