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Top Rated Sanibel Hotels

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Kona Kai Motel
Kona Kai Motel
3.0 out of 5.0 1539 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
$109
4.5/5 (13 reviews)

It was a fantastic stay and experience. Everyone I spoke with were kind and professional and courtious. Highly reccommend very quiet.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018
West Wind Inn
West Wind Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 3345 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
$178
4.3/5 (71 reviews)

The property itself was beautiful. Small things could have been done to make the rooms a lot more friendly. I was in the eastern facing room where just a small curtain over the main entry doors glass could have been very beneficial. I know its a beach paradise, but somehow it is not fun to have your ...

Reviewed on May 15, 2019
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
3.0 out of 5.0 863 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
Free Cancellation
$239
4.3/5 (66 reviews)

This property was wonderful. Had everything we needed and so close to the beach. Staff was very pleasant and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019
Waterside Inn on the Beach
Waterside Inn on the Beach
2.0 out of 5.0 3033 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
$155
4.3/5 (24 reviews)

Great view from hotel rooms, wonderful staff, awesome location. Wish the beds were a little better, linens and comforter not best. Overall great stay, however.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019
Seaside Inn
Seaside Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
Free Cancellation
$219
4.2/5 (43 reviews)

Loved our stay at Seaside Inn! The staff went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. We loved the breakfast baskets. We had a nice assortment of juice, milk, fruit, bagels and granola bars. The location is excellent and we found some gorgeous seashells. We will be back!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
3.0 out of 5.0 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
Free Cancellation
$186
4.1/5 (133 reviews)

Everyone at the property was really nice. Breakfast was very good. The room was clean and had all the amenities one could need. The beach bar was fun with good food and drinks. My only complaint would be that the beach chairs and umbrellas are pretty tired looking and could use an update. Other than ...

Reviewed on May 16, 2019
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
Free Cancellation
$229
4.1/5 (106 reviews)

The bed was not comfortable at all. Both sides of the bed sloped down from the middle. Couldn’t have slept one more night on the bed. Elevator was broken the first day and a half and we were in the third floor. Wouldn’t have been a problem taking the stairs but my wife was very pregnant. We also ...

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019
Sunset Beach Inn
Sunset Beach Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 3287 West Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
Free Cancellation
$219
4.0/5 (99 reviews)

Loved it was so close to the beach. Nice shelling beach. Pool was great and getting to see a sunset every night. Room could have been cleaned better. Nice to have a breakfast basket everyday.

Reviewed on May 18, 2019
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
3.0 out of 5.0 1231 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
Free Cancellation
$169
4.0/5 (53 reviews)

Location, location, location! A hidden gem. Quaint motel on the beach that offers lounge chairs and towels at no chair. If salt waters not your thing they offer a pool to enjoy.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

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Enjoy a Slice of Paradise in Sanibel

Just over half an hour’s drive from Fort Myers, the island of Sanibel attracts vacationers to its stunning, sun-splashed shores. Almost 70 per cent of Sanibel is protected by the government to help preserve its delicate ecosystem. Sanibel City upholds its responsibility to care for the island’s environment by living in harmony with the diverse wildlife and natural surroundings. Even hotels in Sanibel play their part, with many taking steps to reduce their impact on their surroundings.

However, just because most Sanibel hotels are ‘green’ it doesn’t mean any compromise on their comfort or quality. Hotels in Sanibel are as luxurious or as rustic as you want them to be, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

A haven for seashells

The beaches on Sanibel are a major attraction, drawing visitors to kick-back on their white, powder-soft sands or take a dip in the sapphire-blue waters. However, there’s another reason that Sanibel’s beaches are such a draw.

Sanibel sets itself apart from the other islands by running from East to West, as opposed to running from North to South. As a result, its ladle-shaped coastline acts as a geological scoop for shells carried along by the Gulf Stream. Sanibel has become known as ‘Costa de Caracoles’ (Coast of the Seashells), with more than 400 species of shell deposited along its seashores.

Which Beaches are Best?

If you’re wondering where to stay in Sanibel, you won’t find any along the beachfront; these are left pristine and untouched, such is the island’s commitment to their preservation. Despite this, most of the hotels in Sanibel are only a short walk from the swathes of sun-bleached sand.

For families, Bowman’s Beach is the most popular. The shallow waters are safe for paddling and it’s protected from the sea winds. Blind Pass Beach is better for those who want to enjoy water sports and is favored by those who enjoy surfing and windsurfing. The currents here can be strong, so it’s not recommended for swimming in or for those with young children.

Family Adventures in the Wild

With its lush, dense vegetation and shell-strewn shores, the island is a natural playground. One of the best attractions is JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Within easy access of most Sanibel hotels and spanning more than 6,400 acres of subtropical untamed mangrove forests, it’s a haven for almost 250 species of bird, some of which are the last of their kind. There are kayaking trails for those who want to see the abundant wildlife at close quarters, which includes turtles, alligators, tree-frogs, bobcats and racoons.

Thrills and Spills

If you’re taking a break with the whole family and the little ones are getting restless, jump in your car and drive to Busch Gardens. An African-themed adventure park, it’s packed with thrills and spills for visitors of all ages. Little ones will enjoy age-appropriate rides, such as the Air Grover, featuring well-known characters from TV’s Sesame Street. The Stanley Falls log-flume ensures a wet and wild time, while the Serengeti Express train ride is sure to leave young explorers starry-eyed.

For grown-ups and older children, there are some nerve-shredding attractions at Busch Park. Test your need for speed on the Cobra’s Curse rollercoaster, or get an upside-down view of the park as you hurtle along the Cheetah Hunt ride. If roller coasters aren’t your thing, the Congo River Rapids is enormous fun. This theme park is just a short drive from most Sanibel hotels, so you’re never far from family-friendly entertainment and a great day out.

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