There are many cottages on Sanibel Island; your choice says a lot about you and the kind of vacation traveler you are. Ask yourself: Am I happiest when I am among my friends and new acquaintances in a restaurant or night club? Or do I mostly look forward to spending hours under a palm tree – or walking on nature trails by myself? Fortunately, the Island Inn is a convenient choice for both of these approaches to leisure.

What do you think of when you hear the word “cottage”? You might picture a wood-paneled structure with plank beds, outdoor plumbing and decorated with taxidermy fish. While you might be able find something close to that description on Sanibel, this is not the Island Inn approach to cottage life. Our cottages reflect the traditions of Sanibel Island, casual yet elegant since 1895!

For the honeymoon or romantic getaway, a small cottage is just the ticket for privacy and luxury. Alternately, for groups of family or friends, “going cottage” is a great way to share accommodation costs while having a great time.

When shopping for a cottage, make sure the kitchen is fully equipped for your cooking needs, so you can comfortably make meals as often as you choose. Also, pay careful attention to room sizes and floor plan; a cottage’s capacity should not be rated for group using the same “sardine” formula that tent-makers use. Further, check out a grounds map. If one is not available, you might have to wonder if the great “view” from your cottage is of the restaurant’s dumpster instead of the beach. Atmosphere might be important to you – look at lots of pictures of the cottage to see if the windows are big or small, ceilings high and airy or low and stuffy.

Florida is covered in fancy skyscraper condos and simulated tiki huts by the shore, but the authenticity of the Island Inn’s cottages is a rare find. There are seven cottages at the Island Inn, ranging from the roomy one-bedroom Spoonbill Gulf Front Cottages to the Zeeryp Beach House, which is sized to easily accommodate a group of eight and can sleep up to 12. The Gulf of Mexico is only a few dozen paces from your cottage door, through the property’s sandy courtyard. Like Sanibel itself, the Island Inn has avoided over-development through the decades. Our cottages especially reflect this philosophy – sporting a sophisticated but casual style.

Choosing a cottage for your next vacation should be a pleasure, not a chore. Let us know how the Island Inn can help you decide!