Shopping On Sanibel And Captiva Islands
Sanibel Island may be just the quiet and quaint island community you have been longing for. Sanibel, and its little sister, Captiva Island, are surrounded by bold natural viewpoints, small residential neighborhoods, and a lively market culture.
It is this last point that makes Sanibel Island a captivating place to shop and explore. The many close knit community markets on Sanibel add a nice small-town lifestyle to Florida’s gulf coast. But the shopping on Captiva is equally as home-grown and local. Below is a quick guide to the local shopping culture of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
The Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market
No good island escape is complete without a farmer’s market. The Sanibel Island Market has 40 vendors, including a number that have been staples of the market since its creation in 2008. Many have gone on to start small retail or restaurant businesses in the community, but are still loyal and dedicated to the personable camaraderie of a community marketplace.
You can find live plants, seafood, cheese, organic food, local produce, and various paintings and other art. Many, if not all, of the items, have a distinct local slant, representing the talents and passions of the people of Sanibel and Captiva.
The market is every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and usually runs from October to May.
Bailey’s General Store is a local Sanibel establishment, and a community staple in one form or another since 1899. Bailey’s is similar to Publix, Whole Foods, or Sprouts. Bailey’s is smaller and more local-centric than these larger chains, but it still captures that sense of healthy variety. You can find many organic options, produce sourced from local providers, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh cut fruit, a juice bar, and special displays from local artisans. There is also a coffee bar, with about 25 different coffee menu selections and an assortment of snacks.
Periwinkle Place is universally considered one of the top places to shop on Sanibel. The atmosphere-setting fountain sets the tone for an afternoon or evening of shopping and dining.
Shops here include Butterfly Beach for apparel, Sanibel Olive Oil, Sand Castle Gifts and Gourmet, Paradise Boutique, Toys Ahoy!, Her Sports Closet, Sea Glass Lane, and Congress Jewelers.
With just these shops alone, you can find high-end jewelry, unique children’s toys, art, low-cost apparel, beach trinkets, and more.
There are about 22 shops in total, and that doesn’t even include the about four different restaurants and the numerous activities, such as golf, you can enjoy all in one location. That location is 2075 Perwinkle Drive, and we recommend you bookmark it- this is likely to be one of your top afternoon destinations.
As far as shopping on Captiva, you got some traditional and non-traditional options. The Captiva Village Square is a quaint yet lively small historic shopping village with a handful of humble bed and breakfasts, the Sunshine Café, and some beach-themed shops.
Perhaps its most popular shop is Beach Stuff, a huge stop with beach gear, apparel, and anything you could ask for in relation to the Florida beaches. It closes at 8 p.m. daily.
The Chadwicks Square South shopping mall is a more traditional indoor shopping area with many mall staples. For some local-oriented grocery shopping on Captiva, you can check out the Island Store. Its local focus allows you to find specialty items you wouldn’t find at any old grocery store.
Find fresh produce to take back to your home. Play some golf by the water. Shop the afternoons away. We are expected to share Captiva and Sanibel Islands.
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