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

Weekly 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

Sanibel Island sea state

Wed 23/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 25mph
13:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 20mph
19:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:04
Dark18:29

Thu 24/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 23mph
13:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:05
Dark18:29

Fri 25/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
13:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 20mph
19:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:15
Sunset18:06
Dark18:30

Sat 26/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 20mph
13:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:15
Sunset18:06
Dark18:31

Sun 27/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 2ft 3s  °  ° 13mph
19:00 2ft 3s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:50
Sunrise07:14
Sunset18:07
Dark18:32

Mon 28/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 23mph
13:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 21mph
19:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:50
Sunrise07:14
Sunset18:08
Dark18:32

Today's weather

Fair

21 °C
(69 °F)

Moderate breeze, 24.5 km/h from SE

Sea temperature

18.9°C / 66°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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