What to Do in the Off-season on Sanibel Island

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The weather is warming up on Sanibel Island and the popular tourism season that attracts thousands of snowbirds from up north is over. As the snowbirds retreat north to avoid the summer heat, there’s still plenty to do in the off-season on Sanibel Island. Boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and other activities can still be enjoyed on Sanibel Island this time of year. We’ve got the tips you need to take advantage of Sanibel Island in the off-season.

Hotel Rate Deals

Have you noticed that the hotel room rates are cheaper in the summer than they are during peak season? When the temperature rises on Sanibel Island, hotel rates continue to fall through October.

Looking for places to stay in the summer for discounted rates? Look online for summer room rate specials and discounts. It never hurts to call hotels directly to see if they have any discounted rates for the week you’re heading to Sanibel Island. Looking to stay right on the water? The Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is offering a stay two nights, get a night free special when you book now. Special rates are also available to Florida residents.

Spend Time on the Water

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Paddleboarding, boating and other water sports are waiting for you in the off-season on Sanibel Island.

First and foremost, you came to Sanibel Island to enjoy the water. The island offers a variety of boat cruises and tours from Port Sanibel Marina. Rent a boat and cruise the Intracoastal Waterway while searching for dolphins and a place to watch the sunset on the water. You can also enjoy kayaking in this tropical paradise.

Restaurant Specials

The restaurants are not as busy in the off-season on Sanibel Island either. This makes it easy for you to make a reservation or walk into a Sanibel Island waterfront restaurant and get a table with a wonderful view of the sunset. The off-season is also a great time for visitors and residents to enjoy restaurant deals and extended happy hours.

Enjoy happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day at the Sea Breeze Cafe, which also features $5 margaritas and live music every Margarita Monday form 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and other dining establishments are ready to serve you this off-season for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sanibel Island.

Exclusive Beach Time

It can be difficult to find a spot on the beach but you can mark any spot you want in the off-season on Sanibel Island’s white powdery beaches. Be sure to take advantage of one of the best places in the world to go shelling. We’ve also got some Sanibel Island beach tips that will make your family beach time more enjoyable.

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There’s plenty of coastline to go shelling at sunset in the off-season on Sanibel Island.

Enjoy the Wildlife

The off-season on Sanibel Island is also a wonderful place to visit parks and walk through boardwalks, conservation trails and natural preserves no matter what time of year it is.

Go canoeing, biking or bird watching at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and check out the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation to traverse four miles of walking trails for beautiful views of tropical flowers and wetland habitats.

Book Your Visit in the Off-Season on Sanibel Island

A vacation rental is all you need now to enjoy the weekend or longer in the off-season on Sanibel Island. You can book a fully furnished condo at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals. Book all your water sport activities, rent a boat and schedule a boat cruise or tour at Port Sanibel Marina. Give us a call at 239-437-1660 to plan your trip today!