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Summer on Sanibel and Captiva

May 28, 2014
FL Guide

Visitors come to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva every year to enjoy the beach and the outdoors with fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or bird watching, yet for those who live in this tropical paradise it can be challenging to find something new and exciting to do.

Life gets pretty busy on the island from January until May, when tourism is at its peak, but it's challenging to keep busy in the summer when it gets so empty that many businesses close until the fall. But, not all of the island's activities are targeted to visitors. Many organizations plan events and activities focusing on those who stay here year-round.

Residents, for instance, can develop their artistic side at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island.

BIG ARTS, or the Barrier Island Group for the Arts, was started by a group of island residents and artists in 1979, and has expanded each year to include art exhibits, musical performances, dance recitals, and film screenings. They offer workshops in arts and crafts, technology, foreign language, and how-to classes, each for a reasonable fee and located at the BIG ARTS campus at 900 Dunlop Road.

Workshops range from oil painting to pottery, and how to use an iPhone to perfecting the craft of writing, and new BIG ARTS members receive a discount on registration. For more information about the organization or workshops, visit



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