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Key Info

Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The island's main thoroughfare is home to several restaurants and shopping opportunities. So there's no real reason to recommend you visit; there's a good chance you'll end up along Periwinkle at some point in time during your trip.

If you do need some pointers, browse through the variety of shops in Periwinkle Place as a starting point, where you'll find everything from kitschy souvenir shops like Tiki Jim's to upscale stores like Congress Jewelers. Hours of operation vary for each of Periwinkle Way's stores, but you can enjoy the picturesque scenery along the street at any time of day.

One final tip: ride a bike to get to the shops instead of driving. Recent travelers warned of incredible traffic in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. A nearby path offers a flat place to ride into this part of town.

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