The mild climate of Southwest Florida can make it perfect for visiting Sanibel for the fall to enjoy a variety of fun activities. While Sanibel Island is a popular destination, fall is the off-peak season to visit the island and experience all it has to offer with fewer crowds.
Sanibel Fall Temperatures
Sanibel’s fall temperatures in the daytime, typically with highs in the mid-70s to low-80s, will be considered balmy for many northern visitors already noticing the chill in the air back home. One thing they may miss however; is the canvas of fall colors as the leaves turn. But the pristine blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico will be a good substitute on the fall palette while swimming or boating
The weather is also perfect for a tennis match, biking around the island, or a round of golf or just relaxing while visiting Sanibel for the fall.
Island Boating from the Marina
The island offers a variety of boating options from bringing your own, rentals and charters. Boating is definitely a year-round activity on the island, so come ready to enjoy while visiting Sanibel for the fall.
And while many visitors may shy away from the area because hurricane season in Florida lasts through the end of November, fall is definitely a much calmer period for storms when visiting Sanibel for the fall.
A Fall Beach Day
Spend a relaxing day on the white sandy beaches of Sanibel Island. Fall is a great time to go shelling here. The island is the best place in the country to go shelling and the season’s low tides help wash more of the gems ashore.
Tools for shelling:
- Bucket or Bag
Shelling is a great way to gather souvenirs for those back home and also make great memories from your trip.
Visiting Sanibel for the Fall
In addition to fun at the beach or in the warm Gulf waters, visitors will find an array of tour options on the island like eco-tours, Nature Trail, or boat cruises to spend a day exploring.
Other activities to include:
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
The wildlife refuge hosts the week long Ding Darling Days festival each year in October.
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
Historic 1884 Sanibel Lighthouse
Visiting Sanibel in the fall is also a great time for area festivals like the Taste of the Islands in November.
Let us know how we can help accommodate your fall trip to Sanibel via Port Sanibel Marina. We offer a variety of first class amenities to make your trip special. Visit us online or call us at (239)437-1660. Obtain daily fishing updates, learn the catch of the day, and discover discounts by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.