The Beach Guide

Sanibel Island Beach

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 Beach Weather Info

Mon 27th
Partly cloudy 18°C / 64°F
Tue 28th
Clear sky 18°C / 64°F
Wed 29th
Rain showers 20°C / 68°F
Thu 30th
Partly cloudy 20°C / 68°F
Fri 31st
Rain 19°C / 66°F
Sat 01st
Rain 19°C / 66°F

5 Day Sanibel Island Beach 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 Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 27/01 »
    Surf report for Mon 27/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 1ft 5s  °  ° 13mph
    13:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 10mph
    19:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    High 2:38am (1.67m)
    Low 10:37am (-0.28m)
    High 4:24pm (1.16m)
    Low 10:13pm (0.54m)
    Daylight
    First light06:50
    Sunrise07:15
    Sunset18:07
    Dark18:31
  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 12mph
    13:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 11mph
    19:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 5mph
    Tide times
    High 3:23am (1.50m)
    Low 11:05am (-0.12m)
    High 4:46pm (1.26m)
    Low 11:11pm (0.44m)
    Daylight
    First light06:50
    Sunrise07:14
    Sunset18:07
    Dark18:32
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 1ft 5s  °  ° 13mph
    13:00 1ft 5s  °  ° 10mph
    19:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    High 4:14am (1.30m)
    Low 11:33am (0.06m)
    High 5:13pm (1.35m)
    Daylight
    First light06:50
    Sunrise07:14
    Sunset18:08
    Dark18:32
  • Thu 30/01 »
    Surf report for Thu 30/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 19mph
    13:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
    19:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:16am (0.34m)
    High 5:17am (1.09m)
    Low 12:03pm (0.27m)
    High 5:43pm (1.45m)
    Daylight
    First light06:49
    Sunrise07:14
    Sunset18:09
    Dark18:33
  • Fri 31/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 31/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
    13:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 8mph
    19:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    Low 1:28am (0.22m)
    High 6:39am (0.90m)
    Low 12:32pm (0.47m)
    High 6:19pm (1.53m)
    Daylight
    First light06:49
    Sunrise07:13
    Sunset18:10
    Dark18:34
  • Sat 01/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 01/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 22mph
    13:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 18mph
    19:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 19mph
    Tide times
    Low 2:45am (0.06m)
    High 8:41am (0.80m)
    Low 1:03pm (0.66m)
    High 7:02pm (1.60m)
    Daylight
    First light06:49
    Sunrise07:13
    Sunset18:10
    Dark18:34

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