Sanibel Island and Fort Myers
By Maria Thermann

Sanibel Island and Fort Myers

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island is a fabulous place to retire to or to invest in holiday accommodation. Palm-tree lined beaches, luxury resorts and year-round sunshine are just some of the many attractions Sanibel Island has to offer. Fort Meyers on the mainland is the nearest city and the area is accessible via Southwest International Airport.

Colourful seashells and seafood cuisine are just two of the many reasons visitors come to Sanibel Island. The main attraction is "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Park. Visitors can stay in modern or historic homes in the island's very own open-air museum. A night's stay on the island costs around $170. Both Captiva Island and Sanibel are famous for their spectacular sunsets and their laid-back way of life.

Detached luxury homes on Sanibel cost around $770,000 to $870,000 for properties with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A modern condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms starts at around $320,000, while a budget of $190,000 can buy a plot of land. If you are looking for a charming historic-style home set in a large plot of land with mature gardens, you'll need a budget of $650,000 to $1.7 million to buy it.

Across the expanse of water that separates Sanibel from the mainland, property costs far less. Fort Meyers offers a wide range of resale properties that need only a little cosmetic upgrading to be turned into a comfortable home for your retirement or for letting to tourists. With a budget of $135,000 to $260,000 it is possible to find resale bungalows and townhouses that are ideal for building a small portfolio of Florida holiday homes.

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