Sanibel and Captiva Island Attractions
Captiva and Sanibel Islands boast the Sunshine State's most pristine stretches of natural sand, offering a stunning display of more than 250 species of seashells, 230 species of birds, more than 20 miles of bike paths, and “epic” fishing. Stroll Bowman’s Beach. Have a picnic at Gulf Side City Park. Observe the birds a low tide at the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Spend the day out on the water with the entire family on a boat ride through Captiva Cruises and explore the neighboring islands.
- Bowman's Beach, a quiet, secluded beach with natural sands, an outdoor shower, and barbecue grills
- Gulf Side City Park, a mid-island destination with picnic tables and plenty of shady pine trees
- Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier, featuring a boardwalk nature trail winding through native wetlands, the site of a historic functioning lighthouse
- J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, home to an abundance of bird life
- Captiva Cruises, offering a view of Captiva Island, North Captiva, and Cayo Costa National Park from the water, allowing guests to stop at neighboring Cabbage Key and Useppa Islands, with shelling, dolphin watch, romantic sunset, and private sailboat cruises available