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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
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
2 days ago 3 stars $179
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4 days ago 3 stars $185
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
5 days ago 3 stars $160
Tween Waters Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
19 days ago 3 stars $190

Recently Rated Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.0 / 5
62 reviews
3 stars $160
Pelicans Roost Condominiums
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Tween Waters Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.2 / 5
17 reviews
3 stars $190
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
3.9 / 5
77 reviews
3 stars $179
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.4 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $185
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.2 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $185
Sanibel Arms West
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $282

Featured Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

From $185

1 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 $158

2 Holiday Inn SANIBEL ISLAND

3 stars
4.0 / 5 165 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

Relaxing getaway
Had a beautiful and relaxing 8 days in sanibel.hotel was clean and comfortable and close to beach .chairs were plentiful never had trouble getting one staff was great no complaints
Apr 24, 2015
From $190

3 Tween Waters Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 17 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

Loved this place
Hotel was a pleasant surprise, rooms were modern and comfortable. Restaurant didn't have much atmosphere, but the food - chef were A+. Definitely plan to return and spend more time. Location was...
Jan 24, 2015
From $183

4 Sunset Beach Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 84 reviews

3287 West Gulf Drive Map

4th Night Free, Summer Escape

Situated on 350 feet of powder white beaches, the Sanibel Sunset Beach Resort is a simple retreat for vacationers in search of relaxation. Comfortable, accommodations with nice extras, a welcoming... More

Sunset Beach it is!
Great location, great staff, great beach! Pair of Manatees cruised the beach and we saw dolphins every day! We love Sanibel and enjoyed our stay.
Mar 23, 2015
From $179

5 Sundial Resort and Spa

3 stars
3.9 / 5 94 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

I enjoyed my stay at Sundial Resort.
My room had several minor problems that I reported at check out only because I choose not to bothered during my vacation. My feeling,having worked in the hotel industry before is that rooms should...
Apr 6, 2015
From $215

6 South Seas Island Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 104 reviews

5400 Plantation Road Map

Kids Eat Breakfast Free + Coupon Book with Savings

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 $160

7 Island Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 62 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

Amazing hotel
This place was perfect for our honeymoon. It was so clean and literaly right on the beach. I would for sure come back to this place.
Mar 4, 2015
From $188

8 Seaside Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 33 reviews

541 East Gulf Drive Map

4th Night Free - Summer Escape

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 $179

9 Sanibel Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 77 reviews

937 East Gulf Drive Map

Summer Escape – Discounts on Golf & Tennis

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

Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Inn is a laid back comfortable place to stay. We enjoyed it.
Jan 16, 2015
From $185

10 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 $231

11 Song of the Sea

3 stars
4.2 / 5 55 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

awesome
Hotel was outstanding. Service and staff were great. Walked right out our door to beach and pool. Will definitely go back to Song of the Sea.
Mar 19, 2015
From $282

12 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

13 Pelicans Roost Condominiums

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

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

Relaxing stay at the beach
Loved our stay at Pelican's Roost. Plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas to use. Condo was clean and well appointed. Will definitely come again.
Mar 16, 2015