Today is my last day at the beach and then I leave bright and early tomorrow for a quick, less-than-48-hour blog trip to Minnesota. (Talk about a change in climates, right!?) I’ve been having such a nice time with my family and even though it’s been chillier here than we anticipated, we’ve been spending most of our time outside, exploring the island and soaking up quality time together.
Here are some highlights from our trip so far:
- Bubble Room Cake
If you ever find yourself on Sanibel or Captiva Island, you must make your way to The Bubble Room.
My family and I always plan a trip to the quirky restaurant, but not for lunch or dinner. Dessert is the real reason why you visit The Bubble Room. Late Friday afternoon, we stopped in just before it closed after lunch and nabbed a few giant pieces of cake to dig into as a late afternoon sugary snack. We opted for the White Christmas cake (basically a coconut cake), orange crunch cake (their number one seller) and the chocolate torte. All three were fantastic, but the orange crunch took the cake. (<—Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)
- Biking Around The Island
My mom and dad brought their bikes from Jacksonville and Leslie and I rented two one-speed bikes from Billy’s Rentals so we could all cruise around the island and avoid the traffic that seems to backup at all times of the day. Biking is definitely the preferred mode of transportation on Sanibel Island and I just love it! We’ve been biking everywhere from the farmer’s market to coffee shops to lunch hot spots and the beach! Exploring Sanibel by bike has been a blast, especially since the cooler weather prevents lots of sweating as we bike about!
- Dolphin Sightings
Dolphin sightings are definitely not a rare thing when you’re walking on the beach on Sanibel Island and we’ve seen tons of the playful mammals splashing about and darting around for fish just off the shore. Dolphins and whales have always, always fascinated me and I love watching dolphins swim around in the ocean. Now I just have to see a whale in the wild…
- Sanibel Island Restaurants
Aside from the beach, perhaps my favorite thing about Sanibel Island is the fact that the island is home to a bunch of unique restaurants and shops. There’s actually an ordinance in Sanibel preventing formula (chain) restaurants and shops from opening up locations on the island which I love! Everything feels so unique and local and it’s neat to be able to visit somewhere and not feel like you’re surrounded by the same chain restaurants and stores you see all the time. This is probably why whenever I blog about Sanibel, I cannot help but highlight the restaurants we visit!
- Beach Walks
Put me on a beach, and I swear I could walk for hours. Smelling the salty air, feeling the cool water rush in between my toes, listening to the sounds of crashing waves and enthusiastic seagulls… There’s nothing better! We’ve enjoyed our fair share of beach walks over the past few days and I hope to get in another long one today before I have to leave tomorrow.
- Dinner at Gramma Dot’s
There’s something my whole family loves about the cozy atmosphere at Gramma Dot’s, a local seafood restaurant located right on the Sanibel Marina. Though I’m not usually a fried food lover, I cannot get enough of their fried oysters.
They’re so darn good and I was grateful my mom and sister wanted to share a batch to start. I also began my meal at Gramma Dot’s with a cup of their clam chowder, which is an absolute must if you ever visit the local hot spot. It’s wonderful!
- Shell Collecting
Sanibel beaches are well-known for the massive amount of seashells on the beach. The island runs east to west, whereas most islands run north to south, and is a barrier island that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico, causing it to act like a plateau where millions of seashells wash upon the shore. Shelling is one of my all-time favorite island activities and I spent a few hours wandering up and down the beach yesterday, collecting shells to bring back home with me! (I am hoping to fill a tall, decorative glass jar with the shells.) We found lots of gorgeous shells to add to our collection yesterday and I hope to make it out to the beach again this afternoon to do a little more searching!
- Sunday Morning Farmer’s Market
The farmer’s market on the island is a great one and after breakfast yesterday morning, we biked over and walked around, sampling fresh produce and purchasing a few treats. The salt water taffy booth was a personal favorite!
Now I’m off to enjoy my last full day of vacation on the island. I hope you have a great Monday!
Question of the Day
- Share one highlight from your weekend below!
P.S. I’m having some issues with the formatting of this blog post. I apologize for the funky layout and oversize images! I’m working to try to get it resolved without dropkicking my laptop…