In the south of Sanibel Island lies a beach that amazes visitors with its crystal-clear water, white sand and unspoiled surroundings. Here, you can go walking, swimming and sunbathing to your heart’s content. What is more, Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach is also a perfect place for shelling, surfing and fishing.
LIGHTHOUSE BEACH IN A NUTSHELL
The first thing that catches the eye at Lighthouse Beach Park is the Lighthouse from the 19th century. You may not be allowed to climb it, but the historical building offers an interesting photo op against the backdrop of the turquoise ocean.
Arriving at the beach, you are greeted by fine sand and lush palm trees. The level of cleanliness can only be described as excellent, and the water is warm enough to swim from March to December. Thanks to moderate currents and a shallow drop off, even small children can safely play in the water. At the northern section of the beach, the waves are stronger, making this part a haven for wind surfers and sailors.
Lighthouse Beach is also an ideal place for nature lovers. Not only seagulls and pelicans hunt for fish here. Dolphins can be spotted off the coast, while starfish are often found in the shallows. Turtles that feed on the dune grass are another common sight.
By the way: Do not be confused if you meet beach-goers armed with buckets and shovels. Sanibel Island is known for its many seashells, and Lighthouse Beach is no exception. The best shells can be collected in the morning, before most visitors hit the beach.
No trip to Lighthouse Beach would be complete without the Sanibel Fishing Pier, where you can catch redfish, sheepshead and snappers. A fishing license can easily be obtained at Walmart, and bait is available at the Bait Box Shop 2 miles away. Of course, the pier is also perfect for a walk, with wooden roofs providing some shade. Info panels tell you all about Sanibel’s bird life. In addition, the pier offers beautiful views of the Sanibel Causeway. The sunsets here are legendary.
AMENITIES, DIRECTIONS AND PARKING AT LIGHTHOUSE BEACH
At Lighthouse Beach, clean toilets and showers are available. Restaurant, however, are non existent, so you should pack some snacks. An umbrella is also a good idea as natural shade is only found at the section around the Lighthouse. The beach is located in a nature preserve, so dogs have to walk on the leash.
Coming by car, you will reach the Beach Park via Periwinkle Way, a road that you follow up to the Lighthouse. There, parking spots are available for 5 USD per hour. Unfortunately, there are no free alternatives for motorists. However, Sanibel Island is small enough, so you can easily get to the beach by bicycle.