Algiers Beach -Algiers Lane Sanibel
Bowman's Beach -Bowman Beach Road Sanibel
Lighthouse Park Beach -Periwinkle Way Sanibel
Tarpon Bay Road Beach -Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel
i use this site to find dog-friendly places for my pooches:
While on the beach you can becareful to wear proper shoes in order not to get injured by the sharp shells. or you can just If you've plant your feet where the shells have washed up, you get the sensation of a foot massage as they burrow beneath you.
All kinds of shorebirds abound, it's a birdwatcher's visual feast!
These Willets are common opportunists of the southern shores, in both salt waters and brackish waters. They feed on both animals and plants, probing the mud or sand with their long bills. Foods of preference include Fiddler Crabs, marine worms, small fish, and vegetable matter.
They seem to be pretty gregarious birds, as I never see them solitary, usually in small flocks.
'Wrack lines" are the tidal lines, where all kinds of animals gather to feed on the algae and beach debris, from tiny insects and crabs on up to the various shorebirds for which Sanibel is famous. Loggerhead sea turtles nest on these beaches as well - and no seagrass, no sea turtles!
For this reason, conservationists have seen to it for many years that the beaches of Sanibel & Ft. Myers are kept mostly in their natural and ungroomed state. The sea oats that flank the beaches help to stabilize the dunes during winter storms.
The offshore islands of Florida's Gulf Coast are famous for their shelling. A long shallow shelf of soft sands with little or no surf makes for an ideal situation, where the shells of the Gulf & Caribbean can wash gently onshore without getting crushed in the process.
Add to this the varied salinity of different areas, some mixing with the local freshwater estuaries and some purely Gulf waters, with everything in between, and you have a perfect breeding ground for all manner of shellfish.
One caveat: it is HIGHLY illegal to remove live shellfish from their habitat, so please be very sure your shells are empty before collecting them.
Fondest memory: The sand gets hot during the day, so either have sandals at the ready, or dip your feet in the water before you dash across. It is sand of the sticky sort, doesn't go away easily. But finding white sand in your car long after your trip is over brings back fond memories!
The views are great no matter what beach you go to! Beaches are not cut off and owned by private sector like in some beach towns.
You can drive right up to the water here. Picnic in your car, with great ocean view.
How the 'other other-half' live.
I mean, really. You could make a small hotel out of some of these houses.
I am sure these people are looking at the survalance tapes at this moment and doing background checks on me and Mike for taking this picture! LOL
Fondest memory: All memories of Sanibel are fine as wine.
The 15 mile stretch of sand has to be one of the best in the world for shelling no doubt. People are somewhat obcessed with it and some just kinda stupid. Don't take the live ones cause' you'll stink up the condo in short order....throw'em back. Sanibel/Captiva has plenty to do for a week with the fam damily or just with your adult significant companion.
Fondest memory: There really is a lot to do in the area and if you run out of things to do on the islands you can always head out to Ft. Myers beach or Lovers Key/Bonita beach for more sight seeing.
We went there in November.
No need to struggle to find a place on the beach.
But be cautious, the currents are strong.
...use some of the interesting beach debris and get creative wtih your sand constructions!
I love the way this one utilized the strange curly stuff that was everywhere on the beach as hair. Too cute!
Favorite thing: Sometimes I can't help feeling there is nothing quite so enticing as a long stretch of silken sand...it just begs you to remove all footgear, sink your toes into it, and then walk for miles!