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What travelers to Sanibel and Captiva Islands are saying

We visited for a relaxing, quiet mini-vacation, and found a great spot. Enjoyed finding shells on our hotel's beach as well as Bowman's beach. Dinners were pricey, but the fresh seafood was great. Also enjoyed renting bikes and visiting the Ding Darling visitor's center. Lots of cool exhibits and information there.
Christine M. Jul 22, 2015
We love the gulf. We wanted a short beach vacation and Sanibel was terrific. We beached for 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Duke May 29, 2015
Kind of crowded, but excellent beaches.
Michael C. Mar 15, 2015

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
Tween Waters Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
10 hours ago 3 stars $190
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
14 hours ago 3 stars $165
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
2 days ago 3 stars $155
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
7 days ago 3 stars $195
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
17 days ago 3 stars $230

Recently Rated Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.0 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $165
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.5 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars $195
Island Inn
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.0 / 5
60 reviews
3 stars $155
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
16 reviews
3 stars $190
Sanibel Moorings
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
4.3 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars $230
Sanibel Arms West
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $309

Featured Sanibel and Captiva Islands Hotels

From $169

1 South Seas Island Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 98 reviews

5400 Plantation Road

Kids Eat Breakfast Free + Coupon Book with Savings

Resort offers family vacationing at its finest on Captiva Island. South Seas Island Resort, on a secluded Captiva Island is located on a 330-acre Wildlife Preserve. Create a memorable vacation...

Great trip
The staff was very helpful and friendly. Pool was amazing great for kids.
Jul 11, 2015
From $165

2 Sanibel Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 75 reviews

937 East Gulf Drive

Summer Escapes - 4th Night Free

The 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 and savor the shaded respite of the...

Sanibel 2015
The Sanibel Inn once again made us feel like home. There are many places to stay on Sanibel, but we always feel like the Sanibel Inn is the place to stay. It is always clean, comfortable, and...
Jul 27, 2015
From $143

3 Holiday Inn SANIBEL ISLAND

3 stars
4.0 / 5 150 reviews

1231 Middle Gulf Drive

Holiday Inn gives guests a lot for their money at this intimate beachfront resort, without the resort fees. Comfortable rooms are well appointed for vacationers who are minding their wallet with...

Anniversary getaway
This was our 2nd time to spend an anniversary at HI Sanibel. The beach there is perfect...trash free, covered in shells, steps away from our room and the pool. Hotel provides beach towels, chairs...
Jul 28, 2015
From $112

4 Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

3 stars
3.9 / 5 84 reviews

1451 Middle Gulf Drive

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa offers guests a complete resort experience with luxuriously appointed suites and condominiums. Guests enjoy a broad range of amenities from golf, tennis and...

awesome
nice hotel but, some rooms need to be renovated. overall i am happy
Jul 6, 2015
From $159

5 Sunset Beach Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 81 reviews

3287 West Gulf Drive

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...

Amazing Trip!
We very much enjoyed staying here, the price was well worth the private beach and the staff. We had a very easy check in and had all we needed for our week long vacation. We got married on the...
Jul 31, 2015
From $155

6 Island Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 60 reviews

3111 West Gulf Drive

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...

quick getaway
Our stay was amazing! The staff was so friendly and helpful and full of information about the hotel and its history! The room was so beautiful and spacious and most importantly clean!! It's quiet...
Jun 14, 2015
From $190

7 Tween Waters Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 16 reviews

15951 Captiva Dr

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...

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 $173

8 Seaside Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 30 reviews

541 East Gulf Drive

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...

Wonderful Getaway
This hotel met every expectation that we had...and beyond. It is just steps away from the beach. They supply umbrellas and chairs for you as well. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. We had a...
Jun 15, 2015
From $195

9 Shalimar Cottages and Motel

3 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

2823 West Gulf Drive

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...

Relaxing family vacation
We had a great first trip to Shalimar. The hotel is located right on a quiet, beautiful section of beach. Our hotel room was spacious, well decorated, and very clean. Having a well stocked...
Jul 23, 2015
From $230

10 Sanibel Moorings

3 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews

845 East Gulf Drive

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...

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 $208

11 Song of the Sea

3 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

863 East Gulf Drive

Song 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 big-resort commotion make this an ideal...

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 $309

12 Sanibel Arms West

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

827 East Gulf Drive

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...

13 Pelicans Roost Condominiums

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

605 Donax Street

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...

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

14 Casa Ybel Sanibel Island Resort

2 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

2255 West Gulf Drive

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...