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

Sat 16/11 »

Surf report for Sat 16/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 22mph
13:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
19:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:23
Sunrise06:48
Sunset17:38
Dark18:02

Sun 17/11 »

Surf report for Sun 17/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 14mph
19:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:24
Sunrise06:48
Sunset17:38
Dark18:02

Mon 18/11 »

Surf report for Mon 18/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 9mph
13:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 6mph
19:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:25
Sunrise06:49
Sunset17:37
Dark18:02

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 13mph
13:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 16mph
19:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:25
Sunrise06:50
Sunset17:37
Dark18:01

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 13mph
19:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:26
Sunrise06:51
Sunset17:37
Dark18:01

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 1ft 2s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:27
Sunrise06:51
Sunset17:36
Dark18:01

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

17 °C
(62 °F)

Moderate breeze, 20.2 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

25.8°C / 78.5°F

Rating

Average: 3 (2 votes)

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