Are you happy? There should be no question, if you are staying or planning to stay on Sanibel Island.
Coastal Living Magazine has named the 10 happiest seaside towns in America for 2013. Coming in at number three is Sanibel, which is also the only Florida town on the list.
Coastal Living describes the selection process as beginning with reader nominations. All places previously identified by the magazine as “Dream Towns” were added to the list of nominees. After factoring in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the percentage of sunny days, beach health, commuter times, crime levels, walkability, living standard and financial health of residents, geographic diversity, and the magazine’s editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” An all-star list for 2013 resulted. The top 10 contenders were featured in Coastal Living’s February 2013 issue, where readers voted for their favorite.
Here’s what was said about Sanibel: “a pastel dream, combining pale blue skies, white-sand beaches, and millions of seashells that have literally built the island on which it sits. When locals dig in their backyards on Sanibel, they turn up conch, scallop, and clam shells—intact.
As for the quiet, away-from-it-all life that Sanibel offers its 6,469 residents, consider that there are no stoplights, nor buildings taller than the tallest palm tree. And the shell-seekers know that Bowman’s Beach, a natural stretch accessible only via pedestrian bridge, is one of the best for shelling (and birding).”
This comes as no news to guests at Gulf Breeze Cottages, with our seductive Sanibel beachfront location. We have vacancies through the sweet Sanibel summer. We welcome your inquiry.