20899
Florida

Beautiful Sanibel Island and the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast

Discover the rich cultural and ecological heritage of Sanibel Island as you explore its museums, photograph its diverse wildlife and beachcomb for shells with an expert conchologist.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 20899RJ
Length
6 days
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1,499
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4.92 Average
Nancy
(5)

The Sanibel Island trip was our 3rd Road Scholar program starting in 2008 and was outstanding, everything we expected and more

Beverly
(5)

Shells are beautiful and fun to find on the beach but learning about the animal that lives in and creates the shell made them even more so. It was also wonderful to visit the remodeled shell museum and see shells from all around the world. Sanibel Island is a unique place because of the shells and also because of the land set aside to preserve native plants and life. Add Edison's life and research to the location and you have a wealth of learning opportunities. Much enjoyed!

Elizabeth
(5)

This is my 2nd trip with Road Scholar and like the first trip i too with them, this was a wonderful and educational experience enhanced by the accompaniment of a very nice diverse group of other Road Scholar travelers!

Jo
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Loved this trip. Well done, very informative, fun. Laurieanne (Our tour guide) was the greatest! She went out of her way everyday to ensure we all had a great time with no bumps. I don't know how she did it. I came home sad that I had to leave, and facing below zero weather at home just put the icing on the cake. Thank you for the great memories. It is so comforting to take a trip like this and not worry about anything.

Belinda
(5)

Road Scholars program will positively influence your life. I was blessed to have met such wonderful people who were experiencing life like me. You will learn how to go out of your comfort zone and participate with others our age.

Dwight
(5)

I now see why Sanibel is such a gem. I'm very environmentally conscious, and Sanibel is for nature-lovers. This trip was enhanced by trips to the beach for 'shelling' and the Ding Darling wildlife preserve. Excellent all around.

Sue
(5)

I did write a review but have thought of additions The hotel was quite unsatisfactory for us. We arrived late on Sunday after a long day of airports and travel and were ready to relax by watching Victoria and the Oscars. In our room neither the television or internet worked. We called the desk and at about 10p.m. an engineer came and said he could not fix the router but it would be fixed the next day. It was not and they told me they have service on Mondays and Wednesdays and Monday was booked and we had to wait until Wednesday. It did not really matter as we had to change rooms Also our room was lacking a hair dryer and any amenities such as soap, shampoo, etc which we had to call for. The second day they changed our room because of a leak.(See other review I wrote) This room also did not have tv or internet but they fixed it immediately. They did mention that we would have to change rooms again because the owners were using that condo on Thursday p.m However, they never told us when we were moving and when we returned from a full day at The Ding Darling Conservatory the key to our room did not work.We went to the desk and they said our room had been changed and they had gone in and moved all our belongings. However, we did have to return to get our belongings out of the safe. We mentioned to Michael that we deserved some compensation since we had been so inconvenienced and he said that in our THIRD room we would be ocean front. As we had a full day of activity on Thursday and were leaving early on Friday that was quite useless! I've been on many Elder Hostels and in some the facilities were relatively primitive. We never minded as we knew what to expect and it was all part of the fun. However this was a luxury resort and we did not expect or appreciate such shabby treatment.

Pati
(4)

Sanibel. Slow, warm, relaxed pace. Interesting history and flora and fauna. Great weather....warm!

Allison
(5)

A good overview of the most important things to see or do in the Sanibel Island area

Frances
(5)

A wonderful program with historic places and nature venues. The Sundial Resort food was lacking but our meals out in Sanibel were great! The program itself was flawless. Great schedule and wonderful choices of things to see and enjoyable lectures.

James
(5)

Shelling on Sanibel Island is an excellent program. When reviewing the itinerary there is much more time for shelling than indicated on the program. Early morning walks, rest-time walks, and free time walks provide many opportunities to use the shelling knowledge received during the program. Excellent residence facilities also provide access to shelling locations.

Melinda
(5)

Loved the leader & driver. I gave my review with initial email review request. Sanibel is beautiful. One speaker was not a good choice...too political !!! We are on vacation don’t need to be force fed someone’s opinion on world views & evolution

Cherrie
(5)

Remember the days when Elderhostlers used to stay in college dorms? Baby, we’ve come a long way! The condo-style accommodations on this trip couldn’t be more comfortable, and easy access to the beach and its first class shelling is a plus. There are, however, one or two things to be aware of. You will need to bike, walk a distance, or take a taxi if you wish to venture away from the resort on your free afternoon. You will not have a Gulf-view room unless you book very far in advance and pay $25-50 per night extra. During the winter months the parking lots are very poorly lit after dark. It might be hazardous to return a block or more to your room from evening meals and meetings without a flashlight. In the early morning and in the evening, there are sometimes very small biting bugs on the beach. Repellent is advised. Apart from these minor problems, the program is an absolute delight, with great food, an excellent guide, and very good presenters.






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