Biking in Sanibel and Captiva Islands
Everyone bikes around flat-as-a-pancake Sanibel and Captiva—on bikeways that edge the main highway in places, on the road through the wildlife refuge, and along side streets. Free maps are available at bicycle liveries.
Billy's Bikes. Rent by the hour or the day from this Sanibel outfitter, which also rents motorized scooters and leads Segway tours. 1470 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL, 33957. 239/472–5248. www.billysrentals.com.
Yolo Watersports. Bikes (and watersport recreation rentals) of all kinds are available at this Captiva operator. Gear is also for sale. 11534 Andy Rosse La., Captiva, FL, 33924. 239/472–1296. www.yolowatersports.com.
The Boat House. The Boat House rents 20-foot deck boats and 21-foot center-console powerboats for $175 (plus fuel and tax) a half day. Sanibel Marina, 634 N. Yachtsman Dr., Sanibel, FL, 33957. 239/472–2531. www.sanibelmarina.com.
Beach Bums Boat Rental. Beach Bums Boat Rental can set you up with a 19-foot center-console powerboat starting at $65 for an hour and $195 for four hours. 'Tween Waters Marina, 15951 Captiva Dr., Captiva, FL, 33924. 239/472–6336. www.beachbumsboatrentals.com.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Tarpon Bay Explorers. One of the best ways to scout out the wildlife refuge is by paddle. Rent a canoe or kayak from the refuge's official concessionaire and explore at your leisure. The kayak water trail is easy to follow, simply paddle your way along 17 markers and see a bevy of birds and other wildlife. Guided tours by kayak or pontoon boat are also offered and worthwhile for visitors unfamiliar with the ecosystem. Their on-site touch tank gives a hands-on learning experience about local sealife. 900 Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel, FL, 33957. 239/472–8900. www.tarponbayexplorers.com.
Local anglers head out to catch mackerel, pompano, grouper, snook, snapper, tarpon, and shark.
Sanibel Marina. To find a charter captain on Sanibel, ask around the marina. 634 N. Yachtsman Dr., Sanibel, FL, 33957. 239/472–2723. www.sanibelmarina.com.
'Tween Waters Marina. On Captiva, this is the place to look for guides. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and other recreational watercrafts. 'Tween Waters Inn, 15951 Captiva Dr., Captiva, FL, 33924. 239/472–5161. www.tween-waters.com/marina.php.
Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. When your back nine are sanctioned as a wildlife preserve by the Audubon Cooperative Society—even if you play poorly—you're rewarded with lusher than lush fairways and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at. Bring your camera if you golf here, as it's not every day that bald eagles watch you play. Water hazards at every hole will have you losing more balls than usual, so bring plenty. Hole 10 is the toughest, which explains why most wish it were a par 5 instead of a par 4. Go for a long, straight tee shot and watch out for the water (and the gators). 949 Sandcastle Rd., Sanibel, FL, 33957. 239/472–2535. www.dunesgolfsanibel.com. $110. 18 holes; 5583 yards; Par 70.
Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. There are seven Har-Tru courts and a full-service pro shop. 949 Sandcastle Rd., Sanibel, FL, 33957. 239/472–3522.
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