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Find Floridian serenity on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Connected to Fort Myers by a causeway, Sanibel and Captiva Islands stretch between Pine Island Sound on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Banyan trees, tropical flowers and quaint cafes give these Florida islands an old-fashioned ambiance. Roam the palm-shaded Lighthouse Beach, scan the horizon for waders at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, or snorkel for tropical wonders beneath the waves. Sanibel and Captiva Islands hotels throw you right in the midst of a good old Gulf Coast vacation.

Things to see and do

Beaches and bikes

Sanibel and Captiva Islands are known for their seashell-strewn shores. In fact, nearly 250 different kinds of shells can be found here. The calm and warm turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico is perfect for families and small children.

Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier, located on the eastern tip of Sanibel Island, wrap around to the sound side and feature a boardwalk nature trail through the wetlands. Captiva Beach is a great spot for gorgeous sunset views. Rent bicycles and pedal across hard-packed sand, or travel down more than 22 miles of bike paths.

Water sports

Charter an offshore fishing excursion to catch snapper, cobia and grouper, or embark on a leisurely boat tour around the island. As an added bonus, you just might see dolphins playing in the boat's wake.


J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 6,400 acres that include mangrove forests, marshes and sea grass beds. The area is known for its migratory bird population as well as alligators and other native Florida wildlife. Visitors can drive, walk or bicycle through the refuge.

Best time to stay

Escape the chill of those colder locales by flying off to the Fort Myers area of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The warm currents and sea breezes of the Gulf of Mexico make this a year-round destination for snowbirds, family vacations and spring break travelers, with temperatures never dipping far below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where to stay

Most hotels are located on Sanibel Island, the larger, southern portion of the island chain. Stay central, to the west of Gulfside Beach, if you want quick access to the wildlife refuge and the green bays of Tarpon and Sanibel Bayou directly north. There are also a cluster of beachfront inns and luxury hotels along East Gulf Drive towards the very eastern tip of the isle, where the lighthouse looks over to the mainland. Prices run from around $100 a night to almost $300 for a private ocean view resort. You'll also find a few accommodations near to Captiva Beach in Captiva Island, where you can hop across to North Captiva by ferry.

Special events

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Presented by the Fort Myers Beach Lions, the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival offers all the fun of parades, arts and crafts vendors, and lots of fresh Gulf Coast shrimp. The Shrimp Festival Queen is crowned at this March event.

Fort Myers Beach Offshore Grand Prix

The week-long charity event known as the Fort Myers Beach Offshore Grand Prix climaxes with two days of offshore racing. During the week, there are block parties, motorcycle poker runs, concerts and a parade.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Luminary Festival

Held in December, businesses, residents and visitors ring in the holiday season with the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Luminary Festival. A beautiful path of decorated trees and twinkling lights make the islands sparkle and shine as guests enjoy music, shopping and a holiday golf cart parade. You might even see Santa himself making a stop at the local galleries and shops.

Taste of the Islands

Taste of the Islands, held in November, is a celebration of community spirit and local cuisine. Local restaurants compete to win top honors from an esteemed panel of judges, making this a great way to find a new favorite restaurant. The event was created to raise awareness and funds for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

Recently booked Sanibel and Captiva Islands hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
8 hours ago 3 stars $178
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
9 hours ago 3 stars $139
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
2 days ago 3 stars $149
Tween Waters Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
18 days ago 3 stars $175
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
27 days ago 3 stars Choose dates
Sanibel Arms West
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
27 days ago 3 stars $192

Recently Rated Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Tween Waters Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.2 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $175
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
3.9 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $149
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.0 / 5
61 reviews
3 stars $139
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.4 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $178
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.2 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Sanibel Arms West
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $192

Sanibel and Captiva Islands hotels

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From $135


3 stars
4.0 / 5 161 reviews

1231 Middle Gulf Drive Map

Deluxe beach resort offers great value for family vacationsHoliday Inn gives guests a lot for their money at this intimate beachfront resort, without the resort fees. Comfortable rooms are well... More

Quiet escape
We had a wonderful time here in Sanibel and loved riding our bikes through the beautiful community. We were a bit worried when it seemed our hotel was far away from others, but that made it even...
Nov 26, 2014
From $135

2 Sunset Beach Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 81 reviews

3287 West Gulf Drive Map

Winterl Escape - Up to $100 resort credit

Upgraded Sanibel resort for vacationers who appreciate valueSituated on 350 feet of powder white beaches, the Sanibel Sunset Beach Resort is a simple retreat for vacationers in search of... More

Whoa! Right on the beach
We were extremely pleased with Sunset Beach from the moment we arrived. Easy and fast check in and quick to our rooms. Now the rooms were large, very clean and with all the comfort one can wish! We...
Oct 22, 2014
From $149

3 Sanibel Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 75 reviews

937 East Gulf Drive Map

Winterl Escape - Up to $100 resort credit

Quiet and casual intimate Sanibel resortThe Sanibel Inn is a casual beachfront resort for guests who enjoy a peaceful, nature-filled setting for their vacation. Stroll the beach, hunt for shells... More

local and comfortable
We were greeted by Peter who was very informative about what to do. He also was able to get us into a suite which was very roomy. I am very picky about bedding and this was fantastic. Went to Doc...
Nov 3, 2014
From $189

4 Sundial Resort and Spa

3 stars
3.9 / 5 88 reviews

1451 Middle Gulf Drive Map

Family vacation spot combines luxury, learning and leisureSundial Resort and Spa offers guests a complete resort experience with luxuriously appointed suites and condominiums. Guests enjoy a broad... More

Great birthday kickoff !!!
Our room has an ocean view and close to tennis courts. Kitchen is upgraded with stainless steal appliance! Very clean and overall great for family vacay!!! We saved on food because we were able to...
Sep 22, 2014
From $169

5 South Seas Island Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 104 reviews

5400 Plantation Road Map

Up to $100 resort credit and more!

Resort offers family vacationing at its finest on Captiva IslandThe South Seas Island Resort, on a secluded Captiva Island location on a 330-acre Wildlife Preserve, creates a memorable vacation... More

Great stay!
Absolutely beautiful location at the end of Captiva. Great service, great beach and pool areas. Perfect relaxing trip.
Nov 8, 2014
From $175

6 Tween Waters Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 16 reviews

15951 Captiva Dr Map

Here across 13 gorgeous Gulf Beaches-to-Bay acres, with our charming blend of warm hospitality and barefoot style that dates to 1931, you'll enjoy a gracious, comfortable, historic, tropical beach... More

Love this place!
We had our wedding at Tween Waters and everything was a dream! The staff is amazing the location is beautiful and we really couldn't have asked for anything more. We love Tween Waters and can't...
Dec 3, 2014
From $139

7 Island Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 61 reviews

3111 West Gulf Drive Map

Voted Best Inn on the Island, the Island Inn, with its combination of quaint Old Florida cottages and modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of... More

Wonerful Vacation
Very relaxing, excellent facility and staff. Can't get any better!
Nov 2, 2014
From $156

8 Seaside Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 33 reviews

541 East Gulf Drive Map

Winterl Escape - Up to $100 resort credit

Sanibel's Seaside Inn -- offers a touch of Olde Island charm in a classic Florida escape just steps from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Seaside Inn offers 32 beautiful hotel rooms and... More

Perfect getaway
My boyfriend and I were in Florida for a family party and decided to head to Sanibel for a few days. It was important to us that we stay somewhere on the beach but wanted a reasonable price too....
Oct 30, 2014
From $178

9 Shalimar Cottages and Motel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

2823 West Gulf Drive Map

Directly on the soft, white sand shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Shalimar is an Old Florida resort of 33 units, offering fun and relaxation in a peaceful, pristine atmosphere. Whether you wish to... More

R & R week
The staff was fabulous, Sarah at the front desk gave us an upgrade to a cottage at a fantastic rate. The cottage was clean, nice décor, all the needed amenities. I will book my next trip to Sanibel...
Sep 22, 2014
From $192

10 Sanibel Arms West

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

827 East Gulf Drive Map

From Sanibel Island's venerable lighthouse and fishing pier on its eastern tip to the recently re-opened Blind Pass at the north end, where Sanibel connects to Captiva Island, no condo resort... More

Had everything we needed. Excellent for families. And so close to the beach! Would have liked to have been able to walk to restaurants, shops, etc.. But really not a major problem. Everyone hired...
May 25, 2013
From $139

11 West Wind Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 102 reviews

3345 West Gulf Drive Map

No resort fees, free internet access!!

Quiet and casual intimate Sanibel resortThe Westwind Inn is a laidback beachfront resort for guests who enjoy glorious sunsets and some of the world’s best shelling, but not the hubbub of giant... More

Nice hotel for a beach trip.
The hotel had a very nice pool area and the beach was wonderful.
Dec 16, 2014
From $179

12 Song of the Sea

3 stars
4.2 / 5 52 reviews

863 East Gulf Drive Map

Intimate Sanibel sanctuary for couplesSong of the Sea is an intimate retreat for couples in need of peace, quiet and privacy. Deluxe accommodations, with lots of extras, an inviting staff and no... More

fantastic stay !!!
Really enjoyed thia stay. The condo was real nice. Housekeeping was a little slower here but still did a good job. Great view of the ocean. Staff was excellent. Would stay here again. :)
Nov 23, 2014

13 Sanibel Moorings

3 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

845 East Gulf Drive Map

Sanibel Moorings on Sanibel Island, Florida has an amazing vacation waiting for you! From a romantic getaway for two to a fun-filled escape for the whole family, the island playground is the... More

fantastic family vacation!!!
The Sanibel Mooring experience was a great one! My 5 person family party enjoyed our condo with all the amenities. For just about the same price of staying at a hotel you get double of amount of...
Jul 21, 2014

14 Pelicans Roost Condominiums

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

605 Donax Street Map

Pelicans Roost Vacation Condominiums - Sanibel Island, Florida You Can't Get Any Closer To "Perfect" Sanibel Island, on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, has long been considered the... More

15 Casa Ybel Sanibel Island Resort

2 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

2255 West Gulf Drive Map

Natural, secluded, and exclusive, Casa Ybel Resort epitomizes the sanctuary, old-island spirit of Sanibel. Occupying 23 acres of beachfront property isolated from commercial enterprise, the resort... More