You won't find glitzy nightclubs, but night owls do have places to roost at the resorts and restaurants listed above. Here's a brief recap:
The Patio Lounge, in the Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle Way (tel. 239/472-1771), attracts an affluent crowd of everyone from 20-somethings to seniors to its live music every evening. McT's Tavern, 1523 Periwinkle Way (tel. 239/472-3161), has a large-screen TV for sports fans. Other popular sports bars are the Sanibel Grill, 703 Tarpon Bay Rd. (tel. 239/472-4453), and the two Lazy Flamingo branches, at 1036 Periwinkle Way (tel. 239/472-6939) and 6520-C Pine Ave. (tel. 239/472-5353).
A group of professional actors performs Broadway dramas and comedies from October to August in Sanibel's state-of-the-art, 150-seat Schoolhouse Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way (tel. 239/472-6862; www.bigarts.org/theatre.php).
Local songwriters perform their works nightly at R. C. Otter's Island Eats, 11500 Andy Rosse Lane (tel. 239/395-1142). The Crow's Nest Lounge, in the 'Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Road (tel. 239/472-5161), is Captiva's top nightspot for dancing. Our favorite is the Keylime Bistro (tel. 239/395-4000), where the musicians performing on the restaurant's resplendent outdoor patio aren't just your local garage band -- last time we were there, one of Aaron Neville's band members showed up and played an extra-long set. Best of all, there's no cover and entertainment is almost on a nightly basis. Call ahead for schedules.
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.