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Top tips for finding the perfect Sanibel Island hotel
If you’re an avid bird watcher, book a stay close to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the most popular spots in Sanibel Island for watching tall wading birds, including egrets, herons, and ibis, and occasionally, the roseate spoonbill. West Wind Inn on Sanibel Island is one of the best hotels, only minutes away from the sanctuary, and an ideal place to stay if you’re visiting the region for bird watching.
The Sanibel Lighthouse is one of the most famous sights on Sanibel Island. If you’re looking to gain some insight into this historic 112-foot-high lighthouse, consider booking a stay at Tarpon Tale Inn. It is only 2min from Lighthouse Beach Park and Sanibel Lighthouse, convenient for people visiting these attractions.
Stay close to the water if you’re visiting Sanibel and Captiva Islands on a shelling mission. Staying by the beach allows you to time the low tide, which is usually the best time for shelling. As a general rule, you’ll find smaller shells at the lighthouse end of the island chain and larger shells nearer Captiva. On the lower end of the island chain, some hotels you could consider are Seaside Inn and Sunshine Island Inn. A great by-the-beach hotel in Captiva is South Seas Island Resort.
FAQs when booking a hotel in Sanibel Island
Hotels are safe environments for travellers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Sanibel Island.
Based on KAYAK hotel searches, the most popular destination is Sanibel (100% of total searches to Sanibel Island).
Sanibel Island has garnered a good reputation because of its fish. Some great fishing spots within the island include Tarpon Bay and Sanibel fishing pier, bayside of Sanibel Lighthouse. The island is rich with fish, and you can even catch some from the beach. If you’re visiting for the fish, book a stay at hotels close to these fishing spots, such as Sanibel Inn and Seaside Inn. Sanibel Inn even allows you to prepare your catch of the day at their outdoor grill and enjoy it with a great view of the bay.
Sanibel Island is home to some of the softest sand and most beautiful beaches, and rightly so, beautiful beach resorts. You will find fantastic beach resorts on both Sanibel and Captiva Islands. If you’re looking for a fabulous resort on Captiva Island, check out Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. A pet-friendly establishment with access to a private beach, outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, and spa services – everything you need for a great beach holiday. Those on Sanibel Island should love a stay at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, a cozy beach resort only a short drive from Fort Myers, with access to an outdoor pool, private beach, and an in-house bar.
You can easily find highly reviewed Sanibel Island hotels on KAYAK. After launching your hotel search on KAYAK, refine your search by review scores. The highly reviewed hotels in Sanibel Island get a score of 9+ or Excellent, usually from previous guests that stayed at the hotels. Some of the highest-rated hotels in Sanibel Island include Tarpon Tale Inn and Island Inn.
Where to stay in Sanibel Island?
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