As always, I had my copy of the Sanibel Captiva Handbook along. This book is indispensable. When I want to know something about one of the restaurants, I can quickly look it up. When I couldn't remember the name of a souvenir shop we wanted to visit, I whipped out the Sanibel maps and quickly located it, complete with name and phone number. This book is so handy. If you missed my review on this years edition, go back and read it here. Better yet, buy a copy for yourself. It's also available for instant download on Amazon too.
One of our favorite restaurants on Sanibel is the Fish House. I had a lobster roll that was excellent - stuffed full of flavorful, sweet lobster. Chablis likes their seafood pasta. But the real reason I go there is to get a slice of their key lime stuffed cheesecake. It is out-of-this-world delicious. I must confess, we took some back to our hotel on 2 different nights. I can't stop eating it!
Evenings this year were overcast, so we never really got a colorful sunset. One night the tide was pretty low and we had a lot of beach area to wander. We still enjoyed the birds flitting about and we were treated to some golden tones on the horizon.
This year we tried a new restaurant for us - The Green Flash out on Captiva. We will definitely be going back. It was a little more upscale than the restaurants we generally eat at, but the location has a killer view and we had a window table. Our waiter was one of the finest we have ever had - very attentive and pleasant. Our meals were top notch and beautifully presented. I had the stuffed grouper and it was fantastic. I think it was the best meal I had the entire trip.
After dinner we parked at the last public lot on Captiva and went for a long sunset walk on the beach. We had some gentle rolling waves that evening and we found many nutmegs and olives. I found this one shell half buried in the sand and liked the way the light was hitting it....
Again we had a cloudy sunset, but we returned with pockets full of shells, so we were happy. We stopped at The Bubble Room and took a slice of Orange Crunch Cake back to the hotel for a little late night snacking...
We enjoyed the beach on Captiva so much the night before that we decided to return the next day and we walked all the way down to Red Fish Pass.
It was a long walk and we made several stops to swim in the water, have a snack or just rest. Once we reached the pass we had the beach area to ourselves. I was disappointed in the lack of shells out there however. After about half an hour a man and his 2 pre-teen boys climbed over the rocks and were strolling the beach near us. The 2 boys felt it was necessary to keep picking up handfuls of sand and whipping them at each other while they ran around screaming. The father kept drinking his beer and did a great job of totally ignoring them. Really, have some control over your brats. I was disgusted at the behavior of all of them, so we gathered up our things and headed back down the beach to our car. Honestly, that was the worst behavior I've ever encountered on Sanibel. Usually the people there have more class.
That evening we had another quick storm, but we saw a nice rainbow. I always think that's good luck, don't you?
We walked around lighthouse beach and picked up a ton of tiny bubble shells. We practically had the beach to ourselves.
I never get tired of looking at the lighthouse....
Our last morning found us with overcast skies again. We had a quick breakfast at The Lighthouse Café where I like their pancakes and real linked sausages. As we entered the sad lane to head for the airport, we stopped for our traditional last walk on the causeway, where we each pick up a shell to put in our pockets for the trip home....
As we were pulling out of the parking lot I glanced at my watch and realized we had about half an hour to kill. I remembered that there was a geocache hidden on the beach on the opposite side of the causeway. I
Even though we didn't net very many great shells this year, we still cherished our special trip. We got to spend an afternoon on the water with Captain Brian and I finally got my horse conch. Plus we got to kick back with The Shell King and his Queen and made 2 new friends in the process. And we had all kinds of great food and found a new restaurant to add to our list of favorites. You just can't beat all that, can you?