Sanibel Island is filled with fun and exciting things to do while you’re in town. The historic Sanibel Lighthouse is one of the most photographed and popular attractions on our island. Located on the east-end of Sanibel Island and just one mile away from Sandalfoot Condos! This is definitely a Must See if you haven’t already!

We’ve put together a list of just a few of our favorite things to do, places to go and fun to enjoy while you’re vacationing with us! Click on any image to view more details. 

Sanibel Light House

Sanibel Light House – Point Ybel Light

The lighthouse represents a Sanibel icon. The Lighthouse flashed for the first time August 1884. Popularity of the landmark saved it from being closed in 1972. The structure is maintained by the Florida Coast Guard while the surrounding site including the keepers quarters, fishing pier and beach accesses are maintained by the City.

This 120 year old lighthouse sits on a wildlife refuge.  The lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but you can snap some nice photos from the outside.

The Sanibel Island Light or Point Ybel Light was one of the first lighthouses on Florida’s Gulf coast north of Key West and the Dry Tortugas. The light,98-foot above sea level, on an iron skeleton tower was first lit on August 20, 1884 and has a central spiral staircase beginning about 10 feet above the ground. It is located on the eastern tip of Sanibel Island, and was built to mark the entrance to San Carlos Bay for ships calling at the port of Punta Rassa, across San Carlos Bay from Sanibel Island. The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouse itself is not.

Sanibel Historical Village

Sanibel Historical Village and Museum
239-472-4648 sanibelmuseum.org

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village was founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve and share Sanibel history. The story of Sanibel is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventures, fishermen, farmers and proprietors.

Visit the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village and get a sense of the pace of life back in the early 1900’s! Here, you’ll observe what life was like on the islands by viewing historic and original buildings: A collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings, site includes Bailey’s General Store, “Uncle” Clarence Rutland’s home, a Sears/Roebuck catalog home, the 1926 post office and the island’s original schoolhouse. All of the buildings showcase period furnishings. The museum depicts the history of the island from its inhabitation by Calusa Indians to the mid 20th century.

Seven historic buildings were moved from their original island sites to the Historical Village. Each building has been restored to its original state.The museum is located at 950 Dunlop Road on Sanibel Island.

Chapel by the Sea

Chapel by the Sea 
11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva
239-472-1646 captivachapel.com

In 1901 this structure existed as a school house that acted as a church on Sundays. Today it is a popular wedding destination as it provides a serene, peaceful setting. The chapel is preserved site that displays the early charm of the 19th century 

Captiva Chapel By The Sea would be delighted to have you stop by anytime. One of the treasured traditions of Captiva Chapel By The Sea is our Christmas eve service, enjoyed now-a-days by locals and by visitors from around the globe. The evening service concludes when worshipers from within the chapel join those gathered outside; each with a lighted candle, and Christmas carols are sung while gulfshore waves lap closeby. This Christmas Eve candlelight caroling has been a tradition at Chapel By The Sea since 1950, when the first such service was held.

Captiva Chapel By The Sea is a mission church, offering support to not-for-profits in our area and around the world. Nearly half of our offerings go to support the following missions: Situated adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico beach and among palm, seagrape, and gumbo limbo trees, Captiva Chapel By The Sea building was originally constructed in 1903 as a county schoolhouse and then purchased in 1921 by the Methodist Church as a mission building. During those school years, it was also used for religious services whenever a circuit preacher would be in the area. 

Bailey Matthews Shell Museum

Bailey Matthews Shell Museum 
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
239-395-2233 shellmuseum.org

Now in its 21st year, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island is the only museum in the United States that is solely devoted to shells and the mollusks that make them.

Named for two pioneer island families, the museum demonstrates how Sanibel has earned a reputation as a top shelling destination. Featuring exhibits displaying shells from artistic, geographical, historical, and scientific perspectives, it is the most comprehensive museum dedicated exclusively to shells.

The Shell Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please donate and make the Shell Museum your museum.

Sanibel Captiva Conservation

SCCF Sanibel and Captiva Conservation Foundation 
239- 472-2329 www.sccf.org

Your entire family will enjoy their Florida vacation with a day at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Center. It is dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around these barrier islands. The organization offers guided tours along 4 ½ miles of nature trails, a butterfly exhibit, and an observation tower.

They have facilitated the acquisition of over 1800 acres of wildlife habitat. Their goals include: protection of wildlife habitat, enhancement of the ecological integrity of island habitats and quality of surrounding waters, and inspiring the community to increase its dedication to preservation and stewardship of these natural resources and habitats.  The center is located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road.

SCCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

BIG Arts

BIG Arts
239-395-0900 bigarts.org

The Barrier Island Group for the Arts (BIG Arts) stands for just what its name implies. It promotes the arts on the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva in a big way! BIG Arts is dedicated to fostering art, dance, music, theater, and literature and proves this by conducting over 150 workshops and concerts a year, as well as housing a 414-seat performing arts theater, and studios for art, music, dance, and education. BIG Arts is located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel.

MISSION: TO CREATE GREAT ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES THAT ALWAYS INSPIRE, ENRICH AND DELIGHT.

In 1979 BIG ARTS was created by and for the community, and owes its rich history to a small band of dedicated artists who drew inspiration from each other and from the breath-taking island beauty that infused their work with grace and authenticity.

They set out to create a special gathering place where artistic and educational experiences were accessible to all. Today that vision is alive and well. With the help of our loyal donors and supporters, BIG ARTS will carry that vision forward — providing joy, inspiration and a sense of community for generations to come.

Sanibel Beaches

Sanibel / Captiva Beaches and Shelling

The beaches of Sanibel Island have so much to offer from Sunrise to Sunset. There are 15 miles of breathtaking white sand beaches on Sanibel and Captiva Island. The beaches are surrounded by clear blue water and offer sun, sand and an abundance of wildlife. The East and West direction of the barrier islands provides a world famous shelling destination.

Beyond a place to soak up the sun. Sanibel beaches offer adventure, in the water and on the sand. Any where on the Island you are minutes away from a relaxing stroll, a grand sandcastle, or an unspoiled view.

Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier 

Turn left on Periwinkle way from Causeway Road, follow to the end. Lighthouse, fishing pier and nature trail. This is the site of our historic and functioning lighthouse!  Located east end of Periwinkle Way, the beach wraps itself around the Gulf of Mexico to the Bay at the eastern tip of the island.

Causeway Beaches 

There are three islands located both sides of Causeway road as you approach Sanibel Island. No fee on causeway beaches. Pull vehicle well clear of road. Lots of shade trees. Ideal spots for windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming, picnics and fishing! Alcoholic beverages and launching of boats is prohibited.

Gulfside City Park 

During the summer season, this beach is prevalent to loggerhead turtles!  Picnic tables, and shady trees make this spot popular for families. Parking fees apply. Located Mid-island on Algiers Land off Casa Ybel Road.

Tarpon Bay Beach 

Parking for recreational vehicles, beach a short walk from parking lot. Pack lightly or drop off at the entrance before parking.  Located on Sanibel-Captiva Rd at Blind Pass, parking for recreational vehicles  is available.  Located at the south end of Tarpon Bay Road at West Gulf Drive; parking on Tarpon Bay Rd.

Bowman’s Beach 

Outdoor shower and barbeque grills. Location off Sanibel-Captiva Road, left on Bowman’s Beach Road. Known for its wildlife, seclusion,  nesting birds and sea turtles, there is also a playground and picnic area for families. You must first hike through a wooded area and over an estuary bridge.

Captiva Beach 

Located at the end of Captiva Drive, on the Gulf. No restrooms and parking is limited.

Blind Pass Beach – Turner Beach 

Located on both sides of the bridge joining the Sanibel & Captiva islands at Roosevelt Channel., this stretch of beach is popular with sun gazers, fishermen and shell-seekers alike.  Public parking is limited and is located off Sanibel-Captiva Rd at Blind Pass. Signs warn against swimming due to swift currents.

J. N. “Ding” Darling

J. N. “Ding” Darling  National Wildlife Refuge 
One Wildlife Drive
239-472-1100 fws.gov/dingdarling

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is one of the main highlights of visiting Sanibel Island. Named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and pioneer environmentalist Jay Norwood Darling, this 6,300-acre reserve contains 238 species of birds, more than 50 types of reptiles, and 32 different kinds of mammals. To facilitate wildlife viewing the refuge features designated bird watching spots, bike and walking trails, and a four-mile scenic drive lined with vegetation such as red mangrove, sabal palms, seagrape, wax and salt myrtles, and other native plants.

Visitors experience this refuge in a variety of different ways. There are walking and biking paths, or if you don’t feel that ambitious, you can relax in the comfort of your own car.

CROW

C.R.O.W. Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife 
3883 Sanibel– Captiva Road
239-472-3644 crowclinic.org 

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.

CROW’s Visitor Education Center (VEC) offers behind-the-scenes views into CROW’s animal care through live camera feeds, interactive displays and daily presentations by students, staff and volunteers.

Each year, CROW cares for approximately 3,500 wildlife patients including more than 200 species of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in its veterinary hospital, which is one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities for native and migratory wildlife.

CROW offers educational fellowships and externship programs for undergraduate students, and internship programs for veterinarian graduates.  Volunteers are the cornerstone of CROW and each year more than 200 volunteers dedicate thousands of hours helping rescue, care for and rehabilitate wildlife.

The very act of arriving on Sanibel Island, off Florida’s southern Gulf coast, feels like a beautiful escape. The only way to get on the isle, 20 miles southwest of Fort Myers, is to drive across a three-mile causeway that is surrounded by a sparkling bay. The view from all sides is an expanse of water and blue sky—until the causeway narrows and you’re gradually funneled onto a two-lane country road. The speed limit goes down, the guardrails disappear, and the water makes way for pines and palm trees that stand tall enough to create a canopy shielding you from the rest of the world. Ordinances ban high-rises, stoplights, and national chain restaurants (though three exceptions, among them a very retro-looking Dairy Queen, were grandfathered in years ago).

Welcome to Beautiful Sanibel Island!

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