Getting Around Sanibel IslandWith a population that swells from around 5600 to over 20,000 in the winter it is safe to call Sanibel a tourist town. I'm sure this comes as no surprise to anyone visiting this site. Due to this influx of people and that fact that much of the work force on Sanibel and Captiva come over daily from the mainland, traffic is a real problem on the island. The Sanibel Police department does an excellent and exhausting job of keeping traffic moving on the island. The problem is there are just too many cars on the road for Sanibel's limited streets to handle. This is especially evident during the hours of 9:00 to 10:30 AM entering the island and 3:00 to 6:30 PM leaving the island. It is wise to try to avoid traveling along the roads during these hours if possible. Other then these tips there are 3 real methods of getting around the island a car, a bike, or your feet.
By Car - This section covers Sanibel's main roadways
By Bike or you Feet - This covers Sanibel's bike paths which are just as good for hiking as biking