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3 Reasons to Travel to Sanibel Island This Summer

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29 Mar 2022
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Summer is a great time to have your Sanibel Island vacation for many reasons. While less busy than the spring, Summer visits to Sanibel offer unique and almost private experiences you're sure to enjoy! June, July, and August often hold temperatures of 90 degrees or more, and it's common to see a mid-afternoon storm blow through. Don't fret though, these storms typically pass through quickly, so sit back and relax while you wait. There are many advantages to visiting Sanibel in the summertime, it's less crowded, and there's plenty to do both inside and out so you can stay busy! 

Start planning your summer on Sanibel Island. 

Crowds are Lighter

During peak season, it's not uncommon to get stuck in a traffic jam, especially going over bridges in the Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers areas. Traffic is much lighter in the summer because there are fewer travelers and kids are out of school. Lighter crowds also mean the beaches aren't as busy. While the beaches will still be crowded during the summer weekends, you'll mostly be dealing with locals. 

Bars and Restaurants

When the days are hot, there are great bars and restaurants to spend some time inside. Since the crowds are lighter during the summer, you may find it easier to get a table. Local favorites like Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille, Island Cow, and Lighthouse Cafe are among the most popular places to eat on Sanibel, and a waitlist is common. Try your luck at skipping the wait at these hot spots during your summer visit! 

Shell Museum 

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has been around for more than two decades, and it's a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. The shell museum, with recent renovations and a newly added aquarium, is a must for any shelling enthusiast. It's also a great spot to learn about local aquatic life, and the research and education facility features a variety of exhibits for adults and kids alike so you can better understand the local ecosystems you visit during your stay! 

Book Your Sanibel Island Vacation Rental

If you're planning a Sanibel Island vacation outside of the peak season, you may have luck finding the perfect Sanibel Island vacation rental. Demand is not as high as it is during the spring season, but premier properties still book up fast, so start browsing now to find your dream vacation rental.