Vacations are usually about relaxing. And, when you’re staying somewhere like West Wind Island Resort, doing just that can be quite easy.

But there are times when we don’t want to relax. Sometimes we want to take long walks on the beach or peruse through shops and boutiques. Sometimes we need to get out there and explore our surroundings.

If that sounds like a vacation you’d enjoy, we’ve got good news!

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’ll find no 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 special is the abundance of sea life that calls this unique 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 important ecology facts like how J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge plays a vital role in keeping Sanibel’s environment healthy and clean.

Whether you choose to do so by walking, biking, kayaking or via guided tour, one thing is for sure — you’re bound to see nature like you haven’t before at J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. Book your next trip with us by clicking here or give us a call at 800.824.0476.