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Sanibel Island Nightlife – Top 5 Things To Do

Sanibel Island nightlife? Yes! Even though Sanibel and nearby Captiva Island is predominantly family-oriented, for those seeking the nightlife there are plenty of fun options – and of course there is always nightlife in Fort Myers. Below is our list of the top 5 things to do on Sanibel Island at night.

1) Restaurants, Bars, Grills

above: Doc Ford's Fort Myers Sanibel Island's many restaurants and bars offers a wide variety of nightlife options, including live music at the Island Inn, George & Wendy's (Open Mic every Tuesday), and Sundial Beach Resort, family-friendly sports bar at the Lazy Flamingo and Doc Ford's, and a wide variety of local island specials (including Doc Ford's famous Black Bean Dip) and drinks throughout the island. Highly popular on the island is The Jacaranda, offering a casual atmosphere yet with fine dining seafood and steak cuisine, along with live music and dancing. If you're heading up to Captiva Island, check out the highly popular NASCRAB races at 'Tween Waters Inn on select weeknights. For a list of all Sanibel Island restaurants click here.

2) The Jacaranda

Offering a casual atmosphere yet with fine dining seafood and steak cuisine, along with live music and dancing, 'The Jac' is a fantastic spot for gathering with friends or for having a few drinks.

3) Island Cinema Movie Theatre

Island Cinema on Sanibel Island is a cozy movie theater located in Bailey's Center. Unlike many smaller movie houses, Island Cinema actually shows current Hollywood feature films. Great thing to do with kids or while visiting the in-laws. 535 Tarpon Bay Rd.

4) George & Wendy's

Located at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road, the ever-popular George & Wendy's Seafood Grille is a "lively, laid-back American restaurant featuring a full bar with beer on tap, plus outdoor seating." They have live music several nights a week, including Open Mic every Tuesday. 2499 Perwinkle Way

5) BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater

photo: Nick Adams Photography

Catch a live Broadway show at BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, Sanibel's only professional theater. Open year-round, they perform everything from musicals, dramas, comedies and all points in between. Visit for more info, including a list of current shows.

Bonus: DVDs from Bailey's Movie Rentals

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