Sanibel Island Beach Rentals

If you are looking for a Sanibel Island beach rental, look no further than We have 1 waterfront vacation rentals in Sanibel Island resorts. Enjoy some luxury at a beach front home away from home on your next vacation in Sanibel Island. From a lakeside cottage to an ocean view house or condo, families and groups can find affordable and spacious accommodations close to the beach. It's time to soak up some sun, play in the water and relax in good company. A beach rental does just that. Find one in Beachview Country Club Estates, Blind Pass, Bowman's Beach, Loggerhead Cay Condominiums, Pointe Santo or elsewhere nearby.

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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
    $154 to $300 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.
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  • 100% Gulf Front - Awesome Views of the Ocean.

    100% Gulf Front - Awesome

    Fort Myers Beach: Estero Beach and Tennis Club: Condo
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    • #61117
    $79 to $270 USD/night Credit Card Paypal
    Our condo is on the 12th floor with unobstructed views of the ocean and bay. It has the best view of any condo on the island. Has everything you need for a great vacation. We are across the street from shopping, restaurants, and the golf course. Tennis courts, pool and 10 acres of manicured lawns with flowers,palm trees and birds. Shelling, beach activities, and perfect sunsets from the lanai. Leather recliner sofa in the living room. Relax and enjoy our great weather,fine food and the movie theater about 3 blocks away with a full menu & snacks. "We are home from paradise and wishing we were back there. Your condo was wonderful. Everything you could want was there. It was bright and clean and the view was absolutely perfect. We look forward to next year. Has the week of March 18 to 25 of next year been reserved. If not, we would like to extend our stay to three weeks instead of two. If it isn't available for next year, keep us in mind for three weeks in 2007. I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your place and can't wait to get back there. By the way, the internet connection worked great. Thanks again." ~ Judy and Fuzz R. "I returned to Indiana last night after spending the past 12 days in Ft. Myers. The stay was everything I hoped for...Relaxing, beautiful weather ( except for a bad storm last Sunday that made shelling wonderful, incredible sunsets and oh, those birds ! I came home with tons of sand dollars, a beautiful tan."
  • Paradise for Rent - Villa "Bel Air", with Boat and Gulf Access

    Paradise for Rent - Villa

    Cape Coral: Villa
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #201364
    $210 to $252 USD/night Paypal
    Our vacationvilla “Bel Air” is located in the Southwest of Sunshinestate Florida, in the City of Cape Coral, offering a direct access, to the Gulf of Mexico. Cape Coral is often called the “Venice of Florida”, due to 400 miles of navigable canals, just drop down your boat from the lift and discover your vacation town from the water side. Although centrally located, Villa “Bel Air” is very secluded. The house has been built by the famous american noble-house construction company “Aubuchon Homes Inc.” in customized and massive style, on a 1000 square meters property with direct access to the “Gulf of Mexico”. The pool is faced in sunset direction and completely screened. On 190 fully air-conditioned square meters, you will feel at ease with this gorgeous vacation-villa during the best time of the year.The cityscape is affected by noble and luxurious villas, many with their own swimming pools and boat-docks, year round opulent bloomer, citrus and beautiful palm trees.
  • Beach Front Condo on Fort Myers Beach, Florida with Free Wifi Netflix and Tennis

    Beach Front Condo on Fort

    Fort Myers Beach: Estero Beach and Tennis Club: Condo
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    • #200806
    $99 to $214 USD/night Paypal
    Why travel to the Caribbean. Everything for a perfect vacation/ holiday is within walking distance. There is no need to rent a car. Restaurants and shopping are located across the street. The beach is located out the front door (seven miles of white, sugar sand), four clay (Har-Tru) tennis courts are located on the property, a beachside-heated pool, gas barbeque grilles, ten acres of professionally maintained landscaping, and an 18-hole golf course/ driving range is located across the street. A trolley will take you the full length of the beach for additional shopping, restaurants, and Times Square. If you choose to dine in, the professionally designed kitchen has everything you need. The kitchen features full size appliances and Granite Counter tops This area of Southwest Florida is world renown for the beaches. The condominium overlooks a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA), only one of 17 in the State of Florida. In addition, the Audubon Society has designated this CWA as Little Estero Island. Bring your camera for some spectacular photos of wildlife. The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce reports our beach to be the world's safest beach. The beach gained the reputation as the world's safest beach because of no undertow and shallow water. You can walk the entire 7-mile length of the island along its sandy shores. Warm and sunny year around. So come and stay with us relax and have some fun and meet great people All you will need are your clothes and groceries.
  • 100% Gulf Front Unit with Views of the Beach from Every Window!

    100% Gulf Front Unit with

    Fort Myers Beach: The Shores: Condo
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    • #61124
    $127 to $270 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Star Rating
    The ultimate vacation rental. This 8 unit complex has privacy and beauty all around. Tiki huts, beach chairs, bbq grills, and 2 lanai's one off the bedroom, and one off the living room. We are across from Public grocery store and about 2 miles from "Times Square." We are right on the beach with ocean views from every room in the condo. Everything you need for a great vacation. Private parking under the building and awesome views from 2 lanai's one off of the living room, and 1 off of the living room. This is the perfect location with everything you need to relax and refresh. Returned home yesterday from 'The Shores' to a chilly London at 30 F (minus 1 C). What a shock to the system having enjoyed a Floridian 85 F for virtually our entire stay, and what a wonderful stay it was in your lovely condo which is probably the best that we've had in our 25 odd years of visiting the USA.. If you will have us, all remains OK and God willing, we look forward to returning about the same time next year. Thanks again and wishing you both a happy Thanksgiving holiday. Saturday, November 17, 2007 We will be in touch, it was without a doubt the best holiday & accommodation ever. Love Pat & Wes. Your decor is very inviting and relaxing which made us feel like we were home, only with far better ambiance. We will surely be in contact with you for our future vacations. Thank You Patricia & Jeff Thursday, May 03, 2007
  • 400 Miles of Waterways. A Boater and Fisherman's Paradise!

    400 Miles of Waterways. A

    Cape Coral: Home
    • 5 BDR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #201354
    $210 to $240 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly Star Rating
    HOUSE INFORMATION: Intercom speaker FM/CD system throughout the house & patio area. Built in laser equipment and an air conditioning system for an allergy-free environment. Baby safe security fence around pool area installed free of charge upon request. 150 channels of TV-Programming. 60Ft boat dock for use with your own or a rented boat. New stainless steel appliances & LCD/HD TV'S of JULY 2010. Fishing from your backyard. OPTIONAL GUEST SERVICES: Hire your own Captain for a half or full day cruise or fishing trip Private chauffeur (hourly or daily rates) Limousine service. Special VIP rates for are available for special occasions. IE Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays.
  • Newly Built Luxury Waterfront Property with Sailboat Access

    Newly Built Luxury

    Cape Coral: Home
    • 4 BDR
    • 1 Den
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #201360
    $210 to $240 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    HOUSE PERKS: Air conditioning with laser equipment for low allergy & clean fresh air 20 foot high ceilings Granite counter tops in the kitchen and all bathrooms Large living room with built in movie entertainment center Pool with sliding doors and a child security alarm 80Ft dock for your own or rented boat 150 channels of cable TV programming THINGS TO DO: Charter a Coast Guard licensed guided cruise. Both full and half day available Fishing trips. Both full and half day available. (includes a fishing permit, bait & tackle for up to 6 people) Boats are available to rent to much reduced boat rentals rates.
  • Fabulous Waterfront Villa with High Speed Fios Internet and Hdtv, Private Dock

    Fabulous Waterfront Villa

    Venice: House
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #57082
    $157 to $236 USD/night  
    Two week minimum booking. Please check the availability chart. See www.Rodmct.Gmxhome.De for lots more information and photos of this stunning riverside villa with its high speed WiFi internet and FiOS HDTV, (bring your own laptop, tablet or smart phone), private dock, heated pool, lanai and 2100 square feet of air conditioned living area which has recently been fully re-furnished to a very high standard. (I.E. 'turnkey' with everything that you should need.) Its acre of landscaped garden sits in a quiet private estate with no through traffic and views over a nature reserve and salt water creek which gives boat access to the Gulf. This beautiful house with its own private dock (with a permit for a motor boat with up to 10.8 inches draft) is a few minutes from the white sandy Gulf Coast beaches and 8 golf courses. The cathedral ceilings give it a light airy feeling. It is fully air conditioned with a well appointed modern kitchen. The large master bedroom with its King sized bed, tray ceiling and superb ensuite bathroom has direct access to the pool area and is placed on the opposite side of the house to the other bedrooms, thus giving peace, quiet and privacy. All bedrooms enjoy large walk in closets, and TV with DVD player. The fully screened and heated pool is equipped with a removable child safety fence. The garden is floodlit to allow you to enjoy beautiful views during evening barbecues. A Sony music center and a Tivoli Two HiFi FM stereo radio (both compatible with iPod and other players) are located in the lounge. For the kids and young at heart, Busch gardens is a 1 hour drive away with the full selection of theme parks in Orlando (4 Disney Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, 4 Water Parks, the opportunity to swim with dolphins, night clubs etc.) an hour and a half away. For those interested in recreational flying, Venice Airport is less than 10 minutes away. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the luxury of fishing from their own dock in the back garden or 15 minutes by boat to the marlin rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Boats can be launched from Sorrento Woods private boat ramp which is only 200 meters from the house. The nearest beaches, Nokomis and Casey Key, are only 5 minutes away or travel 10 minutes to Siesta Key or to the world renowned Caspersen Beach to hunt for fossilised sharks teeth as well as enjoying its natural, unspoilt, wind swept seclusion. A whole range of watersports are available within a short distance, but for those who prefer dry land there is an extensive, family friendly bike trail. Excellent shopping facilities are within easy reach as are many great restaurants but for the designer orientated 'chic chick' there are designer outlet malls and exclusive shopping areas all within 1 hour's drive. For golf enthusiasts Calusa Lakes Golf Course is 3 minutes away.

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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

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...


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.


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.


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.


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


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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