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Gulfside Beach, Sanibel Island

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  • One of the largest, though less traveled, public beaches on beautiful Sanibel Island, this beach should spark the love of shell-hunting for both the beginner and professional. This park beach is locat...  more »
  • Overcast day due to the smoke, but it was still a wonderful beach walk and we found a few shells even though we arrived after going to Ding Darling and then lunch. Moderately crowded beach with many p...  more »
  • We went to this beach on 3 separate days and enjoyed the uncrowded beauty of the place. Car parking is $4/hour, but if you rent bikes, it is a great alternative to get to this beach. There are nice re...  more »
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  • I love this place. It is quiet and almost pristine. Be patient, the parking lot is small, but that is a good thing: the beach and the little park will not get too crowded.
  • A beautiful natural beach in Sanibel, where you will find a wide variety of shells and marine life. Parking is limited so get there early, but as a result the beach isn't crowded. There are no lifeguards or vendors, just a picturesque, natural oasis.
  • We stay at Oceans Reach, which is right next door to this public beach. It's a great beach. It's never crowded and the shelling has been awesome. We have found a wide variety of shells, sea urchins and even dime size sand dollars as well as full-grown ones too. Although I have yet to have a bad shelling or beach day in Sanibel - no matter which beach we choose,. some days it's just nice to we stroll out the condo and down the beach for sunset, low tide shelling or to just get out. All of the beaches are natural, meaning no sand grooming vehicles. And there's no life guards or concessions...nothing but the sound of the waves and the birds.
  • We ALWAYS stay on the Gulfside near the beach. THIS is where you'll find most of Sanibel's treasure---shells and living things that make them and eat them, fish, shrimp, the occasional seahorse, sea urchins, sea stars, sand dollars, octopus, squid schools, crabs of every color and kind, soft coral, you name it. Some people never find much...they don't know you have to get in the water and look. We stay in a large rental home that changes every year. We're going to have to repeat some year soon! We have multiple family and friends come every week and the lucky ones stay all month. Always a swimming pool that's screened in with areas for Grandpa to read outside bug-free. We play games there, too, and in the air-conditioning. We avoid the hot, burn-yourself-to-a-crisp hours of the day but we watch the tides for low tide. Then you have shallow tidal pools totally safe for toddlers with parental supervision. There are multiple sand bars on many days. The sand from Captiva reached out and almost around to Sanibel last year to make a land bridge. Lots of people enjoyed that. We take organized trips off Island to buy our food at Sam's discount warehouse. The bill still is hefty. You can explore Ft. Myers and Edison's home and workshop and property or drive to Ford's winter home. Drive to Sarasota and see the Ringling Art Museum and grounds and Ca'd'zan (house of John) which is very uniquely built & restored on the water. The art museum has many of the Old Master's work and also changing displays of all kinds. Have you seen a Banyan tree bigger than a 2 story house? Wider, too? They have rooms made by aerial roots finding a place in the ground. Then there's Selby Gardens, an international collection garden for this particular latitude. Look for the coffee plant's name and the screw pine that actually grows just like it's name. So Sanibel is also a hopping off place to other worlds. There will never be an Island quite like this one, turned into the west instead of north and south and still not overtaken by "progress" much. Some fun shops, art galleries and thrift stores. Everything is more expensive here. It costs $6 every time you enter the Island by the bridge from Ft. Myers, so plan those trips wisely. And Enjoy!
  • My wife and I spent good money to enjoy a day on sanibel. Unfortunately we were harassed and given a ticket by the sanibel police for letting go of the leash on are 13 pound toy poodle so it could play fetch in the water. We understand the leash rule and we were in full control of our dog that was not bother any other beach goers. If you bring a dog the sanibel just be warned that you might be segregated and harassed by the sanibel police for doing nothing wrong. Then receive a $63 fine as a special thank you.