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Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Sanibel Island
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The historical Sanibel Island Lighthouse was finally erected in 1884 after several decades of pressure from locals. It marked the entrance to San Carlos Bay for ships visiting the once-busy port of Punta Rassa. Today, the lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and a popular end destination for beach strolls. Though you cannot enter inside the lighthouse or keeper's house, the grounds are a pleasant place to explore and take photos. Put Sanibel Island Lighthouse into our Sanibel Island trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great views and the beach area is really nice. It's worth the trip but it would be really cool if you could go in the lighthouse. Alas it's off limits. Would also be nice if there was an info center t...  more »
  • You can't go up in the lighthouse. But it's still kind of cool to see. A short path leads to a pier where you can see egrets collecting for castoffs from the many folks fishing for bonita and more. Th...  more »
  • The French toast almondine was so good I ordered on both our visits. Large portions. Friendly service. 
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  • Beautiful place to visit. The beach is great and has its own feel to experience. Just have to be a little careful in the water, the undercurrent can be very strung since its where the intercoast and coastal waters meet
  • Lots of information about the lighthouse and the wildlife. There are lots of shells and things to see. Great place to bring kids and families.
  • Not much to see at the lighthouse. The buildings are all closed off, and you can just look at it. Worth stopping at if you come to the beach and want to walk around. There are bathrooms nearby.
  • Beautiful view, especially during sunrise and sunset. Ft. Myers Boat Tours go in close proximity to the lighthouse, and the beach is wonderful as well
  • Nice pier close by for fishing. There is a shaded picnic area near the lighthouse.