The beach fronts onto the Gulf of Mexico, in front of the protected Silver Key conservation area, which is also known as Old Blind Pass, on some maps. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and others, work to keep this beach natural. The clothing optional beach is a key hatching area for endangered sea turtles, who have been protected by beachgoers and local residents for decades. Because there are no condos or any buildings whatsoever in this area, the turtles can return to lay their eggs, undisturbed. The occasional police patrols by ATV are actually the only thing threatening these critical turtle eggs. Beachgoers in this area have to hike approximately 1. It is not uncommon to see dolphins there, fishing the shallow waters too. People seeking parties and noise do not go to this beach. Nudists are asked to practice caution as the beach is not technically approved for nude use but has traditionally been used as clothing-optional. This turn is marked.
Anyone know of any restrictions on thong bikinis at Sanibel Island beaches? I'm going to wear mine the next time I go and was wondering if anyone would harass me over it. I've had people make comments at other "conservative" beaches. I really don't want to be bothered with rude comments on my vacation so I'd like to know what I might encounter. There are no restrictions but keep in mind Sanibel is a family destination, and our family chooses to go there for that reason, among others. I really would rather not have a girl in a thong sunbathing in front of my boys, or my daughter for that matter. The only time I see thongs are during holiday weekends, like Memorial day, and then I only see a couple. There are plenty of other beaches in Florida that that type of swimwear is more prevalent. Well thanks for the comments. I know it's a family beach.
Sanibel Island has several public beaches for visitors to enjoy. There is a small parking lot and you can find watersport rentals nearby. This beach attracts shellers, fishermen, surfers and has beautiful sunsets. The currents can be swift and parking is limited. Bowman's Beach: Located on Bowman's Beach Road off of Sanibel-Captiva Road, this beach is secluded and attracts shellers, bird watchers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Be aware that from the parking lot there is a hike through the estuary to reach the beach. Many years ago, Bowman's Beach was known as the nude beach on Sanibel. Causeway Beach Park: Located on both sides of Causeway Road, these beaches are a popular gathering place for picnics, wind surfers, jet skiers, fishermen, and swimmers. The sunsets are beautiful and parking is abundant. There are facilities, picnic tables, and no parking fees.
This protected Sanibel beach has no development in sight, providing remote and natural landscape views. Immediately behind the beach are protected salt water bayous that serve as hatcheries for local game fish and rookeries for our shore birds. The parking lot is on the far side of the bayous and requires a 5 minute nature walk through hammock, boardwalk bridge and beach scrub to reach the beach.
It is the remote nature of this beach that must have attracted the Naturists. Folks knew where the Naturists hung out. You just avoided their encampment if nudity bothered you. Scattered throughout the park are picnic tables both covered and uncovered and BBQ Grills this is the only beach on Sanibel with grills.
Also at the park is a small playground, fitness and nature trails. There are several oversized parking spots for vehicles 20 feet and over. On those days it is important to arrive early. View Larger Map. After selling his software company, Jim, Susan and kids moved to Sanibel in With his tech experience, he and Susan bring a fresh approach to island real estate. We are just starting to search for our potential retirement home on Sanibel and Susan was immensely warm and welcoming. She answered all of our questions as we saw several properties.
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