Getting to Sanibel Island is easy. It takes approximately 45 minutes to drive from Fort Myers’ Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and I-75.

From the Airport    From Interstate 75
Exit airport property by turning RIGHT onto Treeline Road. Follow for 5.7 miles to Daniels Parkway. Turn LEFT onto Daniels.    Take Exit #131 West; Daniels Parkway.
Turn RIGHT onto Daniels.
Please Note: Directions from both I-75 and the airport are now identical.

Continue on Daniels until you come to a stoplight at Six Mile Cypress; Turn LEFT onto Six Mile Cypress. You will curve past the Lee County Sports Complex and cross US-41. Once you cross US-41, the road is now called Gladiolus. Continue to Summerlin Road and turn LEFT onto Summerlin. This will take you all the way to the Sanibel Causeway.


As you approach the Causeway to Sanibel stay in the right lanes and have the $6 toll handy. Change can be made at the booth if necessary. Take your time crossing; speed limits are LOW (and enforced) and the scenery is some of the best anywhere. Keep your eyes peeled – you may see dolphin in the water below you! Once you have crossed the Causeway, you are on Sanibel.


All the major airlines fly into RSW. Value-oriented AirTran, Spirit and Southwest have direct flights from major cities. Private jets can fly into RSW or Page Field at Ft. Myers.


If you are not renting a car, transportation from RSW can be arranged ahead of time by calling Sanibel Taxi at 239.472.4160. Fares are approximately $60 for up to three passengers; each additional passenger is $10. Taxi rates in SW Florida are determined by zone, not meter. You can get more information and see zone rates by clicking here.

Approximate driving times to Sanibel Island from:

Florida map locating Sanibel & Captiva Island

Ft. Myers / RSW 45 min
Ft. Lauderdale 2.5 hrs
Miami 3.5 hrs
Naples 1 hr
Orlando 4 hrs
Sarasota 2 hrs
Tampa 3 hrs
West Palm 3 hrs