Lighthouse Beach

Sandy beach
112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
339 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Come early on weekends and holidays if you want to get a picnic table.

No alcohol and loud music are allowed.

Take a bug spray.

Lighthouse Beach is a small man-made beach with a fairly inexpensive RV park, modern children’s play facilities, and a bird sanctuary with various species of birds. The beach is clean, features many shaded areas and such amenities as restrooms, showers, and covered cabanas with picnic tables.

There is a lighted pier extremely popular with fishermen. If you want to enjoy a long relaxing day at the beach, take a hammock and hang it on some of the palm trees!

Overall, it’s a great beach for families with children, where you can swim, sunbathe, build sandcastles, picnic, walk, fish, windsurf, play volleyball, take pictures, and watch the local wildlife in a safe and convenient ambience, provided – among other things – by the beach rules prohibiting alcohol and loud music.

Parking and RV

Lighthouse Beach boasts a central location, easy access, and ample parking. You can stay in an RV or tent overnight; there is a clean and quiet RV Park with friendly and helpful staff and reasonable prices, featuring RV hookups, bathhouse, laundry, kitchen, game area, ice and water machines.

The campground facilities can be used only by those who stay in the park – a code is needed to access them. The beach is within walking distance.

Family Atmosphere

With the police patrolling the area and rules prohibiting alcohol and loud music, this beach boasts a safe and family-friendly atmosphere. It receives a moderate number of visitors, many of whom are families with little children.

There are public restrooms, free umbrellas near the water, covered cabanas, convenient picnic spots. Moreover, there are several new playgrounds and a well-maintained splash pad for children (open until 9 p. m.). Apart from that, your kids can have a lot of fun chasing hermit crabs and blue crabs or splashing in the shallow sea.

Sand and Water

Lighthouse Beach is a man-made beach with clean and soft sand. Near the waterline, the sand is good for castle building. The water is stagnant, brown-colored and doesn’t look welcoming; nevertheless, you can safely swim in it.

There are no rolling waves and, with a mud bottom, you don’t have to worry about stepping on broken glass or a shell. The sea at Lighthouse Beach is shallow, so you can go pretty far and still stand on your feet in the water – just perfect for those who can’t swim well.

Other Activities

You can try fishing off the pier in a company of experienced fishermen or enjoy walking around in natural surroundings. The beach area is clean, peaceful, and serene. There’s a boardwalk running through the coastal marsh and wetlands and a nice shaded gazebo – good places for watching some of the diverse local birds.

Driving Time

  • 35 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
  • 2 hours 25 minutes from Tampa, FL
  • 2 hours 40 minutes from Miami, FL

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Beach reviewed by:
Phil R.
Photos from Google Maps
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Lighthouse Beach videos

Late morning flight around Sanibel Island, Florida
A gorgeous drone made video of the lighthouse, the pier, and the bridge connecting the mainland with the island
Beachcombing Near Lighthouse Beach
An astonishing video of the unique treasures that can be found on the historic beach

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Sanibel, Florida 112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: November 19, 2019