We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Gene's Bookstore

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Review Highlights
Remarkable book store

What is one of the things most important about two weeks on a Gulf Coast island? Reading good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carlsonce
,
Middleton
So Fun!

This place has so many books. I could have spent a day here, but sadly only had a short time. One... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen S
Read all 84 reviews
All photos (38)
All photos (38)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good14%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“three buildings”(16 reviews)
“book store”(11 reviews)
About
Open Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
83°
63°
May
85°
67°
Jun
85°
69°
Jul
Contact
2365 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3208
More
Improve This Listing
Reviews (84)
Filter reviews
83 results
Traveler rating
71
12
0
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
71
12
0
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews floor to ceiling three buildings book store book lovers love books sheer volume science fiction local authors children's books small store visit sanibel all kinds rainy day mysteries shelves titles series
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 83 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

What is one of the things most important about two weeks on a Gulf Coast island? Reading good books. Gene's Bookstore has them stacked everywhere - even the bathroom. They have a wonderful selection of books on many subjects well organized in multiple places at...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Carlsonce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has so many books. I could have spent a day here, but sadly only had a short time. One of the employees greeted me and gave me a tour of the first building and told me about the other buildings. She was very...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Karen S
Reviewed April 12, 2019

this place had free books and I got some. It is covered in books. They are everywhere and It fits sannibel's theme.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Trips4teens
Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

This place has books all over the place. In the shelves, on tables,on the floor- everywhere. I was on the lookout for books about rock groups, musicians etc. I located a bunch of Grateful Dead books and Beatles books. Prices were pretty good but I...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank gschleiffer
Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

My husband & I visited and were overwhelmed with the sheer volume of books. One building is just murder mysteries ranging from local to international writers. Another building is history. There are plans in the works to expand. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank gerridoc
Reviewed March 20, 2019 via mobile

Secondhand but reliable source; my wife loved it. Excellent array of books, superb assistance by highly knowledgeable staff/owner. Good focus on local writers. Store about to expand, good sign in this internet age.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank johnlw2014
Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

I just love this bookstore!!!!!!!! There has to be a fictional book just ready to be written with this place the setting!!! What an amazing place for readers ! No other place like it!!!!! A must go to when you are in Sanibel💗

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank bruceandmarys
Reviewed February 24, 2019

We happened to notice Gene's Bookstore while driving down Periwinkle Way, and decided to go in and check it out. We expected a poky little place with maybe a few local guidebooks -- well, I want to tell you that what we found was a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Steve K
Reviewed February 17, 2019 via mobile

If you are a bookaholic as I am, Gene’s Bookstore is like Christmas Morning! Not only are there buildings designed to house books of general subjects, but within each building the books are organized in what I would call Chaos Style. This problem will soon...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank N1310GJchristinea
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Gene is often there and worth having a chat with. His new store will open across the road Spring 2019 (supposedly) Adorable buildings filled to the brim with books. Each building contains very specific genre of books. Even the bathroom is full of stacks of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank flutter1
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 20 nearby hotels
Casa Ybel Resort
758 reviews
.93 miles away
Shalimar Cottages and Motel
383 reviews
1.12 miles away
Waterside Inn on the Beach
673 reviews
1.32 miles away
Island Inn
1,535 reviews
1.43 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 88 nearby restaurants
Joey's Custard
260 reviews
.15 miles away
Bleu Rendezvous Bistro
394 reviews
.09 miles away
Coffee Bar @Bailey's
235 reviews
.14 miles away
Over Easy Cafe
3,186 reviews
.24 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 127 nearby attractions
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village
342 reviews
.28 miles away
Sanibel Community Playground
104 reviews
.25 miles away
Sanibel Fishing
39 reviews
.20 miles away
The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater
60 reviews
.29 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Gene's Bookstore staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines