Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Sanibel Captiva Handbook

I don't know about you, but in the middle of the extreme winter we've been having, my thoughts keep turning to warmer weather, miles of sandy beaches, crystal blues waters and piles of seashells.....  Ahhhh..... Sanibel Island.  Sanibel Island is my happy place.

If you're planning a trip someplace, what's an indispensable item?  A guidebook of course!  And whether you're a first time visitor or a seasoned veteran of Sanibel, the Sanibel Captiva Guidebook is a must have.

You may remember my review of last years guidebook edition here and if you missed my interview with guidebook author, JB Reynolds, you have to go back and read it.  JB shared the reasons why he loves Sanibel and his personal history with this magical place.  He and his wife have continued the tradition of writing and publishing the guidebook that his parents began decades ago.

Simple and affordable, the Sanibel Captiva Guidebook is packed with all the information you need.  Climate, tide charts, detailed maps, a tour of the island from east to west, restaurants, souvenir shops, parking, history, beaches, shelling, phone numbers, fishing, accommodations, bike rentals, wildlife, and grocery stores.  One of my favorite aspects of the guidebook is the hand drawn maps showing where everything is located.  This is such a plus for newcomers to the island.  It's all here!

This years edition has these updates....
  •  27 new black and white photos from the authors personal collection
  • updated tide charts which are a must for shelling enthusiasts
  • updated fishing guidelines at your fingertips
  • new business listings
  • current maps reflecting new business locations and the deletion of defunct ones

Where else could you get such great value for your money?  $ 13.95 gets you all the information you need to make your Sanibel vacation as carefree as possible.  Order your copy today and start planning your vacation in paradise.   I can practically feel the warmth of the sun on my back as I assume the Sanibel stoop position.  Breathe deep and smell the buffalo wings, spicy hot in a box at Schnappers.  Or how about fresh shrimp in garlic at Timbers, or maybe plank salmon at Doc Fords.  What to choose??  Top it off with Sanibel Crunch ice cream from Pinocchio's as you stroll bare footed down the causeway beach and watch as the sun streaks purple, yellow and orange on the horizon.  No matter where you want to go or what you want to do on the island, the Sanibel Captiva guidebook will tell you how to find it.

Visit the Sanibel Captiva Handbook website for current information and be sure to check out their Sanibel Captiva FB page as well.


  1. Kim, great review! I am ordering mine today!

  2. What a great price! Wish staying down there was as affordable! lol I would love to go someday! Enjoy your day my friend! Put on a hat and gloves...and one of your pretty scarves! haha! Hugs!

    1. Thanks Diane. Hat and scarf are ready to go. It's another cold one today!

      Check out the guidebook. There are actually some affordable places to stay on the island. Now if only the dang airfares would come down a little....

  3. I have a mental guidebook for the most imprtant parts of Sanibel/Captiva that is better than any book. Norm Zieglers fly shop and the 7-11 on the main drag, ding darling, and all the beaches are all I need.

    Now...if I could ever be within 20 miles of the ocean and think about anything other than fishing, this book would be awesome!!! LOL

    1. The guidebook is really helpful even for those of us who know the island pretty well. Like the tides, businesses move in and out on a frequent basis, so it's a great way to keep up with what's current. I think a trip down with your kayak might be in order. :-)

  4. Hi Kim! OH, I've never been there and would love to visit one day! Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Ah, this prompted some sweet memories of time spent on Sanibel with my sweet mom. She so loved Florida!

    1. I'm trying to finagle a trip down there but the airlines are not co-operating. What's up with air fares this year? Thanks for popping by!


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