Where is Sanibel Island?

When you’re planning a vacation to the Sunshine State, you might be thinking of destinations like Orlando, Tampa, or Miami. However, there’s one hidden gem of Florida that you probably haven’t discovered yet. Sanibel Island is an incredible stop for the entire family, and it’s near other lesser-known destinations like Naples, Marco Island, and Bonita Springs. If you’re up for a new and exciting vacation spot, a stay in one of our Sanibel Island rentals might be the perfect fit!

view of the pier on sanibel island


You might be wondering, “Where is Sanibel Island in the first place?” Sanibel Island is located on the West Coast of Florida near several other barrier islands. The island has an area of around 33 square miles, but only about 17 of those miles is land. The rest? Some of the most stunning waters you’ve ever waded into!

Sanibel Island is easy to reach from several larger Florida destinations. It’s a quick drive to Everglades City, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and more. One of the best things about Sanibel Island is its close proximity to the mainland. You can always head to a nearby city if you’re looking for more to explore.

Getting Around

The first step to enjoying your Sanibel Island getaway is by getting here! Luckily, you’ve got a few different options from several other points in Florida. By air, the easiest way to get to Sanibel Island is by flying into the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. From there, it’s just a 45-minute drive into Sanibel.

You’re also able to fly into Tampa or Miami airports, but the drive from either location takes about 3 hours. Driving in from Orlando’s airport will set you back an additional hour. No matter which airport you fly into, you’ll arrive on Sanibel Island via the Sanibel Causeway.

Once you get onto the island itself, Sanibel Island directions are pretty straightforward. There are two main parallel roads along the island: Periwinkle Way and Gulf Drive. Periwinkle Way is the main thoroughfare and takes you through the shopping and dining district. Gulf Drive, on the other hand, takes you past the homes, resorts, and the top Sanibel beaches along the water.

bicycle next to beach entrance

Things to Do

You’ve finally arrived on Sanibel Island! Now, what fun things are there to get into? Start out by exploring Sanibel’s world-famous beaches, known for the unmatched shelling opportunities. You’ll get used to doing the “Sanibel Stoop,” the classic bend at the hips you adopt when you’re bending down to grab a unique seashell. You can also visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to identify what you’ve found! 

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect stop for the animal lover or nature fanatic in your group, and if you want to learn more about the area’s wildlife, head to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). Stroll through the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village to get an in-depth look at the fascinating past of the island, or make your way to Big Arts for some fun cultural activities.

Places to Stay 

Have we convinced you that Sanibel Island is where you’ll want to be for your next getaway? You’ll need a place to stay! Luckily, we’ve got Sanibel Island rentals that are perfect for any group. No matter how many people you’re traveling with or how much money you’re looking to spend, our Sanibel Island condo rentals offer an option for everyone. Each of our rentals is unique and provides all the creature comforts you’ll need during your stay. We can’t wait to show you why we love where we live and work! Contact us today to start booking your dream vacation.



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