America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2014

With boardwalk rides, historic mansions, and homemade fudge, the best seaside towns offer charms that stretch beyond the sand.

No. 22 Sanibel Island, FL

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If you’re the kind of beach traveler who always brings home a few seashells in your suitcase, you’ll stay busy on this island off the coast from Fort Meyers, whose east-west orientation makes it a magnet for conchs and more. While you can come anytime of year to do the so-called Sanibel Stoop for shells (as opposed to the Captiva Crouch on its sister island), readers liked the area best during the Christmas season, when the town gets festooned with holiday lights. Sanibel Island also scored in the top 10 for being LGBT-friendly.

America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2014

No. 22 Sanibel Island, FL

If you’re the kind of beach traveler who always brings home a few seashells in your suitcase, you’ll stay busy on this island off the coast from Fort Meyers, whose east-west orientation makes it a magnet for conchs and more. While you can come anytime of year to do the so-called Sanibel Stoop for shells (as opposed to the Captiva Crouch on its sister island), readers liked the area best during the Christmas season, when the town gets festooned with holiday lights. Sanibel Island also scored in the top 10 for being LGBT-friendly.

Photo Courtesy of David Meardon Photography -sanibelphoto.com [1] [1] http://www.sanibelphoto.com
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