Visiting Sanibel Island in October

DATE: September 17, 2020

Put some ahh in your October! While the leaves start changing in the rest of the country, it’s a great time to think about visiting Sanibel Island in October. There’s a reason it’s Sanibel locals’ favorite time of year!

Wonderful Weather

While we love the heat of the summer, Sanibel Island in October delivers milder weather that makes outdoor time even more enjoyable. Expect average highs in the low 80s, decreased humidity, water temperatures averaging 78-83 degrees and less cloudiness and rain.

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A Quieter Island

Summer is over and the high season on Sanibel Island doesn’t begin until December. This means that there are fewer people visiting the island and more space for you to spread out, explore and discover everything Sundial and Sanibel Island have to offer. This also means less competition for those rare shell finds!

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Family Fun Weekends at Sundial

All month long, we’re celebrating Funtoberfest with Family Fun in the Sundial activity weekends! Celebrate Halloween all October with costume fun, trunk-or-treat, movie nights, GLOW! Celebrations and more.

Special Savings

Save on your Sundial October getaway with one of our great current offers! Check out our Fall for Sundial special, our brand-new Endless Romance package and all of our current specials to get the most out of your upcoming visit to the island.

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Great shelling is dictated by the tides. Low tide is prime shelling time and you can use this guide to track the daily tides and make sure you’re beach-ready when the tide goes out and the shells get exposed.

sanibel island october 2020 low tide times schedule

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Cooler Sports

The milder temperatures make October the perfect time to perfect you paddling, strengthen your serve and boost your bike miles. Get out on the Gulf on one of our complimentary paddleboards or kayaks. See every inch of the island. Take it to the court and enjoy a few matches on our on-site, state-of-the-art pickleball and tennis courts. Explore the miles of bike trails on one of our complimentary bikes.

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Avian Arrivals

October begins the annual migratory bird season. Keep an eye out for the pelicans and other migratory shorebirds that begin arriving in increasing numbers next month. You can spot them from our shores or even take a trip over to J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to visit them in the protected habitat.

Put visiting Sanibel Island in October on your calendar and start planning your October Sundial stay today and you can look forward to all of these great perks and more!

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