Destination guide

History, culture, and wildlife in Sanibel Island

The family-friendly beaches and spectacular views in Sanibel Island make it a prime spot for beachgoers and travelers looking for a slice of paradise. Filled with stunning landscape and a rich ecosystem teeming with wildlife, there’s something for everyone in Sanibel Island. Many vacation home rentals can be found right in the heart of the island, putting you within reach of sun and surf.

Things to do

History, culture, and wildlife in Sanibel Island

Aside from stunning beaches, Sanibel Island is home to many interesting historic sites, museums, and art galleries to interest you near your summer rental. Old Town Sanibel is a historic town with quaint village shops and restaurants to get a glimpse of the past, and the Conservation Foundation’s Nature Center is a preserve for local wildlife, complete with miles of trails through a butterfly exhibit, a marine-life touch tank, and island habitats. There are also rentals for deep sea fishing in the emerald and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as inshore fishing for sea trout and tarpon in the famous Boca Grande Pass.

Outdoor activities

Watersports and land activities in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island offers a range of outdoor activities and adventure near your summer rental. Boating, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular options for watersports and activities, while land lovers can enjoy a few rounds of golf on immaculately groomed courses where the pros play. Racquetball and tennis are also popular, as well as chartering boats for dolphin and whale watching.


Sun and surf in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island beaches offer a little bit of everything, from exciting watersports to family adventures, right outside the door of vacation homes. Causeway Beaches are a popular, dog-friendly spot for swimming, fishing, and windsurfing, while Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier offers a slice of history with a historic functioning lighthouse and a nature trail through the wetlands. Gulfside City Park is a secluded beach with picnic tables for a quiet afternoon, and Tarpon Beach is a must-visit for cyclists and hikers.

Family friendly

Fun with the whole family in Sanibel Island

If you’re looking for family-friendly adventures, Sanibel Island is the place to be. Many vacation cottages can be found near family favorites, such as Bowman’s Beach, the island’s only beach with barbecue grills for a picnic after sunbathing, and the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, which is devoted to the geographical, historical, and scientific perspectives of shelling. BIG ARTS is a great choice for kids as well, due to its dance, visual arts, and music programs, and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge features bird watching, walking paths, and native wildlife exhibits to delight children.

Good for couples

Reconnect with your love at Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island cottage rentals are the perfect place for a quiet, romantic getaways with your significant other. There are many intimate locations for bonding in Sanibel Island, such as Blind Pass Beach, a quiet beach for shelling and fishing, and the Sanibel Island Art Galleries, which features a range of striking artistic creations. The Florida Repertory Theatre, an ensemble company with live plays and musicals, and the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, a venue for dinner and high-profile shows, are excellent ways to spend a romantic evening.

Can I find a vacation rental around Sanibel Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,469 vacation rentals near Sanibel Island. From 2,772 Houses to 2,896 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sanibel Island are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sanibel Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sanibel Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Naples: 7,744 vacation rentals
  • Fort Myers Beach: 8,681 vacation rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast: 29,333 vacation rentals
  • Cape Coral: 7,778 vacation rentals
  • Fort Myers: 8,422 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sanibel Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sanibel Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sanibel Island:

  • Naples: 7,744 rentals
  • Fort Myers Beach: 8,681 rentals
  • Cape Coral: 7,778 rentals
  • Fort Myers: 8,422 rentals
  • Bonita Springs: 5,143 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Sanibel Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Sanibel Island are:

  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW): 8,015 vacation rentals
  • Naples Municipal Airport (APF): 6,787 vacation rentals
  • Page Field (FMY): 8,374 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sanibel Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Sanibel Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sanibel and Captiva Island Visitor's Center: 7,601 rentals
  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse: 9,840 rentals
  • Del Tura Golf and Country Club: 4,088 rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: 13,751 rentals
  • Times Square: 1,736 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sanibel Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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