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Enjoying The Rainy Season On Sanibel

Things to do Sanibel Island FL
13 Jun 2024
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Known for its stunning beaches and unique wildlife, Sanibel Island offers many activities that can turn a rainy day into a fun adventure. If you find yourself on this charming island with the skies opening up, here’s a recommended list of our favorite local spots to ensure you make the most of your day. Grab your rain gear and toss a beach towel in the car and you’re set.

Breakfast at Wickie’s

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Wickie’s, a delightful spot known for its cozy ambiance and delicious morning fare. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee while indulging in their famous pancakes or a savory omelet. The friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere make it the perfect place to kick off a rainy day adventure. The Manmosa should come with a warning. 

Explore the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

After breakfast, visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. This museum is perfect for beachcombers. It features an impressive collection of shells from around the world, each with detailed descriptions and some marine life in Sanibel, Florida. Interactive displays and live tank demonstrations make it a fun and educational experience for the entire family. 

Discover Sanibel’s Art Scene

Next, dive into Sanibel’s vibrant art scene. Sanibel Island has several art galleries, each offering a unique perspective and style. Despite the rain, these galleries provide a warm and inviting escape. Marvel at stunning paintings, sculptures, and crafts that reflect the island's natural beauty and culture. Many galleries feature works by local Sanibel artists; some even offer the chance to meet the artists and learn about their creative processes. This is a wonderful way to soak up the local culture and get inspired. 

Lunch at Gramma Dot’s

For lunch, head over to Gramma Dot’s, a cozy waterfront eatery that’s a local favorite. The rain only enhances the serene view of boats gently rocking in the marina. Treat yourself to a bowl of their rich and creamy clam chowder, followed by the famous grouper sandwich, which is perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. The warm hospitality and hearty meal at Gramma Dot’s will recharge your spirits and prepare you for the rest of the day.

Drive Through J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Drive through the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in the afternoon. The rain transforms this wildlife refuge into a lush, mystical landscape. As you drive slowly along the Wildlife Drive, you’ll hear the tranquil sounds of rain mixed with bird calls. The refuge is teeming with life, rain or shine. Look out for herons, egrets, and alligators lounging by the water’s edge. This peaceful drive offers a serene retreat into nature, allowing you to appreciate the island's raw beauty. 

Romantic Dinner at Cielo

End your day with a romantic dinner at Cielo. This elegant restaurant is known for its gourmet cuisine and intimate atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for a memorable date with your loved one. The soft lighting and sophisticated decor create a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Enjoy a variety of dishes, from fresh seafood appetizers to desserts, all beautifully presented and bursting with flavor. The gentle sound of rain outside adds to the magic, making your dinner at Cielo a perfect end to a rainy day on Sanibel. 

Relax on the Lanai

After dinner, head back to your Sanibel Island vacation rental and relax on the lanai with a cocktail. Watching the beautiful lightning dance over the water provides a spectacular natural light show. The combination of the sound of rain, the distant rumble of thunder, and the mesmerizing lightning display creates a perfect, peaceful ending to your adventurous day.

Don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits on Sanibel Island. This itinerary is designed to turn a rainy day into an unforgettable adventure filled with culture, nature, and delicious food. Whether you’re exploring fascinating exhibits, indulging in local art, savoring a hearty meal, or enjoying the serene beauty of the wildlife refuge, Sanibel has something special to offer, rain or shine.
▢ 2 cups chilled Rose' sparkling wine
▢ 1 ½ cups chilled Pineapple Ginger Rum (Pineapple Ginger Rum recipe)
▢ 2 ounces orange bitters
▢ Pineapple chunks (rosemary sprigs, orange or lime peel for garnish (optional))
In a large pitcher combine the sparkling wine, Pineapple Ginger Rum and Orange Bitters.
Pour the mixed cocktail over ice in a high ball glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pineapple chunk

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