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

Sun 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 11mph
11:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:14
Sunrise06:39
Sunset20:10
Dark20:35

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 4mph
11:00 0ft 3s  °  ° 5mph
17:00 0ft 2s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:39
Sunset20:10
Dark20:36

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 10mph
14:00 0ft 3s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:38
Sunset20:11
Dark20:36

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
11:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:38
Sunset20:11
Dark20:37

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 17mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:37
Sunset20:12
Dark20:37

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 18mph
20:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:37
Sunset20:13
Dark20:38

Today's weather

Clear sky

23 °C
(73 °F)

Gentle breeze, 14 km/h from SE

Sea temperature

27.2°C / 81°F

Rating

Average: 3 (2 votes)

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