Vacations are all about relaxing. Between all the poolside days, gorgeous sunsets and fun lawn games — relaxing comes naturally at West Wind Island Resort. 

But sometimes, relaxing can be by exploring our surroundings. And, when you stay at West Wind, there’s a whole lot of exploring to be done! 

Just a short drive (or better yet — bike ride) away, you’ll find yourself at one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Southwest Florida — J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. And, you won’t find a resort closer to this one-of-a-kind nature preserve than our very own West Wind. 

With over 5000 acres of natural land, you can explore the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. What makes it so unique is the abundance of sea life that calls this amazing place home. From water inhabitants like manatees, river otters and sea turtles to land animals like alligators, bobcats and migrant birds, you’ll see all the beauty of Florida’s natural habitat here. You’ll also learn essential ecology facts like how J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge plays a crucial role in keeping Sanibel’s environment healthy and clean.

There’s no better way to explore J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge than by biking. That’s why, when you book direct, you’ll get FREE bike rentals at West Wind! Not to mention all the other discounts and freebies to take advantage from. 

Start planning your next vacation and exploration today! Click here to make your reservation or give us a call at 800.824.0476.