The historical Sanibel Island Lighthouse was finally erected in 1884 after several decades of pressure from locals. It marked the entrance to San Carlos Bay for ships visiting the once-busy port of Punta Rassa. Today, the lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and a popular end destination for beach strolls. Though you cannot enter inside the lighthouse or keeper's house, the grounds are a pleasant place to explore and take photos. Using our world travel planner, Sanibel Island attractions like Sanibel Island Lighthouse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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We decided to visit Sanibel Island for the Shelling adventure. I have never seen so many shells. The area by the lighthouse is so pretty and very well maintained. The grounds were clean and well... more »
We walked to the Lighthouse, since we were staying at Sanibel Beach Club II, so it was only about 8 blocks. The lighthouse is a public beach, plenty of parking. There were many paths that led to... more »
This Public Lighthouse Beach accommodates Visitors who are either staying on the Island or just dropping by for the day. There are several parking lots to choose from, these lots are PAID parking! Do not go to the Beach and not pay for your space, you will get a ticket. You can choose from minutes to hours. Grrr... my hubby is always trying to avoid paying for parking. DON'T! Bring your own beach chairs, cooler and fishing gear. There are no concession stands, however their is an INDOOR Bathroom (YEAH!). Spend the day enjoying tanning, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding or kayaking (no rentals available, bring your own). Stretch your legs and wander over to the Fishing pier where the fish are waiting for some bait ;) There are usually a few dolphins, Egrets or Pelicans waiting to steal your bait! After you leave the pier, you will come to the Light house (great photo opp). The entire Beach area is owned by the US Coast Guard and is a wildlife sanctuary. Warning: NO climbing up the Lighthouse as it is still operational. There are some buildings which are historic or for maintenance, no entrance to any of these for the general public. One can spend the day at the Lighthouse Beach or one hour. Lots of restaurants located nearby serving breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Kind of a sad little light house, probably because I'm from New England where the real lighthouses are and in comparison this is like a watch tower with a light on it. It was still an awesome place for pictures with tons of parking around. The island itself is so cute and small and all the businesses and shops are so inviting. The only thing the lighthouse is lacking is a nearby place to grab a drink or even just a store with some icecream and bottled water because I would have loved to park the bike for a little while and take in the scenery but it was just too hot at I was thirsty as a mother.
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