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Cabin in Sanibel
Old sanibel style cottage East end. NEW!
The Parrot Nest is one of the Old-Sanibel cottages located on the quiet East End of the island. Since 1955, our charming cottages have been welcoming visitors and until the early 1960's they were brought to our shores from the mainland by ferryboat. Our cottages are newly renovated in a coastal decor offering you epic comfort, relaxation in a beautiful room. We are within walking distance to the historic Sanibel Lighthouse and fishing pier, beautiful shelling beaches, shopping and restaurants. If you like, use our complimentary bikes and explore miles of paths covering the island and leading to wildlife refuges, kayaking spots, secluded beaches, and meandering past more eateries, shops, and galleries. The Cockatoo cottage is a charming room with a king bed and new daybed ( twin ).
$216 per night
Cabin in Sanibel
Parrot Nest east end NEW!
The Parrot Nest is one of the Old-Sanibel cottages located on the quiet East End of the island. Since 1955, our charming cottages have been welcoming visitors and until the early 1960's they were brought to our shores from the mainland by ferryboat. Our cottages are newly renovated in a coastal decor offering you epic comfort, relaxation in a beautiful room. We are within walking distance to the historic Sanibel Lighthouse and fishing pier, beautiful shelling beaches, shopping and restaurants. If you like, use our complimentary bikes and explore miles of paths covering the island and leading to wildlife refuges, kayaking spots, secluded beaches, and meandering past more eateries, shops, and galleries. The Rosella cottage is a charming room with a king bed and new daybed ( twin ).
$205 per night
Superhost
Condo in Sanibel
🏖️🌞🐚Sanibel Island, Ground Floor, Walk to Beach
This ground floor unit was destroyed by Hurricane Ian and is in the process of being completely renovated. Photos in the listing are from the 2020 renovation. Please note that the expected completion date is February 23, 2024. If you are booking in March and/or April more than a month in advanced, there maybe a possibility that the reservation may be unfulfilled due to emergency repairs. Additionally certain amenities may not be available (i.e., WI-FI/cable, dock access, laundry facilities)
$139 per night

Sanibel Island beach vacation rentals

Cabin in SANIBEL
Parrot Nest Luxury Cottage NEW!
$216 per night
Cabin in Sanibel
Luxury parrot nest cottage NEW!
$216 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Sandy Bend 3
$296 per night
Home in Sanibel
Elinor Cottage
$240 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Mariner Pointe 1082
$175 per night
Superhost
Condo in Sanibel
Exquisite Penthouse Residence at Loggerhead Cay with Bikes
$194 per night
Superhost
Home in Sanibel
Beach Lovers paradise, renovated! (photos are new)
$240 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Pointe Santo E21
$229 per night
Cabin in Sanibel
Luxury cottage all NEW!
$205 per night
Superhost
Condo in Sanibel
Exquisite Beachfront Residence at Shell Island Beach Club with Bikes
$219 per night
Superhost
Condo in Sanibel
Serene Escape Sanibel Island getaway walk to beach
$250 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Sandy Bend 5
$331 per night

Sanibel Island villa rentals

Villa in Sanibel
Stunning Luxury canal front villa "Sea Oats" across the street from the beach!
$199 per night
Villa in Cape Coral
Blue Sky - Pool, free Wi-fi, BBQ, Arcade game, BBQ
$134 per night
Superhost
Villa in Cape Coral
Villa Seascape - renovated, on 8 Lakes, pool & spa
$268 per night
Superhost
Villa in Cape Coral
Pelican Poolside Paradise
$87 per night
Villa in Bonita Springs
Bonita Beach Inn & Suites Villa 108
$136 per night
Superhost
Villa in Sanibel
Waterfront home with a large private pool.
$319 per night
Superhost
Villa in Cape Coral
Villa Sparkle Blue - renovated, large pool & spa
$155 per night
Superhost
Villa in Sanibel
Beautiful walk out condo on Sanibel Beach
$309 per night
Superhost
Villa in Englewood
Gorgeous Waterfront! Kayaks & Pool-Near Beach-io
$85 per night
Superhost
Villa in Englewood
Stunning Waterfront! Kayaks-Pool & Beach-bv
$93 per night
Superhost
Villa in Cape Coral
Luxury Vacation Home with direct Gulf access
$214 per night
Villa in Cape Coral
Sunset Paradise: Gulf Access, Kayaks, Pool, Arcade
$153 per night

Sanibel Island condo rentals

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Condo in Sanibel
Exclusive Villa Sanibel Retreat, Steps to Beach
$141 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Loggerhead 282
$294 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Remodeled Waterfront 2BR - Private fishing pier
$285 per night
Condo in Sanibel
White Caps 2
$196 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Pointe Santo D27
$227 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Mariner Pointe 1012
$214 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Kings Crown 211
$231 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Coquina Beach 3H
$216 per night
Superhost
Condo in Sanibel
Exclusive Oceanfront Pointe Santo Residence
$161 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Mariner Pointe 522
$171 per night
Condo in Sanibel
Loggerhead Cay 342
$189 per night
Condo in Captiva
South Seas Beach Villa 2412
$235 per night

Your guide to Sanibel Island

All About Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island sits around three hours west of Miami and just over three hours south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The subtropical island’s pristine, palm-fringed shores are separated from the mainland by a three-mile causeway. Visitors come ashore for windsurfing on causeway beaches, dolphin-spotting off the coast, and fishing for redfish and snook. Shelling is a major pastime on Sanibel Island, with Bowman’s Beach boasting swathes of whelk and cockle shells and an annual festival dedicated to this popular activity. There’s even a museum specializing in mollusks and shells — the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the only one of its kind in the country.

Birdwatchers return to the inland wetlands year after year to spot the vibrant pink feathers of the roseate spoonbill, while the crystal clear waters just offshore are home to plenty of grouper and snapper, and sailboats are available to charter from the island’s multiple marinas. More than 10 man-made reefs within a 30-minute drive also attract snorkelers and divers. Away from the water, tennis courts and golf courses offer more ways to soak up the Florida sun.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sanibel Island

Sanibel is a subtropical island, so the standard four seasons don’t apply. Conditions in southwestern Florida can be broken down into two seasons — the rainy season from mid-May through mid-October and the dry season. Nevertheless, you can still expect plenty of sunshine during the rainy season, and more than a few afternoon showers during the dry season. Any time of year, you’ll be met with balmy, Gulf of Mexico sunshine, warm ocean water, and even warmer air. October and November are the best months to head to a villa in Sanibel Island in search of shells on the island’s beaches, when tides around Florida are at their lowest. Every March, the annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show showcases local art made with shells found on the surrounding beaches.


Top things to do in Sanibel Island

Periwinkle Way

Running from Lighthouse Beach Park in the east through a warren of waterways to Tarpon Bay Road around a third of the way across the island, Periwinkle Way is Sanibel’s main thoroughfare. Bikes and beach cruisers are available if you’re looking to cruise along, and you can loop around to Dunlop Road to peruse the farmers’ market, take in a performance at BIG ARTS Sanibel, and get a taste of pioneer life at Sanibel Historical Museum and Village.

Hunting for shells on Bowman’s Beach

Hunting for shells is one of the favorite pastimes for Sanibel Island beachcombers, and Bowman’s Beach is the shell hunter’s paradise. Free and open to the public, its soft sands are studded with conch, clam, and other treasures. The island’s curved coastline scoops up shells from the Gulf, drawing in visitors from far and wide to adopt the “Sanibel stoop” and collect their bounty.

Hopping over to Captiva Island

Sanibel Island’s sister, Captiva, is right next door via a small bridge crossing Blind Pass, and many visitors hop between the two. Just five miles long, Captiva Island is home to powder-soft sands, pelicans, and pastel-hued beachfront buildings. Kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing are major draws, alongside vast sunsets that you can admire from coastal bars.

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