Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island , Florida
Tel: 239 472 3145
Tel: 800 276 4753
Concierge.com's insider take:
This charming island getaway sits on a white sand beach blanketed with thousands of seashells. Each of the 114 one- and two-bedroom suites includes a living room, full kitchen, and ocean views from a private terrace or balcony. When you don't want to cook, you can get burgers, sandwiches (try the grouper), steamed shrimp, and salads at Coconuts Poolside Café & Bar or choose from a full menu at the Thistle Lodge, a copy of an 1890s Victorian home once on the property. The resort is just five miles away from J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (70 percent of Sanibel Island is taken up by nature preserves), where you can hike with a naturalist, kayak through the mangrove swamps, and watch for wildlife.