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Sanibel Island

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Sanibel Island is one of the most wonderful islands in southwest Florida. Easily accessible beaches flank the south and west sides of the island. For those non-anglers, doing the "Sanibel Stoop" is a must, the beach is always littered with thousands of beautiful shells year-round.

Causeway Islands

When you leave Fort Myers on your journey to Sanibel & Captiva Islands you will pay a bridge toll to enter the Causeway Islands. This chain of islands is connected by several bridges the first of which is the tallest and a drawbridge. Each island has parking and the one in the middle a rest room facility. Fishing from these islands is excellent and many large Goliath groupers lurk below the bridge pilings. You can launch non-motorized vessels from the beaches or wade into the water and cast away.

Lighthouse Beach Park

people walking on the beach in front of sanibel lighthouse shaded path with a wood boardwalk leading to the pier

On the south side of the island at the end of Periwinkle Way is Lighthouse Beach Park with the famous Point Ybel Light which was first lit in August 1884. A few hundred yards from the lighthouse is a small wooden fishing pier on the east side of the park.

When you arrive at the park, you park your vehicle under huge trees on a sandy parking surface. Grab of parking coupon from the meter machine and walk to the west to access the fishing pier or walk on the wonderful tree covered pathway south to the lighthouse and the beach. We were on this beach one winter and witnessed dozens of dolphins playing in the surf, jumping high in the air as if in a circus act.

 

Captiva Island

Captiva Island is on the north side of Sanibel Island and only accessible by traveling from Fort Myers and over Sanibel crossing a small bridge at Blind Pass.

Blind Pass is an excellent fishing area due to the swift current that passes the bridge. You cannot fish from the bridge but flanking it are large rocks where you can settle in for some great action. Fishing from Turner Beach which flanks the pass also offers great fishing.

As you travel onto the island you will notice most of the beach on the west side of the road is private property and there is no parking on the roadside. Do not try to fish from this part of the island, it is off limits. Travel to the end of the island and you will find a small quaint town with a convenience store, restaurants, and little shops. You can access the beach is you are a paying patron at one of several restaurants or you can drive to the very end of the island to Captiva Beach. There are no facilities here and parking is free but limited especially during tourist season. Waiting for a parking spot is worth it, the beach here is unspoiled with few beachgoers. You can surf cast and catch flounder, grouper, mackerel, pompano, redfish, seatrout, shark. sheephead, snapper, snook, and tarpon.

For GPS Coordinates of Offshore Reefs visit Lee County Reefs

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