Arthur Frommer has chosen Sanibel Island as the best vacation destination for 2012. Can't say I'm totally surprised, but it must be really difficult to pick ONE place over all the rest. He said that Sanibel's white sand beaches, excellent restaurants and wildlife make it an "idyllic haven" for travelers.
Having lived in this area for almost two decades, I can say that he is most definitely right on the mark. Sanibel Island offers such a wide variety of thrills from sailing, shelling, eating, speed boating and even an occasional historical thrill.
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This island can be discovered by air (Coastal Biplanes), by sea (Captiva Cruises), or just by laying on the beautiful beaches. Even though it costs $6 to get to Sanibel on the causeway, there are several free beaches, all of them gorgeous. Once you've had enough of the ocean, go to the back bay area behind Tween Waters Inn and rent a kayak. Hanging out with the local manatees is a great way to reduce stress.
So Arthur, thanks for sharing the SW Florida love. I'd still like to visit Dubai, Bora Bora, Venice and Capetown, but for now, I'm content to be at home here in paradise.