Sanibel Islands Beaches

Sanibel beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world with great shelling, fishing, beachcombing, and sunbathing all readily available. There are 4 type of beach access points on Sanibel Island. They are A permit, B permit, C permit, and public. The following is a breakdown and review of each of the beaches. Before going to any of these links you might want to scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at the signs to know section.

A Permit Beach Access – An A permit sticker is only available to residents of Sanibel Island. We will just skim over these beaches due to this fact.

B permit Beach Access – A B permit may be purchased from the city. This permit allows parking at the public lots without having to pay (with a couple exceptions) and also allows its owner to park at some other Sanibel beaches that are reserved only for A/B permits. Here we list the beaches for which a B permit is valid and review each of them.

C Permit Beach Access – Sanibel has created a C permit. Two of the public lots and the boat ramp make you pay even with an A or B permit unless you have a C.  Here are those beaches and the boat ramp reviews.

Public Beach Access – These are the parking access lots on Sanibel where anyone that wants to pay the $5.00 an hour is able to park. Here are all of those beaches along with their reviews.

Free Beach Parking – Are you serious ?!?! The only place to park for free is before you hit Sanibel. The Causeway parking is very nice though if you wanted to save money. Find out all about the Sanibel Causeway here.

Sanibel Beach signs to know

Leave nothing but footprints

Says it all!  Leave the beach the same way you found it

Scoop the poop

Self explanatory.  Dogs are allowed on Sanibels beaches but please clean up after your pets if you bring one

Sanibel beach parking fees and fines

This is an old one when it was $.75 an hour not $5.00 like now  but rules still apply.  Feed the meter of get a ticket.  Also the fine is now $50.00 if paid in 14 days or $75 there after

Live shelling laws Sanibel Island

The taking of live seashells on Sanibel island, Captiva island, and all of Lee county is prohibited and fines of up to $500.00 can be enforced.  For a history of the shelling law see here.

Sanibel Beach parking A permit

If you see this sign it is reserved for residents of the island.  A permits may only be purchased by property owners on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Beach parking B permit

Parking lots or spots showing this sign are reserved for A or B parking permits.  A B permit may be purchased by anyone at the Sanibel Rec Center for $124.00.  While that might sound pricey, $5.00 an hour can add up fast if coming to Sanibel more then a few days

Sanibel Beach parking C permit

The C permit is available for $90.00 and saves having to pay at the boat ramp and Algiers beach

Sanibel limited beach hours

Some beaches have limited hours to daylight