There are only a small number of Sanibel Island beach house rentals available compared to the hundreds and hundreds of condo rentals. As the island continues to become even more popular with vacationers, it’s getting substantially harder to make plans. Sanibel Island house rentals are notoriously difficult to book, with most being booked a year or more in advance. It is even more difficult if you are looking for a beachfront house rental. These 3 properties are the top rated rentals on VRBO Sanibel Island House Rentals. If you are willing to plan a trip way in advance, that will give you the best chance at finding an opening in availability. Captiva Island has many more house rentals than Sanibel, so it is worth checking there too: VRBO Captiva Island House Rentals
Once Upon a Tide, a 4BR Sanibel Island Beach House Rental
Starting off our list is Once Upon a Tide. This beautiful house is located in the Beachview Estates neighborhood, on the East end of the island. The large heated pool is covered completely by the lanai, making every swim bug free. This house was recently fully renovated and is back on the rental market. The kitchen was upgraded with brand new commercial appliances, including a Miele induction cooktop.
Once Upon a Tide is located in the private Beachview Estates community and is just a short walk or golf cart ride down to the beach. Unfortunately, all Sanibel Island house rentals are regulated by the City of Sanibel to only allow 28 day minimum rentals. This does not apply to condos on Sanibel or houses located across the bridge on Captiva. The one positive to this rule is that nightly rates on houses are very affordable. If a monthly stay works for your vacation plans, Once Upon a Tide is one of the overall best houses to rent on Sanibel Island. Check Rates and Availability: Once Upon a Tide, Sanibel Island Rental Listing on VRBO.com
4BR Beach View Sanibel Island Luxury House Rental with Pool
This luxury house rental is located in the Wulfert neighborhood of Sanibel Island, on the far West end near Captiva. The views of the Gulf from the upstairs bedrooms are incredible. Very few house rentals on the island have views of the beach. This house is not beachfront, but it is about a 3 minute walk to the sand. The landscaping on this property is top notch, filled with beautiful orchids and citrus trees. There is also a private dock on the bayou, perfect for fishing, kayaking, or boating.
We love the location of this property. The west end of the island is much quieter than the east end, and the beaches are pristine. The house is just a quick walk or bike ride down to The Mad Hatter (http://www.madhatterrestaurant.com/) the highest rated restaurant on Sanibel. You are also close to the many shops and restaurants of Captiva. This house is rated to sleep 10 comfortably, with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. There is plenty of entertaining space on the property, from the beautiful enclosed pool and waterfall spa to the massive human sized chess board in the garden. This is a fantastic Sanibel vacation rental that won’t disappoint. Check Rates and Availability: 4BR Sanibel Beach View Luxury House Rental Listing on VRBO.com
Villa Dolce Vita, a Sanibel Island Luxury Estate on 2 Acres
Villa Dolce Vita is brand new to the rental market and has just started accepting bookings. Since it is so new there aren’t currently any reviews for this property. We don’t usually feature rentals like these but we have a few reasons it makes sense in this case. This Sanibel estate is hosted by Dream Vacation Rentals, a VRBO Premier Host and one of the best overall rental operators in the area. They definitely aren’t the biggest (that would be Royal Shell), but their properties are consistently some of the highest rated on the island.
This is by far the most beautiful and high end house rental available at this time on Sanibel Island. You simply have to see the pictures to get a better sense of how incredible this property is. Because it is new to the market, you can get a fantastic deal on this home. We have full confidence that by this time next year Villa Dolce Vita will be one of the top rated VRBO Sanibel Island rentals on the market. Check Rates and Availability: Villa Dolce Vita, An Incredible Sanibel Island Estate Rental Listing on VRBO.com