December Events on Sanibel

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Sanibel Island provides locals and visitors the ultimate subtropical winter wonderland. Around every corner, enjoy the beaming sunshine, the moderate temperatures, and of course, the feeling of the sand between your toes , not snow. Among the lush flora, breezy days and balmy nights of December on Sanibel island, there is no shortage of activities available for those looking for the best end of the year experience in South Florida.

Join Tarpon Bay Explorers and come aboard their pontoon boat, Explorer IV, for nature and sea life cruises that run throughout the month of December and into January. Join Tarpon Bay Explorers for breakfast cruises starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Daytime cruises run every day at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Enjoy an evening on the water with cruises leaving at 3:45pm. All tours include access to the Tarpon Bay Explorers aquarium touch tank. Reserve your adventure on

After you’ve hit the water, it’s time to explore the shore! Sanibel Sea School invited you to cruise the coast with them during their guided birdwatching and shell walks. Enjoy a relaxing walking tour to discover the birds of Sanibel. During the walk, you will learn all about basic bird biology and behavior that will leave you with the knowledge you need to identify all the birds you’ll encounter during your stay on Sanibel Island. The guided birdwatching tour is available every Thursday at 9am until 10:30 am.

A shell walk will also open your mind to the world of bivalve and gastropod biology all the while learning the best spots to find the most coveted shells. The shell walk is available on Thursdays from 11am until 1pm. If you are interested in either of these tours led by the Sanibel Sea School, please call (239) 472-8585.

Anglers, if you are interested in casting out, there is great fishing to be had just off the shore of our property. Some of the best catches for December in Sanibel include: amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, ladyfish, black drum, black grouper, flounder, mangrove snapper and pompano.  

In the mood for shopping small? Established in 2008, the Sanibel Island farmers market is a must-do activity for islanders and visitors from October through May.  Along with local produce, vendors sell breads, honey, seafood, meats, flowers, cheeses and many other products that create a well-rounded enjoyable Sunday outing for everyone. The market is open every Sunday from 8am until 1pm at Sanibel City Hall. On Tuesday, the market finds a home up on Captiva at South Seas Plantation from 9am-1pm.  

Truly, December is a beautiful time to be on Sanibel and from the gulf to the golf course, you are sure to enjoy just about any activity in the area!

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