Destination guide

Travel to tranquil Sanibel

The island views and wildlife create a pretty picture of Sanibel. This relaxing city allures visitors with its bird watching and biking. Lovers Key State Park and Sun Splash Water Park are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation 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? Travelers enjoy fun activities like bird watching and biking. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Sanibel a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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 92°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 traveler 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 center:

  • 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

Traveling 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 center. 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.

Where to stay near Sanibel?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 5,518 house rentals near Sanibel. From 2,268 Houses to 2,581 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sanibel for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Sanibel?

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

  • The Dunes: 453 vacation rentals
  • Butterknife: 294 vacation rentals
  • Beachview Country Club Estates: 626 vacation rentals
  • Heron's Landing: 107 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Ridge: 120 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Sanibel?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Sanibel. 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: 7,598 home rentals
  • Sanibel Island Golf Club: 9,520 home rentals
  • Sanibel Historical Museum and Village: 8,837 home rentals
  • Dunes Golf and Tennis Club: 9,335 home rentals
  • BIG Arts Center: 8,881 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sanibel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sanibel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,268 Houses in Sanibel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sanibel include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,581 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 117 lodging choices
  • Villas: 356 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sanibel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,650 vacation homes with pool available in Sanibel.

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