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Sanibel Island Beach Access

Sanibel beach sunset Sanibel Island is known around the world for its premier shelling beaches.  The island's geography and Gulf tidal currents result in great quantities of shells washing up on the fine white sand.

Riding a bike or walking/running gives you access to Sanibel beaches that are difficult or impossible to reach by car.  Parking around some access points is limited to cars with special permit tags -- indicated by "restricted car parking" in the list below -- but cyclists can find bike racks at all of these access points.  Even at the general public beach parking lots, cars will pay an hourly rate (listed here), while cyclists park their bikes for free.

The general public beach access points (those without restricted parking) all have restrooms and water.

Sanibel beaches allow pets, if they are on a leash, and you must clean up after them.  Pets are not allowed on Captiva beaches.

Click any listing below for more details.  Page down for interactive map.

Please let us know if we missed anything!
Purple line represents paved bike path; maroon line is gravel or packed dirt

Using the interactive map:
  • Use the + and - controls on the left to zoom in and out.
  • Double-click any spot on the map to re-center the map.
  • Click and hold your mouse button down, moving your mouse to "drag" the map.
  • Click the "pushpin" marker (if any) for additional details on the Sanibel hotel or attraction.
  • Click Map for a standard road map, or Satellite for a photographic image
  • Zoom out (click -) if you get this message:
  • If you have plotted two points but can only see one, you may need to zoom out or re-center the map.
Every attempt is made to ensure the information is accurate and up-to-date. However, no representation is made nor warranty given as to the content or the reliability thereof. User assumes all risk of use, and all responsibility for any loss or delay resulting from such use.

Please let us know if you find any error or omissions.
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