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Much of the "help" on this affluent island dines at Jerry's Family Restaurant, 1700 Periwinkle Way, at Casa Ybel Road (tel. 239/472-9300; www.jerrysfoods.com), which serves wholesome, inexpensive diner fare. Both the restaurant and adjacent supermarket are open daily from 6am to 11pm. Breakfast is served from 6am to 4pm, and you can usually get a table quickly (which can't be said of Sanibel's other popular breakfast spots).

You'll find reasonably priced pub fare at Sanibel's sports bars, such as the Lazy Flamingo II and Sanibel Grill, 703 Tarpon Bay Rd., near Palm Ridge Road (tel. 239/472-3128), which serves as the bar for Timbers, the fine seafood restaurant next door.

For picnics at Sanibel's beaches or on a canoe, the deli and bakery in Bailey's General Store, at Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road (tel. 239/472-1516; www.baileys-sanibel.com), carries a gourmet selection of breads, cheeses, and meats. Huxter's Deli and Market, 1203 Periwinkle Way, east of Donax Street (tel. 239/472-6988; www.huxtersmarket.com), has sandwich fixings and "beach box" lunches to go.

Captiva Island

Sandwiches and picnic fare are available at the Captiva Island Store, Captiva Road at Andy Rosse Lane (tel. 239/472-2374; www.captivaislandstore.com). The beach is a block from here.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.