Gulfside Beach, Sanibel Island

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#6 of 10 in Parks in Sanibel Island
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  • We found lots of recently dead crabs and partial star fish. Very interesting. It was fun to see the gulls eating their fill on the fresh sea food. Not many people on a weekday. Water was too cold for ...  more »
  • We could not find the parking for this beach. We saw one sign and no others. We really wanted to go to this beach because we read there was a lot of parking. But we enjoyed our drive through the area ...  more »
  • Perhaps it was because we visited after a storm and cold snap, but our first visit to this beautiful beach revealed bountiful shells on the beach. A second visit was not as “exciting,” but the place i...  more »
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  • This beach was nice. It was also the ONLY beach where we were able to find parking after driving around Sanibel Island for HOURS trying to go to the beach. It was nice enough, but not worth the traffic and wasted time.
  • Parking is atrocious!!! You WILL wait 30 to 45 minutes to get a parking spot. This beach is huge. There is NO reason for a lack of parking spots. This was frustrating and led to arguments that I witnessed in the parking lot over who had been waiting longer. The beach is nice enough but it is definitely NOT worth waiting so long for a parking spot or adding a bad mood or an argument to your beach vacation. Go somewhere else!
  • Excellent shelling. Lots of smaller perfectly formed shells. Quiet. Away from the crowd
  • Beautiful beach, TONS of shells, not really crowded at all, but there was one kid who's guardian was not watching him and he was chucking shells at birds and people. Other than that it was amazing.
  • Pet friendly dogs must be on leash, beaches are beautiful white sand, seashells everywhere would definitely come back again if in the area

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