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In making a choice of a place in which to spend the winter months, the question is largely one of desirability; to find a hotel which caters pleasantly to the inner man and provides the guest with ample means of entertainment; to be surrounded by cultivated people and not to be bound by the more rigid dictates of fashion; to have the warmth of the Southern sun, but tempered by cooling breezes; to be easily accessible, yet pleasantly remote from turmoil of cities; to be surrounded by the beauties of nature and still to have at hand the conveniences of life- with these pre-requisites in mind, the tourist is invited to read further.
A peculiar feature of Sanibel Island is the fact that, unlike the other islands, it does not parallel the coast, but curves inland until the lower end of the island points towards east. To this fact is due the location of Casa Ybel facing south upon the Gulf beach, and to it and to the change of currents produced by its location, is due the profusion and variety of beautiful shells found on the beach. It ranks first in this respect of all the beaches in the United States and provides and unfailing source of pleasure to our guests.
Casa Ybel is build on the cottage system and consists of ten separate houses, placed in an irregular semi-circle facing the beach, but just far enough back to escape the glare of the white sand and to be shaded by the beautiful trees of the park-like grounds. The central cottage contains the public rooms; sun-parlor, music room, billiard room, card room, dining room and kitchen. The other houses are devoted to bed rooms, and arrangement much appreciated by our guests who find them free from noise, or the odors of cooking. Also there is a pleasant sense of being at home in one's own cottage and veranda.
Sanibel Island is noted for its winter vegetables and citrus fruits and for the fish, oysters and clams with which the surrounding waters are stocked; with these, and with western meats from Jacksonville, the table is abundantly supplied during the season. Add to this real Southern
The clientele of the house is composed exclusively of cultured and refined people who find its freedom from fashionable requirements and its quiet, wholesome amusements a welcome diversion from their ordinary mode of living. There is hardly a city or town of note east of the Rockies from which there has been no representation among the guests of former years. In many places there are persons to whom prospective visitors may be referred for first-hand information regarding Casa Ybel.
The amusements at Casa Ybel are many and all classes may find a way to pleasantly pass the time. The beach is one of the chiefest attractions and there are few guests who do not spend part of each day upon it. The shelling lays its fascination upon all corners and long walks result.
The fishing at Sanibel is generally good and one can fish from the various docks, or take a guide and a motor boat and go after the big ones. The list of possible catches include trout, mackerel, channel bass, sheepshead, jack fish, grouper and mangrove snapper; also tarpon, king fish and amberjack at the passes. Shark, sawfish, jewfish, catfish, and other undesirables are also in evidence. It is no uncommon thing for guests to bring in fifty or a hundred pounds of game fish after a day in the passes, while very nice catches can often be made at the docks.
Casa Ybel makes no pretensions to fashion; the rooms are comfortable, the beds are good, sanitary plumbing and private baths have been installed. No pains are spared to make our guests comfortable. There is motor boat and automobile livery.
The rates are: Per day, $3.00 up; per week, $15.00 up. The season is from January first to April first, but parties wishing to come earlier or to stay later can be accommodated.
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Casa Ybel. Casa Ybel promotional brochure. 1912 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/297416>, accessed 4 February 2023.
Casa Ybel. Casa Ybel promotional brochure. 1912 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/297416>
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