A Day in the Life of an Island Inn Guest

Experience a day in the life of a guest at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island. Adventure on-site & later explore all the islands have to offer, post Hurricane Ian. From kayaking in the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Refuge to souvenir shopping and scrumptious snacks on a sunny Sanibel day, there’s something for everyone in […]

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American Innovators Tied to Historic Sanibel Hotel

While we’ve always known our cherished Island Inn has great history, it’s always exciting when we unveil new pieces to our quaint, beachfront puzzle. One of these most recent instances pertains to our Phister Cottage. Benjamin H. (Ben) Phister and his wife Dee were long time guests of the Island Inn, and friends with the […]

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The Island Inn highlights Mangroves and the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

As the Islands’ oldest hotel, the Island Inn shares a common goal with local environmental organizations of preserving the well-being of our estuaries, the health of our local ecology, and the quality of life for those that live, play, and stay on Sanibel Island. Starting in the Summer of 2022, we’ve partnered with the Sanibel […]

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Sanibel Christmas and New Year’s Activities, Services + Restaurant Hours

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we want our guests to know all things holiday related on Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Below you will find current information on Sanibel Christmas & New Year’s activities, church services & restaurant hours – we also included some off-island information should you wish to explore! We […]

Luminary Festival

The Sanibel Luminary is quite the holiday scene each year on our beautiful, tropical island. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce event will be taking place in traditional fashion on Friday, December 3rd, and Saturday, December 4th! Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of holiday cheer, live music, special deals, free refreshments, and more! Cherished […]

Thanksgiving on Sanibel

We’ve collected the below information for our guests to make your Sanibel Thanksgiving holiday with the Island Inn the best experience possible. Church Services Captiva Chapel by the Sea – Outdoor Thanksgiving Eve Service 11580 Chapin Lane – 4PM Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Thanksgiving Day Service 2304 Periwinkle Way – 10AM Saint […]

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Island Inn Family Vacation Guide on Sanibel Island

NOTICE: Some information on these pages are pre-Hurricane Ian and may not be fully up-to-date. Sanibel Island is a great place to vacation with your family. From shelling on the beach, biking paths, and various guided and boat tours, there are activities and places to visit for families of any size and children of any […]

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Where is Sanibel Island?

NOTICE: Some information on these pages are pre-Hurricane Ian and may not be fully up-to-date. Sanibel is nestled in a strand of barrier islands that spans the Gulf shores of the west coast of FL from Fort Myers to Boca Grande, and is one of the premier destinations in Florida. Travelers flying into Florida typically […]

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Sanibel Island Easter Events & Services

For the benefit of our guests we have compiled a list of scheduled activities taking place on or around Sanibel and Captiva over the holiday weekend.  Please note, the Island Inn is not hosting an Easter event this year.  Should you require any additional information regarding the events taking place, please contact the host directly. 2022 Sanibel […]


Summer season has arrived and the Island Inn awaits! Bring the whole family out to the Island Inn for the 4th of July! Enjoy the pristine beaches, blue waters and beautiful weather at the Island Inn while you celebrate America’s independence!  Below we’ve gathered the activities that you, your family and friends can partake in […]

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The Annual Shell Festival is Here!

The 79th Annual Shell Festival will take place at the Sanibel Community House March 3rd– March 5th. Doors will open on Thursday & Friday from 9am and close at 5pm, followed by Saturday from 9-4pm. This fundraising event will bring support to the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club & the Sanibel Community Association with your $5 donation […]

Island Inn is a Silver Sponsor of the F.I.S.H. 10K Race on Sanibel Island.

The Island Inn on Sanibel is proud to announce that we are a Silver Sponsor of the F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here – the human services organization on Sanibel and Captiva) 10K Race on Sanibel Island.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s annual “Under the Sea” benefit on January 29, 2012

The Island Inn is proud to be hosting Sanibel’s Party of the Year! The Shell Museum’s annual benefit is a firm favorite on the island and this year promises to be even more spectacular than ever. Book your stay directly with the Island Inn during this time and receive a 20% discount on “Under The Sea” gala tickets!

Fall has Arrived

Residents and visitors begin returning to the islands and, although this has been a very busy summer, we’re looking forward to seeing our old friends.
Thanksgiving is less than a month away and we’ll be hosting many guests for the holiday.

Thanksgiving – November 24, 2011

Sanibel Island’s Annual Sanibel Thanksgiving Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 20th at the Sanibel Community House starting at 6:45pm. All are invited!

Refuge celebrates ‘Ding’ Darling Days October 16-22

Refuge celebrates ‘Ding’ Darling Days October 16-22

This year for the 22nd Annual “Ding” Darling Days, Oct. 16-22, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island adds new daily theme days to the calendar, plus character meet-and-greets on Family Fun Day. The Island Inn is located 2 miles from “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge.

Welcoming the Summer Season

As every season comes to a close at the Island Inn, we happily embrace the long, lazy days of summer.
After a wonderful holiday season, beautiful winter, and busy Spring Break, we are gearing up for a spectacular summer.

Tarpon Fishing on Sanibel Island

May & June Means Tarpon Fishing here on the Islands!

Some of the worlds best Tarpon fishing can be found right here on Sanibel and Captiva, and year after year Island Inn guests return for this annual Spring Event.

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Holiday Entertainment on Sanibel Island by BIG ARTS

Looking for some holiday entertainment on Sanibel Island? Look no further than the many performances put on by BIG ARTS.

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Sanibel Islands “Taste of the Islands”

Sanibel Islands “Taste of the Islands” is back for its 29th year Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 12pm-5pm at Sanibel Community Park! Admission is $5 at the gate and children under 10 are free.

Win a Free Photo Seminar Tour at The “Ding”!

The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is adding a new event to the final day of its annual “Ding” Days celebration….