Searching for the coolest VRBOs on Sanibel Island right on the beach with a pool? Read this! Many of these rentals are also affordable…
Sanibel Island is a distinct beach town in Lee County, Florida known for its pastel seashell-filled beaches, exotic foliage, and wildlife sanctuary. Those looking to Zen out and enjoy the best of Florida’s unspoiled natural wonders will find this cozy island the ultimate tropical paradise. It’s the kind of beach town where one can park a vehicle by the water’s edge, enjoy the gulf coast breeze, have a picnic, and swim in its azure waters year-round.
Conservationists rallied to control its overdevelopment in the 70s through the Sanibel Comprehensive Land Use Plan making the island the unspoiled gem that it is today. But then again, tourists can still enjoy the modern conveniences found in the various luxury beachfront rentals available on the island while on vacation. We’ve rounded up some of the coolest VRBOs on Sanibel Island, below. Enjoy!
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Coolest Vacation Rentals on Sanibel Island
Luxury Beach Homes
Secluded 3-bedroom Property with Pool and Panoramic Views of Pine Island Sound
Guests will want to make this secluded 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom property their next favorite rental. The interior’s comfortable, clean, and well-appointed; almost every room in the home lends to spectacular views of Pine Island Sound. There’s a heated pool for relaxing and plenty of wildlife sightings to be expected including dolphins, manatees, and birds along the beach.
Beach Haven Retreat with Pool and Resort Access
A luxury retreat that’s close to the Sanibel River and wildlife preserve; ideal for those who want to see the island’s natural wonders up close. It features a 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom set up along with a gourmet kitchen and private office. Outside is an oasis-like backyard that lends to spectacular sunset and beach views. The property is also within walking distance to the Sundial Beach Resort where guests can dine at a full-service restaurant and shop afterwards.
4-bedroom Nerita Home with Pool and Beach Access
A charming and secluded home away from home on Nerita Street surrounded by lush foliage. The main property is stilted and features a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom set up with a modern, open floor plan. There is also a guest pod with its own amenities separated from the main house, as well as a private and screened-in heated pool with hot tub.
Newly-renovated 5-bedroom Luxury Home with Pool and Beach Access
Feel Sanibel Island’s charms reflected in this 5-bedroom property that’s been newly-renovated to include an open-concept floor plan, Carrara marble, and modern amenities. Bamboo trees, lush flowers, and swaying palm trees surround this secluded home, and there’s a private pathway at the back leading to the stunning beach of West Gulf Drive.
3-bedroom Tropical Beach House with Pool
A well-maintained Key West-style home in a tropical, laid-back setting. It has three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private heated pool. There’s also a dock where guests can go fishing and an upper deck where guests can enjoy wildlife sightings of dolphins, manatees, and pelicans.
Charming 2-bedroom Home with Pool and Gulf Access
A true haven for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is close to Bowman’s and Blind Pass Beach—locations that are primed for shelling and birding. Lush landscaping surrounds the extensive garden and deck, while the home’s open floor plan leads to a spacious screened lanai and pool area.
4-bedroom “Palm Whisper” Home with Pool Near Bowman’s Beach
Palm Whisper is a cozy 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom property featuring an enclosed 2-story caged lanai surrounded by natural landscaping. There’s a spacious patio and rooftop deck upstairs ideal for viewing sunsets, while the main level features a heated pool and barbecue amenities. Paddleboards, kayaks, and bicycles are added rentals available upon request.
Sophisticated Villa Dolce Vita Home with Pool and Mini Forest
Travertine floors, Italian railings, hand-painted tiles, and custom wood doors adorn Villa Dolce Vita, a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom luxury home in Sanibel Island. The spacious main patio has a spectacular view of Sanibel River, while the remaining private patios make for great party venues. Relax any time in the heated pool or wander around the property’s forest and try edible tropical fruit-bearing trees.
4-bedroom Beachfront Beach House with Pool and Gulf Access
A classic Florida ranch-style home set in a prestigious Gulf Shores community featuring four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an enclosed heated pool. The property offers 2,661 sq. ft of living space that can accommodate up to 10 guests. It’s also close to the beach with added amenities including a barbecue grill, pool floats, beach towels, and beach chairs.
4-bedroom Pool Home Near Wildlife Preserve
Situated next to a preserve, this peaceful and private 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home lets one see the best of Sanibel Island’s wildlife refuge up close; it’s also a short stroll to the majestic West Gulf Drive beach ideal for shelling. The home comes fully equipped and features an open floor plan and a relaxing heated pool with a screened two-story pool cage.
Gorgeous 6-bedroom Family Home with Pool and Backyard Lake
A newly renovated 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom home featuring two separate living areas for a large group of families who want a space for themselves. The private beach access is only a four-minute drive via the golf cart (included as one of the property’s amenities), and guests can go shelling at the gulf coast beach. There’s also a pool and a tranquil backyard lake available within the property.
West Gulf Pool Home with Sunroom and Beach Access
Experience the classic island atmosphere found in this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom property that’s been completely renovated to include a modern kitchen, bathroom, and flooring. There’s no shortage of lush tropical landscaping and colorful western skies as a backdrop in this gorgeous property. It features a spacious and airy sunroom, a heated pool, and West Gulf Drive Beach access.
Spacious 3-bedroom Multi-level Stilted Home
Magic Wave is a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom multi-level stilted home that’s been tastefully remodeled and decorated to include a gourmet kitchen and modern amenities. Plenty of natural light flows in from the French doors making the spacious living area a cozy place to lounge in—the outdoor screened-in lanai included. Guests will also have access to the West Gulf Drive Beach and the community heated pool and tennis courts.
Cozy 3-bedroom Home with Pool Near Bowman’s Beach
Set in a quiet and secluded location near Bowman’s Beach is this humble 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom rental featuring sleek décors, a private pool, and beach access with gears included. Guests will want to look forward to fun days of shelling, swimming, and beach cruise rides as the property is near Sanibel’s best beaches— Bowman’s Beach (2.9 miles), Tarpon Bay Beach (4.3 miles), and Blind Pass Beach (4.5 miles).
Charming Old Florida Style Vacation Rental Home with Pool
Palm leaves swaying in the warm breeze and a pastoral landscape set the mood of this 4-bedroom old Florida-style vacation home set in Sanibel Island. It features the signature wrap-around veranda with comfortable seating areas and a gas fireplace in the living room to warm guests on a chilly night, meanwhile, the large porch overlooks the pool and lush grounds where outdoor dining amenities are also available.
Premier 2-bedroom Beachfront Rental with Community Pool Access
Just on the West End of Sanibel Island in a highly coveted neighborhood is this 2-bedroom rental in Villa Sanibel with direct beachfront access via the walkout patio. Fresh from the bed then onto the beach, guests will also enjoy the upgraded bedrooms and bathrooms, kitchen space, and panoramic views of the surrounding nature. Access to the community pool, tennis courts, and beach gears are also available as added amenities.
5–bedroom Sea La Vie Rental with Pool and Beach Access
Sea La Vie is a 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom single-family home decked with modern fixtures including a walk-in shower with river stones, rainfall showerhead, and soaking tub in the master suite. The open floor plan and lavish kitchen makes it convenient for families to get together and share a hearty meal, while outside is decked with a screened-in seating, private pool, and porch swing for some outdoor fun.
5-bedroom Sanibel Island Waterfront Getaway with Pool
Island living sure doesn’t get better than this $1.5 million waterfront vacation rental in Sanibel Island. It features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a large pool overlooking the stunning gulf. Guests will enjoy their very own beach area decked with tiki torches and chairs, as well as the bike trails, wildlife refuge, and shell beaches Sanibel Island is known for. Boat slip is also available for guests with close access to the bay.
Exclusive 7-bedroom Vacation Rental Home with Infinity Pool
Experience a luxurious stay like no other in Bella Luna, a 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom vacation rental featuring an infinity pool and hot tub. No detail is spared—from the property’s opulent interior up to the paved driveway and lush landscaping. The white sands and aquamarine beach are accessible via a pathway. There is also a volleyball and basketball court available for outdoor play and a concierge service.
Beautiful 2-bedroom Sanibel Cottage with Spacious Pool and Patio
Just in the west part of Sanibel in a quiet cul-de-sac is this beautiful 2-bedroom cottage with a private dock and direct beach access to the Gulf of Mexico. Lush tropical vegetation surrounds the property and kayaks are available to take guests out on the waters to explore. There’s also a newly constructed screened patio with a spacious pool, hardwood deck, and an outdoor dining set for family barbecues.
Now, I’m curious, which of these VRBOs on Sanibel Island is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!