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.

How to Choose a Sanibel Island Cottage

Planning a Florida vacation can be a pretty overwhelming task. Gulf or Atlantic coast? Flying or driving? Condo or camper? For many, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are the only choice. But even then, you have a big job ahead of you; how to choose a Sanibel Island resort? Don’t let this process take all the fun out of planning your vacation!

Choosing a Sanibel Island Resort

If your idea of an island retreat is a quiet beach community, warmed by the peaceful waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you might think you have to go far away – or turn back the clock to the days before development took over. Fortunately, there is Sanibel Island, a Florida coast destination that strikes the rare balance between excitement and tranquility.

Florida’s Sanibel Island: your nearby escape

As a Sanibel beachfront resort, the Island Inn obviously cares a lot about the state of our beach. We want it to be clean, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it should be tidy! We’re a traditional place – we’ve been providing Sanibel Island vacation lodging on this property since 1895 – but one tradition we don’t practice is raking up the bits of seaweed and sea grasses that come ashore with the waves. Those organic materials are an important part of the island’s ecosystem, supporting birds, plants and other wildlife our guests expect and deserve to experience.

Sanibel Conservation Walking Tours

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…

A Day in the Life of an Island Inn Guest – Part 1

Are you headed for the beach? A Florida vacation may be just the thing. Any beach will do, right? Well, we’d hate for the secret to get out, but a lot of people think there is no substitute for a Sanibel beach. Arthur Frommer agrees, he rated Sanibel Island as his top vacation destination … in the world!

Planning Your Florida Beach Vacation

Luminary Festival weekend is one of the most spectacular and beautiful ways we celebrate the Winter Holidays here on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Island Inn is a proud sponsor of the event, which takes place December 7, and 8, 2012.  Thousands of luminaries will line Periwinkle Way, nearly the length of the island, throughout the evening hours.

Lighting up the Holidays, Island-Style!

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.

Staying on Sanibel Island – Lodging Choices

Sanibal Island's 2012 Festival Weekend

The Island Inn is getting ready and so is Sanibel and Captiva Island. One of the favorite island festivities among many residents and visitors alike for more than two decades is the Luminary Festival Weekend.

Sanibel Island’s 2012 Luminary Festival Weekend

The Island Inn on Sanibel is proud to announce that we are a Silver Sponsor of the F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here – the human services organization on Sanibel and Captiva) 10K Race on Sanibel Island.

Island Inn is a Silver Sponsor of the F.I.S.H. 10K Race on Sanibel Island.

Kimball Lodge Sun Deck

Technically speaking, summer is over. Fortunately, the weather on Sanibel Island doesn’t seem to concern itself with technicalities. You might not be concerned either, especially if you are spending part of this fall or winter stretched out on Island Inn’s beach with warm sand under your heels.

Come on Down – Sanibel Weather is Fine!

Whether you are a serious angler or a rank amateur with a rented rod, the waters off Sanibel and Captiva islands offer some of the best fishing in all of southwest Florida. Casting from knee-deep just off Island Inn’s own shoreline, guests pull in handsomely sized Sea Trout, Snook, Redfish and even Tarpon. Pier fishing is also popular, usually requiring heavier tackle for larger species such as Grouper and Snapper.

Fishing from Sanibel and Captiva Islands Presents Many Choices

In every season, Sanibel Island bird watching can set even the most experienced birder’s heart racing. The abundance of species is almost overwhelming. Even year-round residents such as herons, egrets, pelicans, cormorants, ospreys, spoonbills, storks, moorhens, bald eagles and more!

Sanibel Island Birding

Sanibel Island Biking

As Sanibel’s oldest resort, Island Inn has relaxation down to a science. And like most worthy pursuits, true relaxation, true vacation, is a multi-faceted pursuit. In other words, we know you want to come here to sit on the beach. By all means, we want you to sit on the beach, but we also know that mixing it up with fine dining, shopping and touring will make your stay even more enjoyable. Go on, grab a bike and tour Sanibel!

A Cyclist’s-Eye View of Sanibel Island

Sanibel Beach

It’s pretty quiet here most of the time, and when you come to Sanibel’s Island Inn, we want you to have a carefree time on our beaches. It’s interesting for many of our guests to discover how much work it takes to have this opportunity for profound relaxation!

Friends of Sanibel Work to Protect Island’s Beaches

Sanibel and Captiva Island Resorts Serve up Island Culture

Many of our Island Inn resort guests say that staying on Sanibel or Captiva Island has ruined all of the other beach spots for them. At Island Inn, we’re happy that’s true.

Sanibel and Captiva Island Resorts Serve up Island Culture

In many ways, a place like Sanibel Island should not exist. At 33 square miles, it’s the same size as Manhattan and is nestled up to the teeming southwestern Florida coast, but those comparisons fall flat in light of its 6,100-person population. One aspect, lodging on Sanibel, highlights the stark contrast with the rest of the Gulf coast; you simply won’t find high-rise condos or super sized chain hotels here.

Sanibel’s Lodging Choices Unique to Island Culture

Island Inn’s accommodations have been providing travelers and vacationers a place to enjoy their stay on Sanibel Island for almost 120 years! During this time we have learned how to provide the perfect Sanibel Island vacation for our guests.

Island Inn’s Accommodations Are All About You

Sanibel Island Vacations

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.

Sanibel Island Vacations Offer More Than Beach Time

Make your reservation directly with Island Inn (on our website or by calling 1-800-851-5088) and save 15% on your total bill of $50 or more at our fabulous restaurant – Traditions on the Beach!

Book Directly with Island Inn and Save 15% on your Bill at Traditions on the Beach!

Choose The Island Inn for Your Next Sanibel Island Vacation!

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.

Sanibel Island Hotels

Sanibel Island Gulf Front Cottage - Matthews

The ideal vacation differs from person to person. Some like a thrill, others like to relax. Most of us land somewhere in between that spectrum. When you vacation at Island Inn’s Gulf Front Sanibel Island Cottages you can adjust you vacation as necessary.

Sanibel Island Cottages – Your Gulf Coast Dream Home Come True

Sanibel Island Beach

You have many choices when deciding where you’ll vacation in South Florida. Those who wish to experience the unique and wonderful mix of southern and island culture know the secret ingredient is Island Inn.

Island Inn: The Top Choice Among Sanibel Island Resorts

Sanibel Island Florida: Paradise on the Gulf

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.

Sanibel Island Florida: Paradise on the Gulf

The Island Inn is proud to be hosting Sanibel’s Party of the Year! The Shell Museum’s annual benefit is a firm favorite on the island and this year promises to be even more spectacular than ever. Book your stay directly with the Island Inn during this time and receive a 20% discount on “Under The Sea” gala tickets!

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s annual “Under the Sea” benefit on January 29, 2012

Sanibel offers first-class kayaking and paddleboarding. Canoe & Kayak Magazine and Paddler Magazine both list Sanibel as a top destination for great weather, abundant wildlife, world-class beaches and proximity to other hot spots such as Captiva and Pine Island.

Kayak and Paddle Board Your Way Around Sanibel Island!

Melinda Graham was commissioned to redecorate the guestrooms and cottages to reflect what the Inn represents to so many people today – a beautiful, cozy, home away from home on the beach – without losing its charm or history.

National Interior Designer Enhances Charm of Island Inn

The Island Inn has bikes available to rent on the property. Visit the front desk for more information.

Sanibel and Captiva islands are a great place to trade in your afternoon car ride for a relaxing bike ride along the trails. With an average elevation of four feet, the islands’ geography makes biking practically effortless.

Pedal Power