Best Beaches In & Around Sanibel Island

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  • 1. Sanibel Island

    Sanibel Island
    © Noel Benadom / CC BY

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 0.5 hrs

    Sanibel Island is a barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast. Whilst there are several other such islands in the vicinity, only Sanibel has an "east to west" orientation which apparently makes for sandy beaches and helps explain why this beach is considered a shell-seeker's paradise. Until the 1960s Sanibel Island was only connected to the mainland by a ferry. These days a huge bridge connects Sanibel to the rest of… read more »

  • 2. Bowman's Beach Park

    Bowman's Beach Park
    Mark Sherman

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 0.5 hrs

    Several miles in length, Bowman's Beach sits on the Gulf of Mexico on the southern shores of Florida's Sanibel Island. Situated on one of the quieter parts of island, with just one main road heading north, Bowman's Beach is close to both JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the lagoon-like waters of Clam Bayou.

    Roughly ten minutes on foot from the nearest car park, the path leads through the grassy… read more »

  • 3. Barefoot Beach

    Barefoot Beach
    © lunamarina

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 0.5 hrs

    Barefoot Beach is in Bonita Springs on the southwest side of Florida. It is made up of a long white expanse of sand that stretch out along the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These waters are calm and warm, and the beach is set in a preserve surrounded by wildlife and greenery. The Barefoot Beach Preserve is 342 acres of land that is pristine and unspoilt.

    The… read more »

  • 4. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 0.5 hrs

    This pristine tropical beach forms a mile long of a seemingly endless stretch of white powder sands which make up a barrier island off the coast of Naples in southwest Florida. With clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to one side and tidal creeks and mangroves the other the 166 acre Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is both a beachgoer's and nature lover's paradise.

    This is the perfect Florida beach… read more »

  • 5. Boca Grande Beach

    Boca Grande Beach
    © dpexcel

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 1 hr

    Boca Grande Beach is somewhat of an underrated beach destination on Gasparilla Island on Florida's west coast. Bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this upmarket resort has a laid-back ambience and old-world charm that's great for families. Couples looking for a romantic escape with a difference will also enjoy time here.

    The light-coloured sands of Boca Grande Beach are accessed via several points on 19th Street,… read more »

  • 6. Naples Beach

    Naples Beach
    Marc Ryckaert

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 1 hr

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  • 7. Englewood Beach

    Englewood Beach

    Travel time from Sanibel Island: approx 1 hr

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