Sanibel Island Gulf Front Cottage - Matthews

Sanibel Island Cottages – Your Gulf Coast Dream Home Come True

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 Beach

Island Inn: The Best Choice Among Sanibel Island Resorts

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.

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

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!

Kayak and Paddle Board Your Way Around Sanibel Island!

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.

National Interior Designer Enhances Charm of Island Inn

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.

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

Pedal Power

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.

Fall has Arrived

Residents and visitors begin returning to the islands and, although this has been a very busy summer, we’re looking forward to seeing our old friends.
Thanksgiving is less than a month away and we’ll be hosting many guests for the holiday.

Thanksgiving – November 24, 2011

Sanibel Island’s Annual Sanibel Thanksgiving Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 20th at the Sanibel Community House starting at 6:45pm. All are invited!

Kayaks and Paddleboards Now Available!

The Island Inn now has kayaks and paddleboards available to rent, directly on the beach! Paddle along the coast and enjoy the warm water and the beautiful view from the other side of the beach. Visit the front desk for rentals and more information.

Shellabration on Sanibel – 75th Annual Shell Fair

Sanibel Island is renowned as one of the leading shelling capitals of the world. The islands geographic location provides shell hunters with not only a large quantity of shells but shells high in quality and selection. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Shellabration Fair on Sanibel. The Shellabration Fair celebrates Sanibel Island shelling heritage.

Refuge celebrates ‘Ding’ Darling Days October 16-22

Refuge celebrates ‘Ding’ Darling Days October 16-22

This year for the 22nd Annual “Ding” Darling Days, Oct. 16-22, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island adds new daily theme days to the calendar, plus character meet-and-greets on Family Fun Day. The Island Inn is located 2 miles from “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge.

Sanibel Island Shared Pathway

Sanibel Island Path Updates Nearly Complete

Construction on major updates to the Sanibel Island shared pathway are nearly complete. Popular with both residents and visitors, the pathway is a great way to explore the Island and get around.

Captiva Triathlon

Beautiful and Restful Rooms by the Beach Available for Triathlon Weekend

The Island Inn on Sanibel has rooms and cottages available for the upcoming Captiva Triathlon on Sunday, September 18th. The Inn, which is offering a 10% discount during this time, has select accommodations for all competing triathletes and their families.

Tarpon Fishing on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon bring fisherman to Sanibel Island year after year to experience the thrill of the catch. Come down to Sanibel Island and enjoy a fishing experience you will never forget!

Ding Darling Refuge Sanibel Island

I-Nature Trail at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

I-Nature Trail at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is breaking ground on the technology front with the roll-out of the new i-nature trail.

Born Photo Shoot on Sanibel Island: Island Inn

Born Shoes Photo Shoot at the Island Inn

Born Shoes, the leader in comfort fashion footwear, selected the Island Inn for its photo shoot for the Spring 2012 Line – Infinite Summer.

Born Shoes, which are 100% hand made from natural products, chooses locations that have the same natural, earthy feel as their shoes. This is Born’s third photo shoot in Southwest Florida, and it will not be their last hosted by the Island Inn.

Island Inn's Beach

Sanibel Sea School

The Sanibel Sea School is a great hands on way to learn about Sanibel Island’s marine ecosystem.

Last Year's Winning Photograph

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum Photography Competition

Like Mollusks? Enjoy photography? Well, your in luck! Sanibel Island’s Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is holding a competition on who can capture the best photograph of a live mollusks.

Sanibel Island Beaches Top the Charts

Sanibel Island Beaches Top The Charts!

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the beaches of southwest Florida are among the nations cleanest. See video of the report here!

Traditions on the Beach Review

Eric Taubert from the The Southwest Florida Barometer wrote a great review of Traditions on the Beach. See the video blog below the review excerpt.

Welcoming the Summer Season

As every season comes to a close at the Island Inn, we happily embrace the long, lazy days of summer.
After a wonderful holiday season, beautiful winter, and busy Spring Break, we are gearing up for a spectacular summer.

Tarpon Fishing on Sanibel Island

May & June Means Tarpon Fishing here on the Islands!

Some of the worlds best Tarpon fishing can be found right here on Sanibel and Captiva, and year after year Island Inn guests return for this annual Spring Event.

Island Inn in the News!

Learn about the Island Inn by reading Eric Taubert’s awesome write up in The Southwest Florida Barometer and by watching the included video blog.

Saint Patrick’s Day at Traditions on The Beach

Saint Patrick’s Day at Traditions on The Beach

Join us at Traditions on the Beach for our St Patrick’s day party and fun celebration, Thursday, March 17th.
Enjoy music and dancing with our very own Irish “Piano Man” Joe McCormick.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Island Inn

The Island Inn and Traditions on the Beach is the perfect spot to bring your sweetheart for Valentines Day weekend!

Learn About Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island enthusiasts welcome the City of Sanibel’s release of the first video in a series of four about the history of Sanibel Island. Please click here to view “Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy”

Traditions on the Beach – Newly Renovated

Come celebrate New Years Eve with us at the gorgeous newly renovated Traditions on the Beach.

Chris Davison, Vice President of Operations at the Island Inn

Chris Davison in the News!

Congratulations to Chris Davison and his staff for a great year at the Island Inn!

Sanibel Island Nutcracker

Holiday Entertainment on Sanibel Island by BIG ARTS

Looking for some holiday entertainment on Sanibel Island? Look no further than the many performances put on by BIG ARTS.