You’ll soon find that getting around town is a breeze!
Sanibel Island measures roughly 12 miles long and 4 miles across at its widest point. Little sister Captiva Island is even more compact at just 4 miles long and ½ mile wide!
Gulf Drive, a stone’s throw from Ocean’s Reach, is segmented into East Gulf, Middle Gulf and West Gulf Drive and curves around the water’s edge. Toward the middle of the island, Periwinkle Way is the main thoroughfare on Sanibel, with the bulk of the island’s shopping and dining establishments west of the causeway, and a quieter neighborhoods and quaint stores east of the causeway. On its east end, Periwinkle Way dead ends at Lighthouse Beach; westward, it links via Palm Ridge Road or Tarpon Bay Road to Sanibel-Captiva Road, which leads to Captiva Island.
Sanibel-Captiva Road – or “San-Cap” as locals call it – takes you to most of Sanibel’s natural attractions: The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.). Crossing over to Captiva Island on the bridge at Blind Pass, San-Cap becomes Captiva Drive, which in turn, winds past the small island’s beaches, resorts, shops and restaurants.
Dr. Ed Lamotta at 1699 Periwinkle Way (corner of Periwinkle and Casa Ybel Road at Bank of the Islands) specializes in internal medicine and family practice. 239-395-2444.
San-Cap Medical Center at 4301 Sanibel-Captiva Road offers family medicine and around-the-clock emergency service. 239-472-0700.
Pharmacies include CVS at 2331 Palm Ridge Road (239-472-1719) and Island Pharmacy at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, #12 (239-472-6188).
HealthPark Medical Center, a full-service hospital off Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, is less than 15 minutes from the causeway. Its emergency room stays open 24 hours a day. 239-343-5000.
Bailey’s General Store; corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road; 239-472-1516.
Jerry’s Foods; 1700 Periwinkle Way; 239-472-9300.
The Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is located in a colorful island-styled building near the entrance to the islands at 1159 Causeway Road; 239-472-1080. Open 365 days a year; hours seasonal. Find information on attractions, shops, restaurants, art galleries, recreational activities and more.
The main Sanibel Island Post Office is located at 650 Tarpon Bay Road; 239-472-1573. Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday; 10:00am-noon Saturday.
The Captiva Post Office is at 14812 Captiva Drive; 239-472-1674. Hours: 9:00am-noon and 2:00-4:00pm Monday-Friday.
Shipping outlets throughout the island provide Federal Express (800-238-5355) and UPS (800-742-5877) service to ship mementos home.
Our award-winning Sanibel Public Library is located at 770 Dunlop Road. Membership is offered to both residents and visitors. Internet access available. Hours vary by season. 239-472-2483.
The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11580 Chapin Lane. Membership is open to both residents (with I.D.) and visitors (with fee). Internet access available. Hours vary by season. 239-472-2133.
Places of Worship
Sanibel Community Church; 1740 Periwinkle Way; 239-472-2684.
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ; 2050 Periwinkle Way; 239-472-0497.
Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal; 2304 Periwinkle Way; 239-472-2173.
Bat Yam Temple of the Island; 2050 Periwinkle Way; 239-472-0177.
Christian Science Church; 2950 West Gulf Drive; 239-472-8684.
Saint Isabel Catholic Church; 3559 Sanibel-Captiva Road; 239-472-2763.
Chapel by the Sea (seasonal); 11580 Chapin Street, Captiva; 239-472-1646.