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There is something for everyone here in Sanibel, Florida. Explore the beautiful beaches; participate in outdoor activities on, in, or near the water; enjoy the nightlife. We have information in our condos to help you find your way around and make reservations, but here is a start on planning your itinerary!
Shelling on Sanibel Beaches
Sanibel is famous for its beaches and for shelling. All of the Gulf-side shelling beaches from the Lighthouse to North Captiva are excellent places to shell. With hundreds of thousands of shells, the beaches are nearly inexhaustible sources of every type of shell; and are constantly being fed from the Gulf & Caribbean. The best time to go shelling is at low tide when the seashells are more exposed, especially at low spring tides (at full and new moons) and after Gulf storms have driven the shells up the Gulf onto our shelling beaches.
19931 Sanibel Causeway Sanibel, FL 33957
Great for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and picnicking. Pull your vehicle right to waters edge. There is no fee when you park on the causeway beach. Located along both sides of the road. Restrooms are available. Dogs on leash only. Restrooms. Picnic tables.
Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier, Sanibel Island
110 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957
This is the site of our historic functioning lighthouse. Located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, wrapping around to the bay side. This is where the fishing pier is and a boardwalk nature trail winding through native wetlands. Turn left on Periwinkle Way from Causeway Road. Restrooms and outdoor shower. Four handicap parking spaces. Bike rack.
Gulfside City Park, Sanibel Island
2001 Algiers Lane Sanibel, FL 33957
Picnic tables, BBQ grills and seclusion, located mid-island on Algiers Lane off Casa Ybel Rd. Mid Island. Restrooms and outdoor shower. Three free handicap parking. Bike rack.
Tarpon Beach, Sanibel Island
2475 W. Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957
Easy parking for recreational vehicles, and a short hike from the parking lot to the beach. Located at the south end of Tarpon Bay Rd. at West Gulf Drive. Mid Island. Restrooms and outdoor shower at beach entrance.
Bike parking at beach entrance – no fee for bikes. Oversized (20 foot and over) vehicle parking.
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island
1700 Bowmans Beach Road Sanibel, FL 33957
Pristine and quiet. Walk over a bridge to secluded white beach. Outdoor shower located at this beach. BBQ grills and picnic tables. Restrooms, changing rooms and outdoor shower. Oversized (20 foot and over) vehicle parking. Public telephone at restrooms. Nature and fitness trails. Canoe and kayak launching.
Blind Pass Beach, Sanibel Island
6491-6499 Sanibel Captiva Road Sanibel, FL 33957
Located on both the Sanibel and Captiva side of the Blind Pass Bridge, this beach is popular with shellers and fishermen. Signs warn against swimming because of the swift currents. Located on Sanibel-Captiva Rd. at Blind Pass Bridge. No restrooms on the Sanibel side; restrooms and outdoor shower on Captiva side. Parking on both sides of Blind Pass bridge.