Sanibel & Captiva New Resident Guide

As a new resident or potential new resident to Sanibel & Captiva check out all the groups, organizations, activities, and opportunites you have to get involved and check out all that Sanibel & Captiva have to offer residents of the islands. 

Moving In

Happy Moving Day! Really — the day you move can be a happy one with these moving tips and advice from real homeowners who bring new meaning to the term “smooth move.” Our stories include moving ideas and hacks that will make getting into your new home as fun as living in it is going to be. CLICK HERE TO FIND TIPS FROM HOUSELOGIC.

Homestead Exemption Info

Are you all moved in and this is your new Primary Residence? — Well if that is a YES, check out details on how you can file for a Homestead Exemption with the Property Appraisers Office. Check out all of the details in this link or hop on over to for more information. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO FILE FOR AN EXEMPTION

Important Community Phone Numbers & Contact List

Click Here for Important & Community Phone Numbers

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

New Property Owners Take Advantage of a Free One Year Family Membership to SCCF. 
Find out more information about SCCF by clicking HERE



New residents on Sanibel and Captiva Islands are getting a warm welcome from BIG ARTS:  free tickets to nationally renowned singers, actors and comedians , great films and lectures from thought leaders around the world. Discounts offered on workshops and the stunning one-of-a-kind artwork in the BIG ARTS gift shop.  Enjoy the galleries, events and gatherings at their stunning new building.

Click here for details. BIGARTS.ORG.
Click here for the 2023/2024 BIG ARTS Season Program

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Visit CROW. Check out the Schedule of Events at the CROW Visitor Education Center HERE

You can also find out more information about becoming a member of CROW HERE or by downloading the CROW Membership Brochure below.

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Welcome to J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the crown jewel of Sanibel Island. Explore our 6,000 acres of habitat for nearly 450 species of birds, river otters, manatees, turtles, bobcats, and raccoons.

Check Out Live Webcams on the Islands

  • ‘Tween Waters – real time view, displaying a few seconds of video at a time before refreshing.
  • Mucky Duck – real time streaming video with infrared. You can now get your island fix 24/7.
  • Pointe Santo – automatically refreshes every minute or choose the option to run video.
  • Island Inn – real time view, displaying a few seconds of video at a time before refreshing.
  • Casa Ybel – real time streaming video.
  • Castaways – camera showing the beach and Sunset Bay.

City of Sanibel Traffic Cameras

  • Traffic Cams – 12+ cameras showing the traffic on the causeway and Periwinkle.

Check Out City of Sanibel Council Meetings, Live Audio, Agendas, and more.