Planning a Trip
Getting There -- The Amoco station at 1015 Periwinkle Way, at Causeway Road, is the Sanibel agent for Hertz (tel. 239/472-2125).
Visitor Information -- The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, 1159 Causeway Rd., Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (tel. 239/472-1080; fax 239/472-1070; www.sanibel-captiva.org), maintains a visitor center on Causeway Road, as you drive onto Sanibel from Fort Myers. The chamber gives away an island guide and sells a detailed street map for $5. Also for sale are books, such as a comprehensive shelling guide and a helpful collection of menus from the islands' restaurants. Phones are available for making hotel and condominium reservations; check the brochure racks for discounts in summer and the month of December. It's open Monday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Another great resource for area information is www.fortmyerssanibel.com.
Getting Around -- Neither Sanibel nor Captiva has public transportation. No parking is permitted on any street or road on Sanibel. Free beach parking is available on the Sanibel Causeway. Other municipal lots either are reserved for local residents or have a $2 hourly fee. Accordingly, many residents and visitors get around by bicycle. If you need a cab, call Sanibel Taxi (tel. 239/472-4160).