Sanibel Island

Sanibel Lighthouse beach
Photo: © Noel Benadom / CC BY
Bowman’s Beach
Photo: © Bradeos Graphon
Sanibel pelican
Photo: © Photo by Bob Jagendorf / CC BY

Sanibel Island is a barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast. Whilst there are several other such islands in the vicinity, only Sanibel has an "east to west" orientation which apparently makes for sandy beaches and helps explain why this beach is considered a shell-seeker's paradise. Until the 1960s Sanibel Island was only connected to the mainland by a ferry. These days a huge bridge connects Sanibel to the rest of Florida which has opened the island up to tourism, however strict control of development have preserved the island and it remains an important wildlife refuge. Sanibel is home to a great variety of birds, alligators, a single crocodile and manatees can also be spotted. There are several beaches stretching from Lighthouse beach in the east to the much quieter Bowman’s beach in the far west. All the beaches have the same white sand and are ideal for families with plenty of facilities to hand.

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Sanibel Island Weather Info

5 Day Sanibel Island UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Sanibel Island tide times & sea state

Tue 16/07 »

Surf report for Tue 16/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 1ft 6s  °  ° 11mph
14:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 8mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:20
Sunrise06:45
Sunset20:23
Dark20:49

Wed 17/07 »

Surf report for Wed 17/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 12mph
14:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 6mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:20
Sunrise06:46
Sunset20:23
Dark20:48

Thu 18/07 »

Surf report for Thu 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 10mph
14:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 9mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 2mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise06:46
Sunset20:22
Dark20:48

Fri 19/07 »

Surf report for Fri 19/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 12mph
14:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 8mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 3mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise06:47
Sunset20:22
Dark20:47

Sat 20/07 »

Surf report for Sat 20/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 11mph
14:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 7mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:22
Sunrise06:47
Sunset20:22
Dark20:47

Sun 21/07 »

Surf report for Sun 21/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 13mph
14:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:22
Sunrise06:48
Sunset20:21
Dark20:47

Today's weather

Fair

30 °C
(86 °F)

Light air, 1.8 km/h from ENE

Sea temperature

27.9°C / 82.2°F

Rating

Average: 3 (2 votes)

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