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Best Time To Visit Sanibel Island

Are you planning the ultimate beach getaway to Sanibel Island or Captiva Island? Depending on what type of vacation you need, each season in Southwest Florida has something different and unique to offer. 

Whether you want to go shelling, view Florida manatees in the wild, go golfing, or just unwind on the pristine beaches, use our guide to determine the best time to visit Sanibel Island.

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Winter

From Christmas through Easter, Sanibel Island boasts the perfect weather so it's no surprise this is the most popular time of the year for travelers. Temperatures range between highs in the mid-70s and mid-80s, to lows in the mid-50s and mid-60s. The peak season welcomes winter snowbirds, spring break travelers, and just those hoping to escape the cold, snowy winter up north. 

During the winter season, you can visit the Sanibel Island Farmers Market, celebrate New Year's Eve, or peruse the Annual Sanibel Shell Festival

Keep in mind that when you travel during the winter peak season on Sanibel and Captiva Islands that you should book well in advance. 

Spring

Spring is a great time to travel to Sanibel Island. While spring break can still be a bit crowded, later in springtime is off-season. You won't have a lot of other travelers. May is typically less rainy than June and most days hit highs in the mid-80s. 

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to visit and kick off your summer on the beach. This weekend is also your last chance to attend the Sanibel Island Farmers Market until it starts back up again in late fall. 

Summer

Summer is the hottest and rainiest time of the year on Sanibel, but most rain showers just last an hour or two usually in the early evenings. The summer is great for beach-going, fishing, and lounging by the pool. The crowds in the summer are typically smaller, although it can get pretty crowded during the 4th of July weekend. 

Fall

Fall is also known for its perfect weather. Locals think October and November are the nicest of all months. Temperatures average between 60 and 80, ideal for outdoor activities like biking, golfing, fishing, and exploring the area's many nature preserves and parks. 

Fall is host to some of the best events on Sanibel and Captiva, including the Annual CROW Taste of the Islands, Ding Darling Days, and the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest.

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