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Best Hotel Sanibel Has to Offer! Island Inn Wins 2018 Award for ‘Best Of’…

Wondering what the best hotel sanibel has to offer is? The Island Inn was recently awarded the 2018 ‘Best Hotel & Inn’ on Sanibel & Captiva islands in an annual polling of area visitors & residents completed by the Sanibel Captiva Islander. Established in 1895 as the 1st hotel on Sanibel & Captiva and having […]

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Sanibel Bird Watching Ranks Top 10 for Birding Around the World in 2018

Millennials are super into birding now. Here are the best places to go birding around the world: 9. Sanibel Island, Florida, United States Photo: J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge (Official) Sanibel Island is home to 245 bird species, including the bright pink roseate spoonbill which roam the wetlands. The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge ensures that waders, singers, and peckers […]

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The Island Inn’s 2018 Easter Eggstravaganza!!

Kick off your Easter Holiday with the Island Inn on Saturday, March 31st at our 7th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! The party begins at 1pm inside the Traditions on the Beach dining room. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1:15pm where children 12 and under will search for eggs throughout Island Inn’s beachfront property! Discover […]

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Sanibel Shell Planter Tutorial for National Craft Month

Wondering what to do with all of those fabulous shells you just found while on vacation at Island Inn? We’ve got an idea for you! This is a great activity for children, as well as adults, and will keep those Sanibel Island memories alive wherever you are. Use your imagination and creativity and partake in […]

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Sanibel Luxury Suites – Introducing the New Matthew Lodge

The historic Island Inn, the island’s oldest hotel (Est. 1895), is excited to announce the Matthews Lodge Luxury Suites on Sanibel. The Inn’s latest investment is in the replacement of the Matthews Lodge, a 12 unit concrete block building built in 1961, with the brand new Matthews Lodge, which offers 12 Gulf View Luxury Suite accommodations. […]

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Fall Into Paradise Photo Contest

It’s time to celebrate the season of Fall at Island Inn! Whether you’re walking the Sanibel beaches & shelling, enjoying the pool or relaxing in a hammock, it’s the perfect place to getaway and fall into paradise! Enter our Island Inn Fall Into Paradise Photo Contest! Show us your best Island Inn photos and enter […]

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Island Inn Sponsors Classes with ‘Adopt-A-Class’ Program

On May 17 & 18th the Island Inn sponsored a group of 4th grade students from Tice Elementary School in Fort Myers, FL for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum ‘Adopt-A-Class’ Program. For the first time with the program, the students were brought to the Island Inn’s beach for a beach walk! The students were able […]

Introducing Matthews Lodge Luxury Suites

Take A Live Tour! Watch the Video Above… The historic Island Inn, the oldest hotel on Sanibel (Est 1895), is excited to announce the launch of the next phase of its refurbishment program. The Inn’s latest multi-million dollar investment is in the replacement of the Matthews Lodge, a 12 unit concrete block building built in 1961, […]

Women in History at the Island Inn

ISLAND INN HONORS WOMEN PIONEERS DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Women’s History Month is a great time to offer thanks to the many island women who embraced this almost forgotten little barrier island and battled through hardships and near unbearable circumstances, just to call it home. Here’s to the years when rare shells rolled in endlessly, water […]

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Historic Replica of Islander Ferry Boat on Display

The Island Inn is now displaying a model of the historic Islander ferry, which was used back in the 1950’s to transport visitors to and from the Islands before the Causeway. The newest addition to the Island Inn’s historic projects, the Islander sits above the fireplace in the lounge at Traditions On The Beach. Complete with […]

Island Inn Voted Best Hotel & Inn

Voted 2016’s Best Hotel & Inn

The Island Inn was recently awarded 2016’s ‘Best Hotel & Inn’ on Sanibel & Captiva Islands in an annual polling of area visitors & residents completed by the Sanibel Captiva Islander. Established in 1895 as the 1st hotel on Sanibel & Captiva and having undergone recent multi-million dollar renovations, the Island Inn quintessentially combines old […]

The Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum


For the entire month of June attendees at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will be greeted by a 6-foot Island Inn ‘Welcome‘ banner and various other Inn-branded items that will be scattered throughout the 3-level, popular Island attraction. These sponsored materials are a result of the Inn’s continued support for this key Island Non-Profit and the opportunity to […]

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Even more upgrades have been made to Traditions on the Beach, with new furniture, fixtures and artwork now adorning the bar and lounge! This is in addition to the curated historical library and museum-style shell case displays installed recently.  The changes were put in place to coincide with the Inn’s efforts to create ‘Cherished Memories’ […]


Anglers from all over the country jump in line to participate in the 2016 “Ding” Darling Tarpon Tournament held at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill on Fort Myers Beach. The Island Inn joined in as a sponsor of the tournament and part of the 50 teams that competed on May 7th. They raised over $50,000 […]

March Giveaway Contest

The Island Inn & the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum Partner for a Giveaway!

The Island Inn is offering a blissful two night stay on Sanibel Island anytime from April 1st, 2016 to April 1st,2017. The winner will also receive a once in a lifetime private tour of the world-renowned Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum along with the museum’s curator. Also included is a special daily morning beach walk with […]

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The Island Inn Brings Home the Championship!

The Island Inn softball team brought home the 2015 Fall Co-Ed Championship! The City of Sanibel’s Co-Ed Softball League consists of several teams from various businesses on both Sanibel & Captiva Islands. The tournament scores are below…. Island Inn 21 vs. Bailey’s 15 Sanibel Air & Electric 20 vs. The Bubble Room 5 Championship Game: […]

Artist Spotlight – Spoonbill Mosaics

Artist & Founder of Ultimate Mosaics, Wilson E. Lopez, creates exclusive designs that are certified and copyrighted to ensure the authenticity of every piece. He has constructed two handcrafted mosaics for the Island Inn in their Spoonbill Cottage. The mosaics depict a dazzling array of light and color from the natural beauty of Florida’s pristine […]

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Sanibel Rejects Overdevelopment – Stands Out Among Florida Resort Destinations

How do you know when something is worth saving? Maybe it’s when you can’t duplicate it yourself – or like Sanibel and Captiva islands – a place becomes worthy of preservation when few places like it remain.  Sanibel Island, home to The Island Inn, is a rare environment that has been attracting visitors for thousands […]

Island Inn’s Accommodations Are All About You

Island Inn’s accommodations have been providing travelers and vacationers a place to enjoy their stay on Sanibel Island for almost 120 years! During this time we have learned how to provide the perfect Sanibel Island vacation for our guests.

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Island Inn: The Best Choice Among Sanibel Island Resorts

You have many choices when deciding where you’ll vacation in South Florida. Those who wish to experience the unique and wonderful mix of southern and island culture know the secret ingredient is Island Inn.

National Interior Designer Enhances Charm of Island Inn

Melinda Graham was commissioned to redecorate the guestrooms and cottages to reflect what the Inn represents to so many people today – a beautiful, cozy, home away from home on the beach – without losing its charm or history.

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Beautiful and Restful Rooms by the Beach Available for Triathlon Weekend

The Island Inn on Sanibel has rooms and cottages available for the upcoming Captiva Triathlon on Sunday, September 18th. The Inn, which is offering a 10% discount during this time, has select accommodations for all competing triathletes and their families.

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Born Shoes Photo Shoot at the Island Inn

Born Shoes, the leader in comfort fashion footwear, selected the Island Inn for its photo shoot for the Spring 2012 Line – Infinite Summer.

Born Shoes, which are 100% hand made from natural products, chooses locations that have the same natural, earthy feel as their shoes. This is Born’s third photo shoot in Southwest Florida, and it will not be their last hosted by the Island Inn.

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The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum Photography Competition

Like Mollusks? Enjoy photography? Well, your in luck! Sanibel Island’s Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is holding a competition on who can capture the best photograph of a live mollusks.

Island Inn in the News!

Learn about the Island Inn by reading Eric Taubert’s awesome write up in The Southwest Florida Barometer and by watching the included video blog.

Traditions on the Beach – Newly Renovated

Come celebrate New Years Eve with us at the gorgeous newly renovated Traditions on the Beach.

Chris Davison, Vice President of Operations at the Island Inn

Chris Davison in the News!

Congratulations to Chris Davison and his staff for a great year at the Island Inn!

Sanibel Island Veterans Day

Thank You Veterans!

Island Inn would like to say thank you to all those who have served and those who serve today.