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Sanibel Island Lighthouse

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Address: 112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7416
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This lighthouse, built in 1884, offers a storied history, unusual...

This lighthouse, built in 1884, offers a storied history, unusual architecture and quiet spots for romantic interludes.

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Good Bike Ride Destination

Every visit to Sanibel we ride to the lighthouse several times. Located at one end of the island, it makes a good destination and provides interesting views of the causeway and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect spot to go shelling! Please remember to check your shells as it could be someone's home. Please place back in the water gently as these mollusks can get hurt if you toss them. Their pretty shell is their skeleton.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Every visit to Sanibel we ride to the lighthouse several times. Located at one end of the island, it makes a good destination and provides interesting views of the causeway and Ft. Myers beach. There are bike racks and restroom facilities as well as a few picnic benches in the shade. In addition to the unique iron lighthouse, there is... More 

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Paris, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great historical site with great walkways, park benches, and views of the beach, gulf, and intercoastal waterway.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

THe Sanibel lighthouse has survived multiple hurricanes, including "Andrew", which destroyed a lot of the island. It survives becauses it doesn't provide much in the wayh of wind resistance. Its design allows the wind to go right through it. The lighthouse grounds don;t offer a lot, but there is a great beach nearby and there are good, clean estrooms available.... More 

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Eaton, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great location near the beach and we enjoyed the nice brown color. A peaceful place even with all the tourists.

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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The best beach location in SI in my opinion, especially since the new restrooms opened at the edge of the parking lot. Short walk to beach, parking is $$$ and sometimes have to wait for a open space.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The historic light house is easy to access from the beach or road many great places to photograph, also long clean beach to enjoy. There are toll fees to cross the bridge. There are parking fees to park for the beach and light house. The causeway has plenty of pull off parking at no charge to view, fish, swim, in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend has a condo on Sanibel so we walk to the lighthouse and then on to the fishing pier and back to get exercise. I don't think that the lighthouse is open to the public but I have heard that you can find accommodations either in or close by the lighthouse. This last time we passed the lighthouse on... More 

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see dolphins swimming, find better sea shells, and have a tremendous view of the mainland, this is your spot. The sand is wonderful and you can wait out to sandbars making it look like you are away from the beach. People bring their beach chairs just to enjoy the view and the feel of this area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We road bikes to the lighthouse. What a well kept place right on the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches surround the park area with great walking areas. Nice stop.

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