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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.

Wildlife

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
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
1 day ago 3 stars $119
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
2 days ago 3 stars $116
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
12 days ago 3 stars $157

Recently Rated Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Tween Waters Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.2 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $150
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.0 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $119
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
3.9 / 5
74 reviews
3 stars $116
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.2 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.3 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars $157
Sanibel Arms West
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $192

Sanibel and Captiva Islands hotels

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Featured Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

From $119

1 Island Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 59 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

great spot for a short getaway...
We only stayed 1 night in this hotel since I was entertaining a family member on a brief visit. It was just the right spot for a short getaway! The room with 2 queen beds with ocean view & an...
Aug 3, 2014
From $116

2 Sanibel Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 74 reviews

937 East Gulf Drive Map

Luxuriate Longer - Save 15%

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

Hidden Fees
The hotel is located on the beach with nice grounds and the rooms were cool, clean with little deferred maintenance. The screened in porch with hooks for drying bathing suits was a nice plus. We...
Jul 29, 2014
From $131

3 South Seas Island Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 102 reviews

5400 Plantation Road Map

Luxuriate Longer - Stay 3 and save

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 Pools & a Beautiful Waterviews
Yes It's a beatiful area. But it lacks in a lot of other areas. The rooms need a little updating (a little beat up) wornout rugs and dirty blue sofa chairs. Tiny pillows and the cheapest scrachiest...
Sep 7, 2014
From $118

4 Sunset Beach Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 80 reviews

3287 West Gulf Drive Map

Fall Escape - $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

Great room and location, couple snafus
The room size and features exceeded my expectations. My only complaint is that check in was listed as 4:00, and I couldn't get into my room until almost 5:00. Free breakfast was just ok. Beach...
Jul 20, 2014
From $157

5 Shalimar Cottages and Motel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 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

Nice Location
The location of the cottages/motel is Gulf side with Gulf access. You cannot see the sunset from this angle on the Gulf but a beautiful location. All cottages are not on the Gulf but a short walk....
Jun 24, 2014
From $124

6 Holiday Inn SANIBEL ISLAND

3 stars
4.0 / 5 157 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

Very nice
This hotel was right on the beach and had it's own tikki bar so it was very convenient to just sit and relax. I will definitely return!
Aug 11, 2014
From $148

7 Song of the Sea

3 stars
4.2 / 5 51 reviews

863 East Gulf Drive Map

Rate includes $35 USD in Resort Credits nightly

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

Relaxing intimate getaway
The price is a bit higher than some other hotels on the island but the location is good and it has a smaller more intimate feel. Enjoyed watching the thunder storms out on the gulf from our...
Aug 29, 2014
From $148

8 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

Stay Husbands Birthday
The West Wind Inn is always a relaxing and laid back experience. Located at the west end of Sanibel, the beach is not crowded and is very clean. Enjoyed our stay, though the room could use a bit of...
Sep 15, 2014
From $159

9 Sundial Resort and Spa

3 stars
3.9 / 5 87 reviews

1451 Middle Gulf Drive Map

Family vacation spot combines luxury, learning and leisureThe Sundial Beach and Golf Resort offers guests a complete resort experience with luxuriously appointed suites and condominiums. Guests... More

Loved Sanibel
I had stayed at this hotel before years ago and going back was a wonderful experience. The room and ocean view was great and the beach could not had been better. I really recommend this location....
Aug 25, 2014
From $129

10 The Seaside Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 32 reviews

541 East Gulf Drive Map

Rate includes $35 USD in Resort Credits nightly

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

Disappointed
Pictures of Seaside Inn do not accurately reflect the property, rooms and amenities. The Seaside Inn rooms are very small and poorly equipped. Dishes (the few that were provided) were dirty, coffee...
Feb 1, 2014
From $271

11 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

From $150

12 Tween Waters Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 13 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

My Tri Getaway
Tween Waters is the perfect island getaway! We were greeted with staff who escorted us to registration and then right to our room. The rooms are beautifully renovated and the bed was super comfy...
Sep 16, 2014
From $192

13 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

excellent
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

14 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
From $299

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