The Lower Gulf Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Lower Gulf Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    There have been big changes here at the museum and it all starts before you even enter, with giant shell photos on the exterior of the building...Read More

  • 2. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    More than half of Sanibel is occupied by the subtly beautiful 6,300 acres of wetlands and jungly mangrove forests named after a conservation...Read More

  • 3. Alison Hagerup Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    This park, once called Captiva Beach, is acclaimed as one of the nation's most romantic beaches for its fabulous sunsets—the best view on Sanibel...Read More

  • 4. Bowman's Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This long, wide beach on Sanibel's northwest end is the island's most secluded strand, but it also has the most amenities. Park facilities include...Read More

  • 5. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.)

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In existence for more than 40 years, the clinic currently cares for more than 4,000 wildlife patients each year. The center offers a look inside...Read More

  • 6. Gulfside Park Preserve

    Beach–Sight

    The beach is quiet, safe from strong currents, and good for solitude, bird-watching, and shell-finding. There are restrooms, and long stretches...Read More

  • 7. Lighthouse Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At Sanibel's eastern tip, the beach is guarded by the frequently photographed Sanibel Lighthouse, built in 1884, before the island was settled...Read More

  • 8. Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

    Museum/Gallery

    Charming buildings from the island's past include a general store, a one-room schoolhouse, a 1927 post office, a tearoom, a 1925 winter-vacation...Read More

  • 9. Sanibel–Captiva Conservation Foundation

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    For a quiet walk to watch for inhabitants of Sanibel's interior wetlands, follow some or all of the 4½ miles of interlocking walking trails...Read More

  • 10. Tarpon Bay Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This centrally located beach is safer for swimming than beaches at the passes, where waters move swiftly. It is, however, one of the more populated...Read More

  • 11. Turner Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Looking for some romance? This is a prime sunset-watching spot on the southern point of Captiva. Strong currents through Blind Pass make swimming...Read More

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