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. Bowman's Beach

    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 a...Read More

  • 2. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    This wide, virtually untouched expanse—about 166 acres—of open beach makes visitors feel transported from the bustling high-rises and resorts just a few blocks south. A...Read More

  • 3. Alison Hagerup Beach Park

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

  • 4. Barefoot Beach Preserve

    This one isn't exactly easy to find since it's accessible only by a quiet neighborhood road around the corner from buzzing Bonita Beach Park, but...Read More

  • 5. Bonita Beach Park

    It's an ongoing party on this rowdy stretch of coast, the easiest by far to reach from the inland areas south of Fort Myers. Local...Read More

  • 6. City of Naples Beach

    There's something here for everyone just west of the 3rd Street South shopping area, but what gets the most attention by far is the historic...Read More

  • 7. Clam Pass Beach Park

    A quiet day at the beach gets an adventurous start when you board a tram and careen down a ¾-mile boardwalk through shaded mangroves and...Read More

  • 8. Gulfside Park Preserve

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

  • 9. Lighthouse Beach

    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...Read More

  • 10. Lovers Key State Park

    Once a little-known secret, this out-of-the-way park encompassing 1,616 acres on four barrier islands and several uninhabited islets is popular among beachgoers and birders. Bike,...Read More

  • 11. Lowdermilk Park

    Do you prefer your beach loud and active with a big dose of good old-fashioned fun? Kids running around in the surf, volleyballers hitting the...Read More

  • 12. Tarpon Bay Beach

    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

  • 13. Tigertail Beach

    On the northwest side of the island is 2,500 feet of both developed and undeveloped areas. Once Gulf-front, in recent years a sand spit known...Read More

  • 14. Turner Beach

    This is a prime sunset-watching spot on the southern point of Captiva. Strong currents through Blind Pass make swimming tricky but shelling amazing, and parking...Read More

  • 15. Vanderbilt Beach

    If a day at the shore just doesn't seem quite complete without a piña colada and serious people-watching, this place is for you. The white...Read More

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