Sanibel Island

75° - January
77° - February
80° - March
85° - April
89° - May
92° - June
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92° - August
91° - September
87° - October
81° - November
77° - December
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Craving a Florida beach vacation without the insane spring break crowd? Sanibel Island, located on the Gulf of Mexico, is an old fashioned, relaxing, luxurious sanctuary of a vacation. It's so old-fashioned, in fact, that you may think you're the first person to have ever stepped on its shores. Rather than spending your time searching beaches for one inch of lounge space, you can roam the vacant beaches for seashells. While the naturalized coastline may not give you the soft white sand experience, they will give you wild plants, buckets-full of seashells and a variety of ocean creatures. Visitors can revel in the simplicity of Sanibel Island by renting bikes, fishing, or kayaking thorough the bay. Whether you're looking for romance or a family-friendly retreat, Sanibel Island is a tropical hideaway tucked conveniently off the coast of eastern Florida.
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Matt Sutkowski
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
Photo Credit: Dave Meardon
  • Island Inn

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    Such a gem!

    We live on the East coast of Florida and never ventured over to Sanibel. Our last anniversary we took a long weekend and can't wait to go back. We stayed at the Marriott right at the entrance of the Island and loved it. We fed dolphins every night, sipped Bumpin Banana drinks and enjoyed the sunset. Utterly amazing sunset! The Island Cow is still one of our favorite restaurants to date! GO GO GO!

    Meet a Dolphin!

    Sanibel Island is a beautiful little island, perfect of biking around, or just lounging on the beach. As your swimming in the warm, calm water, you might meet a dolphin! When you're doing swimming with the friendly sea life, scour the beach for beautiful shells, but watch out because some might just jump out of your hands! The beach is covered with clams in beautifully colored shells, as the waves roll back out you can watch the clams jumping around in the surf.
    Great for a day of fishing, sun bathing, interacting with nature, or a great game of beach volleyball!

    Sanibel & Captiva Islands Visitor Center

    Stop by the Visitor Center of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce when you arrive. It can be your one stop shop for information on everything that Sanibel and Captiva can offer. You can find it on the right, immediately after you drive onto the island. It is open 365 days a year, 9am - 5pm. If you can-t make it to the center, visit us online to find out where to stay, play, and dine.
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    The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

    This shell museum offers over 30 exhibits! They have tons of shells from around the world to view and learn about. Fun for the whole family to enjoy.
    Cost: Children 4 and under: Free Youth 5 - 16: $5 Adults: $9
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    J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    Over two thirds of the land area of Sanibel is permanently dedicated as a nature reserve. The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 5,000-acres and is home to many species of birds, otters, alligators, armadillos, gopher tortoises and other wildlife.

    Bike Tours

    Rent a bike or Segway and take a guided tour or go on your own around the local Sanibel area. There a many trials and things to see on this fun way to get around!
    Cost: Varies depending on type of bike rented
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    Bowman's Beach

    A great beach to enjoy for the day! There are bathrooms, changing areas and outside showers. Stay later in the evening to witness the incredible sunsets!
    Cost: Parking is $2 an hour.
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    The abundance and variety of shells have made Sanibel and Captiva Islands the "Shell Capital of the World." Visitors from around the world come here to go shelling.


    The warm waters of the Gulf provide great breeding grounds for more than 50 species of fish including redfish, speckled trout, snook and tarpon.




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    Southwest Florida Regional Airport [RSW]