11 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Sanibel, Florida - Updated 2024

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Sanibel, Florida, takes ownership of the biggest Junonia, a rare shell with milky chambers and brown spots. Sanibel is both a city and a barrier island oriented perpendicular to the mainland. The island’s shape and east-west orientation allow the waters to bring a massive amount of seashells to shore. Shelling is the most popular thing to do in this progressive island city that is connected to the continental United States by a causeway. Tourists visit Sanibel for its white beaches, fascinating wildlife, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, and Sanibel Lighthouse. Even now, you can look forward to experiencing the “Sanibel Stoop” while collecting the loveliest seashells along the shore. Scroll down and book one of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Sanibel, Florida.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 21, 2024.

1. The Turquoise Turtle (from USD 249)

Nestled within Loggerhead Cay is The Turquoise Turtle, a coastal property that is perfect for family getaways. The rental comes with kid-friendly amenities such as board games, a high chair, and a crib. It also features central air conditioning for comfort and a high-definition TV for entertainment.

In the lanai, guests can unwind and sip a cool drink while looking out at the beautiful scenery. If they want to hit the beach, they can use the beach chairs and toys that come with this oceanfront Airbnb in Sanibel Island. A large communal pool is also available onsite for guests who want to take a refreshing break from the salty waters.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
4.05 km (2.6 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
53 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen was well stocked and the furnishings were really pretty and updated
the beds and linens were super comfy
we were not disappointed the pool and grounds of loggerhead cay were also meticulously maintained
the lanai was screened in which made it really comfortable
great condo - kelly has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and easy
Cleanliness:
the condo was very clean and decorated beautifully
beautiful decor and clean
everything here was so clean and welcoming
condo and surrounding grounds were very clean and kept
very relaxing clean and comfortable
Host:
kelly is an amazing host
kelly was so responsive to all our questions
the host was very helpful and accommodating
kelly was a superb host and quickly answered all questions
the host is fabulous very responsive and helpful
Location:
beautiful condo in a perfect location
the location is exactly as advertised super close to the beach
lovely condo and location absolutely perfect
great quiet place to spend spring break
the location was amazing and having a pool and beach access cannot be beat
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2. Sunny cottage perfect for a family (from USD 40000)

A snug vacation home near the beach is all you need to tie up your holiday plans. This stand-alone cottage in Sanibel is a promising candidate because you only need to walk a path to reach the water’s edge. The hosts are graciously offering not only the entire house but also beach chairs, a beach umbrella, and sandcastle building tools for the kids. You can walk or use the beach cart. The open-layout bungalow of this cheap rental in Sanibel Island has a master suite, a screened lanai area, an outdoor shower, and all the modern amenities you expect in a furnished home.

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Sanibel, Florida, United States
1.21 km (0.8 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
34 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the cottage was sparkling clean and recently renovated
Location:
close walk to the beach and very comfortable
nice small cottage with walking distance to the beach
house is in an awesome location and meets the needs for a quiet relaxing vacation spot
the entire house is cute well kept and provides a great location to explore sanibel and captiva island
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3. Well-appointed unit with awesome sunset views (from USD 299)

An updated condo adorned with colors of the surf awaits beach bums with an agenda. This vacation home is on the beach where shelling is allowed 24/7 and blazing sunsets are a daily event. You’re welcome to swim, gather seashells, and sit on the balcony at day’s end. The location of the unit makes it an ideal headquarters for trips to a wildlife refuge a couple of miles away. A swimming pool offers an alternative to swimming in the ocean, and a garden of tropical plants makes up a green frontage. Book a well-stocked beach retreat for a hassle-free weekend on Sanibel Island.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
1.82 km (1.2 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
219 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the carpet is new and the living room sleeper couch and love seat are new too
a nice touch is the "starter kit" with laundry detergent dish liquid trash bags etc
my daughter loved the heated pool (with a shallow end)
the pool and screened-in patio were wonderful too
everything about the condo was comfortable and thoughtful
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
very clean and great place
very clean and nicely set up
the condo was clean and comfortable
clean well decorated spacious
Host:
dennis was a great host
dennis was a great host immediately answering any questions i had
the host was very communicative and a pleasure to speak to
dennis is an excellent host who responded quickly to our questions
dennis was a great host who answered all questions quickly and gave very helpful support
Location:
great beach location within walking distance to a beautiful beach
excellent location on sanibel
the apartment including equipment and location was excellent
fabulous location so close to a very beautiful beach
close to everything with a beach and pool within easy walking distance
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4. Quaint bungalow two minutes from shelling (from USD 275)

A beach-themed bungalow brings you even closer to the seashells and the ocean. It takes only two minutes to reach the shell-filled shores of Sanibel Island from this weekend hideaway. It’s an easy walk on a private road so you can carry your beach gear conveniently. This pet-friendly Airbnb in Sanibel Island is ideal for two plus their pets. It accommodates simple cooking in a studio kitchen. Rest in a well-appointed beach house after a long day of shelling, wildlife watching, and island hopping. Ask the host about pets and whether you can bring your furry companion along.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
3.69 km (2.3 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
120 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we also asked for a box fan because we need it to sleep
found a nice "bonus" item in the closet that came in very handy - a fan
the property is fine for a short stay but it certainly lacks some niceties and comfortable furnishings
the bed is very comfortable (and i am very particular when it comes to mattresses)
the unit was very clean and the air conditioning worked perfectly
Cleanliness:
very clean and well furnished
very clean and well-kept apartment
very beautiful and clean room
an exceptionally clean cozy bungalow that feels homey
very clean comfortable bed and great tv
Host:
she was also very kind
easy booking and great responses from karen the owner
and nancy was a wonderful host
she was kind enough to let us use it even though it wasn't in our unit
nice stay and great host nancy is always available
Location:
great location close to the beach
great stay in perfect location close to the beach and surrounding activity centers
nancy's place was in a fantastic location-only a 2 minute walk to the beach
great location if you want to be within a few minutes walk to the beach
great place in a very nice location
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5. Inviting nest near Sanibel Lighthouse

Point Ybel Light (Sanibel Lighthouse) was first lit in 1884. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the first beacons along the Gulf coast. Near this watchtower is a vacation rental that was built in 1955. The cottage retains its charm while offering modern comforts and lovely interiors. The beautiful rooms will put you at ease, and the outdoor areas will give you ideas for a night spent under the stars. Book this vacation home and gain access to bicycles parked in the compound. If you’re comfortable on two wheels, then put on a helmet and pedal to the beaches, nature refuge, and local eateries.

Stayed at this property?
SANIBEL, Florida, United States
5.84 km (3.7 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
88 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cabin 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room boast of costal decor and comfort
Cleanliness:
the place was clean and confortable
this was a very clean cottage
cottage was clean and very nicely furnished
great little spot clean and spacious
the place was clean and absolutely the epitome of tranquility
Host:
what a great place and the host was such a joy
the parrot nest has everything we needed and more kim was wonderful and very responsive
amazing host amazing place fantastic location what more can i say? go for it
Location:
great place super close to the beach
the location to the beach was great
cute and quiet cottage in a great location
this place was amazing so beautiful inside and a great location with bikes to get all over the island
great getaway close to the beach and accommodations are perfect in the cottage
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6. Premier retreat at sand's edge

A five-star space for your family assures a relaxing vacation. This rental is all yours for three days or more if you’re satisfied with two bedrooms, new furniture, and splendid views of the Gulf of Mexico. The condo unit is part of a modern complex with good dining, walks, and shopping. Book this vacation home and gain guest access to fitness and recreational facilities. Of course, Sanibel seashells are yours for the taking. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for guests’ use.

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Sanibel, Florida, United States
3.45 km (2.2 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
65 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
plenty of comfortable space inside the unit and on the balcony
well appointed kitchen charming and comfortable décor private parking plenty of beach chairs and toys
Cleanliness:
very clean and nicely furnished
the unit is clean and well appointed
sparkling clean beautiful and comfortable condo with lovely ocean views
the condo was very clean and beach-style place with everything you needed
this condo is very beautiful and clean with nice interior
Host:
chris was a fantastic host
the front office staff at the condo were very helpful and kind
the front staff at the condo was also very friendly and helpful
i would definitly come again because the host is very friendly
we felt very safe with the covid precautions and the office staff was friendly and helpful
Location:
loved the location
the location is outstanding
great location on the island
it was a super cool location directly next to the beach
terrific location steps from the sand and the unit had everything we could need
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7. Secluded beach villa with a hot tub

Choose a spot away from the populated beaches of Sanibel, and book one of four Spanish colonial villas near the beach. Renovated features ensure convenience and the comforts of home. The bedrooms are on the second level of the house, and you can expect high-quality furnishings. The courtyard is a landscaped haven of tropical flowering plants. Meanwhile, the canal at the back is frequented by manatees. Guests also have access to a hot tub, a lanai area, beach essentials, and a gas barbecue grill so plan your activities with these amenities in mind.

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Sanibel, Florida, United States
4.04 km (2.6 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
93 reviews  
Entire villa 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
hot tub manatees in the canal free bikes free umbrellas and chairs with wagons comfortable beds
Cleanliness:
the cleaning crew didn’t clean the unit appropriately
very clean kitchen has everything
we arrived to a sparkling clean villa and were so comfortable during our quick 3-day stay
clean place bikes and other beach items available were very nice to have since we flew in
it was nice walking into a clean home
Host:
host was accessible and helpful
hassle free with quick responses from the owner to answer any questions
the manager on site was aslo super helpful
david was helpful and responsive
owner easy to communicate with
Location:
the location was great
great location and relaxing place
the location was perfect
location: david’s place is perfectly located close to the beach a three minute walk
outstanding location with many shops and restaurants within biking distance
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8. Exclusive quarters overlooking the gulf

A sprawling condominium in an upscale development is ready to receive six guests. This vacation home in Sanibel is right on the beach. The unit is generous with space and even expanded the living areas to the outdoors with a screened-in balcony. Look outside and see palm trees waving in the breeze while seated comfortably on lanai furniture. The third-floor space for rent has upgraded facilities that will make you feel pampered. The unit offers guests use of the pool, hot tub, and beach amenities for a relaxing day in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Sanibel, Florida, United States
1.37 km (0.9 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
72 reviews  
Entire condominium 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there were great amenities: washer/dryer beach chairs linens towels kitchen etc
the living room and bedroom furniture is very comfortable
very comfortable place on a terrific property
Cleanliness:
the place is clean spacious and comfortable
the condo was very clean and had a very well stocked kitchen
the place was clean and everything was easy
it is a very clean and well furnished condo
randy’s condo is exceptionally clean and well equipped
Host:
randy was a great host
randy is an outstanding host
he was very responsive and helpful
Location:
this condo is in a wonderful location
great location on a beautiful island
great location on the beach
great location on the beach
great location steps from the beach and a short bike ride to restaurants and shopping
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9. Classy condo right by the shore

The white sand on Sanibel Island is mostly seashells crushed to tiny pieces. This quality makes it a prominent beach destination in the USA. Mixed with ground shells on your feet are picture-perfect conches, cockles, olives, and tulips. A vacation home on the beach affords you immediate access to these natural treasures. A two-bedroom rental is all yours if you prefer to live near the shore. The green turf in the backyard gives way to fine sand. The interiors and posh furnishings reflect the colors of the sky, the sea, and the vibrant beauty of the shells scattered around. Ask the host about resort amenities that come with booking this excellent vacation home.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
3.96 km (2.5 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
16 reviews  
Entire apartment 0 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is a fan on the lanai which makes sitting out doable even when it is very hot
the king bed was very comfortable and there were extra linens provided if needed
would be much more comfortable for adults
it was great eating breakfast on the lanai every morning watching the sun come up
Cleanliness:
the condo was extremely clean nicely decorated well-appointed including supplies and beach gear and very spacious
Location:
excellent location and a great space
perfect location ground floor corner unit
this is probably the best location in the whole complex
this was the best location that i have ever had
the location is right off the causeway so great access on/off island and to periwinkle ave
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10. Modern cottage at a secluded beach

Your weekend plans could easily turn into a week-long stay at this compact cottage by the beach. How lucky to find a vacation home along a lesser-crowded stretch of shoreline. Enjoy a secluded area ideal for meditative walks. From the cottage, you will hear the gentle murmur of the surf. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself walking to the beach first thing in the morning. The cottage accommodates a maximum of four guests and all amenities are updated and reliable. Pets are allowed so ask the host for the guidelines.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
1.33 km (0.9 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
50 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very cozy place with good view
loved how the bathroom though smaller has lots of shelves
the cottage is small but comfortable for 2 people
bed is comfortable
Cleanliness:
a few cleanliness issues but nothing terrible
everything is super clean and comfortable
so well decorated and clean
cute updates and spotlessly clean
the cottage is very outdated and needs a deep clean
Host:
very knowledgeable and friendly
the host was very friendly and the local agency very helpful with late night check in
richard is the perfect host
Location:
great location close to beach not far from the restaurants and shopping in the village
location was perfect short walk to the beach
the location is perfect just a few steps from the beach
the location and the walk to the beach are absolutely amazing
it is so nice and close to the water
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11. Family-friendly condo with landscape views (from USD 360)

Landscape views and modern amenities await in this beautiful condo for rent. Featuring two king suites, it can easily accommodate a small group of travelers. It comes with board games and children’s dinnerware that make the place ideal for small families as well. Other indoor features include central air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a high-definition TV.

When they’re not relaxing in the screened lanai and enjoying the sweeping vistas, guests can use the complimentary bikes for exploring or take a dip in the heated saltwater pool for refreshing soaks. Beach chairs and pool toys are provided.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
1.51 km (1.0 mi) from Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
14 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
beautiful and very clean
Location:
beautiful updated condo in a great location
the location of course cannot be beat with being just steps to the beautiful beaches of sanibel
clean a close elevator nearby covered parking and everything you might need
it’s clean well equipped close to the beach and a real piece of heaven
katy’s place is incredible if you have a chance to stay here do it
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Visit the seashell capital of the world

Where in Florida can you find 250 different kinds of seashells? Sanibel’s 15 miles (24 kilometers) of beaches have plenty of shells for anyone who makes the trip. If you haven’t tried shelling yet, then choose from the vacation rentals in Sanibel Island listed above and enjoy a fantastic time in the shelling capital of the world.

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