The law is clear in Sanibel Island about seatbelts. Everyone in the car, front or back seat, should wear a seatbelt at all times. You’ll find that all rental cars booked through KAYAK have well-functioning seatbelts. Children below five should be appropriately secured in a child restraint device. Those between four and five can be in a child seat or booster seat, depending on their height and weight. Moreover, those between six and twelve should remain in the back seat at all times and wear a seatbelt. You can rent an infant seat, child seat, or booster seat at the rental counter.
Just a heads up, before driving your car rental on Sanibel Island, you should know that traffic can be heavy, especially in the high season. Periwinkle Way is one of the major roads on Sanibel Island, and unfortunately, one of the busiest during rush hours. The morning rush is between 9:00 - 11:00 am, while the evening rush takes place between 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Avoid Periwinkle Way during these busy hours. Alternatively, you can bypass the traffic by taking the beach roads (West Gulf Drive to Casa Ybel Road to Middle Gulf Drive, then finally to Lindgren).
As part of the Sunshine State, it can get sweltering and humid on Sanibel Island. For that reason, you need to be mindful of the type of car you rent while visiting the region. A convertible is a great choice, especially if you’re on vacation. Driving with the top down, your favorite music on, and cool wind in your hair, there is hardly a better feeling. You can also opt for the less flashy cars with air conditioning to keep out the heat.
A visit to Sanibel Island isn’t complete without a trip to the beach for some fun in the sun. Whether you’re on Captiva or Sanibel Island, note that parking at the beach is limited and charged. You might need to arrive a bit earlier to get a great spot, and still, you’ll be charged about $5 an hour for the spot. Also, note that driving or parking on the beach isn’t allowed.
Book your rental car in Sanibel Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Sanibel Island are around 66% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Sanibel Island
Having a car is most beneficial when visiting Sanibel Island. Whether you’ll be traveling south to the lighthouse bay, taking a trip north to Captiva, or taking a day trip to Fort Myers, a rental car will give you the comfort and convenience you need. Moreover, with the limited public transport options on the island, a car is your best bet of making the most of your trip to Sanibel Island. Similarly, a rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to plan your trip at your own pace. Whether it’s a cool convertible or a practical family minivan, it’s all bookable through KAYAK.
Before getting on the road in a Sanibel Island car rental, there are a few things to know. Most major roads have a maximum speed limit of 35 mph and 30 mph on all other roads unless posted. The Sanibel traffic police are rigorous in enforcing the speed limit. Don’t be surprised when you find there are no traffic lights on the island, only stop signs. Finally, you will find tolls on the Sanibel Island Causeway, the only road in and out of the island.
Most rental companies on Sanibel Island require you to be at least twenty one years old to qualify for a car rental. You also need to present a valid driver’s license and a credit card in your name to get a Sanibel Island car rental. However, you might be restricted to only a few vehicle classes, with full-size and premium SUVs, passenger vans and minivans, and luxury or specialty cars reserved for drivers twenty five and over.
Compact (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Sanibel Island.