Sanibel Island is full of fun activities for the entire family, from getting outdoors on the beach to exploring the local shops and restaurants. But there’s nothing better than cooling off or ending the evening with a sweet treat like ice cream! Grabbing dessert in Sanibel Island is easy thanks to the abundance of delicious ice cream shops, so be sure to stop by one (or all!) of them while you’re on the island.
Best of all, each of these restaurants is just minutes away from our most popular Sanibel vacation rentals!
Sanibel’s Best Homemade Ice Cream
The name of this establishment pretty much sums up what you can expect! Sanibel’s Best Homemade Ice Cream is among the best family friendly things to do in the area thanks to their welcoming atmosphere and virtually endless flavor options. Every flavor is made with the highest quality ingredients, giving you a perfect taste every time. Go for a classic like strawberry or chocolate chip or be bold with flavors like Purple Cow or even Pelican Poop (we promise it tastes better than it sounds!).
You can grab a cone or cup to enjoy inside or get a pint or quart to take back to your Sanibel Island rentals and enjoy later! Sanibel’s Best Homemade Ice Cream is located at 362 Periwinkle Way. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
For a truly unique experience during your search for ice cream in Sanibel Island, stop by Joey’s Custard. This is a family and veteran-owned establishment that’s serving up (you guessed it) custard and ice cream, as well as other treats like yogurts, Italian ice, sorbets, coffee, and more! Come in for a classic cone to keep it simple or go wild with a peanut butter cup waffle or soft serve-filled cannoli!
Joey’s Custard is one of the most unique and beloved places to eat in Sanibel, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll understand why. This establishment is located at 2467 Periwinkle Way. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Love Boat Ice Cream
After a fun day with the family or a romantic meal with your sweetheart, grab dessert at Love Boat Ice Cream. They’ve been offering premium homemade ice cream to the guests and locals of Sanibel since 1967, when the property was known as Love’s Ice Cream Farm. Between their classic and rotating seasonal flavors, they’ve got more than 85 types of ice cream for you to choose from! Some of the most popular flavors include black raspberry, lemon custard, coffee Oreo, and apple pie.
Love Boat Ice Cream is conveniently located within Jerry’s Plaza in Sanibel, Florida, at 1700 Periwinkle Way, Unit #9. They are open daily from 1 until 9 p.m.
Jerry’s Foods Sanibel
Finally, Jerry’s Foods is your one-stop-shop not only for ice cream but also for groceries, household items, and everything else you’ll need for a great stay on the island. If you’ve got a favorite national brand of ice cream that you usually pick up from your freezer section, you can find it right here and take it back to your rental! You can also stock your kitchen with selections from their Fish Market, Butcher Shop, full-service deli, and Bake Shop. Grab a coffee from the café and even have your groceries delivered through the Good2Go app!
Any grocery item you might need can be found right here at Jerry’s Foods, located at 1700 Periwinkle Way. They are open daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Plan Your Next Stay
Sanibel and Captiva Island are waiting for you to experience with the whole family. Contact us today for more information!
Where to Stay
Between indulging in some ice cream and exploring all the best kid-friendly activities in Sanibel Island, you’re bound to get tired. No worries! Just head back to our Sanibel or Captiva condo rentals to relax.