Spring is the most popular time of the year to plan a Sanibel Island vacation, however, the summer is a great time to visit for many reasons. June, July, and August often hold temperatures of 90 degrees or more, and it's common to see a mid-afternoon storm blow through. But don't fret, these storms typically pass through quickly. The summertime is less crowded, and there's plenty to do both inside and outside.
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 area. 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
There great bars and restaurants to spend some time indoors around Sanibel Island. 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 and Lighthouse Cafe are among the most popular places to eat on Sanibel, and a waitlist is common. Try your luck at these spots
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has been around for more than two decades, and it's a favorite local spot for visitors and tourists alike. The shell museum opens its doors after renovations on July 5, 2019, and the brand new aquarium is set to open early 2020. The museum is a must for any shelling enthusiast, and it's also a great spot to learn about local aquatic life. The research and education facility features a variety of exhibits for adults and kids alike.
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, so start browsing now to find your dream vacation rental.