Sanibel travel guide

Sanibel Tourism | Sanibel Guide

You're Going to Love Sanibel

With a population of 6,469, Sanibel is a must-see destination in Florida, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 4 days in order to fully appreciate everything Sanibel has to offer.

Activities & attractions in Sanibel

Where to Eat in Sanibel

If you’re looking for affordable options, Cielo (1244 Periwinkle Way) and Il Tesoro-Sanibel (751 Tarpon Bay Road) are great picks.

When to visit Sanibel

Sanibel in September
Estimated hotel price
$148
1 night at 3-star hotel
Sanibel in September
Estimated hotel price
$148
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Sanibel

Plane

Although Sanibel doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to SW Florida Intl Airport (RSW), which is located 17 miles from Sanibel. Sarasota Bradenton Intl is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Sanibel departs from Atlantic City and takes around 2h 38m.

Car

Another option to get to Sanibel is to pick up a car rental from Orlando, which is about 150 miles from Sanibel. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Fox, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Sanibel, including Tornado Bus, RedCoach and Greyhound. From Fort Lauderdale, the bus ride to Sanibel takes 125 miles and will cost you around $19. From Hollywood, the ticket costs about $26 for a journey of 165 miles.

Plane

Although Sanibel doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to SW Florida Intl Airport (RSW), which is located 17 miles from Sanibel. Sarasota Bradenton Intl is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Sanibel departs from Atlantic City and takes around 2h 38m.

Car

Another option to get to Sanibel is to pick up a car rental from Orlando, which is about 150 miles from Sanibel. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Fox, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Sanibel, including Tornado Bus, RedCoach and Greyhound. From Fort Lauderdale, the bus ride to Sanibel takes 125 miles and will cost you around $19. From Hollywood, the ticket costs about $26 for a journey of 165 miles.

Airlines serving Sanibel

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Air France
Good (983 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,989 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,065 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,176 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (746 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Sanibel

Most booked hotels in Sanibel

Island Inn
3 stars
Excellent (9.1, 116 reviews)
$266+
Diamondhead Beach Resort
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 509 reviews)
$237+
The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, 20 reviews)
$145+
Latitude 26 Waterfront Boutique Resort - Fort Myers Beach
2 stars
Good (7.9, 1111 reviews)
$125+
Sunset Beach Inn
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 17 reviews)
$206+
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
3 stars
Good (7.8, 741 reviews)
$245+

Renting a car in Sanibel

Renting a car in Sanibel costs $24 per day, on average, or $97 if you want to rent if for 4 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 81% cheaper than airport locations in Sanibel.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Sanibel (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96.

Renting a car in Sanibel costs $24 per day, on average, or $97 if you want to rent if for 4 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 81% cheaper than airport locations in Sanibel.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Sanibel (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96.