Sanibel & Captiva

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts is proud to be actively involved and invested in our community, and we’re committed to supporting a variety of positive initiatives — particularly causes that protect and champion the oceans, our barrier islands ecosystem and environment, as well as the wildlife and oceanlife with which we share this precious planet. Explore our local area’s greatest environmental partners during your stay at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

(Approximately 7.5 Miles)

Named after Pulitzer prize winning political cartoonist, avid environmentalist and ‘Tween Waters Island Resort lover J.N. “Ding” Darling, this amazing refuge is the largest undeveloped mangrove system in the United States. Hike or bike through the 4-mile Wildlife Drive, or take a 90-minute tram tour with a guided naturalist. World famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations, the refuge is home to over 6,400 acres of mangrove forest, reptiles and wildlife, and approximately 450 bird species. Visit their website here.

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

(Approximately 7 Miles)

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)  is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine (more than 3,500 annually) — and is the only certified care facility for sea turtles between Sarasota and Miami. Meet the CROW Animal Ambassadors during a scheduled presentation and view the animal exhibits in their Visitor Education Center. Visit their website here.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

(Approximately 9.5 Miles)

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated entirely to the study and public education of shells and mollusks. The museum offers more than 30 permanent exhibits and numerous temporary exhibits, including some of the largest shells ever found. View their shell guide and see how many shells you can find on our beaches — remember, be kind and don’t take live seashells! Visit their website here.

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)

(Approximately 8 miles)

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of the coastal habitats and aquatic resources on our islands. SCCF is also a hands-on environmental experience — you can hike 4 miles of interlocking trails along Sanibel wetlands and the Sanibel Slough, while inside the Nature Center is an interactive exhibit, maps and videos that share the challenges of maintaining water quality. Guided tours are available. Visit their website here.

Sanibel Historical Village and Museum

(Approximately 11 Miles)

Learn about the story and rich history of Sanibel Island — from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneers who settled on the island in the 1800s. Experience first-hand historic buildings dating as far back as 1896. Explore the island along Sanibel’s Heritage Trail made up of 18 informational panels placed around the islands that can be accessed by bike or automobile. Visit their website here.