We’ve recently noticed that back up cameras in cars are necessary on Sanibel and Captiva Island, but for reasons other than traffic density. Instead of rush hour traffic, you might need to peek into your camera to see whether you have an ibis or two (or more!) hiding behind your car.
It’s just one example of how life on Sanibel and Captiva runs at a more relaxed and natural pace. Life here doesn’t include typical modes of transportation or traffic patterns. As a quaint, naturally preserved island, Sanibel doesn’t even have traffic lights. To quote the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce:
“250 kids of birds
250 kinds of shells
15 miles of beaches
0 traffic lights“
Locals know the only time to be wary of getting on the road is “in season,” during “rush hour,” when tourists are milling about and heading off the island after spending the day on the beaches. Other than that, driving around the island is a breeze. And if you prefer other modes of transportation, you’re in good company. There are miles of designated walking and bike paths, many under the canopy of tree branches shading the way.
All of this didn’t just happen by chance. The development of Sanibel and Captiva has been thoughtful, and the islands are preserved at such a natural state largely due to the Sanibel Comprehensive Land Use Plan (the Sanibel Plan) in 1974. The plan established parameters such as building height codes, natural preservation areas, and business allowances. As a result, Sanibel remains a timeless tropical paradise for everyone now and generations to come.
If you’re interested in Sanibel real estate, whether you’re buying, selling, or just looking, contact one of our knowledgable Sanibel realtors, search our MLS for available properties, or get in touch with our office at 239-272-2411 for general inquiries. We’re also more than happy to help you find the Sanibel realtor that’s the right fit for you.
Source: Photo provided by John R Wood's Jay Richter.
This article is provided by John R Wood Properties, a full service Sanibel Island real estate agency made of people who love where they live as much as what they do. With local knowledge and decades of combined experience, our Sanibel and Captiva Island realtors are passionate and dedicated to exceeding your real estate needs.
About the author: Nina Rogers is a writer, designer, and illustrator who grew up on Sanibel Island. As a Communications Content Manager for John R Wood Properties, Nina enjoys keeping people updated with the latest in local news and Sanibel real estate.