Top 10 Pet-Friendly Accommodations On Sanibel Island, USA - Updated 2024

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The island city of Sanibel lies just off the coast of Florida and promises pleasant sunny weather year-round. This unique east-west oriented barrier island is famed for its white, sandy beaches, unique shells, and bird watching. With a large portion of the island under conservation, it is a true paradise for nature lovers.

From these beachfront properties, guests are close to popular attractions such as the historic Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Bailey’s Beach Park, the restaurants on Periwinkle Way, and of course the Gulf of Mexico. The island is popular year-round with families, but especially during the summer months when the weather is at its best. And when the locale is this gorgeous with wide open spaces, it feels wrong to leave your pet behind. Explore this side of sub-tropical Florida from the best pet-friendly accommodations on Sanibel Island, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and pet-friendly rules and regulations. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 09, 2024.

Pet-friendly vacation rentals on Sanibel Island, USA

1. Gulf front townhouse (from USD 459)

This spacious beachfront property, located on a secluded and private beach, is spread across 2,000 sq. ft. (185 sqm). This townhouse is ideal for large families or a group of friends. You will have secure balcony doors and a screened porch, and for a nominal fee, you can bring your family dog along without worry. This townhouse is decorated primarily in neutral tones with splashes of coral and shades of blue, giving it a coastal vibe. Plenty of windows and balconies ensure that you have views of the Gulf of Mexico from all rooms.

The open-plan kitchen and living spaces make for the perfect gathering spot for meals and hanging out. Guests also have access to a heated swimming pool, private parking, a barbecue grill, a fully functional kitchen, and Wi-fi.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
5.99 km (3.8 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
10 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire townhouse 4 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
fantastic location on a great island
the location is perfect steps from the sand and minutes away from great restaurants
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2. Romantic studio within walking distance of the beach (from USD 275)

When on an island, the top priority is access to the beach, and this ground-level studio apartment is within walking distance of the Gulf of Mexico. With 600 sq. ft. (55 sqm) of living space, there is enough room to bring your pet along (for a nominal fee) to enjoy the wonderful Florida weather. A dog-friendly beach is also nearby.

From here you can easily rent equipment and head out to canoe and kayak in the gulf or you explore this tiny Florida haven on bicycles. A fully equipped kitchen with basic pantry items, complimentary beach chairs, and towels is provided by the host for a hassle-free island vacation.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
3.41 km (2.2 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
cottage 3 Guests 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
small efficiency that was clean and best of all steps from the beach
property owner was very helpful
nancy was so helpful when we needed her for questions
this unit was clean with a comfortable bed and owner did communicate well
this was a great location host was incredible and we’d happily stay here again
property well groomed so close to the beautiful beach
very close to beach which was nice
this property was so close to the beach and perfect for us and our little dog
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3. Charming pet-friendly cottage near the beach

This recently renovated independent cottage exudes a quintessential Florida charm. With an ideal location close to the beach, you are sure to begin your mornings with the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore. With prior approval and a nominal fee, this cottage welcomes pets. The ample indoor and outdoor areas ensure that there is no shortage of space for them.

This charming cottage comes equipped with a washer and dryer, three TVs, and even a fully functional kitchen. From here, guests are within walking distance to the Sanibel Island Southern Beach and within 2 mi (3.2 km) of all major attractions on the island. This property is a firm favorite among past renters not only due to its accessible location but also the wide range of amenities it provides.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
3.11 km (2.0 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
leslie thank you so much for providing a warm comfortable place for us to stay with our fur baby
we were pleasantly surprised with items for breakfast the next day as well as many other extra treats
it's not luxurious but it is clean comfortable and so well maintained
the house was very clean comfortable and had everything needed for a beach vacation
absolutely loved this place very very clean which is top priority when i am looking for a place
host was wonderful to communicate with and very responsive
we greatly appreciated the "welcome supplies" on our arrival and the owners were very responsive and thoughtful
perfect location so close to the beach
this location is perfect - just mere minutes to the beach
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4. Gulf front condo with porch (from USD 240)

Located on the eastern end of the island, this ground-level condo with a porch boasts some of the best views on Sanibel. Enjoy your morning coffee on the glass-walled patio as you see the sun rise over the horizon, before stepping out for a swim in the heated Olympic-size pool. A short walk through the condo complex leads you to the Gulf of Mexico, one of the top spots in the world for shelling. The condo allows 1 small dog under 25 lb (11 kg), so bring your furry friend to run along the beach with you. Do remember to ask for permission while booking, and pay the pet fee.

This condo is perfect for families and is fully equipped for the same: TV’s in each room, complimentary Wi-fi, a functional kitchen, and a washer/dryer.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
2.84 km (1.8 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
condo 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
It was also well equipped in the kitchen
it was a folding closet type door
it was not as private as I would have liked
The beds were very comfortable
The condo was supplied with everything we needed including beach towels and chairs
There were 4 of us 2 teenagers and 2 adults
Accommodated 2 adults and 3 children ( 15 14 13) very nicely
Extremely clean condo cutely decorated and provided beach towels
The condo was very clean
the clothes washer is really loud
First Floor works well with our grand kids
My kids loved the heated pool
We have always loved Loggerhead Cay where we have friends staying as well
but the response from the mgmt team was quick and effective
However again we really enjoyed the home
just steps from a not too busy beach
Loggerhead Cay is a great location
Paved walk way all the way up to the sand
it was a great property that fit my families needs perfectly
The location is very nice
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5. Dugger's Cottage #4 (from USD 182)

This idyllic pale blue property, one of just seven cottages at Dugger’s Tropical Village, dates back to the 1960s when there was still no road access to the island. But, don’t be fooled by the date, the property was recently renovated and comes equipped with all modern amenities and is surrounded by lush greenery. With prior approval from the host, you can bring one dog weighing less than 25 lb (11 kg) along to enjoy the Florida sunshine with you.

The beach is easily accessible via private access and is one of the most popular spots for shelling on the island. You can spend your days sunbathing at the beach, snorkeling, or exploring the island on a rental bike.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
7.96 km (5.0 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
48 reviews   Premier Host Wifi Available
condo 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
very clean and maintained
very clean and well stocked
cottage #4 was very clean and comfortable
the cottage was perfect and we had a wonderful experieince with the hosts and office staff
house was absolutely perfect and surrounding guest at duggar’s was so friendly
this was a perfect getaway location for us
great location excellent condition no complaints at all
enjoyed the location and the quietness
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6. Island Beach Club B210 (from USD 388)

Professionally decorated in coastal gray and soothing whites, this two-bedroom, two-bath condo comes with partial gulf views. If you are a parent to a small dog of under 25 lb (11 kg) bring them along to this pet-friendly condo. This bright and airy condo features a secure wrap-around balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious living areas, and a fully functional kitchen.

The Historic Thistle Lodge restaurant is right next door while the shops and downtown area are less than 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Guests can access the condo’s heated pool, outdoor grills, and the Island Beach Club.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
6.62 km (4.2 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
41 reviews   Premier Host Wifi Available
condo 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is comfortable very livable and has everything you need
it was clean comfortable and quiet
the unit was clean and had everything you needed from pots to beach chairs
friendly helpful staff took care of 2 minor issues right away
the location was perfect and the management was very helpful
i would recommend this location to others
however the best part was the location
it is very close to the beach a very quiet area and we really enjoyed our stay
this unit was a very short walk to the beach and about 30 yards to the amazing pool
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7. Contemporary beachfront villa (from USD 180)

This modern villa, with an upgraded kitchen, is perfect for families traveling with pets. With generous outdoor space, children and their furry friends are free to run and play, hold picnics or simply lie on a hammock. The courtyard garden features lush vegetation and is beautifully landscaped by flowering plants and fruit trees. Guests are sure to love the recently upgraded kitchen, twin outdoor barbecue grills, and a canal-front backyard.

The excellent beachfront location places you within 2 mi (3.2 km) of the main island attractions, such as the lighthouse, Bailey’s Beach, and the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
2.73 km (1.7 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
villa 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was spacious with comfortable furniture and bed
clean and had everything that we needed
comfortable beds and very clean place
very clean would recommend
the property was very clean so we didn’t think much of it
host was very responsive to questions
very impressed with the cleanliness how helpful the management was and the location
5 min easy walk to beach
easy walk to the beach
great location and everything you need for the beach
this was a wonderful location and a very nice place to stay
gorgeous villa right on the canal 5 minute walk to the beach with everything you need
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8. Oasis Inn (from USD 187)

Recently renovated, this pet-friendly nautical-themed duplex is close to The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. While dogs under 25 lb (11 kg) are welcome, larger dogs need prior approval from the host. Guests enjoy access to the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, heated pool, and restaurant. The property comes with three bicycles for guests to ride and explore the island, with the Bailey’s Beach Park, the lighthouse, and Periwinkle Way with its array of restaurants just a short ride away.

Split across two levels, this villa comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living area, which opens to a deck, making it perfect for outdoor meals with your family and furry friend.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel, Florida, United States
2.43 km (1.6 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
But was very comfortable for 6
We thoroughly enjoyed the large back deck and the enclosed patio area; the glass doors open fully and in essence double the size of the living room
Master bedroom was very spacious with a nice office area on the side
:The home was exactly as described
It was a bit cramped for 8 people as 2 were sleeping on the living room pull out sofa which was not ideal
it was well presented and very clean
The home was clean and had everything we needed
I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental
I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental
I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental
Sanibel vacations was unbelievably responsive to anything we needed
well maintained close to all amenities - restaurants beach tennis courts walking & bike paths
I was very happy with the location
I was very happy with the location
I was very happy with the location
The location was ideal and watched the sunrise every morning
We could bike to the main beach in 5 minutes and walk to a small beach overlooking the causeway in less than 5 minutes
golf course- were all within walking distance
We biked daily Pictures of the property were accurate
The location was great for accessing Periwinkle Road and getting on and off the island easily
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9. One-bedroom beachfront cottage

Part of a shared cottage, this one-bedroom unit boasts of an ideal location, walking distance from the famed beaches of Sanibel. Decorated in a style reminiscent of old Florida, this pet-friendly cottage is just a short drive or bicycle ride away from the shops and restaurants.

Featuring twin beds, this cottage comes with a functional kitchen and a porch to enjoy the sights and exotic birds of this unique island. You can utilize the complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, and even a beach cart for your days spent tanning and shelling at the nearby beach.

Stayed at this property?
Sanibel Island, Florida, United States
12.45 km (7.8 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park
17 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Pet-friendly hotels and resorts on Sanibel Island, USA

10. Sanibel Island Beach Resort (from USD 283)

This beachfront boutique resort on the Gulf of Mexico offers activities for the entire family. Keeping young families and pets in mind, all the rooms come installed with microwaves and a mini-fridge. The best part about this property is it is one of those rare places that allow you to bring 2 dogs, as long as they are under 30 lb (13 kg). Do note that a pet fee of 75 USD per night will apply. You will also have private beach access, so you can spend hours can collecting unique shells, lounging under the sun, and partaking in water sports.

The Sanibel Island Lighthouse is 2.9 mi (4.7 km), Periwinkle Way is 2.6 mi (4.2 km), and Bailey’s Beach Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 km). At the end of a fun-packed day, head to the on-site Tiki Bar for some yummy and colorful cocktails.

Stayed at this property?

Sanibel Island Beach Resort

Wifi Available

Address: 1231 Middle Gulf Drive
3.52 km (2.2 mi) from Lighthouse Beach Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Garden

The island way or no way

Sanibel Island is renowned around the world as one of the top spots for collecting unique and rare shells but it offers much more than just shelling. This east-to-west oriented barrier island is also home to a wide variety of exotic birds and is popular with bird watchers.

Miles of clean sandy beaches and wide open spaces make it a top choice for families with pets. For a dream vacation, you cannot go wrong with these pet-friendly vacation rentals on Sanibel Island, USA.

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