I am wondering how Manasota Keys compares to Sanibel. I was planning on staying on Sanibel Island this coming winter for a vacation because I love the natural look of the island (I had only stayed on Ft. Myers Beach before) and the nature preserve and bike baths were major attractions for me. Then I started checking out rental rates and was disappointed how expensive it was. I then researched other areas to vacation in SW Florida and read great things about Englewood and Manasota Keys. For those of you that have visited both, how do you think Manasota & Sanibel compare for beaches, shelling, nature preserves, biking, etc? I'm thinking I might even like Manasota better if it's not as well-known, i.e. "touristy".
Thank-you for any feedback!