Destination guide

Travel to relaxing Sanibel

The island views and wildlife create a pretty picture of Sanibel. This relaxing city attracts visitors thanks to its bird watching and cycling. Lovers Key State Park and Sun Splash Water Park are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in and around Sanibel

Are you hoping to find things to do in the area? Travellers enjoy fun activities like bird watching and cycling. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Sanibel a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sun Splash Water Park (14.8 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Dunes Golf and Tennis Club (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Jungle Golf Ft. Myers (9.4 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Royal Tee Golf Club (12.5 mi / 20.1 km)
  • Palmetto-Pine Country Club (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)

Seasonal weather in Sanibel

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 33°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Sanibel

Sanibel is famous for its island views, breathtaking sunsets and wildlife. Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Sanibel is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lovers Key State Park (13.8 mi / 22.3 km)
  • Barefoot Beach (19.3 mi / 31.1 km)
  • Sanibel Captiva Island (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Gulfside City Park (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Bowman's Beach (3.6 mi / 5.7 km)
  • J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Sanibel

Fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), the closest airport, located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Naples, FL (APF-Naples Municipal), which is 28.8 mi (46.4 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Sanibel?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,546 holiday lettings around Sanibel. From 2,334 houses to 372 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Sanibel?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said everyone ever. Find the perfect shared setting for your posse and you'll be well on your way to basking in beachy bliss! HomeAway has 1,655 rental properties by the beach to check out. After a different holiday vibe? See if any of our other properties float your boat. Our options for this destination include:

  • 1,602 water-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,515 beachfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,376 waterfront holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a condo in Sanibel?

A condo is great if you're the type of person who likes to have heaps of room to move. With all the conveniences of home, it'll provide the perfect chill-out zone after a tiring day of sightseeing. In this destination, HomeAway has 2,470 to choose from. Book now and you could be spending as little as £26 a night. If that doesn't fit with your squad's taste, we've got a range of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 2,409 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Villa: 358 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £46 per night.
  • Apartment: 264 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £39 per night.

Can I stay in Sanibel in a large group?

There's nothing like getting together with old work colleagues or spending a couple of weeks with extended family in a sensational new area. And the best thing, HomeAway has options big enough for the whole crew. 1,318 condo holiday rentals are listed. At the moment, they're the most popular choice here for big groups. If you're wanting to stay in a big group, the holiday rental options that can cater to you include:

  • Searching for rentals that can house 6 people? We have 2,705 that will suit. The prices start from £27 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your crew, you'll be delighted to hear that there are 744 rental accommodation that are suitable. You can get one for as little as £38 per night.
  • Going away with a group of 10? We've got 243 holiday rentals that will meet your needs. Prices begin at just £72 a night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your grandpa and all your besties to Sanibel.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Sanibel?

Ditch those sterile, drab chain-hotel rooms! Bask in the freedom of living like a local in an affordable holiday rental instead. Check out all the diverse options available now on HomeAway. Pelican Preserve is heaven for bargain hunters. And with 56 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £81 a night, you can see why. Sanibel Harbours is another good option. We've got 16 and the average price is around £105 per night.

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