Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home, but sometimes, there's good reason to brag. While the picturesque paradise that is Sanibel Island is well recognized by anyone who lives or works here, the community may attract a number of new admirers due to the release of several new reports that further herald Sanibel's status as the most desirous of Florida destinations.
In a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of the eight best beaches in Florida, Sanibel shined as the No. 1 spot. Neighboring communities like Naples (No. 2) and Fort Myers Beach (No. 8) were included on the list. In accompanying text, travel writers said, "You'll be hard-pressed to find a place in Florida with quieter and calmer shores than Sanibel Island." Pleasant weather and low-cost lodging venues were credited with making Sanibel enjoyable all year long. Online media attached with the article also paid tribute to area attractions such as Captiva Island, the shops along Periwinkle Way, programs at Big Arts, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The multimedia presentation is available on the Internet at www.travelusnews.com.
Bowman's Beach on Sanibel secured distinction for itself in a Top 10 of Most Secluded Beaches as surveyed by principals of the popular travel website known as "shermanstravel.com. Bowman's, which is located along a corridor of the San-Cap Road took top honors. It was regarded as a great place to find shells, but not a lot of competition from other shell collectors.
TripAdvisor.com, which is reportedly the world's most widely-used travel-related website, also recently announced their Top 15 U.S. Destinations for 2012. These were determined through a poll of TripAdvisor travelers and editors.
Fort Myers, which ranked in third place, was distinguished among the top vacation hot-spots. The accompanying text, however, regarded Sanibel and Captiva among the area's top attractions.
Of course, Sanibel and Captiva remains first and foremost in the hearts and minds of so many who live there, but such polls have been shown to influence destination choices made by tourists. Given the degree that this community achieves favor in this kind of national reporting, locals may soon see even more visitors with which they can share their love of Sanibel.