January 12, 2012
BILL SCHILLER (email@example.com ) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
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 #1 spot. Neighboring communities like Naples (#2) and Fort Myers (#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 clamer 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.travel.usnews.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 3rd 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 here, 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.
Casa Ybel’s historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island is accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day 2011.
You can view small sample of the special menu by clicking the image to the right.
View the full menu online at ThistleLodge.com
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive ~ Sanibel Island
Casa Ybel Resort is proud to be a sponsor at the Snowy Egret level of this years Ding Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
Running from October 17 – 23, Ding Darling Days is held in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week and celebrates the birthday of the refuge’s namesake, father of the Duck Stamp program and Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling.
This year’s events include Family Fun Day, narrated Refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, food, nature crafts for the kids, a touch tank, butterfly house, and much more. Click on the image on the right to see the full schedule of planned event.
Thanks to such generous sponsorship, throughout the week festival-goers can enjoy free and discounted activities such as biking and birding tours, kayaking and sea life boat excursions, nature photography, nature talks and animal demonstrations.
Bring your love of fine food and family to Casa Ybel Resort. Now is the time to plan for your Thanksgiving Feast – This year make it Gulf Front on Sanibel Island!
Beachfront dining and a special menu of exquisitely prepared food is guaranteed to make this holiday one you and your family will always remember.
Click the image at right to view our Special Holiday Menu.
Call 239.472.9200 and Make Your Reservations Today!
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel Island