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 Isabel Catholic Church – Daily Mass

3559 Sanibel Road – 8:30 AM

Restaurants with Thanksgiving Specials

(Advanced Reservations Required)

Traditions On The Beach


The Timbers

1PM – 8 PM

Crows Nest @ Tween Waters


Old Captiva House @ Tween Waters


The Pecking Order, Take Out

Order by 11/22 & Pickup 11/23

George & Wendy’s $21 Thanksgiving Dinner



Sundial Resort – Thanksgiving Buffet



Adventures In Paradise – Thanksgiving Sunset Dolphin Cruise – 4:30PM – Advanced Reservations Required

Listening to tropical music, we will cruise the tranquil waters of San Carlos Bay, by “Bird Island” while on the lookout for dolphins! Complimentary soft drinks and water. So gather your family and friends and board the Sunset Dolphin Cruise. Narrated By our knowledgeable Captain and First Mate!

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

Hit the shores or hop on a boat with no need for a fishing license on the Saturday after Thanksgiving! See what kind of fish you can snag on this hall pass day. Our friends over at Whitney’s Bait & Tackle have the down low on all things Sanibel fishing as well as rod and reel rentals. The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbinglobsteringscalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat.  A snook or spiny lobster permit are also not required on these days. Make sure to come back and tell us all about your lucky catch after a successful day of sunshine and scales!

Sanibel Masters Art Festival

After you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal, stroll through the Masters Art Festival. This annual event is held on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving from 9am-4pm. Admission is free at the Sanibel Community House. 2173 PERIWINKLE WAY , SANIBEL, FL 33957. This festival has been a Sanibel Island Thanksgiving weekend tradition for 20+ years. It showcases paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber art, and jewelry produced by no more than 100 artists and artisans from around the country. (There are 70 outdoor booths and 30 indoor spaces.) Because of the size of the show, visitors have the opportunity to interact with the artists, learn a little about their inspiration, find out how they made their artworks, and purchase fine works of art at reasonable prices directly from the artists (or commission a specific work of art if they do not find precisely what they want). In addition to fine art and crafts, the festival is renowned for its gourmet food booths and live entertainment.