I am really looking forward to our first day at Island Inn on Sanibel Island. We arrived last evening just after dark and were tired from our long drive. Boy is it quiet here; don’t know why I woke up. It’s still dark outside and my wife is still asleep. I guess I’m just used to getting up early.
We left the windows open while we slept. I’m glad we did that because I love breathing that beautiful salt air! I can just barely hear the waves sloshing on the shore. It sure is a relaxing sound – maybe I’ll just lay back and listen for a few minutes while I decide what to do next…
Imagine an island retreat nestled in the warm, tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Picture a destination big enough to offer a variety of exciting activities and opportunities for solitude, but small enough to avoid the hassle of the sprawling resort towns. In your imagination you just conjured up Sanibel Island Florida, truly a jewel in the Gulf region.
Whether you and your family have been coming to Sanibel for years, or if you are just looking for ideas or lodging options, it pays to do your homework. Looking at a map of Southwest Florida, seeing tiny Sanibel curled up just offshore of Fort Myers, you wouldn’t know there are hundreds of lodging choices on the island.
Summer season has arrived and the Island Inn awaits! Bring the whole family out to the Island Inn for the 4th of July! Enjoy the pristine beaches, blue waters and beautiful weather at the Island Inn while you celebrate America’s independence! Below we’ve gathered the activities that you, your family and friends can partake in throughout […]
Island Inn offers eleven accommodation styles to choose from including spacious and flexible cottages, suites, rooms and lodges. The variety of choices ensures that, no matter your travel style or preferences, Island Inn has you covered.
For generations, people have been heading to Sanibel Island for vacations. Sanibel and Captiva are scattered with many attractions geared toward lovers of nature, nightlife, history, art and fine dining.
Millennials are super into birding now. Here are the best places to go birding around the world: 9. Sanibel Island, Florida, United States Photo: J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge (Official) Sanibel Island is home to 245 bird species, including the bright pink roseate spoonbill which roam the wetlands. The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge ensures that waders, singers, and peckers […]
Kick off your Easter Holiday with the Island Inn on Saturday, March 31st at our 7th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! The party begins at 1pm inside the Traditions on the Beach dining room. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1:15pm where children 12 and under will search for eggs throughout Island Inn’s beachfront property! Discover […]
Wondering what to do with all of those fabulous shells you just found while on vacation at Island Inn? We’ve got an idea for you! This is a great activity for children, as well as adults, and will keep those Sanibel Island memories alive wherever you are. Use your imagination and creativity and partake in […]
The historic Island Inn, the island’s oldest hotel (Est. 1895), is excited to announce the Matthews Lodge Luxury Suites on Sanibel. The Inn’s latest investment is in the replacement of the Matthews Lodge, a 12 unit concrete block building built in 1961, with the brand new Matthews Lodge, which offers 12 Gulf View Luxury Suite accommodations. […]
It’s time to celebrate the season of Fall at Island Inn! Whether you’re walking the Sanibel beaches & shelling, enjoying the pool or relaxing in a hammock, it’s the perfect place to getaway and fall into paradise! Enter our Island Inn Fall Into Paradise Photo Contest! Show us your best Island Inn photos and enter […]
We are all extremely thankful that Sanibel Island and the Island Inn were spared the worst of the Florida-wide storm early this September. While we had a bit of cleanup on the beach immediately after the storm, our accommodations remain spotless and our beaches world-class. Since the storm, many of our long-time regular guests, as […]
Whether you are planning a weekend getaway with friends or a long vacation with family, Sanibel Island is guaranteed to meet all your expectations and more! Between the abundance of wildlife on the island to its surreal beaches, there’s no denying its beauty. If you are looking to have fun-filled and memorable vacation at, look […]
When traveling to Sanibel for a vacation you’re probably thinking you’ll relax, soak up some sun, take walks on the beach and get swept away into the newest bestsellers you don’t normally have time to read! Local Sanibel bookstore, MACINTOSH BOOKS & PAPER has shared their beach read recommendations with us. You’ll want to add these to […]
On May 17 & 18th the Island Inn sponsored a group of 4th grade students from Tice Elementary School in Fort Myers, FL for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum ‘Adopt-A-Class’ Program. For the first time with the program, the students were brought to the Island Inn’s beach for a beach walk! The students were able […]
Take A Live Tour! Watch the Video Above… The historic Island Inn, the oldest hotel on Sanibel (Est 1895), is excited to announce the launch of the next phase of its refurbishment program. The Inn’s latest multi-million dollar investment is in the replacement of the Matthews Lodge, a 12 unit concrete block building built in 1961, […]
Summer is right around the corner here at the Island Inn! The change of the season brings long days at the beach, fun in the sun and a good time. It also brings the start of Loggerhead Turtle Nesting Season. From May – October, Sanibel beaches are home to many nests and making sure these […]
ISLAND INN HONORS WOMEN PIONEERS DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Women’s History Month is a great time to offer thanks to the many island women who embraced this almost forgotten little barrier island and battled through hardships and near unbearable circumstances, just to call it home. Here’s to the years when rare shells rolled in endlessly, water […]
Island Inn Beach Romance Nothing can be more romantic than being at the beach with your special someone. If you’re staying close to home on a staycation or traveling across the globe, here are 5 things to do this Valentine’s Day during your beach getaway on Sanibel Island! Sunset Walk Hold hands and stroll as […]
The Island Inn is now displaying a model of the historic Islander ferry, which was used back in the 1950’s to transport visitors to and from the Islands before the Causeway. The newest addition to the Island Inn’s historic projects, the Islander sits above the fireplace in the lounge at Traditions On The Beach. Complete with […]
If you’ve been to the Island Inn lately, you might have noticed a giant new addition, our oversized Adirondak chair! Perfectly positioned for the ideal snapshot to make your friends and family back at home jealous! Next time you visit, make sure to hop on and get your photo taken for a Sanibel keepsake that […]
The Island Inn was recently awarded 2016’s ‘Best Hotel & Inn’ on Sanibel & Captiva Islands in an annual polling of area visitors & residents completed by the Sanibel Captiva Islander. Established in 1895 as the 1st hotel on Sanibel & Captiva and having undergone recent multi-million dollar renovations, the Island Inn quintessentially combines old […]
Summer season has arrived and the Island Inn awaits! Bring the whole family out to the Island Inn for the 4th of July! Enjoy the pristine beaches, blue waters and beautiful weather at the Island Inn while you celebrate America’s independence! Below we’ve gathered the activities that you, your family and friends can partake in […]
For the entire month of June attendees at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will be greeted by a 6-foot Island Inn ‘Welcome‘ banner and various other Inn-branded items that will be scattered throughout the 3-level, popular Island attraction. These sponsored materials are a result of the Inn’s continued support for this key Island Non-Profit and the opportunity to […]
Even more upgrades have been made to Traditions on the Beach, with new furniture, fixtures and artwork now adorning the bar and lounge! This is in addition to the curated historical library and museum-style shell case displays installed recently. The changes were put in place to coincide with the Inn’s efforts to create ‘Cherished Memories’ […]
Anglers from all over the country jump in line to participate in the 2016 “Ding” Darling Tarpon Tournament held at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill on Fort Myers Beach. The Island Inn joined in as a sponsor of the tournament and part of the 50 teams that competed on May 7th. They raised over $50,000 […]
The Island Inn is offering a blissful two night stay on Sanibel Island anytime from April 1st, 2016 to April 1st,2017. The winner will also receive a once in a lifetime private tour of the world-renowned Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum along with the museum’s curator. Also included is a special daily morning beach walk with […]
The Island Inn softball team brought home the 2015 Fall Co-Ed Championship! The City of Sanibel’s Co-Ed Softball League consists of several teams from various businesses on both Sanibel & Captiva Islands. The tournament scores are below…. Island Inn 21 vs. Bailey’s 15 Sanibel Air & Electric 20 vs. The Bubble Room 5 Championship Game: […]
The 79th Annual Shell Festival will take place at the Sanibel Community House March 3rd– March 5th. Doors will open on Thursday & Friday from 9am and close at 5pm, followed by Saturday from 9-4pm. This fundraising event will bring support to the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club & the Sanibel Community Association with your $5 donation […]
Artist & Founder of Ultimate Mosaics, Wilson E. Lopez, creates exclusive designs that are certified and copyrighted to ensure the authenticity of every piece. He has constructed two handcrafted mosaics for the Island Inn in their Spoonbill Cottage. The mosaics depict a dazzling array of light and color from the natural beauty of Florida’s pristine […]