The beaches of Sanibel have been ranked among the 20 best beaches in America by Men's Journal magazine.
Men's Journal ranked beaches by their location and best uses of what they have to offer.
For example, the beaches are separated by region - Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, California and Hawaii - and then categorized as best sports beach, secluded beach, family beach and such.
Sanibel's beaches are recognized as good family beaches.
Sanibel is featured as the best family beach that the Gulf Coast, and in fact all of Florida, has to offer.
The only other Florida beach to be listed is Key West, but more for its party atmosphere.
According to the magazine, Sanibel was chosen because, "The water here is warm, calm and shallow, making it ideal for the kids; the beach is perfect for sandcastles and is loaded with shells, especially when low tide exposes its offshore sandbars."
Bridgit Stone-Budd, of the Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce, said the organization was not aware of being mentioned in the magazine.
She added it is good to be mentioned in a positive light.
"We are delighted to have been recognized by Men's Journal for our beautiful beaches," Stone-Budd said. "Our visitors tell us time and time again we have a paradise here on Sanibel and Captiva."
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