Sanibel, FL, USA

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Sanibel, FL, USA

Sanibel vacation rentals

Picture-perfect Sanibel

Ocean views, swaying palms, and beautiful white-sand beaches sprinkled with shells draw visitors irresistibly to Sanibel Island in southwest Florida. Reached by a causeway from the mainland at Punta Rassa, and just 15 miles long, Sanibel is a picture-perfect vacation destination. Bike to Lighthouse Beach Park, hunt for shells on the pristine sands, or stroll along the boardwalk that meanders through the coastal marshes to spot local wildlife. Sanibel vacation rentals range from beachfront condos to beautiful, traditional stilt homes – perfect for dolphin or manatee spotting by day and enjoying the sunsets creep, pink and gold, over the water come dusk.

Fun in the sun on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is perfect for biking: there are many miles of trails so it’s easy to explore Sanibel town on 2 wheels or to bike around the island’s beaches. Or why not explore on a Segway tour? Sanibel is famous for shell hunting, with the shells themselves washing ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re staying at your Sanibel vacation rental with kids, wandering along the sweeps of sparkling sand hunting for shells is a fun way to spend an afternoon. The beaches are also known for sport fishing. Alternatively, head to the causeway beaches to enjoy watersports including canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, kite boarding, or jet skiing.

Discover Sanibel’s history

After a fun morning collecting shells on the beach, why not head to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum to compare treasures? Its collection includes many different types of shells and fossils, as well as showcasing how Sanibel’s original inhabitants, the Calusa people, used the shells. You can discover more of Sanibel’s history at Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. The historic buildings include a traditional cracker house and tell the story of the Calusa and Spanish pioneer families who settled on the island.

Enjoy winter and summer sun in Sanibel

You can enjoy a pleasant stay at a Sanibel vacation rental whatever the season. Sanibel Island enjoys a typical southern Florida subtropical climate, which means that, even in the depths of winter, temperatures in the 70s are not uncommon. This makes the island a popular winter sun destination. In the summer, high temperatures can reach into the 90s. That said, the summer heat is cooled by a welcome fresh ocean sea breeze that rolls in from the Gulf of Mexico across the island.

Sanibel’s natural wonders

More than half of Sanibel Island is covered by the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a wonderful wild preserve of mangrove forests, lush vegetation, and pristine beaches. It’s home to a great variety of birds and other wildlife, including crocodiles and Florida’s famous residents, endangered giant manatees. As well as wildlife spotting and birdwatching, the refuge offers opportunities to explore by kayak. Its serene, mangrove-lined kayaking trails offer a peaceful way to pass an afternoon. For a longer trek, the Great Calusa Blueway offers a 190-mile-long canoe and kayak trail which can be enjoyed by beginners and advanced paddlers alike.