Sanibel or Ft. Myers beach for young couple?

Sep 21st, 2015, 02:19 PM
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Sanibel or Ft. Myers beach for young couple?

My husband and I (in our late 20's) are going to spend the week after Christmas (12/26-1/2) in SW Florida. We are deciding between Ft. Myers beach or Sanibel Island. We have never been to this area before and are looking for a beautiful and romantic beach setting. Since we have a full week, we plan to spend plenty of time on the beach but also want to kayak, ride bikes, go on a sunset cruise, etc.

Which island would be best for us to stay? We don't need a ton of nightlife and shops/restaurants, but we would like to have enough to keep us occupied so we can get dinner at fun outdoor restaurants and bars. We are thinking about renting a condo rather than staying at a resort but are flexible.

Any suggestions would be great!

Thank you!
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Sep 21st, 2015, 02:20 PM
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Also, we plan to visit both Ft. Myers beach and Sanibel while we are there, but we are looking for the best place to base our week out of.
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Sep 21st, 2015, 03:28 PM
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Given what you are looking for, Sanibel/Captiva would get my vote.
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Sep 21st, 2015, 04:32 PM
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Defense you like t-shirt shops, crowded and overbuilt beaches, wet t-shirt contests at beer joints, and hog dog stands? Ft Myers Beach

Nicer dining, quiet remote beaches, and tropical atmosphere? Sanibel.
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Sep 21st, 2015, 04:33 PM
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I have no idea how "Do" became "defense".
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Sep 21st, 2015, 04:49 PM
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Great! Sounds like Sanibel is the way to go. Are there any condos you recommend? We were looking at Sundial and Sandalfoot but aren't sure of the best area to stay.
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Sep 21st, 2015, 08:07 PM
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 05:19 AM
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None of the places on Sanibel are really "in the heart of everything" like one might normally look for. You'll need a car and honestly, I'd choose by price, looks of the place, and the beach. Casa Ybel and Thistle Lodge is wonderful, but perhaps more pricey than most.

Do you want a hotel, or interested in renting a condo for a week?
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 06:45 AM
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I think you need to realize that when Neo says "you need a car" on Sanibel thst means you really do need one since retail establishments and eating places are much more spread out there. Look up the word "quiet" and there's a picture of the place. It is IMO absolutely wonderful for what it is but the usual "busy" beach such as we have over here in parts of Fort Lauderdale it definitely is not.
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 07:43 AM
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True. One person's "busy" is another person's "crowded" and one person's "quiet" is another person's "heaven".
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 08:55 AM
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Your original post describes Sanibel/Captiva to perfection... Ding Darling nature preserve, biking along the island paths, and a dozen great lunch and dining spots... Beware, however, that weather isn't always perfect that week...
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 09:27 AM
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well you can be certain of one thing: no snow and frankly you should be getting veryserious about booking.
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Sep 22nd, 2015, 06:12 PM
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Ok, this is all very helpful, thanks so much!! We are hoping to book a condo by the end of the week.

garyt22, when you say the weather isn't always perfect that week, what do you mean? We will be driving from Georgia and are hoping for warm enough weather to enjoy the beach. We figured it should be nice considering how far south it is, but we may be wrong. We just wanted to check on it before booking!
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Sep 23rd, 2015, 05:02 AM
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I'm not gary, but he's right. That week may be 80s and full sun, or it could be 60's and cloudy. December is not a very predictable month. But chances are very good that there will be more sun than clouds that week and "average" temps are somewhere around lows of 50 to 55 and highs of 72 to 75. (Last year it was 81 on December 30).
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