Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals Guide

South West FL / Sanibel Island

Sanibel's Florida Vacation Rentals Guide  

Sanibel Island

Sanibel is the larger and more southern of two connected islands, Sanibel and Captiva. Sanibel is acclaimed as having the best shelling beaches in North America. Along the white sandy beaches, over 400 different species of shells can be discovered, with conch shells being the most common. Approximately half of the island is occupied by the JN Darling (Ding) National Wildlife Refuge, one of Florida's most exquisite refuges, which provides a great destination for kayaking, canoeing, and walking or biking along the 100-acre trails. Sanibel is perfect for those who love to be outdoors, with its 15 miles of beaches and 22 miles of bike paths.

Things to Do on Sanibel Island

  • Because of its size, Sanibel Island has become the perfect area for quiet private retreats.
  • Boasting a fishing pier and boardwalk close by the 19th-century Sanibel Lighthouse, at Lighthouse Beach. 
  • The Causeway Beaches are perfect for water-sports like paddle-boarding, kayaking, surfing, fishing and so much more! 
  • Bird watching and exploring the Darling National Wildlife Refuge which covers half of the island.

Explore Beautiful Vacation Rentals on Sanibel Island

Search, find and book your Sanibel Florida vacation rental on Florida Rental By Owners website. Exclusively for travelers wishing to communicate and book directly with the owner.  There are no traveler fees for using Florida Rental By Owners website.  Owners are verified for ownership, look for the verified button under the Owner profile. All transactions occur directly with the owner. Read reviews and guest experiences to ensure your vacation rental will meet your goals. 

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Statistics about the Sanibel Island area

Use the search filters on Florida Rental By Owners website to look for accommodations meeting your criteria in the Sanibel area. There are currently over 98 properties in the Sanibel Island area listed for rent on Florida Rental By Owners (FlaRBO). There are 18 condos advertised out of 98 properties. The majority of properties listed have heated pools - 56 rentals which make this a great choice for year-round vacationing. Many travelers are looking for beachfront rental options, choosing the beachfront filter is a great option for beach lovers.

Vacation Rental Price information pertaining to Sanibel Island's Beach 

Currently, prices range from 185$ per night and $1050 per week during the low season which typically runs from the end of August to the month of November. January is also considered a low season month. You can expect to pay the highest rates during the high-season running from February through to the first or second week of April where prices of larger homes can cost over $2,200 per week. The summer months, June and July are also favorite times for local travelers from the state of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to escape to the coast for cooler breezes and boating. There are an abundance of vacation rentals with beachfront views available on Sanibel Island.

Accommodation Types on Sanibel Island Area, Florida

There is an abundance of vacation rental dwelling types, the majority ranging from condos to private homes: 

  • 18 rentals are listed as "condo" rentals, are another popular rental type accounting for 74.4% of the short term rental housing type
  • 58 rentals are listed as "house" rentals, accounting for 20.9% of the housing types

Traveling to the Fort Myers- Sanibel Island Florida Area

Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by.

The Southwest Florida International Airport - (RSW)

The Southwest Florida International airport is closest to Sanibel Island beach, approximately a 48-minute drive. The airport services most major airlines including Air Canada, airBerlin, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Spirit, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United, and West Jet.  They additionally have multiple shuttles running from the airport to hotels including Best Western, Courtyard Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton Garden, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites, LaQuinta, Spring Hill & Travelodge. Furthermore, there is public transit, car rental, and taxis/limousines available to be arranged.

Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport - (SRQ)

The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is smaller but includes a further 2-hour 7-minute drive to Sanibel Island. The airport is a destination for Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Elite Airways, Jet Blue & United.

Transportation on Sanibel Island

Since there currently isn’t any form of public transportation on the island, we will always recommend getting around Sanibel by bike, renting a car, taking a taxi and lastly, if you want a breath of fresh air, the nicely paved walkways will do just fine! 

Sanibel Island  Monthly Average Weather

Sanibel Island has incredible weather year-round. From December to February you can enjoy day time high temperatures ranging from 75 to 77 degrees. These are the coldest months of the year. October, November, March and April offer weather temperatures between 81 to 86 degrees. The hottest months are from May to September where average highs hover between 89 to 92 degrees on average. The consistent weather temperatures make Sanibel a much sought after destination year-round.


What types of property can I rent in Sanibel Island?

Florida Rental By Owners is full of a wide variety of vacation rentals in Sanibel Island, Florida including condos, town-homes, villas, holiday and private homes. The FlaRBO property selection is filled with many properties in Sanibel Island. We recommend selecting a property based on your needs such as proximity to beach areas, waterfront docks, parking, wheelchair accessible, nearby attractions, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly or boat-friendly.

Should I rent a Condo in Sanibel Island?

Of course! Sanibel Island accommodations include condos which often offer unique amenities and the perfect space rather than an Sanibel Island beach house for example. Beach house rentals are often great for family vacations, larger groups or those who prefer having an entire house and outdoor property to themselves. Condo rentals on Sanibel Island are perfect for smaller families and couples. 

Can I rent a pet-friendly rental on Sanibel Island?

At the moment there are relatively few pet-friendly rentals available on Sanibel island. If you can't find a spot right on the island we recommend expanding your search to the Fort Myers area.  We love our pets and we are sure you do too! has many pet-friendly rentals in Florida. You can use our search feature to narrow down our Anna Maria Island rental properties to just show those that are pet-friendly.

Can I rent a family-friendly rental on Sanibel Island?

Sanibel Island is the perfect place to bring your family! (Florida Rental By Owners) has many family-friendly rentals on Sanibel Island. Use our search feature to narrow down our Sanibel Island rental properties to just show those that are family-friendly.

Is Sanibel Island a good place for Snowbirds looking for a monthly vacation rental?

Yes, there are a select group of homes and condos that rent monthly stays on Sanibel Island that would be perfect for snowbirds and longer stay guests. Also, look just off the island to nearby Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Will I pay any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners?

No! We never charge any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners. And we never take a commission from an owner.  If you are looking for VRBO or Airbnb type rental or lodging accommodation why pay the extra fees? Use! We put you in direct contact with the owner or manager of the property or cottage rental in the area you're interesting in so you always get the best price.

I am a vacation rental property owner, can I list my home for rent on Florida Rental By Owners?

Yes! We have a multitude of subscription levels to advertise your vacation rental for any budget. Our Book Direct, No Commission Fee Subscription Model suits the majority of short term owners. You can view the details located on our List Your Property page here.

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