Lighthouse beach is located at the eastern tip of Sanibel Island. This is one of the most scenic beaches in the island, not only is it home to the Sanibel Lighthouse but it also offers sweeping views of the San Carlos Bay and Fort Myers beach skyline as well as beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Sanibel Lighthouse
Dating back to 1884 the 102foot lighthouse is one of the most photographed and recognized landmarks in island. The lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but you can snap some nice photos from the outside.
Things To Do at Lighthouse Park Beach
Lighthouse beach’s south facing orientation makes this is one of the best shelling beaches on Sanibel Island. The beach is wide and flat, and the water is shallow and perfect for wading. You will often see live shells, hermit crabs scurrying about and even he occasional seahorse. Because the beach is a natural preserve there are lots of marine birds and wildlife from egrets and royal blue herons to sea turtles nests. It is quite common to see dolphins playing along the shore and close to the pier.
The strong causeway currents at Lighthouse Beach do not make it the best place for swimming but it is a popular beach for windsurfers and fishermen. A small fishing piers extends into the San Carlos Bay and has it’s own parking and direct access.
Visitors can explore nature trails that meander through the mangrove forest above the beach, take a stroll on the beach and a closer look at the historic lighthouse.
We love to visit lighthouse beach and watch the pelicans diving for fish right next to the fishermen. The views of the beach with the lighthouse and the San Carlos bay are some of the most beautiful beach scenes in the island. After strolling for a while and picking up some shells we usually head on to the north side of the beach to watch the sunset while we enjoy a picnic dinner.
- Parking is $2.00 per hour and the parking lot is just a short walk from the beach. There are public bathrooms, outdoor showers, a pick nick area and a small fishing pier.
- The beach, the pier and the nature trails are all wheelchair accessible. Courtesy beach wheelchairs are available from the City of Sanibel Police Department with a 24-hour noticeprovided upon 24-hour notice to City of Sanibel Police Department Dispatch, 239-472-3111. Based on availability.
- Pets are allowed but only on a leash.
Best times to go
Since this is an easy to access beach because it is so close to the Sanibel causeway it is often crowded so it’s best to visit during the week. If you plan to visit during a weekend in season or on a holiday you will need to arrive before 10am to find parking.
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