We’ve had some busy weekends lately, consisting mainly of fixing stuff around the house and doing yard-work. Not the most fun ways to spend a weekend! But with Husband at a golf tournament this morning, it was the perfect day to try an outing with my friend Ingrid and her daughter and step-son. We did something we’ve been wanting to try for awhile: biking around Sanibel Island.
Sanibel is only about 30 minutes from our house, so it’s kind of incredible that we don’t go there all the time. It’s the perfect little cozy beach town, where families vacation yearly for generations and there are hardly any “name brand” stores. It’s all locally-owned, laid back restaurants and gift shops and art galleries, and well-known for the best “shelling” in the world. It’s also well-known for being very bike friendly. Wide, shady bike paths run the length of the island, and there are several bike rental places available.
We rented our bikes from Billy’s Bikes, and it was a good experience. For only $5 a person, we got two hours on a bike with a nice big basket and a fun bell. We may have rung the bell on the bike a little too often, but it made such a fun sound! I couldn’t stop myself! When I first got on, I was pretty wobbly, but once I got the hang of it, it was like … well … riding a bike. Ha. I only crashed into a tree once, which is win for me. The weather was gorgeous, and I tried (unsuccessfully) to snap selfies while riding.
We biked to the Island Cow for breakfast (they have the best bacon ever) and over to some art galleries. Then we went the opposite direction on the island and hit up some gift shops. By the end of our bike tour, I was pretty darn exhausted, but it was such a fun morning!
If you haven’t been to Sanibel yet, there are so many great reasons why it needs to be your next vacation. And while you’re there, rent some bikes and explore!