Find The Best Rental Rates On Sanibel Island

Find The Best Rental Rates On Sanibel Island
Located off the gulf coast of Florida near Fort Meyers, Sanibel Island is the perfect getaway for romantic evenings and nature-filled days. With it’s shell-covered beaches and wildlife refuges, the once secluded island is now growing in popularity as it becomes more accessible and well-known. From single nights in local motels to extended stays in luxury condos or private homes, lodging now offers a wide range of options.

The local chamber of commerce provides a daily listing of homes, resorts, and condos, and there is a list of hot deals for short notice travelers. Available by mail or online, this information is not only great for finding the best rates, but it also has valuable information for making the visit comfortable and fun. Offering last-minute deals and early bird discounts, the chamber’s website is an excellent first stop when planning a trip to the island.

Tripadvisor.com is another site loaded with lodging information, travel guides, and unbiased reviews from past guests. Not only will does this make it easier to compare prices and plan activities, but it helps to prevent unwanted surprises and disappointments, as well. For long-distance travelers, air fare can be bundled with lodging for convenience and savings. Tripadvisor searches large travel companies, such as Hotels.com, Orbit or Expedia, and eliminates the need for visiting many individual sites.

Although it requires a little more work and possibly more risk, renting timeshares, condos, or homes from individual owners can provide tremendous bang for the buck. Sometimes these come without maid service, but savings can be tremendous. Newspapers, publications, and websites often have vacation rentals in their classified sections; and websites, such as Craigslist.com, make the search even easier. For the traveler who has a home in a desirable spot but not a large vacation budget, home swapping is an option. At homesforswap.com and several sites like it, owners can trade homes for a week or longer. Dealing with property owners obviously requires a little more research on both sides to ensure that all parties are reliable and trustworthy.

To see a calendar with daily, weekly, and monthly rental availability and rates, go to gopherrental.com, a property management company that has been around for over 30 years. Online charts not only show cost and dates, but they offer a photo tour of the properties.

For those families who do not like leaving their best friend behind, websites, such as www.bringfido.com, have lists of dog-friendly facilities. Rules and charges for pets vary depending on size and restrictions. To make sure that everyone understands, it is best to speak with the reservation office in person before arriving with animals. Sanibel has pet-friendly restaurants and dog parks for the pet’s day on the town, and at least one of the beaches welcomes Fido, as well.

Since Sanibel is only 12 miles long and 3 miles wide (or less), most attractions are readily accessible to accommodations throughout the island. For families or honeymooners, shell-collectors or nature lovers, and everyone in between, Sanibel Island is a welcome respite.

Mac James is the managing editor for Ocean’s Reach Condominiums Resort which specializes in Sanibel Vacation Rentals for the entire family.

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