Why October is Amazing on Sanibel & Captiva

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It may be cool across most of the country right now, but the fall season is actually the perfect time of year to visit Sanibel and Captiva islands. October is an amazing month, not only because of lower humidity in this part of Florida but also because of all the fun events happening in and around the region this time of year.

Mid-October brings an entire weekend of eco-friendly fun to Sanibel Island. The 31st annual Ding Darling Days is filled with family-friendly fun, from wildlife presentations to bird watching, food and crafts. The free event also offers up puppet shows, a nature hike, a butterfly house and some fun out on the water with stand-up paddle boarding.

Late October also ushers in Sanibel Island’s 34th annual BaileyFest. The afternoon event brings live music, dancing, food and even a magician to Bailey’s General Store.

As for Halloween night itself, on Sanibel Island city leaders suggest trick-or-treaters head out between the hours of 5pm to 8:30pm. Police cars are often loaded up with candy to hand out to all the pint-sized ghosts and goblins.

Of course, the weather may be slightly cooler this time of year compared to the summer season, but it’s still usually warm enough to go for a swim or simply lounge on the sand when you visit Sanibel and Captiva in the fall. Pack a light sweater for the evenings when the temperatures may dip down into the 60s, but you’ll likely find daytime highs in the 70s or even the 80s this time of year.

By October you’re probably clear from the stormy, rainy season and tides are generally low. If you’re hoping to do some shelling while on the islands, this time of year is a great time to uncover some real treasures in the sand.