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Best Sanibel Family Hotels

5 STAR, Pet Friendly, Sunny,Private Cottage with Old Florida Charn Mins to Beach
5/5Exceptional! (115 reviews)
Cottage is in a perfect location with everything you need!

"It was very hard to leave this amazing cottage located minutes from a nice beach and bike paths leading to shops and restaurants. We were greeted with a welcome basket and supplies for breakfast the next morning. The kitchen is supplied with everything you might need. The mattresses are so comfortable! ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

5 STAR, Pet Friendly, Sunny,Private Cottage with Old Florida Charn Mins to Beach
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
Rare Walkout Condo On Sanibel Beach
4.9/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Winter getaway

"Great location and condo was perfect. Pool very convenient and just a Short walk to beach. Also Loved having a set parking space."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Rare Walkout Condo On Sanibel Beach
3 BR with VIEWS! May 2 - 9 available!!
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Was wonderful week, great Place to stay

"5 star. Would come again for sure."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

3 BR with VIEWS! May 2 - 9 available!!
Sanibel Moorings Condo Resort
3 out of 5
845 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
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4.7/5Exceptional! (227 reviews)

"The property was beautiful with so many flowers and plants. The condo was clean and convenient with a kitchen filled with all the necessities. The beds were comfortable. The pool was warm and clean. The beach was fabulous. Everyone was very nice."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Sanibel Moorings Condo Resort
White Shell Hideaway
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4.7/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Great house for our large group. Close bike rides to the beach!

"Great pool and location. Lots of space for our 8 adults and 3 kids. Had a great time!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

White Shell Hideaway
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
Sanibel Siesta on the Beach
3.5 out of 5
1246 Fulgur St, Sanibel, FL
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4.5/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)
Great place.

"Great place. Would go again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Sanibel Siesta on the Beach
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
Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
The price is $152 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
Waterside Inn on the Beach
2 out of 5
3033 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
The price is $123 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (548 reviews)

"Property was nice! Perfect place to stay for easy access to the beach and closeness to all other things on the island. The use of beach chairs and umbrellas during stay were a definite plus. Few things could be fixed up a bit and if not booking thru a 3rd party site like Expedia, I would say they ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 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 $169 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! (2,109 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
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
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Where Should We Stay in Sanibel?

The relaxing destination of Sanibel is a good choice if you've been thinking about a trip with your kids. The biking trails, beaches, and island setting are just some of the things that make this an interesting destination for family trips. Fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), which is located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city center. Sanibel has 43 child-friendly hotels and other accommodations so you'll have a variety of options when you're deciding where to stay.

Vacationing families have good things to say about these accommodations:

Rare Walkout Condo On Sanibel Beach - Offers in-room kitchens, an outdoor tennis court, and laundry facilities. Guests like the breakfast options at this condo.

Song of the Sea - Features a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free parking. This hotel is rated 3 stars.

Tarpon Tale Inn - Offers free parking, laundry facilities, and free WiFi. Guests like the comfy beds and quiet location at this 3-star apartment.

Island Inn - Features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and in-room kitchenettes. The clean rooms and central location make this 3-star hotel popular with guests.

When Should We Visit Sanibel?

You're probably hoping for good weather for your family trip. You can use this information to plan when to pack up the kids and head to Sanibel.

  • 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

What Should We See and Do in Sanibel?

While you and your family are staying in Sanibel, you might want to visit some family-friendly attractions such as Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, and Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in activities in the area like Lovers Key State Park, Sun Splash Water Park, and Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

Sanibel is also known for its:
  • Beaches
  • Wildlife
  • Biking

Frequently asked questions

What's Sanibel like for family-friendly vacations?
The relaxing destination of Sanibel is a great choice if you’ve been thinking about a vacation with the kids. The biking trails, beaches, and island setting are just some of the things that make this a good place for family vacations. Fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), which is located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city center.
What's the best accommodation for a family trip to Sanibel?
Waterside Inn on the Beach is a hotel with a private beach and an outdoor pool, and it’s a top choice on Expedia for families. Anchor Inn and Cottages is another choice for your stay with the kids.
What's the weather like in Sanibel?
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's there to see and do with your family in Sanibel?
While you are visiting Sanibel, you might want to round up the kiddos and make time to see interesting attractions such as Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum, Periwinkle Way, and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in the area’s activities like Sanibel Island Southern Beach, Bowman’s Beach, and Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

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