Cape Coral is not far from what can only be described as "island paradise" - only a 20-25 minutes drive. Beachgoers have a number of amazing beaches to choose from. For years, the beaches on Captiva Island have received awards from renowned institutions and are regularly found on "Best Beaches" lists. In 2017, National Geographic Travel named Sanibel #7 out of the 21 most beautiful beaches in the world. It won first place for jogging and strolling along the beach.
Almost seven miles of sandy beaches stretch along Cayo Costa, an island which can only be reached by private boat or ferry. It's a natural paradise for those who enjoy walking on the beach or looking for shells.
Literally rising above the other beaches is Lighthouse Beach on the eastern tip of Sanibel Island. The lighthouse once marked the entryway to San Carlos Bay. This beach is located close to the center of Sanibel and offers impressive views of the Fort Myers Beach skyline, San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
A popular spot for family outings is Bowman's Beach. You may find rare shells in this area, but be aware that parking is limited and also expensive. Families will definitely appreciate the gently sloping beaches along Fort Myers Beach. This is where younger people hang out, too. Watersport fans will find everything they could wish for: parasailing, sailing, jet skiing, wind and kite surfing, water skiing etc.
With its beautiful shoreline, the aptly named Lover's Key has always attracted people looking for a romantic spot. Located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach, the Lover's Key State Park offers something for everyone - spectacular beaches, nature paths, kayaking and fishing.
Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier
110 Periwinkle Way
Gulfside City Park
2001 Algiers Ln
2475 W. Gulf Drive Sanibel Island
1700 Bowmans Beach Road Sanibel
Blind Pass Beach
6491-6499 Sanibel Captiva Road
Turner Beach at Blind Pass
17200 Captiva Drive Captiva
Alison Hagerup Beach
14790 Captiva Drive Captiva
19931 Sanibel Causeway Sanibel
Fort Myers Beach 2525 Estero Blvd
Lovers Key Beach
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach