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Beachfront, Heated Pool, lots of beach gear
5/5Exceptional! (98 reviews)
Perfect Sanibel Beach Property

"This darling condo had everything we needed for our family vacation. Steps from the beach, with a foot wash on the boardwalk and a warm, salt-water pool the location was close to the causeway avoiding the worst of Periwinkle traffic. We really appreciated the washer/dryer and all of the beach toys. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Beachfront, Heated Pool, lots of beach gear
Beach Front Remodeled Penthouse + Private Sundeck
4.9/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Fabulous stay at Pointe Santo

"We loved E45 at Pointe Santo. The views were breath taking and the condo was wonderful. David was very responsive to questions and the entire rental process was very easy. We would definitely rent this condo again!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Beach Front Remodeled Penthouse + Private Sundeck
Tarpon Tale Inn
3 out of 5
367 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
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4.7/5Exceptional! (237 reviews)

"Charming, thoughtfully decorated room and grounds. Innkeepers provided free bicycles, beach chairs. They even found one high enough for me to get in and out of. Hammocks and lounges and tables on the grounds. Always a shady spot. Great location across from ice cream parlor, bakery and cafe — all ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Tarpon Tale Inn
Gulf Breeze Cottages
2 out of 5
1081 Shell Basket Ln., Sanibel, FL
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4.6/5Exceptional! (168 reviews)

"We Have enjoyed Our stay so much! We can’t say enough nice things about Blair ! He took such great care of us ! He made sure we had everything for shelling and enjoying the Beach! We already said we will be back ! Great cottage we loved every bit of it! The entire staff was wonderful! Kudos !"…"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

Gulf Breeze Cottages
Sanibel Arms West Condominiums
3 out of 5
827 East Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
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4.6/5Exceptional! (568 reviews)
Great Beach

"Great beach location! Clean and quaint amenities. Family friendly. Would visit again."…"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

Sanibel Arms West Condominiums
Island Inn
3 out of 5
3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
The price is $149 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,692 reviews)

"Beautiful place, small, clean, updated! Pleasantly surprised ! Thank you, we will be back!"…"

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Island Inn
Song of the Sea
3 out of 5
863 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
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4.4/5Wonderful! (1,070 reviews)

"The property was a bit old! The bed needed to be updated. The pool was warm and the hot tube was nice! A very quiet place and the beach was amazing! Loved the bikes and paths on Sanibel island. Also, loved having a washer and dryer to use!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Song of the Sea
Kona Kai Motel
3 out of 5
1539 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
The price is $139 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (698 reviews)

"Very nice and quiet. Smelled amazing, pool was lean and relaxing. Right across from Billy's bike rentals so very convenient"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Kona Kai Motel
Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
The price is $155 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (1,158 reviews)

"wonderful access to the pool and the beach, great walks along the beach anytime of the day. Easy to get around the Township. Quite enjoyable overall. Highly recommend. Get a room that faces the beach is the best way to go here."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Seaside Inn
Casa Ybel Resort
3.5 out of 5
2255 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel, FL
The price is $280 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (248 reviews)

"Excellent location with nice beach and pool. Hotel needs some renovations. AC was noisy. Overall was a good experience because we enjoyed the beach and location."…"

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Casa Ybel Resort
Waterside Inn on the Beach
2 out of 5
3033 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
The price is $123 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (551 reviews)

"Everything was good, we liked having beach access and resort supplied chase lounges."…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Waterside Inn on the Beach
Sanibel Inn
3 out of 5
937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
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The price is $174 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,822 reviews)

"The location is great and the staff was very friendly. The pool and beach were gorgeous."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
3 out of 5
1231 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
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The price is $159 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,102 reviews)

"Close to the beach! Nice pool, poolside bar, ping pong, kids loved seeing all the bunny rabbits every evening!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
The price is $159 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (2,105 reviews)
Great location for beach retreat

"This is a resort that you can call directly and book for much less. That said, it is a nice place. Food was good. Staff was friendly and helpful. The amenities were good. I would recommend it, but wish I had booked With Sundial Resort directly and not paid all the VRBO fees."…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
West Wind Inn
3 out of 5
3345 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
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4.2/5Excellent! (2,111 reviews)
Great Location and staff

"I will be back!! This place has a great location on a quiet area of the beach. The pool is great with lots of seating. I understand the room is not high end but it was clean and met all our needs. Love this place."…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2020

West Wind Inn
Sunshine Island Inn
2.5 out of 5
642 East Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
The price is $159 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (154 reviews)

"Very clean yet dated establishment. Loved the small cozy feel of the Inn. However, the beds did not provide support especially if you’re a side or stomach sleeper. Much to soft and giving."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Sunshine Island Inn
Anchor Inn and Cottages
2 out of 5
1245 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Sanibel, FL
The price is $137 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (408 reviews)

"Very clean at a reasonable price. Inn is close enough to walk to several restaurants and stores. Location was a pleasant surprise due to crazy Sanibel traffic."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Anchor Inn and Cottages
Sunset Beach Inn
3 out of 5
3287 West Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
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4/5Very Good! (1,372 reviews)

"Room with a partial ocean view, nice screened in porch, and easy access to the ocean, inviting area to lounge around the pool. Bring your own paper towels and wine opener, none offered in our room."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

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Beach Hotels in Sanibel

Known for its beaches and bird watching, Sanibel has a lot to offer the traveler dreaming of a beach holiday. With 59 beach hotels and other accommodation options to pick from in this relaxing destination, it's a breeze to find one that meets your needs.

As you look for a place to stay near the water in Sanibel, consider selecting one of these top beach hotels with positive traveler reviews.

Waterside Inn on the Beach - 2-star hotel on a private beach. It features an outdoor pool, free WiFi, and free parking. Activities include fishing. Guests love the beach locale and proximity to shopping.

Sunset Beach Inn - 3-star hotel on a private beach. Our travelers recommend its pool and walkable location. This hotel boasts an outdoor pool, free continental breakfast, and free WiFi. Activities include kayaking.

Island Inn - 3-star hotel on a private beach. It features an outdoor pool, free breakfast, and a restaurant. Activities include snorkeling and hiking trails. Guests love the beach locale and pool.

The Parrot Nest - 2-star motel near the beach. Our travelers recommend its central location and spacious rooms. This motel boasts free WiFi, free parking, and beach towels.

Ocean's Reach Condominiums - 3-star condo on the beach. It features an outdoor pool, free WiFi, and free parking. Activities include hiking trails. Guests love the beach locale and comfortable beds.

Planning Your Trip to Sanibel

If you're wondering about the local weather, you can use these monthly averages to determine the best time to visit.

  • Hottest months: August, July, June, and September, with an average temperature of 92°F
  • Coldest months: January, December, February, and March, with an average temperature of 55°F
  • Driest months: December, January, November, and February, with an average rainfall of 1.94 inches
  • Rainiest months: August, June, July, and September, with an average rainfall of 9.40 inches

Sightseeing in and Around Sanibel

After getting settled at your accommodation of choice, you'll likely want to venture out and explore. If you can't wait to check out the beaches, head to Bowman's Beach or Turner Beach for a relaxing day by the water. Discover the area's island views and bird watching, and make time for local attractions like Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife or Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. Visitors also enjoy Sanibel for its:
  • Wildlife
  • Biking

Getting Around Sanibel

The closest major airport is in Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city center. If you'd like to venture out around the area, consider renting a car to take in more sights.

Frequently asked questions

What is Sanibel like for travelers who love the beach?
Known for its beaches and island views, Sanibel offers a lot for the traveler booking a beach vacation. There are 57 beach hotels and other accommodation options to choose from in this relaxing destination, so it’s easy to find one that meets your needs.
What's the best hotel for a beach vacation in Sanibel?
Sanibel Island Beach Resort is a top 3-star beachfront hotel with an outdoor pool and a poolside bar. Other good options for your stay near the beach include Song of the Sea and Casa Ybel Resort. Head to Sanibel Island Southern Beach or Bowman’s Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the seasonal weather like in Sanibel?
If you’re wondering about the best time to visit, here’s what you can expect from the local weather: The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 83°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 67°F. Average annual rainfall for Sanibel is 56 inches.
What is there to see and do around Sanibel?
After getting settled at your accommodation of choice, you’ll likely want to venture out and explore. If you can’t wait to check out the beaches, head to Causeway Islands Park B or Sanibel Island Northern Beach for a relaxing day by the water. Take advantage of the area’s bird watching and biking trails, and make time for local attractions like Sanibel Island Southern Beach and Bowman’s Beach. Other things to see and do in the area are Sanibel Island Lighthouse and J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
What's the best way to get around Sanibel?
If you’re looking to fly to Sanibel, the closest major airport is Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city center. If you’d like to venture out around the area, consider renting a car to take in more sights.

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