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1307, 2020

Visit the Best Shelling Beaches on Sanibel Island

July 13th, 2020|Categories: Beach Ideas, News, Rental Properties, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Things to Do in Sanibel Island, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Shelling beaches on Sanibel Island are a dream come true for shell collectors. The soft-sand beaches near Sanibel Vacations are abundant with a variety of crustacean treasures. We harbor the best shelling beaches in Florida because of our island’s crescent shape, resulting in beaches laden with Gulf Coast and Caribbean shells.  What You Need to Know about Sanibel Island Shelling Beaches Whether you’re a shelling novice or expert, you’re bound to become acquainted with the “Sanibel Stoop,” affectionately named after the stooped position most visitors make when searching for shells. Low tide, especially at full or new moons, and after [...]

806, 2020

Boat Rentals in Sanibel Island for the Perfect Sunny Day

June 8th, 2020|Categories: Beach Ideas, Rental Properties, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

Dress in your finest sailor’s gear for a sunny day out at sea. The variety of boat rentals in Sanibel Island serves as an excellent way to sunbathe, explore the area around the island, and bond with friends and family. Whether you’re looking for a motorized vessel or a more leisurely paddleboat, you’re bound to find something just for you when you stay at our Sanibel Vacations’ Southwest Florida vacation rentals. Reasons to Consider a Boat Rental at Sanibel Island There’s something special about spending a day on the water with your loved ones. You’ll have complete privacy where you [...]

1205, 2020

Swing into Summer on These Sanibel Island Bike Trails

May 12th, 2020|Categories: Biking, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , , |

Consider going for a bike ride if you're thinking about things to do in Southwest Florida with your family. Imagine cycling on one of Sanibel Island's bike trails: the sea wind in your hair, the soft sound of waves lapping onshore, appreciating the island's natural scenery. Biking provides an excellent way to exercise, and you’ll have the chance to explore Sanibel and Captiva Island. During your stay at Sanibel Vacations, you'll have access to our onsite Outfitters store, where you can get beach equipment and Sanibel Island bike rentals, so you don't have to worry about tracking down a bike [...]

1404, 2020

Sanibel Island Shopping Guide

April 14th, 2020|Categories: Sanibel Island Shopping, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

No trip to Sanibel Island is complete without bringing home some local treasures. The Sanibel Island shopping scene is ripe with opportunities: from seaside crafts to stylish beachside boutiques. Besides, what better way to commemorate your Sanibel Vacations getaway than with a cute island shawl or some gorgeous jewelry?  Head to Periwinkle Way for Prime Sanibel Island Treasures Periwinkle Way is a hotbed for Sanibel Island shopping, so there’s something amid this stretch of shops and boutiques that’s sure to pique your interest. Our Southwest Florida location is a hotbed for sweet seaside treasures. Take a pass through Sanibel Shell [...]

1603, 2020

Your Pet Will Dig Southwest Florida

March 16th, 2020|Categories: Beach Ideas, Rental Properties, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations|Tags: , , , , , |

The best part about booking with Sanibel Vacations is that we provide many pet-friendly rental options so that you won't have to leave your furry friend behind. It's no secret that Southwest Florida is a pet-friendly destination that features a variety of restaurants, beaches, and fun things to do under the sun with man's best friend! Whether you want to start the day at a local cafe or want to let your dog expend energy on the pet-friendly beaches in Sanibel Island, Florida—you'll have options!  Explore a Pet-Friendly Beach There are three dog-friendly beaches in Sanibel Island, Florida, which means [...]

1602, 2020

Cruise into Southwest Florida on an Eco-Tour

February 16th, 2020|Categories: Beach Ideas, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

Eco-Tourism in Southwest Florida is a popular draw for those traveling here as there are several extensive beachfronts, mangroves, pristine beaches, and unique marine life to view. When you take a tour during your stay with Sanibel Vacations, you'll be fascinated by the natural treasures and unspoiled beauty of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands. You can always explore the beaches by reserving bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks with SLB Outfitters, but we'll give you a couple of other options when you'd like to learn more about the ecosystem! Keep reading to find professional services that feature daily eco-tours and cruises in [...]

1601, 2020

Best 3 Tips on How to Stay Healthy Post-Holidays

January 16th, 2020|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, Florida Events, Kayak Vacations, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Swimming, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

If you’re wondering how to stay healthy on vacation, you wouldn’t be the only one. According to recent TripAdvisor ‘global trend’ findings, canoeing and kayaking experiences have increased in growth by +49% in the last couple of years! Whether it’s a morning stroll on the beach or a healthy home-cooked meal in your rental’s kitchen, it’s easy to be healthy while staying with Sanibel Vacations. Summer tends to sneak up on us out of nowhere, and you may be wanting to shed some of those post-holiday pounds while on vacation. We’ve compiled a list of three helpful tips for wondering how to stay healthy while on a getaway to Southwest Florida (listed below).

1912, 2019

The Direct Approach to Vacation Booking | The Advantages of Booking Direct

December 19th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Florida Events, Kayak Vacations, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , , , |

You just booked the wrong date for your Sanibel Island vacation on a third-party travel agency website, now what? Chances are you’ll end up paying hefty fees and spend hours talking with someone from a call center trying to get a resolution to the problem. Don’t waste time getting sucked into those pesky third-party booking sites that claim to save you more money and give you the best deals. Direct booking with Sanibel Vacations will allow you to choose the perfect location and vacation rental, speak directly with a staff member if you have any questions, and receive the best rates guaranteed. Here are the top three reasons why you must book direct when planning your Florida trips.

1211, 2019

7 Top-Rated Fort Myers Events at the Edison Festival of Lights

November 12th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Florida Events, Rental Properties, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

Escape the cold winter snow and surround yourself with warm sandy Sanibel and Captiva Island beaches instead while staying with Sanibel Vacations. Even Thomas Edison was a winter resident in Florida for 50 years and spent much of his time working on projects and supporting the local charities. The Edison Festival of Lights is a two-week celebration honoring Thomas Alva Edison. It is the largest and longest-running festival in Southwest, FL that features a variety of Fort Myers events. Learn more about the activities you can look forward to at the famous festival that should be added to your list of things to do in Florida, below!  

1710, 2019

Beginners Guide to the Sanibel Island Farmers Market

October 17th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, Kayak Vacations, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

The best way to capture the atmosphere of Sanibel Island is by visiting the local farmers market while staying with Sanibel Vacations. The Sanibel Farmers Market is one of the largest Sanibel Island events that started in 2008 and has since stood the test of time returning each year in October and lasting through May. Each Sunday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m., you’ll be able to take a stroll through the open-air local market that features over 40 vendors. We’ll give you a sneak peek of what you can experience at the Sanibel Farmers Market during each coming season. 

2809, 2019

Top 3 Girls Trip Activities in Sanibel Island 

September 28th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Kayak Vacations, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls, wouldn’t it be nice to get away while the men are out hunting or when they’re consuming themselves in the football season? Now is the perfect time to plan your relaxing weekend getaway with your friends to Sanibel Vacations. It’s essential to spend time nurturing your female friendships as life is about to become all too busy with the kids holiday activities and family get-togethers. We’ve come up with a list of the top three female-friendly things to do in Florida and why Sanibel Island will be your next destination for a girls trip.

1308, 2019

The 35th Annual Luminary Festival

August 13th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, News, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|

The 35th Annual Luminary Festival will take place Friday, December 6th, and we could not be more excited! Luminary is a long-standing tradition on Sanibel, filled with lots of good food, drinks, music and socializing. We invite all of our guests to visit with us at SBL Vacations! If you've never been on Sanibel for Luminary, get ready to be amazed as candles and lights lead the way down Periwinkle! Stop along the way to see Santa.... if you're on the nice list! Each year, we fill the office with Christmas cheer with raffles, live music and costumes. Platters of [...]

1008, 2019

Best Places to Find Tasty Treats

August 10th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, News, Rental Properties, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|

  Keywords: Activities in Sanibel Island, Sanibel Island beaches, things to do in Florida, Florida getaways, Sanibel Island beach rentals Activities in Sanibel Island | Best Places to Find Tasty Treats The best part about staying with Sanibel Vacations on your Florida getaways is that there are many opportunities to find sweet treats near your stay. You won’t have to travel far to delight yourself to a delicious well-deserved vacation dessert. After all, everybody knows that the word diet goes out the window the minute you step foot on our beautiful sun-drenched island. You may find many stops near the [...]

1207, 2019

Stay Active on Sanibel!

July 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Stay Active: Sanibel Island Activities   For travelers staying with Sanibel Vacations, you’ll be happy to know there are many Sanibel Island activities to keep your body moving. During your Florida getaways, it’s easy to overindulge on the delicious food offered on the island, which is why stretching your legs should be part of your plan. Here are some fun ways to stay active on vacation that doesn’t necessarily involve having to find a gym!    Sanibel Island Biking    Start your morning with our bike rentals from SBL Outfitters as you explore one of the 22 biking trails near [...]

2006, 2019

3 Unique Dining Experiences to Try During Your Florida Getaways

June 20th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, Kayak Vacations, News, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

3 Unique Dining Experiences to Try During Your Florida Getaways   When you’re looking for activities in Sanibel Island, it’s easy to think of taking a boat tour, beachcombing for shells, and spending your time near the water while staying with Sanibel Vacations. One must not forget about the fantastic food that is offered around Sanibel Island, as we know that everyone loves to overindulge during their family Florida getaways! While there are many delicious Sanibel Island restaurants to take advantage of nearby, there are also many unique dining experiences you should check out as well during your stay— here [...]

3105, 2019

Your Perfect Family Vacation is on Sanibel Island

May 31st, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, Kayak Vacations, News, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Swimming|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What makes Sanibel perfect for families? Of all the things to do on Sanibel, they almost always include being family-friendly! Shelling is a must and the pool is a dream for them, but what else makes Sanibel special for kids? Now you may know Ding Darling is kid-friendly, but did you know how many printable workbooks they have online? There’s plenty of things for your little one to get excited before you go! Printable worksheets, the Wilderness Explorer Activity Book and Activity Guide are all accessible from your fingertips! When you arrive, visit the Education Center and find lots of [...]

2105, 2019

Beach Activities To Try This Spring

May 21st, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, Kayak Vacations, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Tennis, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Beach Activities to Try This Spring As the days become longer and the sun shines even brighter over our beautiful sandy paradise at Sanibel Vacations, we know it’s a must to be near the Sanibel Island beaches during those hot summer days! Spend time discovering the pristine sandy beaches, grilling near the waterfront or just bathing in the shores of the gulf coast while on your family vacations! Before making plans, don’t forget first to check out our sister company SBL Outfitters, as they have many affordable recreational toys to rent during your stay! Get ready, as we take you [...]

2904, 2019

National Tourism Day – Celebrate on May 7th!

April 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

May 7th is National Tourism Day and who doesn’t enjoy a good reason to plan vacation? Sanibel Island is special in many ways and we love hearing what our guests love the most! Whether you love shelling, take your bike all over the island or just want to lay on the beach - there’s something for everyone. We boast having zero red lights and truly living up to the “island time” lifestyle. Sanibel is a #1 shelling destination for people all over the world and it’s easy to see why. With the island’s unique shape, sitting from east to west, [...]

1104, 2019

Sanibel Island Kayaking Adventures

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Kayak Vacations, Rental Properties, Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sanibel Island Kayaking Adventures You can’t escape the beach when you’re staying at our Sanibel Island rentals, and honestly, who would want to leave the water? When it’s time to take a break from the Sanibel Island beaches, explore on the water not just in it with a Sanibel Island kayaking adventure! Sanibel Island kayaking will give you the opportunity to get an up-close look at dolphins, manatees, and other forms of wildlife in their natural habitat.  When lodging with Sanibel Vacations we make kayaking a breeze by offering kayak rentals during your stay! SBL Outfitters At Sanibel Vacations, we’d [...]

604, 2019

Best Fish Tacos on Sanibel Island

April 6th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Rental Properties, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Best Fish Tacos on Sanibel Island Your Sanibel Island vacations should revolve entirely around the water, whether you’re out on the beach, or dining in at a restaurant. Indulging in good eats with fresh fish when you’re near the ocean shore is an absolute must, and at Sanibel Vacations we want your tastebuds to dance as you explore dining options. When you’re near the Sanibel Island beaches, the fish is always fresh and local at the nearby restaurants. So join us as we have selected the best Sanibel Island restaurants to get your fill of fresh fish with some delicious [...]

102, 2019

February 6th is Guest Education Day!

February 1st, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, Biking, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

February 6th marks the Second Annual Guest Education Day and spreads awareness to #BookDirect!   You’ve seen the hash tag, but what does it mean? For vacation rental owners, #BookDirect is a movement created to help educate travelers that by booking direct you can always receive the best price guaranteed. To avoid these service fees, visit your favorite vacation rental company’s site to see the same price — minus the fee. By booking direct, you receive the same exceptional customer service and get to keep that money in your pocket for an extra night out or for special souvenirs! Personal [...]

102, 2019

Plan A Visit to the Annual Sanibel Shell Festival

February 1st, 2019|Categories: Sanibel Bike Rentals, Sanibel Island Beach Rentals, Sanibel Island Shelling, Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals, Sanibel Island Vacations, Sanibel Rentals, Things to Do in Sanibel Island|Tags: , , , , , |

The Annual Sanibel Shell Festival will return yet again to the 92-year-old Sanibel Community House and bicycle-friendly Periwinkle Way. Visitors have come to expect world-class shell art, marvelous shell collections, and sensational local discoveries. The Sanibel Community House is only a short walk or bicycle ride from dozens of our charming, modern Sanibel Island vacation rentals here at Sanibel Vacations.

1101, 2019

Visit the Annual Sanibel Arts & Crafts Festival

January 11th, 2019|Categories: Beach Ideas, News, Rental Properties|Tags: , , , |

We’re fast approaching one of the most anticipated art festivals in North America here on beautiful, sunny Sanibel Island, Florida. Over 120 of the country’s most talented artists and craftspeople will be displaying their unique works of art on February 16-17 over President’s Day weekend, only a couple of blocks from Sanibel Vacations’ office. Many of our exquisite yet affordable Sanibel Island rentals are also within walking distance of the Annual Sanibel Arts & Crafts Festival, which is located in and around the Sanibel Community House.

712, 2018

A Romantic Evening on Sanibel Island

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

You’re finally on your Florida vacation and it’s time for a night out on the town! Take advantage of the incredible amenities that Sanibel Island has to offer, and treat yourself to a romantic evening with your significant other. From delicious Sanibel restaurants and excellent entertainment to romantic beach walks and luxurious accommodations, this Southwest Florida oasis has everything you need for a memorable date night. Stay at the gorgeous beachside Sanibel Island rentals provided by SBL Vacations, and enjoy a relaxing evening with the one you love most. Here are a few things you can do while out on [...]

2310, 2018

Sanibel Island Art Galleries

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sanibel Island Art Galleries Keyword: Sanibel Florida rentals It’s a place known for beaches, seashells, mangrove forests, and all other accouterments associated with island living. We, of course, are talking about Sanibel. This quaint and picturesque island city is the gem of southwest Florida, drawing countless visitors each year from across the globe. While Sanibel is a mecca for travelers in search of their tropical oasis, there is more to the island than sunshine and waves. Among other refined facets, Sanibel boasts a lively and well-established art scene. If you’re a lover of local art, eccentric crafts, trinkets, and rarities, [...]

410, 2018

Sanibel Island Biking Guide

October 4th, 2018|Categories: Biking|

Sanibel Island Biking Guide Keyword: Sanibel vacation rentals Sanibel – one of the country’s most beloved island destinations. This southwest Florida barrier island is an ideal location for shelling, appreciating incredible wildlife, and biking! Not much is more relaxing than leisurely peddling through the quaint streets and paths of Sanibel while soaking in the warmth of the island’s subtropical climate. With over 22 miles of gorgeous trails, you will never be far from a relaxing and fun ride. Book one of the best Sanibel vacation rentals with SBL Vacations and experience this tranquil paradise. Read on to learn more about [...]

1009, 2018

“Ding” Darling Days Eco-Fest

September 10th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Take your Sanibel vacation to the next level this fall by experiencing “Ding” Darling Days at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This weekend eco-fest provides an excellent opportunity to have fun with the family while learning more about Florida’s beautiful Sanibel Island.

2004, 2018

Reserve Today and SBL Will Donate $25 To CROW!

April 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Welcome back to our blog! We have a very important message for Earth Day, happening Sunday 22! From Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, we will donate $25 per reservation to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife! Use your vacation to help CROW continuously help our wildlife on and around Sanibel. Any reservation beginning April 20 to November 1st will apply for this offer! See our full list of homes and condos here: SBL Vacations! We appreciate you helping us to say THANK YOU to everyone at CROW in the best way we know how! Happy Earth Day!

3008, 2017

Happy Labor Day

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on which to celebrate labor. In the United States a September holiday called Labor Day was first proposed in the 1880s. An early history of the holiday dates the event's origins to a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In conjunction with this clandestine Knights assembly a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited [...]

2308, 2017

Lucky Ducks

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News, Rental Properties|

Our Newest Addition to the Family “Lucky Ducks” is your tropical island getaway vacation rental.  This amazing property just a short walk to the beach. Fully furnished property to make your family feel just like at home. Stocked with everything from the pots and pans right down to the details of your own home. So come and enjoy more than 25 miles of biking trails (we have bikes for rent) or kayak along the bay. Oh don't forget shelling! We have the best beaches for your own personal collection to take back with you.Vacation time means time to [...]