Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Sanibel Island

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. Using our world travel planner, Sanibel Island attractions like Sanibel Island Lighthouse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Sanibel Island Lighthouse
map
Sanibel Island Lighthouse Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
2,197 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • While the Lighthouse itself isn't very large (More of a light pole), it is a nice area to explore. On southern end of Sanibel. Nice beach, with shells and birds. Good walking along shore a firm, packe...  more »
  • So nice beach but $5 hour to park is just criminal. Parking Nazi are everywhere on this Island until late into the night so do not forget to pay. We drove through snapped a few photos on continued on ...  more »
  • Someone mentioned that this lighthouse is not like the ones in New England. It is true. But I loved it anyway. The breeze at the beach is amazing. Shells are picked up quickly. We were sitting at the ...  more »
Google
  • Very beautiful and peaceful location. If you're just going to see the lighthouse quickly, I thought it was too bad you had to pay to park.
  • It’s a great place. Not all the shops and touristy. It’s relaxing
  • Awesome spot. Only wish we could have walked up to the top. This is a must see for anyone visiting Sanibel!
  • Beautiful spot with an amazing view. We had our wedding there and the whole experience was wonderful.
  • Super service, awesome food.....The location is perfect at the marina......take a walk to the beach and lighthouse.....

Plan your trip to Sanibel Island

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Sanibel Island

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Sanibel Island by other users

11 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Florida BY A USER FROM ESTONIA April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, culture, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Sanibel Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Western US, United States & East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Florida BY A USER FROM POLAND February, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Florida BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans