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 Snow. Click 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.
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 shelling, fishing 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.
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.
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
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
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 Island has been nominated for the Best Restored Beach in three different categories, click hereto 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)