Sanibel Island Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Sanibel Island

The best time to visit Sanibel Island is December to April, the peak season. Trips during these five months will be more expensive than at other times, so start planning early. Still, this is when you'll find idyllic beach weather. The late fall is a good time to secure a room deal and do a little shelling in the chilly Gulf water. Avoid the hurricane season altogether — if you want to visit in the summer, plan your trip for May or early June, before the threat of bad storms.

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December-April

Temperatures could fall to the mid-50s, but they will most likely stay in the mid-70s. And you might find the quiet island a little too quiet at other times of year. In other words, visiting during Sanibel's peak season might be worth the added expense. If you're interested in a winter trip, however, you should book a few months in advance. Last-minute room rates can start around $250 a night.

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May-June

The price is right at Sanibel Island's best hotels, but you should shoot for May as opposed to June. The later month is the rainiest on the island. When the sun is shining, however, you'll experience mid-80s on most days.

July-September

Sanibel summers are rainy with a chance of hurricanes. Properties still open for business will offer rooms for around $150 a night.

October-November

Florida's late fall weather is spectacular: on Sanibel Island you'll see lows in the 60s and highs in the 70s and 80s. You won't be able to get in the water every day and you should certainly pack a sweater for the chilly evenings, but still, you'll find the tides are generally low (translation: good shelling conditions). Room rates are the same as the summertime but without the threat of a bad storm.

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Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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