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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Sanibel

  • Suppose you are visiting Sanibel for the first time; Sanibel car rentals will provide flexibility and convenience, allowing you to explore the city and its surrounding areas at your own pace. Unlike alternative public transportation or taxis, a rental car offers the freedom to visit remote or less accessible locations. Sanibel's beautiful beaches, including Bowman's and Lighthouse Beach, and attractions like J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Sanibel Island Lighthouse are easily accessible with car rentals in Sanibel.
  • SW Florida International Airport (RSW) offers a variety of car rental agencies, both on-site and off-airport grounds. To ensure a seamless experience, it's recommended to pre-book your preferred vehicle online before your arrival. The rental agencies are located on the ground level of the parking lot, opposite the baggage claim area. Arriving passengers can access the facility by heading down the stairs and walking to the rental desks on the opposite side of the building. Off-airport grounds agencies provide shuttle services that stop on the eastern side of the garage for travelers seeking rentals from those locations.
  • When driving car rentals in Sanibel, remember that Sanibel follows the standard right-hand driving side, so stay on the right side of the road. It's important to be cautious of pedestrians, as they have the right of way at marked crosswalks. Be aware that jaywalking can occur, so always be prepared for pedestrians to enter the road unexpectedly. The legal driving age in Florida is 16, but rental car companies may have their age restrictions. Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or any impairing substances, as it is prohibited in the city.
  • In Sanibel, rush hour typically occurs during the morning and evening commute, between 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. During these periods, the causeway leading to the island can experience increased traffic congestion. Periwinkle Way, the main road on the island, can also be affected, especially near popular tourist areas and shopping centers. Moreover, the winter season, particularly between December and April, tends to see an influx of visitors, which can result in heavier traffic on the island.
  • Book your car hire in Sanibel at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Sanibel

  • What is the best car hire company in Sanibel?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Sanibel is Hertz (6,3, 67 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Sanibel?

    The average price of fuel in Sanibel is R68,54 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R822 and R1 097, depending on the car size.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Sanibel?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • What type of car is suitable for driving in Sanibel?

    A compact or midsize car would be suitable when choosing car rentals in Sanibel, FL. The city is known for its beautiful beaches and nature preserves, and these cars offer the maneuverability and ease of parking required to navigate the island's narrow streets and crowded parking lots. Additionally, compact and midsize cars are fuel-efficient, which is advantageous for exploring the island without frequent refueling. With their comfortable interiors and smooth handling, these car types provide a pleasant driving experience while enjoying Sanibel's scenic beauty.

  • What’s the speed limit in Sanibel?

    While driving car rentals in Sanibel, the speed limits will vary depending on the road you're driving on. For instance, Periwinkle Way, the main thoroughfare, has a speed limit of 35 mph. This road takes you through the heart of the city, passing by various shops and restaurants. When driving in residential areas such as Shell Island Road or Gulf Drive, the speed limit drops to 25 mph to ensure the safety of residents and pedestrians. Pay attention to these speed limit changes and always adhere to the posted signs to maintain a safe and respectful driving experience on Sanibel's roads.

  • Where are the best places to park in Sanibel?

    The best places to park in Sanibel are the public parking lots near popular attractions and beaches. Some recommended parking locations include Lighthouse Beach Park, Tarpon Bay Road, and Bowman's Beach. The cost of parking in these public lots ranges from $5 to $10 per hour or a daily rate of $5 to $20, depending on the season. It's advisable to bring cash or have a credit card handy for payment. Be mindful of parking regulations and time limits to avoid fines or towing. Consider arriving early to secure a spot, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Sanibel car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

5,9

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Sanibel

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Locations in Sanibel

15248 South Tamiami Trail

+1 239 454 9750

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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Dollar

5,8

Fair

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One location in Sanibel

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15248 S Tamiami Trail S 150

+1 239 454 9750

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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Hertz

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Best rated

4 locations in Sanibel

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1015 Periwinkle Way

+1 239 395 4571

Monday09:00 - 12:00
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15248 S Tamiami Trail S 150

+1 239 454 9750

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

20350 Summerlind Road

+1 239 214 7523

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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8001 Hertz Drive

+1 239 390 8380

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6,0 Okay

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Pickup was fine, very laid back agent but the car was not cleaned on the outside, the mirror was basically broken, and the driver's seat housing was also damaged. I don't have a problem with this per se but there is always a chance you will be responsible for pre-existing damage especially if a car walk around is not performed.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

When I booked online I had no idea that the location was NOT at the airport! They probably showed an address when I booked, but having never been there before I had no idea that that was not at the airport! The airport location said they could rent me another car, but it would be at a higher price,. But Hertz had already charged my credit cards and the airport location could not apply that amount to a new rental at the airport. I would have to pay the airport the full price and then try to get my money back from the other location. Then the other location said that if I took a cab out there to get the original car I could not drop it back off at the airport location when I returned home. I ended up doing $55 worth of cab fares both ways, not to mention the additional time delays. This will be my first and last time renting with Hertz.

2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

THE COMPANY YOU BOOKED ME WITH CLOSED AT NOON WHEN MY FLIGHT LANDED AT NOON AND THEY WOULD NOT WAIT FOR ME

Cons:

SHOULD HAVE GONE WITH A COMPANY THAT COULD TELL TIME

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off went smoothly.

Cons:

I guess I wasn't paying attention that this Hertz rental was not an airport pickup, so we had to pay for a cab to get to the rental location in Fort Myers, not at the airport.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff made the process easy

Cons:

Better if it were located at the airport or had a shuttle service

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Just a little quicker with the paperwork part of the transaction. Otherwise everything was great.

1 out of 20

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

No score available yet

3 locations in Sanibel

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17811 San Carlos Blvd.

+1 239 466 8819

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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4806 Cape Coral Parkway

+1 239 549 3187

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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7191-1a Cypress Lake Drive

+1 239 466 8819

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
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2,0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
RETURN MY RENTAL INSURANCE I NEVER OICKED UP THE CAR BECAUSE THEY HAD NO VEHICLES AVAILABLE FOR DAYS!!!!

2,0 Poor

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

The car chosen or anything comparable was not available. The gas was less than 1/4 tank. Car had cigarettes smell, and the car sensors kept going off

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Great rental would like to buy car

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great. Car had some dings before we got it, which made it easy to take care of.

9,2 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Have more VW jettas. Clean inside of front windshield

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

We were initially given a vehicle with an odd smell. Enterprise swapped it out immediately and with a smile.

1 out of 5

115 travellers who hired a car in Sanibel gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.8

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