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Visit one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World” (U.S. News & World Report) with a stay at Anchor Inn and Cottages on Florida’s quaint Sanibel island. Just 30 minutes west of Ft. Myers on the Gulf Coast, the property serves as the perfect base to explore this unique, family-friendly island praised by Travel + Leisure as a “shellers’ mecca.”
The inn is ideally situated on Sanibel’s main drag of Periwinkle Way, described by Frommer’s as “a canopy of whispery pines and gnarled oaks” with extensive bike paths that make it a “paradise for cyclists, walkers, joggers and in-line skaters.”
The property’s lush grounds welcome guests with amenities like picnic and barbecue areas, a heated pool with sundeck and game options like horseshoes and shuffleboard. Guest rooms are simple but comfortable with inviting outdoor patios for guests to make the most of the Florida sunshine.
On-site bike rentals make for a hassle-free stay, and complimentary beach gear like shelling pails, towels, umbrellas and chairs means guests can pack light. Guests can conveniently cycle to nearby shops and restaurants as well as Lighthouse Beach, home to the island’s historic 19th-century lighthouse.
Be sure to cycle over at low tide to scour the beach for treasure, as Sanibel has long been claimed as “one of the world’s best shelling grounds” (Fodor’s). The inn even has a shell-washing station, where guests can clean their best finds before packing them up as souvenirs.
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