Sanibel Island and its northern partner, Captiva Island, are each spectacular destinations for beachfront weddings. Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Pine Island Sound to the east, the islands offer over 30 miles of pristine white sand beaches, nearly 50% of which is protected by the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Preserve. From quaint historic inns to contemporary large-capacity resorts, there is a perfect oceanfront location for a destination wedding of any size.


1.Casa Ybel Beach Resort

Casa Ybel Beach Resort
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The historic Casa Ybel Resort on Florida’s Sanibel Island offers 23-acres of beachfront property for a romantic and picturesque destination wedding. From pre-wedding excursions and activities, to the ceremony, reception and farewell brunch, Casa Ybel’s all-inclusive services have every detail covered. Weddings can host up to 200 guests, and ceremony spaces include beachfront options on secluded white sand beaches, a lakeside gazebo, or a tropical garden overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy all-suite luxury accommodations, beachfront or poolside dining, and a full menu of spa services. Guests enjoy watersports and fishing, yoga, tennis and biking, or can take the trolley to nearby shopping and restaurants.

2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957, Phone: 239-472-3145

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2.Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
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The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Florida’s Sanibel Island offers two distinctive wedding locations. Ceremonies may take place on a secluded stretch of white sand beach with views of the Gulf of Mexico, or on the plush, expansive lawn overlooking the golf course lake. The same lakeside venue may be used as a reception location, seating up to 160 under the open sky or in tents. Additional reception venues include the poolside outdoor pavilion for up to 130 guests, and for parties of up to 90, the newly renovated Dunes clubhouse, which overlooks the golf course. The Dunes has been a favorite of couples for over 40 years, and offers complete wedding planning services and resort accommodations at the Inns of Sanibel.

949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel Island, Florida 33957, Phone: 239-472-3355

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3.Island Inn

Island Inn
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Island Inn is an historic beachfront resort offering a private beachfront ceremony location, a reception hall with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, and beachfront suites, cottages and rooms for guests. The oldest inn on Sanibel Island, it first opened in 1895. A team of wedding specialists works with each client to ensure each detail of their vision becomes a reality. Catering is provided by the award-winning Traditions on the Beach, an owner-operated beachfront restaurant serving Mediterranean and Italian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Amenities at the Inn include a heated and cooled pool, bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals, tennis and volleyball courts.

3111 W. Gulf Drive ,Sanibel Island, FL 33957, Phone: 239-472-1561

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4.Sanibel Harbor Marriot Resort & Spa

Sanibel Harbor Marriot Resort & Spa
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The Fort Meyers Marriot is a waterfront resort offering watersports and outdoor activities on the Punta Rassa peninsula, a short drive from Sanibel Island. Rooms and suites offer private balconies with picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico. There are 13 event spaces at the resort, the largest of which can accommodate up to 900 guests. Ceremony space includes outdoor terraces and the ocean front Cove Beach. The Island Room is a light filled space with views of the water for smaller parties, or choose from four ballroom spaces. The Sanibel Harbour Princess offers the unique experience for rehearsal dinners or cocktail hours above a private 100-foot yacht.

17260 Harbour Point Drive, Fort Meyers, FL 33908, Phone: 239-466-4000

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5.South Seas Island Resort

South Seas Island Resort
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Captiva Island’s South Seas Island Resort is nestled within a 330-acre wildlife preserve and is paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Originally a key lime plantation over 100 years ago, the resort now offers golf, adventure, and a marina as well as six restaurants and an on-site gourmet grocer. Wedding ceremonies take place on the beach surrounded by Pine Island Sound or the Gulf of Mexico, or in an elegantly appointed indoor ballroom. Receptions and cocktail hours may be outdoors, tented, or indoors. Wedding coordinators help couples select from several customizable packages including everything from lighting and décor to music and meaningful and creative ceremonies.

5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, Florida 33924, Phone: 239-472-5111

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6.The Sanctuary Golf Club

The Sanctuary Golf Club
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The Sanctuary Golf Club offers a championship golf course, world class cuisine, sports, wellness, nature and wildlife, all within the JN Darling Wildlife Preserve on Florida’s Sanibel Island. Sanctuary Golf Club offers member-sponsored weddings and is an exclusive and picturesque location for any sized event, from intimate celebrations to formal receptions of up to 200 guests. Ceremonies take place on the terrace with the golf course as backdrop, while receptions take place in the Club’s main dining area, featuring panoramic views. Wedding coordinators work with couples to customize one of three packages. Events are catered by the Club’s award-winning catering team.

2801 Wulfert Road Sanibel, FL 33957, Phone: 239-472-6445

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7.The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
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The Westin Cape Coral Resort is a luxury getaway featuring a lap pool and lagoon pool with views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River, bicycle rentals, tennis courts running trails and a recreation center. 50,000 square feet of event space includes several waterfront restaurants, bars and terraces and a gazebo-covered lawn for ceremonies facing the marina. Flexible indoor space can host up to 1,400 guests. Among the unique package offerings is the Heavenly Helicopter wedding, allowing the couple to dramatically enter or exit. Rooms and suites offer panoramic views from luxury accommodations. An onsite spa and salon and professional banquet staff round out the amenities.

5951 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-541-5000

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8.Traditions on the Beach

Traditions on the Beach
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Sanibel Island’s Traditions on the Beach was the first dining room on the island and has been serving meals since 1895 in partnership with the Island Inn. Today, the restaurant offers contemporary cuisine on the beachfront under the guidance of the award-winning chef, Andrea Aziz. His 35 years of experience blend Mediterranean, French and Italian cuisine. Fabulous sunset views are available from the main dining room, or the bar area. Wedding packages include outdoor waterfront ceremonies in the sand, with receptions at the restaurant. Couples may choose from a wide variety of menu options, as well as an extensive wine list featuring Californian, French and Italian labels.

3111 West Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957, Phone: 239-472-4559

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9.Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa

Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa
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'Tween Waters of Captiva Island is located between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. The 13-acre luxury resort offers miles of white sand beaches. Accommodations include 19 historic fishing cottages, updated while retaining their rustic charm. The cottages have served the resort since 1931, and famous guests include Theodore Roosevelt. Wedding venues include the sunset lounge, a banquet hall, poolside and beachfront venues. Events are catered by Captiva Island’s highest rated restaurant, the Old Captiva House. An on-site spa, sunset cruises, and variety of recreational activities make ‘Tween Waters the ideal location for a multi-day destination event.

15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924, Phone: 239-472-5161

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