9 Reasons to Spend Christmas on Sanibel Island

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers! Recharge your batteries by spending the holidays in festive Southwest Florida enjoying the beaches, sunsets and warmer weather. We have nine reasons why you should be spending Christmas on Sanibel Island this year.

Sanibel Boats Are Festive

Boat owners on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers deck their boats out in holiday lights and decor every single year. There are several festive boat parades and you can walk the marinas each year watching amazing sunsets turn into lighted boat displays in the water.

Lighted Palm Trees

Decorating a regular tree is so ordinary. You haven’t seen anything until you have seen a palm tree decorated from top to bottom in holiday lights. Neighborhoods in Sanibel Island and Fort Myers have thousands of lights strung on their palm trees every year. Southwest Florida is festive even though the average temperature this time of year is 75 degrees!

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Boat owners on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers deck their boats out in holiday lights and decor every single year.

Step Into Christmas Past

Did you know that both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had winter estates in Fort Myers? Both of their estates are now a very popular visitor destination called the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Head there for the holidays and enjoy the Edison & Ford Holiday Nights event showcase these historic homes decorated for the Christmas holidays with bulbs Edison is credited with helping to invent. The lighted tour includes millions of lights, self-tours and guided tours and is available through Jan. 3.

Live Music on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island and Fort Myers offer plenty of opportunities for live music groups playing a plethora of jazz, big band, rock and roll and other music around the region. There are also several concerts during the holiday season to enjoy.

Review a list of holiday events and live music offerings to plan your day and evening.

Captiva Island’s Holiday Charm

Captiva Island transforms itself into a quaint holiday village every holiday season. The island town becomes awash in Christmas lights every night. Even better? You can see the sunset and walk along the beach in 70-degree weather.

Natural Christmas Presents

Are you searching for the perfect last-minute Christmas Day presents for your loved ones? Head for the beach and do some shelling. Sanibel Island is the shelling capital of the world.

Read our blog on how to find the perfect seashells this Christmas.

Sanibel island Christmas sunset

Head to Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island to extend your daylight hours and enjoy beautiful sunsets.

The Days Are Longer

If you are sick of the shorter days and the evenings that start so early, head to Sanibel Island this Christmas to extend your daylight hours. Southwest Florida’s closer proximity to the Equator means we get much more daylight than states to the north of us. Sanibel Island enjoys almost 11 hours of sunshine a day, so get down here and soak in all that sunshine.

Book Your Sanibel Island Christmas Visit

Enjoy the holiday season by spending some time in Southwest Florida this Christmas! Rent a fully furnished condo at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals or Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

Sundial guests that stay two nights get a third night for free and a free half-day boat rental from Port Sanibel Marina.

Rent a Boat

When you are coming to Southwest Florida, it is a rite of passage to rent a boat and schedule a fishing charter. Enjoy the Christmas holiday season at Port Sanibel Marina this year. Our fishing charter partners can take you on an eco-cruise or a fishing trip that will make this holiday season a memorable one. Enjoy a day on the boat this year and give as a call at (239) 437-1660 to plan your holiday boat rental needs today!