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Main road

This is the main road on the island with most the shopping and attractions. You will be on this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Michigan City, Indiana
Main North/South road in Sanibel. Great bike path

Periwinkle is the main road in Sanibel. Most of the shops/restaurants are along this. One lane in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
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The main street running through Sanibel Island is lined with shops, boutiques, galleries and cafes.
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“the main drag” (24 reviews)
“great shopping” (24 reviews)
“lots of shops” (17 reviews)
Sanibel Island, FL
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the main road on the island with most the shopping and attractions. You will be on this very busy road if you want to do anything. Bike paths do run along side so be VERY careful of the bikers as they have the...More

Thank jen121995
Reviewed 1 week ago

Periwinkle is the main road in Sanibel. Most of the shops/restaurants are along this. One lane in each direction. Very nice bike/walking path along entire route. Can get busy during peak times. Usually traffic cops at busy intersections.

Thank Montauk123
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to drive along it - often crowded but lots of shopping and dining places - not much to say about it

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, there are very courteous drivers. They have to be, I think! Try to avoid the area around 4 p.m. It's bumper-to-bumper. This is the first time I've been to Sanibel when I actually tuned into all the sirens. I swear we heard at least...More

1  Thank elmettehead
Reviewed 12 January 2018

You have to take Periwinkle to get to most of the shops and restaurants. It is heavily travelled in January. There are no traffic lights and traffic officers direct traffic at the 2 major intersections. Unlike in many places in south Florida most drivers are...More

Thank AnnC576
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Perrywinkle is the main street running the length of the island and everything to see is off Perrywinkle - stores, restaurants and attractions. It's almost impossible to get lost on sanibel Island.

Thank williame975
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Periwinkle Way is one of two main thoroughfares on Sanibel Island, Florida. Along both sides are many local shops, eateries and scenery. Sanibel Island has a lot of “nature” right along Periwinkle Way. Many shops and homes are tucked away behind and among native vegetation,...More

Thank Curt313
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Periwinkle Way is basically the main business street on Sanibel. (Readers, don't confuse this listing with Periwinkle Place, which is a larger landscaped shopping center located on Periwinkle Way.) If you drive onto Sanibel coming off of the Causeway, you will soon come to the...More

1  Thank Anne C
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Periwinkle Way has some great shops and restaurants, all beautifully landscaped. You can spend half a day walking down the sidewalk, visiting shops, and taking a break in each plaza beside a fountain. When you drive in season and on weekends, you experience the Sanibel...More

Thank graymar6
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Street changes names from Periwinkle to Sanibel-Captiva Road, otherwise, as you get off the Causeway Road and drive South the first East West road is Periwinkle, East to the Lighthouse; West toward t6he Shell Museum and then on to Captiva, no views.

Thank Pepperjackm
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17 February 2015|
Response from newskat1 | Reviewed this property |
The fewer the people, the better the shelling. The entire coastline of Sanibel and Captiva Islands is littered with incredible shells...you just have to be patient and observant. Shelling is especially good when there is a... More