Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals

Accommodations for your beach vacation

Sanibel Island really is a little piece of heaven on earth. Located along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Sanibel Island is about 12 miles long and 3 miles wide. Often voted one of the best beaches in the world, what makes Sanibel unique is that it lies East to West instead of North to South. This makes it one of the best shelling beaches in the world, as it acts a scoop and gathers shells of all shapes and sizes along its beaches. Sanibel Island is a short drive from Fort Myers International Airport and has favorable year-round temperatures.

Accommodation options are plenty on Sanibel Island. Florida vacation rentals by owner including condo rentals and villa rentals are popular forms of lodging. Imagine waking up to the warm ocean breeze, looking out at the blue waters and taking in one of Florida's pieces of paradise ... all from the comforts of your villa rental. All of that is possible on Sanibel Island. In terms of accommodations and vacation rentals, you can choose from condo rentals, vacation homes, villas and cottages. Some are ocean-front, some have an ocean view and many are within walking distance to all the amenities of town - a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of rentals near Disney World.

Visitors to Sanibel are taken with its old-world charm, peace, and ease of getting around. Bike paths will take you from your vacation rental to the beach, to the lighthouse or to town. In fact, exploring the island on a bike makes for an enjoyable way to spend a day. Quaint shops, delectable restaurants and eateries and miles of gorgeous beach make Sanibel a favorite among those looking for a relaxing beach vacation. Golf, fishing, tennis, boating and cultural activities are also popular on the island.

When it comes to finding seashells on Sanibel Island you will quickly learn that it becomes about quality instead of quantity. Everyone on the beach finds themselves doing the ‘Sanibel Stoop’... in other words, hunched over looking for the perfect treasure of the sea. Popular shelling beaches are Bowman’s Beach located off Sanibel-Captiva Road and Tarpon Bay Beach located at the south end of Tarpon Bay Road. A fun activity for the whole family is a visit to Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum which is on the Island. Visit paradise and take a trip to Sanibel Island. There are so many vacation home rentals to choose from including some luxurious villa rentals that will meet all your vacation needs.

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  • Luxury Loaded Oversize Pool/Beach/Tennis Condominium

    Luxury Loaded Oversize

    Sanibel Island: Bowman's Beach: Condo in a complex
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #25048
    avg $209 USD/night Credit Card Paypal
    1480 sq. Feet: King, 2 queens, crib, rollaway & sleeper sofa Extra large accommodations. Additional amenities: free use of provided propane grills and picnic tables in common areas, open patio with dining table and chairs for outdoor eating. Ceiling fans in all rooms. 2 adult bikes provided with the unit. Free use of canoes & kayaks on the premises. Large swimming pool & 2 tennis courts. 4th best shelling beach in the world. Clubhouse with staff & information center with restaurant brochures & island information.
  • The Beach House

    The Beach House

    Sanibel Island: Beach style house
    • 3 BDR
    • 1 Loft
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 9
    • #56555
    avg $143 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    This is a beautifully newly decorated home near the beach, it is located only 3 houses from beach path. It has a pool with outdoor shower that has hot and cold water. It is in a very quiet area with beautiful lush tropical plants. Great place to relax and enjoy all the amenities the island has to offer.
  • Relax in Paradise Just

    Relax in Paradise Just

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #230632
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    Relax in paradise just a short stroll to the beach "At Last". Located in the quiet West End of Sanibel and on a private lake.. Spend your month long Sanibel Island Vacation visiting "At Last". This property features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an additional guest suite accessible through the master bedroom and via an outside private entrance. At Last is located on a large lot with an abundance of tropical foliage and peaceful dock overlooking a private lake teaming with turtles and native birds. The spacious living area has a large flat panel TV, wood flooring and a comfortable sectional. There is a nice kitchen with solid surface countertops and all major appliances. Off the living room is a screened lanai to relax and watch the Sanibel Island wild life. Down the hall is a washer/dryer room, guest bedroom with two twins (may be put together to make a king bed) and guest bathroom. The master bedroom offers plenty of room with a king sized bed, en-suite bathroom and walk in closet. There is a guest suite accessible through the master bedroom and by a private outside entrance. The guest suite has a futon and access to the storage room with beach equipment. At Last is just a 3 minute walk to the beach at the end of the drive.
  • Sundial b307 Offers a

    Sundial b307 Offers a

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #230630
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    Sundial B307 offers a wonderful resort style experience for a couple or small family looking for that perfect Sanibel Island getaway.. Sundial B307 is a luxurious, one bedroom/one bathroom, resort style condominium located at the Sundial Beach Resort. This floor plan offers a spacious living area with sleeper sofa, love seat, and a flat panel TV and DVD player. The dining area provides seating for four, with two additional seats at the breakfast bar. The full kitchen includes all major appliances, nice cabinets and solid surface counter tops. For guest convenience, our unit features an added bonus of a stack washer/dryer. No more finding change to use at the laundry room. Step out onto the screened lanai, with a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon beverage and enjoy the endless views of the Gulf of Mexico and our world famous, shell strewn Sanibel Island beaches. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is one of the only "genuine" resorts on Sanibel Island. The resort is spread out over 13 buildings, consisting of 4 pools, 6 tennis courts (additional fee), on-site restaurants, pool bar, spa facilities, interactive marine ecosystem school, and much more.
  • Nicely Updated Beach Side

    Nicely Updated Beach Side

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #230628
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    Nicely updated beach side condominium with community pool and tennis courts. Enjoy your stay on world famous Sanibel Island at Compass Point 221. This nicely updated unit features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious living area, dining room and screened lanai which is all just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The master bedroom features a comfortable king sized bed, TV and en-suite bathroom (will be updated October 2016). The guest bedroom has two full size beds a TV and full bathroom just outside the room in the hallway. We have stocked the kitchen with all of the items needed to prepare wonderful meals or enjoy an evening cocktail on the screened lanai. Compass Point is a smaller mid-Island complex consisting of only 45 units and offers a heated pool, gas bbq grills, shuffleboard and two tennis courts. Enjoy the abundant shells along the beach which is just steps from your unit.
  • Beautifully Renovated Home in

    Beautifully Renovated Home

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #222993
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    Beautifully renovated home in Seagull Estates with community pool and tennis. Enjoy your vacation in this lovely Sanibel home. Highly sought after West Gulf Drive location in the Seagull Estates community near all amenities. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has everything to offer across the street from the beach with private deeded beach access to the Gulf. The magic of the warm gulf waters, dolphins, shelling, kayaking, and sunsets embrace you. The association includes a community pool with clubhouse and tennis courts. Daniel Drive is within walking distance to shops and restaurants, including Bailey’s Grocery Store. Bike rentals are nearby to take advantage of the bike paths throughout the island. As you enter the home, cathedral ceilings, open floor plan, and beach decor welcome you. Well-appointed and renovations in 2015 will include fresh paint throughout, new granite kitchen counters, new appliances and updated bathrooms. The oversize living room is bathed in light from all the windows. Enjoy the fully stocked kitchen with separate granite island and bar seating. Dining seating for 6. There is a screen porch to enjoy the outdoors and perfect for morning coffee. Cable TV and Wi-Fi is included. Beach chairs and shelling tools are included for you to enjoy. The second floor Master bedroom suite has a king size bed, flat screen TV with DVD, a spacious walk in closet, en-suite bath with tub and separate shower. The main level includes two bedrooms, one with a queen, and one with 2 twins. Both with access to the full bath. There is a washer/dryer on the main level. Sanibel Island is a natural, protected environment, free from over-development. Beaches are pristine and offer refuge to sea turtles and rare birds. This home offers the Best of Island Living and Vacation in a tropical island paradise. We know you will want to come back year after year!
  • Beautifully Updated Canal Front

    Beautifully Updated Canal

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 4 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #215605
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    Beautifully updated, canal front home, steps away from the beach.. Recently renovated four bedroom, three bathroom canal front home with screened-in pool, boat lift and just a short walk to the Gulf of Mexico. Second story addition of a gorgeous master bedroom suite is also available. There is a king bed in both master bedrooms & the two guest bedrooms feature a queen bed and twin beds. Computer with DSL internet service is available as well as three TV's, two VCR's, two DVD Players & beach access parking. Twenty-Eight night minimum stay.
  • Courtyard View one Bedroom

    Courtyard View one Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215590
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    Courtyard view, one bedroom, Sundial Beach Resort condo.. Come enjoy this second floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo at the newly renovated Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Nicely updated kitchen and flat panel TV's in the living room as well as bedroom. The bedroom offers two queen beds along with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. New living room furniture pieces recently added for an even better guest experience. Floor plan offers a separate bedroom from living room with french doors between the two rooms. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or the afternoon sun on the spacious screened lanai. Book your two night or longer at Sundial F207. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is one of the only "true" resorts on Sanibel Island. The resort is spread out over 13 buildings and consisting of 4 pools, 6 tennis courts (additional fee), on-site restaurants and pool bar, spa facilities and much more. Additional rental items such as bikes, canoe's or kayaks may be added to your reservation for a nominal fee. Please inquire with our Accommodations Specialists for more information.
  • One Bedroom Newly Renovated

    One Bedroom Newly

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    • #215588
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    One bedroom, newly renovated condo, at the Sundial Beach Resort. Come enjoy this gorgeous third floor 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. This condo offers a full kitchen, separate bedroom with new tempurpedic king bed, and spacious living and dining areas. Brand new living room furniture and accessories. Large sliding picture windows look out to the courtyard with a peak of the Gulf of Mexico. New flat panel TV in the living room along with a DVD player and wall mounted, flat panel TV in the bedroom. Unit has high speed wireless internet available. 2 night minimum stay all year. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is one of the only "true" resorts on Sanibel Island. The resort is spread out over 13 buildings and consisting of 4 pools, 6 tennis courts (additional fee), on-site restaurants and pool bar, spa facilities and much more. Additional rental items such as bikes, canoe's or kayaks may be added to your reservation for a nominal fee. Please inquire with our Accommodations Specialists for more information.
  • Comfortable Home in Sanibel

    Comfortable Home in

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    • #215573
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    Comfortable home in Sanibel Bayous with beach access and access to a community pool and tennis.. Umbrella Pool is a three bedroom/two bathroom home located in Sanibel Bayous. The house offers plenty of privacy with a master suite on one side and two guest bedrooms and a full bath on the other. Mature landscaping, including mango, banana, starfruit and citrus trees, makes this home and location calming and serene. The home features a fully equipped kitchen along with a spacious living and dining area. A screened lanai runs the width of the house and allows for even more space to unwind and enjoy your Sanibel Island vacation. Just 2 lots away are a community pool and tennis court and access to Bowman’s Beach is just a short stroll. Walk around the corner to the observation tower and watch the birds and wildlife at Clam Bayou. Amenities include high speed wireless internet, cable TV and landline, beach chairs, gas grill, TVs, DVD player and bikes. Owner welcomes all pets.
  • Newly Renovated Ground Level

    Newly Renovated Ground

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215571
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    Newly renovated ground level home with boat dock and heated pool. Short walk to beach.. Ground level home with heated pool and boat dock. Short walk to beach across East Gulf Drive. Newly renovated kitchen and furniture throughout. Anchors Away features two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large screened pool area, spacious yard and boat dock for a small boat. You are just a 7 minute walk to the beach and the location is on the quiet East End of Sanibel Island. Book this home today before it's too late!
  • Charming Cottage in the

    Charming Cottage in the

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #225390
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    Charming cottage in the heart of Sanibel Island near the beach and shops. Welcome to The Palms of Sanibel and The Lavender Cottage. This one bedroom/one bathroom cottage has a queen bed off the living room which may be separated by a folding door for privacy. The cottage features a full kitchen and bathroom as well. As a guest of The Palms of Sanibel you have access to the heated pool, high speed wireless internet, laundry facilities, bbq grills and much more. The Palms of Sanibel is also a short walk to the beach as well as small shops and restaurants.
  • Charming Cottage in the

    Charming Cottage in the

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #225389
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    Charming cottage in the heart of Sanibel Island near the beach and shops. Welcome to The Palms of Sanibel and The Green Cottage. This one bedroom/one bathroom cottage has a queen bed off the living room which may be separated by a folding door for privacy. The cottage features a full kitchen and bathroom as well. As a guest of The Palms of Sanibel you have access to the heated pool, high speed wireless internet, laundry facilities, bbq grills and much more. The Palms of Sanibel is also a short walk to the beach as well as small shops and restaurants.
  • Three Bedroom Stilted Home

    Three Bedroom Stilted Home

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #223000
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    Three bedroom stilted home with heated pool. Very short walk to the beach. Sanibel at its best. Nerita Home is a large three bedroom, two bathroom home situated in a great neighborhood with just a short walk to the beach. The living room offers a flat screen TV. King bed in master bedroom, queen bed in the first guest bedroom and a day bed in the second guest bedroom. Brand new screened pool has been added along with updated landscaping and much more. Nerita Home offers wireless internet, bbq and may consider pets.
  • Ground Level Luxury Home

    Ground Level Luxury Home

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #222999
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    Ground level luxury home with pool on the East End of Sanibel.. Enjoy your Island retreat in this three bedroom and three bathroom home. A King bed in the master bedroom, king bed in the second bedroom, one Queen and one Twin bed in the third bedroom canal front home with pool. Interior of home completely renovated with new kitchen and bathrooms. Beautifully decorated and well equipped. Flat screen TV's and DVD players in every bedroom. Four beach chairs, four bicycles and a BBQ grill are just a few of the many included amenities. Twenty-Eight Minimum Stay.
  • Gulf View Two Bedroom

    Gulf View Two Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215598
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    Gulf view, two bedroom, two bathroom, penthouse at Pointe Santo de Sanibel. Nicely decorated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouse unit with private roof-top sundeck. Great views of the pool, lagoon & gulf. There is a king bed in the master bedroom, one full and one twin bed in the guest bedroom, single sleeper sofa in the alcove off the living room along with a queen sleeper sofa in living room. Newly updated flat panel TV & DVD in the living room, flat panel TV in the master bedroom and another flat panel TV in the guest bedroom. Recently added brand new roof top sun deck furniture, TV stand, flat panel TV's and master bedding. One week minimum stay during high season. Three night minimum stays available during the low season. Arrive and depart on any day. Please note that this unit is listed for sale and may require showings during your stay. Advance notice will be given to best accommodate you during your stay.
  • Three Story Luxury Home

    Three Story Luxury Home

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 5 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 10
    • #230625
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    Three story luxury home with pool and spa across from beach on the Sanibel River. Beautiful and spacious three-story home with tranquil Island setting, overlooking the Sanibel River. Partial views of the Gulf of Mexico from the top floor patio and two master suites. Nicely updated, open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and breakfast bar. Intercom/surround sound, screen-enclosed pool & jacuzzi with solar heater, "bonus area" on ground level, and beach access located across the street. Two-zoned central AIR CONDITIONING system services the first and third floors and an additional ductless AIR CONDITIONING system on the main level allows each room to control it's own temperature.
  • Beautifully Renovated Gulf Front

    Beautifully Renovated Gulf

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #230618
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    Beautifully renovated gulf front two bedroom condo in the Kimball Lodge located on the desirable West End of Sanibel Island with resort amenities at the Island Inn. Experience the beauty of Sanibel Island by staying at Kimball Lodge unit 306 at the Island Inn. This two bedroom/two bathroom completely renovated condo features a spacious living room, open kitchen with custom teak cabinets, stainless steel appliances and high end Brazilian Granite counter tops. Access the open deck over looking the Gulf of Mexico and relax while sun bathing or having a cocktail while the sun takes its own dip for the evening. Sleeping accommodations are available for up to four guests including a king bed in the master bedroom. A screened lanai with seating stretches along both bedrooms while over looking the pool, grounds and beach. Two full bathrooms which are both nicely updated are sure to make your stay on Sanibel even that much more enjoyable. On the same floor as unit 306 is a community laundry room with the first floor featuring an open sun deck and icemaker. A great feature about staying at the Kimball Lodge is that the building is set within the Island Inn which has a wonderful restaurant called Traditions, high speed wireless internet, tennis courts, shuffle board and a heated pool.
  • Charming one Bedroom Cottage

    Charming one Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #225388
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    Charming one bedroom cottage in the heart of Sanibel Island near the beach and shops. Welcome to The Palms of Sanibel and The Blue Cottage. This one bedroom/one bathroom cottage has a queen bed located off the living room that can be separated by a folding door for privacy. The cottage features a full kitchen and bathroom as well. As a guest of The Palms of Sanibel you have access to the heated pool, high speed wireless internet, laundry facilities, bbq grills and much more. The Palms of Sanibel is also a short walk to the beach as well as small shops and restaurants.
  • Live the Sanibel Life

    Live the Sanibel Life

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 9
    • #223005
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    Live the Sanibel life, if only for a month. Three bedroom stilted home with a lovely screened in pool. Just steps down to the private dock overlooking Clam Bayou.. Florida/Key West-style private home for rent, on the water, in beautiful Sanibel Island. Stay and enjoy for a month or longer, to experience what Sanibel Island is known for ... Gulf beaches, tropical landscaping, island wildlife, and protected nature preserves. This secluded home, surrounded by tropical beauty, sits on peaceful Clam Bayou with a private dock and full-size swimming pool. The home features beautiful clear views of the bayou, mangroves, and the Gulf beyond from its master balcony, large screened porch, and pool deck. Use our kayaks or canoe to easily get to the beach in minutes and enjoy the surf, shells, and water birds. This 3 bedroom, 2 full-bathroom home sleeps 9: The master bedroom (1 king-size bed), the 2 guest bedrooms (each 2 twin-size beds), the living room (sleeper sofa), the upstairs loft (futon). Bicycles, beach chairs, poolside loungers, and fishing tackle provided. Also high speed wireless Internet and HD Cable TV to keep your stay comfortably connected.
  • Ground Level Three Bedroom

    Ground Level Three Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #215603
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    Ground level three bedroom home with heated pool in West Rocks. Fantastic home located on the desirable west end. This charming and elegant Sanibel style home offers every comfort of home and more. Three bedroom, two bath within walking distance to beach. Screened lanai with heated pool boasts private nature view of tropical bayou. Master bedroom offers king bed, second bedroom a full, third two twins, a full size sleeper sofa. Light and bright decor throughout with five TV's, two DVD's, two bicycles, beach chairs and beach pull cart, W/D. Foyer with secretary desk, sitting room with water views, breakfast bar in lanai with kitchen access. Small pets considered with owner approval.
  • Gulf View one Bedroom

    Gulf View one Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215592
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    Gulf view, one bedroom, Sundial Beach Resort condo.. Come enjoy this second floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. Nicely updated kitchen and flat screen TV/DVD player in the living room as well as a flat panel TV/DVD in the bedroom. The bedroom offers a comfortable king bed along with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. High speed wireless internet is available in the unit. Don't worry about bringing beach equipment as Sundial I201 includes beach chairs, umbrella and beach towels. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is one of the only "true" resorts on Sanibel Island. The resort is spread out over 13 buildings and consisting of 4 pools, 6 tennis courts (additional fee), on-site restaurants and pool bar, spa facilities and much more. Additional rental items such as bikes, canoe's or kayaks may be added to your reservation for a nominal fee. Please inquire with our Accommodations Specialists for more information.
  • Gulf Front Three Bedroom

    Gulf Front Three Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #225379
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    Gulf front three bedroom luxury condo located at Sanddollar of Sanibel. Completely upgraded and top floor to offer endless views of the Gulf of Mexico. Stay a week or more at Sanddollar A303. Unit has been completely renovated with luxury furnishing and finishes from the flat panel TV's, to the chef's kitchen and spa like master bathroom. Plenty of space for up to six guests with the spacious master bedroom having a plush king bed and each guest bedroom with two twin beds. Don't worry about finding a table at one of Sanibel Island's wonderful restaurants as Sanddollar A303 has a fully renovated and open kitchen featuring high end stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets and solid surface counter tops. Spend mornings sipping on a cup of coffee out on the private, screened lanai directly looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. With A303 being on the top floor, you'll get the best views and no worry of a noisy neighbor upstairs. The Sanddollar complex is a small complex consisting of only 36 units in 3 buildings with a heated pool, tennis courts, bbq grills and elevator serviced buildings. With it's Middle Gulf Drive location, you're just minutes to shops and restaurants and the world famous bike paths are just outside the complex.
  • Completely Renovated Ground Level

    Completely Renovated

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 4 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 12
    • #223003
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    Completely renovated, ground level home in Chateaux Sur Mer. Heated pool and short walk to beach.. Available for season 2016. Discounted rates may be available!! Rendezvous by the Sea is a beautiful Sanibel Island vacation home with nearly every amenity you could imagine available. The home has been completely renovated and features a heated pool, golf cart (for use to/from beach and signed waiver required), 6 bikes, beach equipment and so much more. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated in the home with the spacious master suite having a king bed, queen bed in the first guest bedroom, two full beds in the second guest bedroom and two queen beds in the third guest bedroom. Rendezvous by the Sea also features two completely updated bathrooms and a top of the line kitchen. Luxurious landscaping with hammock and private outdoor shower. Once you have stayed here, you will not want to rent another home. 28 night minimum stays are required, please inquire with our office regarding any flexibility in arrival/departure dates.
  • Stilted Home with Heated

    Stilted Home with Heated

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #222996
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    Stilted home with heated pool in West Rocks. Three bedroom, two bathroom home with pool in West Rocks. Great neighborhood with lake view. Large living room with flat screen TV. King bed in the master bedroom, double bed in the first guest bedroom and two twin beds in the second guest bedroom. Office area in guest bedroom with wireless internet access. Less than 10 minute walk to the beach. TV in master and double bedroom. Sleeps up to eight guests using the sleeper sofa in the living room. Private pool with large deck and canal view. Twenty-Eight night minimum stay.
  • Gulf View Second Floor

    Gulf View Second Floor

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215601
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    Gulf view, second floor walk-up condo at Sandpiper Beach. Beautifully remodeled two-bedroom, two-bathroom Gulf-Front Condo, located on the second floor (walk-up) and loaded with Pool, Tennis Court, BBQ Grills, Three Tennis Racquets & Balls, Beach Chairs, Umbrella & Toys, TV's, DVD Players, DVD Movies, VCR, Stereo and Wireless Internet Access. Comfortable for a family of six with a king bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the guest bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living room. One Week Minimum Stay.
  • Tarpon Beach 201 Offers

    Tarpon Beach 201 Offers

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #230624
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    Tarpon Beach 201 offers a beautiful gulf front view over the sparkling pool. Condo offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms and has been nicely updated.. Please note that the complex has work scheduled through late fall and may be disruptive to your stay. Welcome to Tarpon Beach 201. This second level corner unit offers direct views out to the Gulf of Mexico as well as overlooking the sparkling heated community pool. The unit was recently completely renovated with tile floors, new furnishings, flat panel TV's, solid surface counter-tops and so much more. The master bedroom offers a comfortable king sized bed, flat panel TV, en-suite spa like bathroom and sliding doors to the screened lanai. The guest bedroom is spacious and features two twin beds, flat panel TV and nicely updated bedding. Should you have an extra guest or two, the new living room furniture features a queen sized sleeper sofa allowing Tarpon Beach 201 to accommodate up to six guests. Enjoy the wonderful amenities that the Tarpon Beach complex offers such as a heated pool, tennis court and gas bbq grill. For those that have to do work while on vacation, Tarpon Beach 201 does offer complimentary high speed wireless internet access. Owners have recently updated the lanai furniture and added 4 beach chairs, an umbrella, tennis racquet's and balls.
  • Welcome to Hit the

    Welcome to Hit the

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #230619
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    Welcome to Hit the Beach. Ground level home with pool just a short stroll to the beach. Completely renovated interior gives a resort like feel.. Welcome to Hit the Beach. This ground level, three bedroom/two bathroom home has been completely renovated on the inside with over-sized tile floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and high end furnishings throughout. The home can accommodate up to 6 guests with a king bed in the master bedroom, queen bed in the first guest bedroom and two twin beds in the second guest bedroom. The master bathroom is en-suite with the other bathroom accessible from the hall way. Walk out of the spacious living room onto the screened pool area with plenty of seating and a gas bbq grill to cook meals pool side. Extras include bikes, beach chairs and a beach cart. High speed wireless internet is included at no extra charge. Small pets may be considered with owner approval and additional pet fee (non-refundable).
  • East Rocks Retreat is

    East Rocks Retreat is

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #225380
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    East Rocks Retreat is a ground level home located in East Rocks with a heated pool and just a short walk to the beach.. January now Discounted. Book today. Imagine spending a month or longer on Sanibel Island .... At East Rocks Retreat. This ground level home features three bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms in addition to a spacious screened lanai with heated pool and hot tub. From the moment you enter the property, you're greeted by a front entry lanai area with seating. Take a stroll outside and watch the relaxing water view from over our dock just outside the back of our home. With our convenient location in the East Rocks Subdivision, the world famous Sanibel Island shelling beaches are just a 5-7 minute walk away. East Rocks Retreat will accommodate up to 6 guests with a king bed in the master bedroom, queen bed in the first guest bedroom and another queen bed in the second guest bedroom. The master bedroom also features a seating area with a large flat panel TV and en-suite bathroom. We offer high speed wireless internet, TV's in both guest bedrooms, full size washer/dryer, Weber gas bbq grill and beach equipment for the added enjoyment of our guests. Please refrain from smoking anywhere in or on the property. Well behaved dog may be considered with approval from owner and additional pet fee.
  • Ground Level Pet Friendly

    Ground Level Pet Friendly

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #222997
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    Ground level, pet friendly home with pool in West Rocks.. Three bedroom, two bath home with solar heated pool in West Rocks. Great neighborhood with lake view. Family room, living room, King size bed in master bedroom. Queen bed in guest bedroom and two Twin beds in the second guest bedroom. Sleeper sofa and office area with internet access. Five minute walk to the beach. TV and cable in bedrooms and living room areas. Sleeps eight. Twenty-Eight Minimum Stay.
  • Direct Gulf Front East

    Direct Gulf Front East

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #222995
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    Direct gulf front, East End, condominium.. Very spacious three bedroom, two bathroom gulf front condo located on the East-End of Sanibel. Furnished with a casually elegant look plus updated kitchen and bathrooms with granite countertops. Spectacular direct gulf views from the living room, master bedroom, and expansive lanai. There is a King bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the guest bedroom as well as a queen sleeper sofa in the second guest bedroom. Please note that the second guest bedroom has pocket doors leading to the kitchen and dining areas and no closet. The sleeper sofa can be left closed with the room used as a den or office as well. There are three TV's, two DVD players, and high speed wireless internet access. Living room furniture has recently been updated as well as all new lanai/porch furniture. Beachcomber is an upscale property that is elevator serviced and offers covered parking along with a community pool (heated) and outdoor shower. Monthly minimum stays required.
  • Ground Level Pool View

    Ground Level Pool View

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215584
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    Ground level, pool view, condo at Villa Sanibel.. Recently renvoated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom ground floor condo just steps to the Gulf of Mexico featuring a great view of the pool. Comfortable for a family of 4 with a king bed in the master bedroom and twin beds in the guest bedroom. Complex amenities include a heated swimming pool, tennis court & BBQ grills. With only 20 units at Villa Sanibel and its great West Gulf Drive location, you are sure to return year after year. One Week Minimum Stay is Required.
  • Sundial Beach Resort Unit

    Sundial Beach Resort Unit

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #215577
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    Sundial Beach Resort, unit T201 offers a gulf view and private cabana. This two bedroom with den (closes off as third bedroom), two bathroom condo can sleep up to 8 guests.. Sundial Beach Resort, unit T201 is a second floor, gulf view condo. One of the more unique aspects of Sundial T201 is the private cabana accessible via a spiral staircase from the screened lanai. Easily access the beach and pool without having to go up the main stairway or elevator. Unit T201 offers plenty of space for the entire family and will accommodate up to 8 guests with the master bedroom featuring a comfortable king size bed, the guest bedroom having two twin beds and the den and living room both offering queen sleeper sofas. The den area is situated off of the living room and kitchen and can act as a third bedroom with the accordion door that may be closed for privacy. For stays of longer than just a few days, you will certainly enjoy the full kitchen and washer/dryer in the unit. No worries about packing beach towels or renting beach equipment as it's already equipped with beach chairs, an umbrella and beach towels. Book today before it's too late. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is one of the only "true" resorts on Sanibel Island. The resort is spread out over 13 buildings and consisting of 4 pools, 6 tennis courts (additional fee), on-site restaurants and pool bar, spa facilities and much more. Additional rental items such as bikes, canoe's or kayaks may be added to your reservation for a nominal fee. Please inquire with our Accommodations Specialists for more information.
  • Albatross Home is a

    Albatross Home is a

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215575
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    Albatross Home is a stilted home located in The Dunes with a heated pool.. Property discounted 20% for summer months. Located in The Dunes, Albatross Home is a stilted home with a wrap around lanai and plenty of space for up to six guests. The home has a beautiful pool area to spend your vacation relaxing in paradise. The living area features vaulted ceilings and an open kitchen with new stainless steel refrigerator. The main level also has a spacious master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet in addition to access to the screened lanai. There is a guest bedroom with a queen bed as well and access to the screened lanai on the main living level. The guest bathroom is accessible from the hallway. There is a staircase leading from the living room to a separate loft/third bedroom with a private balcony and en-suite bathroom. The loft/third bedroom has a comfortable queen size sleeper sofa and desk for those that may need to do a little work while they're away. The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club has an 18 hole golf course that is open to the public. Beach access is a short drive from the Albatross Home. Beach equipment, beach towels, high speed wireless Internet and a gas BBQ is included to make your stay even more enjoyable!
  • Sundial f401 is a

    Sundial f401 is a

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #230631
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    Sundial F401 is a gulf front, recently remodeled corner unit, with a wrap around lanai.. Stay for a week or longer at Sundial Beach Resort, condo F401. This gulf front, newly remodeled, corner unit provides a unique wrap around screened lanai with gulf views from nearly every room. The spacious living room has a sleeper sofa, love seat, a large flat panel TV with DVD player, and some of the best views out to the Gulf of Mexico that you'll find on Sanibel Island. The living room leads into the dining area, which comfortably caters 6, and two additional chairs at the breakfast bar. Rise and shine to relaxation and enjoy a morning cup of coffee, make breakfast for the children, or wind down with an evening meal for all in the completely renovated kitchen, featuring granite counters, upgraded cabinets and high-end stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom has an exceptionally comfortable king sized bed and en-suite bathroom, with the guest bedroom equipped with two twin beds just perfect for the kids.
  • Enjoy your Sanibel Island

    Enjoy your Sanibel Island

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #230629
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    Enjoy your Sanibel Island beach vacation at Sundial B306. Wonderfully renovated two bedroom/two bathroom condo with resort style amenities.. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, the soothing sounds of the surf, and the warm sea breezes. The Tommy Bahama inspired living room is tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished with a sofa, love seat and large flat panel TV. The sofa includes a queen sized pull out for additional guests. The nearby dining table seats 6 in addition to there being two bar stools at the pass-thru to the kitchen which has nice cabinetry and solid surface countertops for more casual meals and snacks. Staying a week or longer and need to do laundry ... Sundial B306 has you covered. Behind the louvered doors are a full-size stacked washer/dryer. The master bedroom features a comfortable king sized bed, flat panel TV and en-suite bathroom. Our guest bedroom features a queen sized bed and twin which is perfect for two children or a couple in the queen bed. There is a guest bathroom near the bedroom and accessible from the hallway as well.
  • Nicely Updated Duplex in

    Nicely Updated Duplex in

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #222994
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    Nicely updated duplex in The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.. Enjoy the breathtaking view from this property nestled on Horseshoe Lake in the golfing and tennis community of the Dunes Country Club. Colorful Florida style two bedroom, two bathroom duplex comfortable for a family of six. This home has a queen bed in the master bedroom, queen bed in the guest bedroom and a full size sleeper sofa in the living room. Cheerful open floor plan, updated kitchen & bathrooms. Lounge around the open wrap around deck with your favorite book overlooking the lake. Amenities include, wireless Internet, BBQ, Bikes to ride through a tropical paradise, beach chairs, beach umbrella, patio set and will consider pets. Twenty-Eight Night Minimum Stay, No Exceptions.
  • Shorewood 3b Offers a

    Shorewood 3b Offers a

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #222992
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    Shorewood 3B offers a spacious floor plan with three bedrooms/three bathrooms and a direct gulf front view. Looking to stay in a three bedroom gulf front Sanibel Island penthouse ... Look no further than Shorewood 3B. With over 2400 sq ft of total living space, you can relax and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. This penthouse condo features three bedrooms with a king bed in the master bedroom, queen bed in the first guest bedroom and two twin beds in the second guest bedroom. Shorewood 3B is the perfect vacation rental for two couples as well with the master bedroom and first guest bedroom having en-suite bathrooms. There is even a third full bathroom for the second guest bedroom and easily accessible while in the living room and kitchen. In addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms, Shorewood 3B has a large kitchen with solid surface counter tops, upgraded appliances and all of the kitchenware you will need to prepare wonderful meals for your family and friends. Should you just wish to relax and enjoy the direct views out to the Gulf of Mexico, step out onto the screened lanai with plenty of comfortable seating, just off the living room. There is even a spiral staircase that takes you up to the private roof top sun deck for some of the best views that you'll find on Sanibel. Other amenities include 4 TV's, DVD player, high speed wireless internet, beach chairs and an umbrella, elevator serviced building, heated community pool and a tennis court. Spend a week or more on Sanibel Island at Shorewood 3B.
  • Nicely Updated Duplex in

    Nicely Updated Duplex in

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215604
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    Nicely updated duplex in The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.. Enjoy your own private hideaway nestled on Horseshoe Lake in the golfing and tennis community of the Dunes Country Club. Charming two bedroom, two bathroom duplex comfortable for a family of four with a Queen bed in the master bedroom and twin beds in the guest bedroom. Cheerful open floor plan with an office area, cathedral ceiling, updated kitchen & bathrooms and a mirrored wall to reflect the natural beauty of the lake. Wireless Internet, Accepts Pets. Tweny-Eight night minimum stay.
  • One Bedroom Courtyard View

    One Bedroom Courtyard View

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215589
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    One bedroom, courtyard view, condo at the Sundial Beach Resort. Come enjoy this gorgeous third floor 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. This condo offers a full kitchen, separate bedroom, and living room with a sleeper sofa. Flat panel TV and DVD player in the living room along with a flat panel TV in the bedroom. The bedroom features a comfortable queen bed along with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. High speed wireless Internet is available for your use. 2 night minimum stay all year. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is one of the only "true" resorts on Sanibel Island. The resort is spread out over 13 buildings and consisting of 4 pools, 6 tennis courts (additional fee), on-site restaurants and pool bar, spa facilities and much more. Additional rental items such as bikes, canoe's or kayaks may be added to your reservation for a nominal fee. Please inquire with our Accommodations Specialists for more information.
  • Second Floor Condo Located

    Second Floor Condo Located

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215587
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    Second floor condo located at Spanish Cay, directly across from the beach front properties.. Nestled next to tropical landscaping, you'll find sitting on your lanai quiet, peaceful and relaxing. This 2nd floor (walk up, no elevator) condo with a decor of soft, lovely colors, comfortable furnishings, a well-equipped kitchen, and room for guests is a wonderful choice for your stay on Sanibel Island. You'll enjoy the heated pool, beautiful tropical landscaping, well-maintained property plus the ambiance of this charming complex. The short walk to the beach is wonderful exercise, add a beach walk and you're ready for a nice lunch or dinner. Enjoy all the wonderful sights, restaurants and shops of Sanibel and go home happy!
  • Beautiful Lake Front Town

    Beautiful Lake Front Town

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215572
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    Beautiful lake front town home located in the heart of Sanibel Island. Just minutes to shops and the world famous beaches.. Lake Palms 10 has been completely renovated with high end finishes throughout. The main living level features a half bath, open kitchen with high end appliances, stack washer/dryer, dining area for four people, comfortable living room with a flat panel TV and a screened lanai with lake views. Up the stairs leads to the two bedrooms and two bathrooms (both in-suite). The master bedroom has a very comfortable queen bed with flat panel TV and upgraded bathroom tub/shower. The master bedroom has a private lanai looking out to the lake and tropical vegetation. The guest bedroom doubles as additional sleeping space courtesy of a full size Murphy bed and office to catch up on things while you're away. The guest bedroom also has an in-suite bathroom tub/shower. Lake Palms #10 includes beach chairs, beach towels, umbrella, two bikes and a kayak. Stay for a month or longer in Lake Palms #10 and you'll want to return year after year.
  • Ground Level Cottage Just

    Ground Level Cottage Just

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #215570
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    Ground level cottage just a short walk to the beach. Luci's Sunshine Cottage aka "Hula Hut" is a newly renovated ground level, two bedroom/two bathroom beach cottage. Situated along Tahiti Drive and the quiet Sanibel Island west end. This cottage features a completely renovated kitchen, bathrooms, paint and much more. The first bedroom has a comfortable queen bed with in-suite bath (walk in shower) while the second bedroom has a queen bed with in-suite bath (walk in shower) as well. Perfect for two couples. The backyard area is fenced in as the home does allow pets (with approval and additional pet fee). As the cottage is located within the Tradewinds Neighborhood, you will receive a parking pass for the private beach parking area. Book this cottage today before it's too late.
  • Very Charming Two Bedroom

    Very Charming Two Bedroom

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #225387
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    Very charming two bedroom cottage located in the heart of Sanibel Island. A short walk to the beach and shops.. Welcome to The Palms of Sanibel and The Rose Cottage. This two bedroom/one bathroom cottage has a spacious master suite with a queen bed, living area with queen sleeper sofa that may be closed off using the folding doors to act as a second bedroom. The cottage features a full kitchen and bathroom as well. As a guest of The Palms of Sanibel you have access to the heated pool, high speed wireless internet, laundry facilities, bbq grills and much more. The Palms of Sanibel is also a short walk to the beach as well as small shops and restaurants.
  • Beautiful West End Home

    Beautiful West End Home

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #222990
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    Beautiful west end home with screened and heated pool. Beach path across from the home with the sand just 500 feet away.. Welcome to Calinda South. A beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom home with a spacious screened / heated pool and beach access just across from the home. Situated on the quiet and exclusive west end of Sanibel Island, Calinda South provides the perfect Island getaway for a month or longer. The home features an expansive open kitchen, dining area and comfortable living room that leads out to the pool area. Large master bedroom with en suite bath and ample closet space. On the opposite side of the home are two guest bedrooms, one with a queen bed and another with two twin beds. The guest bathroom is also spacious with a tub/shower. With plenty of space for up to six guests, Calinda South is a great option to escape the cold and relax on the sea shell capital of the world, Sanibel Island. Small pets are welcome with additional pet fee.
  • Gulf View Second Floor

    Gulf View Second Floor

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215602
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    Gulf view, second floor walk-up condo at Sandpiper Beach. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom Gulf-front condo located on the 2nd floor (walk-up) and loaded with pool, tennis court, BBQ grills, 4 bicycles & helmets, 4 tennis racquets & balls, beach chairs, umbrella & toys, 3 TV's, 2 DVD's, VCR, stereo, DVD movies, games, books and wireless internet access. Comfortable for a family of 6 with a king bed in the master bedroom, 2 twin beds in the guest bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living room. One Week Minimum Stay.
  • Direct Gulf Front East

    Direct Gulf Front East

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215600
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    Direct gulf front, East End, condominium.. Comfortable and quiet 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom direct Gulf Front Condominium located on the East end of the Island. Beautiful Gulf Views with a wrap around screened lanai. There is a new King Bed in the Master Bedroom, Queen Bed in Guest Bedroom, and two twin beds in the second Guest Bedroom. Sleeps 6. Updated furnishings, painting and much more. Property requires two week minimum rentals all year.
  • Luxury Direct Gulf Front

    Luxury Direct Gulf Front

    Sanibel Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #215595
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    Luxury, direct gulf front, three bedroom penthouse condo at Junonia of Sanibel.. Luxurious direct gulf front penthouse at Junonia. Junonia 301 is a top floor, three bedrom/two bathroom ultra luxurious condominium. The unit has been completely renovated with only high end furnishings and finishes. Sleeping for up to six guests with a king bed in the master bedroom, queen bed in the first guest bedroom and two twin beds in the second guest bedroom. Two full bathrooms, luxury, open kitchen and expansive screened lanai are also featured in this beautiful condo. Additional amenities include 5 TV's, DVD player, high speed wireless internet, beach equipment and beach towels.

Sanibel Island News and Events

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Sanibel Island measures roughly 12 miles long and three miles across at its widest.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands are located off the coast of southwest Florida, just west of Fort Myers, Florida. Fort Myers is situated between Naples, FL and Tampa, Fl.

The Fort Myers Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW airport code), is located approximately 20 miles away from Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Island has two main roads that parallel each other. Periwinkle Way, located at the four-way stop immediately past the Visitor Center, is the main thoroughfare. West of the causeway, it leads to the island's shopping and dining district. Follow it east and you'll pass a quieter commercial section, ending up at the Sanibel Lighthouse and its beach. Gulf Drive, the other main route, roves past resorts, beaches, and homes at the water's edge. It is segmented into East, Middle, and West Gulf Drive.

The toll to cross the Sanibel Island Causeway onto the island is $6 per car; there is no toll to return to the mainland. Frequent visitors may want to opt for the transponder program, which works on a debit account system and offers discounted tolls of $2 per trip (plus an upfront charge for the transponder).

Sanibel is one of the unique barrier islands of the world, having an east-west orientation when most islands are north-south. Hence, the island is gifted with great sandy beaches and an abundance of shells. Check out the Sanibel Shelling Center for information on the islands beaches and seashells.

There are a few rules that keep our beaches pristine. Pets on Sanibel Island must be leashed, and should be cleaned up after. Captiva beaches do not allow pets.* Alcoholic beverages are prohibited November through May. No open fires and no collecting of live shells please. Click Here to see the 5 reasons to leash your dog.

Basic restrooms are located at all public beach accesses. Some have picnic tables and showers, all have free handicap parking. Parking at Sanibel Island and Captiva Island public beaches costs $2.00 an hour, Cash and credit cards are accepted. Paid parking tickets are not interchangeable between Sanibel and Captiva.

5 Must-Do Activities in Sanibel, Florida

by  Andrea M. Rotondo
http://www.fodors.com/news/5-must-do-activities-in-sanibel-florida-6848.html

Sanibel—an island situated in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida—is one of America's most precious vacation destinations. It is home to some of the world's finest beaches and wildlife reserves. And, thanks to careful city planning, residents have effectively controlled development and encouraged the preservation of the island's ecology since passing the Sanibel Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 1974.

You won't find many buildings taller than two stories here. They're not allowed unless they were built before 1974. Fast food joints and chain restaurants are banned too with the exception of Dairy Queen and Subway, which were on the island before that rule went into effect. What you will find is a laid-back community that's adopted a more organic way of life.

The causeway bridge connects the island to Fort Myers in Lee County. Most of the year residents live on the island's East End. Periwinkle Way is the main drag and it runs from the eastern tip of Sanibel to the midpoint of the island at Tarpon Bay Road. Beach cottages, vacation condos, and multi-million-dollar homes dot Middle Gulf and West Gulf drives, both of which have spectacular views of the beach and ocean.

Here are the five can't-miss activities for any trip to Sanibel...

EXPLORE THE ISLAND BY BIKE OR SEGWAY

Sanibel is the perfect place to cycle or try out a Segway. With 22 miles of paths shared by joggers, walkers, and cyclists, it's easy to discover the island. Check out the shops on Periwinkle Way (don't miss Bailey's General Store, in business since 1899), the beaches on West Gulf Drive, the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and the Nature Center and walking trails at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

You can rent bikes from Billy's Rentals, Finnimore's Cycle Shop, andTarpon Bay Explorers. Billy's also runs Segway of Sanibel, which offers two-hour guided tours of the island.

DO THE SANIBEL STOOP

Head to any beach on Sanibel and you'll notice people walking along the shore with their shoulders stooped and heads down. They're doing the "Sanibel Stoop," looking for shells that the ocean has deposited here. This barrier island has an east-west orientation instead of the north-south configuration of most other islands. That unique placement is what's created the beautiful, sandy beaches and the abundance of unusual shells. Of the 250 kinds of shells found on the island, the most prevalent are coquinas, scallops, and whelks. You can sometimes find sand dollars but the most prized shell of all in the area is the junonia. You can learn all about the shells of Sanibel at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel-Captiva Road.

TAKE A BOAT OUT ON TARPON BAY

Tarpon Bay, on the north side of the island, is a fantastic place to spend the day. There's Tarpon Bay Beach and an expansive bay on which you can kayak, canoe, or enjoy by pontoon boat or standup paddleboard. Tarpon Bay Explorers is the licensed concessionaire at Tarpon Bay as well as the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. They rent fishing equipment, boats, and bikes. They also offer guided kayak and canoe tours plus breakfast, daytime, and evening cruises on covered pontoon boats. No matter how you decide to discover Tarpon Bay, you'll encounter the mangrove forest and tidal flats that are home to bird rookeries for roseate spoonbills, pelicans, egrets, ibis, herons, cormorants, and more than 200 other species of birds. You may also see dolphins and manatees in the bay.

WALK, BIKE, OR DRIVE THROUGH J.N. DING DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Named for cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling, the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the country. There are several ways to see the reserve. You can drive or bike the 8-mile loop around Wildlife Drive. Three walking trails—Indigo Trail (4 miles roundtrip), Wulfert Key Trail (a quarter mile leading to a view of Pine Island Sound), and Shell Mount Trail (a quarter mile of accessible boardwalk)—can all be found off Wildlife Drive. (Note: Wildlife Drive is closed for repaving until October 2013.) The 100-acre Bailey Tract, located off Tarpon Bay Road, is also a neat area to visit since its wetlands support freshwater plants and animals like river otter, bobcats, and armadillos and reptiles like alligators and turtles

TOUR THE CLINIC FOR REHABILITATION OF WILDLIFE

You may feel like you're in a far-off land in Sanibel but it's actually the home of one of the country's leading wildlife rehabilitation facilities. TheClinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) cares for more than 4,000 sick, injured, or orphaned "wildlife patients" each year. Last year they treated 200 different species. The complex features a state-of-the-art hospital manned by veterinarians and volunteers. At CROW's Education Center, get in on interactive games like "Be the Vet," in which participants try to diagnose an animal's medical issue. There are also behind-the-scenes tours of the rehab hospital as well as video presentations and other special events.
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