Sanibel Island Beach

Top 5 Things to do in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island has so much to offer. While our favorite pastime at Mia’s Beach Escape to relax and hang out by the pool, here is a list of the top 5 things to do in Sanibel Island

1. Pick a Sanibel Island Beach to Visit

There are five public beaches on Sanibel Island and one on Captiva Island to choose from. All of the beaches listed have paid public parking lots and restrooms.

2. Tour Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

The wildlife refuge on Sanibel Island was created in 1945 by President Harry S. Truman at the behest of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and noted conservationist, Jay Norwood Darling. According to the Ding Darling’s website, “there are over 6400 acres of mangrove forest, submerged seagrass beds, cordgrass marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks. Approximately 2,800 acres of the refuge are designated by Congress as a Federal Wilderness Area.”

3. Visit the Sanibel Lighthouse

This 120 year old Sanibel lighthouse sits on a wildlife refuge. The lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but you can some beautiful photos from the outside, especially at dusk and dawn.

There is beach access here as well. This beach has shells, but swimming is not recommended due to causeway currents.

4. Go for a bike ride

You’ll find more than beaches and seashells on Sanibel Island. There are nearly 25 miles of paved Sanibel bike trails making it easy to get around. The trails are smooth and well marked, and are an easy ride for novice and experienced cyclers alike. Sanibel Island’s bike trails are extremely safe since they are separated from the roadway, so you can cycle without worrying about traffic.  Here is a handy link to map of bike trails.

5. Get out on the water

There are many ways to enjoy your time out on the gulf, ranging from boat rentals, to private charters, to group trips. Here is a list of Mia’s top picks: