Though Sanibel experiences over 250 days of sunshine every year, we do periodically experience rainy days, especially during the summer months. An afternoon thunderstorm provides guests the opportunity to step off the sand to explore indoor activities on Sanibel. The island hosts plenty of rainy day options for adults and children alike.

Why not explore our local library? Sanibel has one of the best libraries in the area. The newly renovated Sanibel Library is modern and full of activities for your kids and teens. They offer up the latest in books, periodicals, and other media.  Check them out for a cool change at 770 Dunlop Road.  

If you feel like shopping, Sanibel is home to hundreds of shops, boutiques, and galleries that are perfect for cool and comfortable shopping experiences.  Amongst the largest is Periwinkle Place located at 2075 Periwinkle Way.

Because the rain may prevent you from doing your own shelling on the beach, discover more about these natural, local souvenirs at The Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road. The museum is a wonderful educational afternoon adventure. Take some time at the Shell Museum to learn all about shells and how to identify the shells that you discover on our beach. There are plenty of displays for interactive learning for all ages. The kids will love the touch tank filled with living shells!

Are you a bookworm? Cozy up at MacIntosh Books is another cool stop, located at 2330 Palm Ridge Road. Discover the latest reads as well as but fun island items to take home as souvenirs like island inspired stationery and other trinkets. Check out their website– you might find one of your favorite authors there for a book signing. 


For the ultimate rainy day escape, take in the best summer hit films at the Island Cinema at 535 Tarpon Bay Road, inside Bailey’s shopping plaza. Offering up the latest in big-screen entertainment Island Cinemas gives you guaranteed hours of entertainment and a nice rain-free seat!

Rain, shine or whatever the circumstances may be, our staff is always available to provide you with local information and recommendations to ensure that you and your family truly have a vacation you’ll never forget.

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