Q. Where are the best beaches on Sanibel and Captiva? Are they open to the public?
A. Sanibel and Captiva have lovely public beaches. There are 5 accesses on Sanibel: The Lighthouse, Gulfside City Park, Tarpon Bay, Bowmans, and Blind pass. On Captiva there are 2 accesses, Blind Pass and Captiva Beach, located at the end of Captiva Dr. The fee for parking is $5.00 an hour on Captiva and $5.00 an hour on Sanibel. See pictures and more information here: Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Beaches.
Q. What is there for children to do?
A. Beach, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and tennis. The Ding Darling wildlife sanctuary, the Conservation Foundation’s walking trail, butterfly house and touch tank. A first run movie theatre and Zoomers Amusement Park, just off island. Visit our Where To Play section.
Q. Can we get info on accommodations from the chamber?
A. Yes we can mail you our Sanibel Island vacation guide or look at it directly on our website. You can view our Visitor Vacation Guide online by clicking here.
Q. Where are the bike paths?
A. Sanibel has 25 miles of paved bike paths starting at the Chamber of Commerce. They run parallel to most of the main roads and veer off to back roads and island landmarks. There are no bike paths on Captiva. Stop in the Chamber for a bike path map. Click here to learn about bike rentals.
Q. Where can we park?
A. There is parking for the beach at the public beach accesses. The cost is $5.00 an hour on Captiva and $5.00 an hour on Sanibel. Shopping, restaurants, and local attractions have their own free parking.
Q. What is Old Town?
A. Old Town is a charming historical area on Sanibel Island found at the eastern end. The Sanibel Historical Society has produced a walking and biking tour that is approximately 2.5 miles long with over 19 sites to see. You can pick up a map at the Chamber or at the Historical Society.
Q. Can you recommend a good seafood restaurant?
A. Sanibel and Captiva Islands have over 50 restaurants, most serving fresh seafood. Stop at the Chamber Visitor Center for a sampling of restaurant menus, or visit Where To Dine on our Chamber website.
Q. What is the best time to shell?
A. The best time to shell is an hour before or after low tide, but Sanibel and Captiva always have an abundance of shells. Stop by the Chamber for a 2018 tide chart. Learn more about shelling .
Q. Where is the shopping, and what times are they open?
A. Sanibel and Captiva have great shopping locations, Most open at 10:00am and close at 8:00pm. The shopping is located on most of the main roads and at some resorts.
Q. What is there to do in the evening?
A. Sanibel and Captiva have exciting nightlife. Live theatre year round, live music, sports bars, local pubs, a first run movie theater, and of course the sunset. Check our website in the calendar section for an up-to-date events schedule. You can also visit our Where To Play ‘Nightlife’ section.
Q. Which accommodations on the islands accept pets?
There are a number of accommodations that accept pets on Sanibel & Captiva. In order to help you find an appropriate match, feel free to browse our Pet Friendly accommodations .
You may walk your pet on the beach on Sanibel Island as long as you have your pet leashed and you pick up after them. Captiva Island does not allow pets on the beach. For more information, please review the Leash Laws of Sanibel and Captiva Islands .
Q. Which restaurants allow pets?
Several restaurants on Sanibel & Captiva allow pets on their outside dining patios. For more information, please view our complete list of Pet Friendly restaurants on the islands .