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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  • August 14, 2017
    Very usual simple metal structure of a lighthouse. This light house was not what all of us expected. It looked like a big pipe welded together. Not much to see but a little trail to a tiny local beach...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Pay to park is $4 per hour and it is strictly enforced! Finding a space during "season" is close to impossible unless you arrive before 8 am. The beach is very nice, but understand that this is a "nat...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We drove down to take a look at the lighthouse. Had read some history on it in some of the pamphlets given to us when we checked in. There is very few places to park and get out and look. I don't thin...  more »
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  • December 20, 2016
    I love Florida. And I love the ocean. If you love a seaside feel, salty air and a low key private island feel then you'll love it here. Sanibel Island overall is a great place to get away. The lighthouse is just one of many many things to spend time doing here.
  • April 6, 2017
    Beautiful historic lighthouse on the end of the island. Great place to find shells early in the morning. Get here before sunrise and enjoy.
  • March 6, 2017
    Too bad it's not accessible but it's history so it's interesting. The beach area is nice also. There were lots of wind surfers there on our visit, and it was cool watching them for a while. The $4.00 per hour parking is steep, it should be less.
  • May 8, 2017
    Very cool spot, with a lighthouse, that's always a bonus. Lots of neat shells, and a safe atmosphere.
  • June 23, 2017
    Love it here.. so beautiful and peaceful...

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