Despite the development, about 750 of the islands 1,000 acres are included in a state preserve. Trying to make a left hand turn or get off the island to the main land between the hours of 36 in season be prepared to wait. The community has a fantastic library current publications and magazines, always a puzzle to put together, used book store, it. To help steer clear of heavy traffic, you can observe realtime sanibel traffic conditions right at your fingertips with the free sanibel street cam app. I was wondering, are we going to be there during the off season. Boat strikes cause deaths of 2 sea turtles off sanibel island. On our boat tours off the coast of marco island, we venture deep into the ten thousand islands to hidden locations that have fascinating shells that lay untouched.
Sanibel island fishing pier sanibel island fishing pier sanibel island fishing pier. On a weekly basis during peak season, saturday traffic volumes are the highest, and traffic volumes are the lightest on sundays and tuesdays. Fort myers beach not to be confused with the city of fort myers and neighboring sanibel island make the perfect beach getaway for anyone seeking a relaxing vacation in florida, complete with good food, upscale nightlife, and plenty of activities during the day. The weather is warming up and theres plenty to do in the offseason on sanibel island. Sanibel island is an anomaly in terms of peak and low seasons.
It is part of the cape coralfort myers, florida metropolitan statistical area. At the main traffic areas in season, like the causeway or casa ybel and periwinkle intersection, there will be a traffic officer directing to help move people along. The weather is warming up on sanibel island and the popular tourism season that attracts thousands of snowbirds from up north is over. Trafficwhen to travel around sanibel island to avoid traffic. The fort myers beach and sanibel island area offer a wide range of overnight options, from familyfriendly resorts to. Sanibel island is an island where you can relax, enjoy the natural beauty of the world and really get refreshed.
After years of being on the business side of tourism on sanibel consider this a caveat, i have seen peak season shrink from christmas through april to midfebruary to the week after easter may is a good time to be here. What to do in the offseason on sanibel island sanibel. On a weekly basis during peak season, traffic volumes are the lightest on sundays. As the snowbirds retreat north to avoid the summer heat, theres still plenty to do in the off season on sanibel island. Aside from the beautiful beaches, both places have highend hotels as well as plenty of familyfriendly resorts.
Be sure to visit the c of c just after you cross the causeway to pick up the islands guide book and sunnyday guide for any coupons and special offers. The sheriffs office also reports another turtle likely killed by boat strikes was recovered in the water off sanibel saturday. Mar 14, 2020 the best time to visit sanibel island is during the winter and early spring months, from december to april. Sanibel island the joys of off season inspiring life over 50. The cheapest time to go to sanibel island getaway usa. The best time to visit sanibel island sanibel island. Revive tired muscles after a day of outdoor adventures with the magic of foot reflexology, or start your honeymoon off with a decadent couples massage. September, october, and november aka the off season. This is the peak season so hotel room rates will be higher than at other times of the year, but with a little early planning you should be able to find an affordable room. Visitors flock to the island when weather in their own home states turns frigid, creating more demand and higher prices for lodging, flights and transportation on sanibel. Sanibel island the joys of off season inspiring life. Tips to make your sanibel island vacation unforgettable. The emerald green and shimmering blue waters of the gulf of mexico provide some of the best deep seaoffshore fishing off the islands of sanibel island and captiva island.
The best time to visit sanibel island is during the winter and early spring months, from december to april. Captiva island, located off the coast of florida near fort myers, is only four miles long and half a mile wide, but what the island lacks in size it makes up for in natural beauty and pristine. Shouldnt be any waits for restaurant seating and traffic around the island will be pretty light. If you ask me, the perfect summer evening includes a long, leisurely stroll on a beach. Located on 500 feet of fine, white sandy beach on the gulf of mexico, island winds condominiums consist of 100 privately owned units with fantastic views from three screened balconies. The most valuable shell by most is the junonia shell, which we have found more. Sanibel and captiva are jumping off points for island hopping boat trips to barrier islands and keys teeming with ancient legends and robinson crusoestyle beaches. Mar 03, 2019 fall is arguably the best time to go to sanibel island, when great weather converges with off season crowds and costs. High season on sanibel island kicks in when the hot summer months melt away and temperatures return to a balmy average of 75 degrees fahrenheit.
Sanibel island has a subtropical climate due to the warm gulf stream and its position just north of the tropic of cancer. The popular market was slated to close down for the season at the end of april, but owners of market operator local roots, asked the city to extend to may 31 due to its great success this season. Sanibel is about 12 miles long and 4 miles wide, and is known around the world for its fabulous shelling beaches. This makes it easy for you to make a reservation or walk into a sanibel island waterfront restaurant and get a table with a wonderful view of the sunset. Apr 28, 2016 the very act of arriving on sanibel island, off floridas southern gulf coast, feels like a beautiful escape. Lobster cottage your private tropical vacation castaways. The bait box, 239 4721618, live bait and fishing supplies, sanibel island, fl. Fall is arguably the best time to go to sanibel island, when great weather converges with offseason crowds and costs.
Boat strikes cause deaths of 2 sea turtles off sanibel island there was a frantic search to find a missing man, who disappeared while on a float near. Trafficwhen to travel around sanibel island to avoid. Top 6 relaxing and romantic things to do in sanibel island. Tourist information on sanibel island, florida usa today. Plan in advance to travel around the island by foot. The island, also known as sanibel island, constitutes the entire city. Sanibel island is a barrier island just off the southwest coast of florida by fort myers. Sanibel island, marco island, and naples have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Aug 25, 2017 sanibel island is an island where you can relax, enjoy the natural beauty of the world and really get refreshed. Dinner menu traditions on the beach sanibel island. Lcso warns boaters to be cautious and put boats in neutral. Located just minutes from the resort, the sanibel day spa is a luxurious spa offering a full menu of pampering treatments designed to leave you feeling completely renewed.
Royal shell has more than 500 vacation rental homes on sanibel and captiva islands and about 1,500 mainland and island homes throughout southwest florida, and in ocala and north carolina. Sanibel police find the body of the missing swimmer. We are 1 week away from visiting sanibel island for the first time ever. Trying to make a left hand turn or get off the island to the main land between the. Trips during these five months will be more expensive than at other times, so start planning early. Best time to visit sanibel island, florida, weather. On a weekly basis during peak season, saturday traffic volumes are the highest. The restaurants are not as busy in the off season on sanibel island either. For more information on visiting sanibel and capitva islands, visit the beaches of fort myers and sanibel website. Avoid driving on and off the island during these peak times. Sanibel is about 12 miles long and 4 miles wide, and is known. The population was 6,469 at the 2010 census, with an estimated 2018 population of 7,402. Apr 08, 2016 by unanimous vote on tuesday, sanibel city council voted to allow the sanibel farmers market to stay open this season through the last sunday in may.
The best time to visit sanibel island is december to april, the peak season. Mar 25, 2020 sanibel island is a barrier island just off the southwest coast of florida by fort myers. Six highquality cameras have been placed throughout the. We pretty much have most of our days planned since there is really so much to do. Sanibels lighthouse beach is a great location for nature lovers.
The off season is also a great time for visitors and residents to enjoy restaurant deals and extended happy hours. Side trips in sanibel and captiva islands frommers. Cut off by a pass from captiva, its northern barrierisland sibling is occupied by the upscale resort of north captiva island club, p. Not really off season till september but even then there are still plenty of places open. Melissa, the transition from high to low season may vary by a week or two, depending upon the timing of easter and spring break. After years of being on the business side of tourism on sanibel consider this a caveat, i have seen peak season shrink from christmas through april to midfebruary to the week after easter. Rates really do come done somewhat its called shoulder season. The only way to get on the isle, 20 miles southwest of fort myers, is to drive across a threemile causeway that is surrounded by a sparkling bay. During peak season, sanibel island experiences daily heavy onbound traffic congestion from 8 a. The best shelling tours on sanibel island, fl 239 30189. Sanibel is an island and city in lee county, florida, united states. Mar 21, 2020 the sheriffs office also reports another turtle likely killed by boat strikes was recovered in the water off sanibel saturday.
Requires a oneweek minimum stay between 50120 1120. Tour the islands lighthouse or enjoy a stroll on the nearby boardwalk. Located about 25 miles south of fort myers, floridas familyfriendly sanibel island draws vacationers looking for beautiful beaches and opportunities to explore the areas rich ecosystem. Sanibel island fishing fishing guides visitor information.
Over the last couple years there have even been some really nice sawfish caught and released from here. Slowed pace, feet covered in sand and tickled by the surf, eyes scanning the tide line in search of seashells, breathing in the salty breezeabsolute. Business directory search sanibel island chamber of commerce. As the snowbirds retreat north to avoid the summer heat, theres still plenty to do in the offseason on sanibel island. The city of sanibel wants you to enjoy your vacation. The gulf of mexico is a shallow body of water allowing anglers to be 20 to 30 miles offshore and be in only 50 to 75 feet of water. Nov 24, 2019 boat strikes cause deaths of 2 sea turtles off sanibel island there was a frantic search to find a missing man, who disappeared while on a float near the sanibel light house less than 24 hours ago. It is a barrier island a collection of sand on the leeward side of the more solid coral. Sanibel is known as a quiet, natural travel destination, wellsuited for families. Marco island is just a few miles south of naples, florida. You dont have to get completely lost out here, however, because several islets have comfortable inns and restaurants. Current fishing conditions sanibel island, fl the bait box. Applaud you for recommending a visit to sanibel island.
Jul 18, 2016 the weather is warming up and theres plenty to do in the offseason on sanibel island. Its always wise to avoid traveling on and off island at peak travel times, especially during our high season winter months. Weve got the tips you need to take advantage of the offseason. Swimming pool, internet, air conditioning, tv, satellite or cable, parking, heater bedrooms.
Aug 03, 2017 how i spent my summer vacationoff season on sanibel island published on august 3, 2017 by alisahuntsman if you ask me, the perfect summer evening includes a long, leisurely stroll on a beach. Sanibel island is a city in florida, entirely encompassing a barrier island west of fort myers. Redfish, snook, sheepshead, drum, and snapper are the staples caught at the sanibel fishing pier. For those heading over to captiva island, check out the awardwinning captiva beach. Traffic on sanibel island vacationing on sanibel island. The first week of april is usually high season, related to condo rental rates and number of people. The community has a fantastic library current publications and magazines, always a puzzle to put together, used book store, it is also airconditioned if that is your desire. Indeed, even during the slow off season, the dining room saw plenty of customers, and we were told that during the high winter season the restaurant including an outdoor back patio is packed to the gills. The very act of arriving on sanibel island, off floridas southern gulf coast, feels like a beautiful escape.1231 112 717 1243 10 629 521 672 1019 1253 857 1560 316 1474 1539 920 264 959 229 595 739 254 1052 28 876 1041 493 93 230 403 627 1113 414 572 178