Sanibel and the Beaches

Where are the Beaches on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island?

Sanibel is one of the unique barrier islands of the world, having an east-west orientation when most islands are north-south. Hence, the island is gifted with great sandy beaches and an abundance of shells, winning awards for being the best shelling beach and one of the best beaches in Florida. USAToday has ranked shelling on Sanibel Island is ranked 7th for Best Florida Attractions and Sanibel Island as One of the Ten Top Places toEscape the SnowClick here to see more awards the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands have received. Check out the Sanibel Shelling Centerfor information on the islands beaches and seashells.

Sanibel Island Beaches - Clear Water

The warm Gulf waters of Sanibel Island

There are a few rules that keep our beaches pristine. Pets on Sanibel Island must be leashed, and should be cleaned up after. Captiva beaches do not allow pets.* Alcoholic beverages are prohibited November through May. No open fires and no collecting of live shells please. Click Here to see the 5 reasons to leash your dog.

Basic restrooms are located at all public beach accesses. Some have picnic tables and showers, all have free handicap parking. Parking at Sanibel Island public beaches costs $3.00 an hour, and Captiva Island public beaches costs $2.00 an hour, Cash and credit cards are accepted. Paid parking tickets are not interchangeable between Sanibel and Captiva.

The beaches are a great place to relax by enjoying shellingfishing or bird watching. The beach can also be a romantic place to hold your wedding or another special event with a beautiful landscape. Visit the marinas to see the many boats that are docked there. Find a hotel or resort on either Captiva orSanibel Island so you can spend time enjoying the sun on these well-known beaches.

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Causeway Beaches

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.

  • Free parking
  • Dogs allowed on leash only
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic tables

Causeway Ordinances PROHIBIT the following:

  • Launching of motorized vessels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Open fires

Sanibel Island Beaches - Causeway Beaches
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Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier

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 t-dock-fishing pier is and a boardwalk nature trail winding through native wetlands. Turn left on Periwinkle Way from Causeway Road.

  • Restrooms and outdoor shower
  • Free handicap parking – 4 parking spaces
  • Fishing Pier, Lighthouse, Boardwalk and Nature Trails o RV Parking – 2 spaces
  • Bike rack – no fee for bikes
  • 24 Hour paid parking

Sanibel Island Beaches - Sanibel Lighthouse Beach

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Gulfside City Park

Picnic tables and seclusion welcome you, located mid-island on Algiers Lane off Casa Ybel Rd. Mid Island

  • Restrooms and outdoor shower
  • Free handicap parking – 3 handicap spaces
  • Picnic tables and BBQ Grills
  • Bike rack – no fee for bikes

Sanibel Island Beaches - Gulfside City Park
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Tarpon Beach

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 – several
  • Free handicap parking – 3 handicap spaces at beach entrance

Sanibel Island Beaches - Tarpon Bay Beach
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Bowman’s Beach

Pristine and quiet, you won’t find any hotels here. Park and walk over a bridge to secluded white beach. There is an outdoor shower located at this beach. This is the only beach with barbecue grills. Located off Sanibel-Captiva Rd., turn left on Bowman’s Beach Rd. Up Island

  • Restrooms, changing rooms and outdoor shower
  • Oversized (20 foot and over) vehicle parking – several o Free handicap parking – 7 spaces
  • Picnic tables and Barbecue grills
  • Public telephone at restrooms
  • Nature and fitness trails
  • Canoe and kayak launching

Sanibel Island Beaches - Bowmans Beach

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Captiva Island Beaches

Turner Beach (Blind Pass)

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.

  • Parking on both sides of Blind Pass bridge
  • NO restrooms on Sanibel side
  • Restrooms and outdoor shower on Captiva side
  • Free handicap parking – 1 space on Captiva and 1 space on Sanibel

Captiva Beach - Blind Pass

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Captiva Beach  (Alison Hagerup Beach Park)    

Captiva Island has been nominated for the Best Restored Beach in three different categories, click here to learn more. A great place to watch the sunset. There are no permanent restroom facilities here and parking is very limited. There are several Port-o-Lets. Located at the end of Captiva Dr.

  • Alison Hagerup Beach – Captiva North End (Lee County)

Captiva Island Beaches - White Sand