The Beach Guide

Sanibel Island

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.

Nearest city

Saint James City

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Sanibel Island Weather Info

Current weather (Wed Feb 26th 01:00)

Rain

(Rain)
18°C / 64°F

Sea temperature
20.3°C
68.5°F
Wind NNE
Rain 0.9mm
Sunrise 07:11
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Wed 26th
Heavy rain 24°C / 75°F S

9 mph
14 km/h

Thu 27th
Partly cloudy 13°C / 55°F NNW

14 mph
23 km/h

Fri 28th
Partly cloudy 14°C / 57°F NW

9 mph
15 km/h

Sat 29th
Clear sky 16°C / 61°F NNW

14 mph
22 km/h

Sun 01st
Partly cloudy 19°C / 66°F ESE

8 mph
13 km/h

Mon 02nd
Partly cloudy 23°C / 73°F S

12 mph
19 km/h

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

  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 9mph
    13:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 13mph
    19:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 20mph
    Tide times
    High 3:20am (1.43m)
    Low 10:11am (0.19m)
    High 3:33pm (1.56m)
    Low 10:47pm (0.13m)
    Daylight
    First light06:31
    Sunrise06:55
    Sunset18:27
    Dark18:50
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 25mph
    13:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
    19:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    High 4:07am (1.26m)
    Low 10:33am (0.36m)
    High 3:58pm (1.65m)
    Low 11:39pm (0.06m)
    Daylight
    First light06:30
    Sunrise06:54
    Sunset18:28
    Dark18:51
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
    13:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 13mph
    19:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 17mph
    Tide times
    High 5:04am (1.09m)
    Low 10:54am (0.53m)
    High 4:28pm (1.72m)
    Daylight
    First light06:29
    Sunrise06:53
    Sunset18:28
    Dark18:52
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 21mph
    13:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
    19:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:40am (0.01m)
    High 6:22am (0.93m)
    Low 11:13am (0.70m)
    High 5:05pm (1.75m)
    Daylight
    First light06:29
    Sunrise06:52
    Sunset18:29
    Dark18:52
  • Sun 01/03 »
    Surf report for Sun 01/03
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 19mph
    13:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 9mph
    19:00 1ft 6s  °  ° 6mph
    Tide times
    Low 1:53am (-0.05m)
    High 8:48am (0.86m)
    Low 11:09am (0.85m)
    High 5:50pm (1.76m)
    Daylight
    First light06:28
    Sunrise06:51
    Sunset18:30
    Dark18:53
  • Mon 02/03 »
    Surf report for Mon 02/03
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 17mph
    13:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 15mph
    19:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:15am (-0.14m)
    High 6:51pm (1.77m)
    Daylight
    First light06:27
    Sunrise06:50
    Sunset18:30
    Dark18:53

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