While there's really no bad time of the year to visit Sanibel, we might argue that fall is the best time of the year in Southwest Florida. As the crowds begin to dissipate and the weather starts to cool off just slightly, fall brings in a quiet and peaceful setting ideal for any vacation. And don't worry, the weather is still warm here! If you're looking for the perfect destination for your fall vacation in September, consider Sanibel Island.
Best Things to do on Sanibel in September
Kayak the Water of Southwest Florida
Sanibel Island is a hub for paddling adventures like kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. In September when the weather is hot and the waters are warm, you can experience the perfect conditions for paddle sports. Some of our favorite trails are Buck Key & Tween Waters, Tarpon Bay, the Sanibel Causeway, and Blind Pass Area.
Don't worry about lugging your gear with you to Sanibel. You can rent at Tarpon Bay or even go on a tour to see the area's best spots with professional guides.
Go on a Fishing Excursion
Sanibel Island is the perfect home base for anglers of all types. Whether you like to casually cast a line or go out on the water for an excursion in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, fishing near Sanibel is superb. You can find a boat rental, book a guided charter, or simply fish from the shores of Sanibel. There are many knowledgable guides in the area who are well-versed with the conditions based on time of day and season, and they give you the best chance of getting a great catch.
Work Remotely at the Beach
By September, the kids have gone back to school and the island becomes quiet and tranquil. For locals, it's our favorite time of the year! If you work remotely, our vacation rentals on Sanibel feature high-speed internet access and great post-work activities in the evenings. You can relax along our uncrowded beaches during your time away from work and experience the true meaning of island living. Our Sanibel Island vacation rental homes and condos have amenities like private pools, screened-in lanais, and beachfront access.
Play Golf at our Beautiful Florida Courses
Sanibel Island golf courses are among the most beautiful in the state, and there are several in the area for golfers to practice their game. Sanibel Island Golf Club, the Sanctuary Golf Club, South Seas Island Golf, and The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club are all nearby Sanibel. Each of these courses is known for its pristine beauty and challenging play. If you're looking to sharpen your short game, visit the South Seas Island Golf Course. Plan a visit to the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club to play an award-winning course named the best in the county. You can play a round while you're here, or make a stop at each course to truly enjoy the style of play in Southwest Florida.
Lounge on the Beaches of Sanibel
Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are home to world-class beaches unlike any other place in Florida. Much of our islands are protected, so you can rest assured that you'll have wide-open beaches and peaceful moments. The beaches here are known as world-class shelling beaches due to the island's unique east-west orientation. The sandy shores here are also great for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, walking, and more. Grab a book, a beach chair or blanket, some sunscreen, and find a spot on our beaches to unwind and listen to the waves crash. Many of our vacation rentals offer beach access, and some are located along the Gulf of Mexico with incredible views of the water.