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Sanibel Island Vacation Packages

This barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico is famous for its seashells, and charms visitors with its sunsets, watersports and family-friendly resorts.

With white-sand bays, wildlife reserves and oceanfront resorts, Sanibel Island is a holiday destination of choice. Celebrated for its natural beauty, this island off the west coast of Florida has 15 miles (24 kilometers) of beach, mangrove forests and coral reefs teeming with fish.

Sanibel Island is a city and barrier island, connected to the mainland by a tollroad. On this small island you will not be going anywhere in a hurry. You can rent a bike and follow the 22 miles (35 kilometers) of bike trails traversing the island. With very few hills, this is not too strenuous, but note that there are no streetlights after dark.

On the beaches you can stand ankle deep in seashells. Take part in the “Sanibel Stoop,” a ritual for locals and tourists alike, which involves walking along the seashore to collect the shells washed up daily from the Caribbean and southern seas. Learn about the history and science of shells at Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

Go snorkeling, paddleboarding or windsurfing to try some of the water-based activities on offer. To get a break from the beach, enjoy the events at the Big Arts cultural center, including jazz concerts and dance performances. For a slice of history, join a guided tour of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and learn about local pioneer families.

Over two-thirds of Sanibel Island is a designated nature reserve. Be sure to visit J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This undeveloped mangrove ecosystem is named after Jay Norwood Darling, a cartoonist who fought to protect the island from developers. Join a kayaking tour to discover the varied flora and fauna, including horseshoe crabs and woodpeckers. Visit the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife to see who takes care of the island’s injured birds and animals.

Sanibel Island places a strong emphasis on independent stores and restaurants. A prime example is Bailey’s General Store. The Baileys, one of the city’s original families, have been running the store since 1899. If you decide to try your hand at fishing during your visit to Sanibel Island, some of the restaurants are willing to cook your catch.


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Sanibel Island Beach Resort $149
Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019
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Sanibel Island Beach Resort

Sanibel Island Beach Resort

1231 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Property as beautiful. Staff was always pleasant and attentive.

    Sundial Beach Resort & Spa $159
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
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    Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

    Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

    1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Everything you need is available there. The property is kept in pristine condition.

      West Wind Inn $108
      Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019
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      West Wind Inn

      West Wind Inn

      3345 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Peaceful, quiet, great views, clean! The distance to get to everything was perfect. Loved riding the bikes the hotel provided. The landscape was also very pretty and the price was excellent.

        Waterside Inn on the Beach $107
        Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019
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        Waterside Inn on the Beach

        Waterside Inn on the Beach

        3033 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
           
          4.3 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Terrific experience! Carol and staff could not have done more to make our stay spectacular. Cottage was immaculate, amenities were plentiful and the entire property was meticulously maintained. Only downside? Leaving this beautiful island property. Thank you Carol!

          Sanibel Inn $179
          Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019
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          Sanibel Inn

          Sanibel Inn

          937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Beautiful, clean and bike tours amazing .. eco and kayak tours also wonderful

            Island Inn $129
            Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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            Island Inn

            Island Inn

            3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very relaxing! Very clean and the staff was fantastic!

              Sunset Beach Inn $179
              Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019
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              Sunset Beach Inn

              Sunset Beach Inn

              3287 West Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                If you want a really laid back Sanibel vacation, this is a great place. Very close to the beach, and the staff will bring out extra beach equipment like umbrellas, chairs, kayaks, etc... if you ask. Nice clean pool as well.

                Seaside Inn $179
                Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019
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                Seaside Inn

                Seaside Inn

                541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very beautiful and right by the beach. The staff were wonderful and very accommodating. We would definitely go back!

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