Family Beach Vacation

Sanibel…A Nature Lover’s Paradise


Sanibel and Captiva Islands emerged from the Gulf of Mexico approximately 6,000 years ago

About 3,500 years ago the Calusa Indians discovered the islands and built a thriving civilization along these shores. Pirates and fishermen from Cuba to modern day travelers have been coming to their shores ever since. Even before being designated a Sanctuary Island in 1963, Sanibel Island has protected its habitat and wildlife insuring that it remains a very special place for Island guests and those who call the Island home.

Welcome to our Sanctuary Island

We invite you to spend a week at Island Vacations and spend a day exploring the area with Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours. Our goal is to make you feel like a local by sharing area knowledge and history unique to Southwest Florida. Take advantage of our “BeachTime” promotion and learn the answers to these and other questions:


  • Why are there over 250 varieties of shells on Sanibel’s shores?
  • What do a Lions Paw, a Periwinkle and Angle Wings have in common?
  • Why do photographers love Sanibel Island?
  • What is the legend behind the name Captiva?
  • What is the name of that pink bird flying overhead?
  • How many miles of beach does the island have?
  • Why is Sanibel Island such a popular destination with outdoor enthusiasts?

We invite you to have fun, learn, and explore the islands with Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours!

Choose from the “Friends of the Island,” “Pirate Scavenger Hunt,” or “Down By the Sea” tour and begin a day of fun and education for an individual or an entire family. These tours will acquaint you with island knowledge and insights you’ll need as you begin your exploration of our beloved barrier islands.

Bubby holds a Florida Master Naturalist degree

Your guide, Captain Bubby, is a trained docent and interpretative guide, who thinks creatively and knows how to make exceptional things happen! Motivated to aid in the protection and enhancement of the area’s fragile ecosystems, Captain Bubby explains to people their role in coexisting, ensuring the protection of wildlife, natural habitats and surrounding aquatic ecosystems. Bubby holds a Florida Master Naturalist degree from the University of Florida and is one of only 1,648 individuals listed on the Honor Roll of Florida Master Naturalists.

Take advantage of the “BeachTime” offer

To take advantage of the “BeachTime” offer, book your stay with Island Vacations, mention promo code “BeachTime” when making your reservation. You’re on your way to a great stay full of sun, fun, and activities. Included in the “BeachTime” offer is a “Booty Bag” valued at $100 which you’ll receive when you check-in at Island Vacations. Call 888-451-7277 to book your stay and get ready for some “Beach Time”! Island Vacations and Captain Bubby’s IsLAND tours are here to make you feel like a local! Call Now!