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Sanibel Island is located just off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is known as a top Florida vacation destination, although 6,064 people make it their full-time residence. Sanibel Island is considered a barrier island, meaning it is close to the main land, in this case only 3.5 miles, and it has fabulous beaches since much of the island is composed of sand. Sanibel Island is connected to the mainland on the east end by a 3.5 mile causeway extending to Punta Rasa, just to the northwest, a beach community on the outskirts of Fort Myers.

Because the causeway connecting the island to the mainland, Sanibel Island has become a popular vacation destination. Tourists from all over the world stay in Sanibel Island rentals for anywhere from a few days to a few months in order to take in the subtropical climate and the natural wonders of this Gulf Coast ecosystem. Sanibel Island rentals are now competing with sales as it was named in the Barron’s list of “10 Best Places for Second Homes.”

Of course, Sanibel Island rentals are sought out mostly for the Island’s beaches. These beaches have become renowned for their excellent shelling. Large amounts of shells wash up on the beaches because of its east-west orientation, and because it is located on a large Gulf plateau that extends miles out for miles allowing shells to collect and be washed up by the surf. The beaches on the island are not limited to one location. The beaches completely surround the island and are even lined up on both sides of the causeway. The causeway beaches make for great fishing spots.

Sanibel Island is also known for its wildlife refuges, 1,300 acres of which are overseen by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Another refuge is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is over 5,200 acres in size. These refuges are home to a range of animal and plant life, including over 220 species of birds. Visitors enjoy the refuges by hiking, biking, driving, or kayaking through the forest areas.

Sanibel Island rentals are available in a variety of choices. The most popular and abundant rentals are condominium units. There are over 20 condos on the island with hundreds of units available for short-term rentals. Many of these condos offer luxury amenities that include beach access, beach equipment rentals, and fine dining. The most expensive Sanibel Island condo rentals are penthouse suites on the gulf side of the island. These can go for over $3,000 per week. Other condo rentals are more affordable, with rates starting at $523 per week.

Beach cottages are another of the types of Sanibel Island rentals that are extremely popular. Beachview cottages usually come with one or two-bedrooms and are nestled in among tropical palm trees for real island ambience. Some of these cottages date back to the 1960s, but most have been well-kept and remodeled. They are often in small communities that share a pool and provide beach chair/umbrella rentals, towel service, and other amenities. Rates for cottages can be as low as $169 per night with packages and specials available to save on longer stays.

Sanibel Island rentals also include full-size homes and townhomes. These rentals usually include 3 to 6 bedrooms and are designed for larger groups or families. A beach house rental on Sanibel Island can be perfect if you are looking for privacy and seclusion. These rentals can go from $1,400 to $5,000 per week or more and many are available with monthly rates.

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