A photo of people at one of the top Sanibel Island bars.There is no shortage of things to do and see from sun up to sundown during a visit to Sanibel Island. This island off the west coast of Florida is perfect for those looking to slow down and enjoy the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Everyone in your group will have a fantastic time, from exploring a wildlife refuge to fishing excursions and everything in between. A vacation rental from Sanibel Vacations is the ideal place to call home base. You’ll be close to everything Sanibel Island has to offer, including fantastic bars and restaurants, perfect for a relaxing night with friends.

Hang Out at the Top 5 Bars on Sanibel Island

The bars and restaurants found on Sanibel Island match the island’s slower-paced, laidback feel, which makes them the perfect option if you’re looking for a relaxing end to your night before returning to your vacation rental.

  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, located across from Bailey’s Shopping Center, is known for its island mojito. Named for a character in author Randy Wayne White’s novels, this is the right blend of sports bar and gourmet food.
  • Stop by Tipsy Turtle to try a handcrafted island cocktail, including margaritas, mimosas, and martinis. Be sure to check out the calendar for upcoming live performances. 
  • Enjoy happy hour at Cip’s Place. The menu is full of specialty drinks, including frozen daiquiris, house margaritas, and more. 
  • 400 Rabbits is a tequila bar that uses quality ingredients to produce delicious cocktails. Browse the drink menu, and you’ll find a number of creations utilizing premium mezcal, tequila, and other spirits.
  • Featuring live music seven nights a week, George & Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille is a favorite among locals and travelers alike. It’s also a great spot to catch a game during vacation if your team is playing.


If you’re looking for an even more laidback end to your day, play bartender at your luxury rental by making Florida-inspired cocktails.

Bask in Sunshine with a Sanibel Getaway

A photo of a vacation rental on Sanibel Island near bars.When you visit Sanibel Island, allow yourself a moment to enjoy a bit of R&R. You get to set the pace of your adventures, whether it’s relaxing at a local bar or exploring Sanibel Island’s waters. At the end of the day, unwind in your cozy vacation rental from Sanibel Vacations. Select from a variety of sizes and styles to find the one that fits your needs and wishes best. Reserve your rental online today, or call 239-579-0348 to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members. Be sure to check out our current specials to get the best deal on your stay.