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The Lower Gulf Coast Sights

Lighthouse Beach

  • East end of Periwinkle Way Map It
  • Sanibel
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 05/12/2014

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At Sanibel's eastern tip, the beach is guarded by the frequently photographed Sanibel Lighthouse, built in 1884, before the island was settled. The lighthouse is not currently open to the public, but there's talk of refurbishing the tower so visitors can climb to the top. The park rounds the island's east end for waterfront on both the gulf and bay, where a fishing pier draws avid anglers. Shaded nature trails connect the two shores; the park is listed on the Great Florida

Birding Trail because of its fall and spring migration fall-outs. A pair of ospreys frequently perch on the lighthouse railing, look and listen for these local residents while you're there. Amenities: parking (fee); toilets. Best for: sunrise; walking; windsurfing; fishing.

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East end of Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida, 33957, United States

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  • Parking $2 per hr

Updated 05/12/2014


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Apr 6, 2004

Beach is fairly private and shells abound

I enjoyed this beach at low tide and few people freuent this beach. Lighthouse is scenic but there is little shade.

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