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Public Parking on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island

23 Sep 2021
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Parking in new places can often bring about unwanted stress during your vacation. To help ease your worries about parking on Sanibel Island, read our guide to Sanibel Island beach parking. We’ll discuss where you can find public parking, accessible parking, and free parking on Sanibel Island. 

Sanibel Island Parking Zone MapSanibel Island Public Parking Lot Map

Permit Parking 

Permit parking passes are typically for residents or property owners on Sanibel Island. However, there are several different types of passes offered on Sanibel, some of which can be purchased by non-residents and non-property owners. If you plan on vacationing on Sanibel Island for an extended time, you may find that a permit parking pass will be more beneficial to you than paying the hourly rate in the lots. For a breakdown of the different types of permit passes and to apply for a permit parking application, visit the MySanibel.com website

Public Beach Parking on Sanibel Island 

The easiest way to find parking on Sanibel Island is by locating for the public beach parking lots. These do tend to fill up fast during the peak season as they are first-come, first-serve so you’ll want to try to get there as soon as possible. Here are the public beach parking lots on the island: 

  • Lighthouse Beach Park and Fishing Pier 

The Lighthouse Beach Park and Fishing Pier is located on the east end of the Island. The general parking fee is $5.00/hour (24 hours a day) and handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address: 110/153 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 

  • Tarpon Bay Road Beach Park 

The Tarpon Bay Road Beach Park is located on the south-central part of the Island. A or B parking permits are accepted as well as general parking. The general parking fee is $5.00/hour (24 hours a day) and handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address:  

For Accessible Parking ONLY - 111 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 - Handicapped Parking Only 

General Parking - General Parking for Tarpon Bay Road Beach Park located at 205 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 

  • Gulfside City Beach Park (Algiers) 

The Gulfside City Beach Park is located on the south-part of the Island off Casa Ybell Road. A or B parking permits are accepted as well as general parking and 2021 C parking permits are accepted through November 30, 2021. The general parking fee is $5.00/hour (24 hours a day) and handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address: 2001 Algiers Lane, Sanibel, FL 33957 

  • Blindpass Beach Park 

Blindpass Beach Park is located on the west end of the Island. A or B parking permits are accepted as well as general parking. The general parking fee is $5.00/hour (24 hours a day) and handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address: 6497 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 

  • Bowman’s Beach Park 

Bowman's Beach Park is located on the west end of the Island. A or B parking permits are accepted as well as general parking and Lee County permit parking permits. The general parking fee is $5.00/hour (24 hours a day) and handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address: 1700 Bowman’s Beach Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 

  • Turner Beach Park 

Turner Beach Park is located on Captiva just over the bridge from Sanibel on west end of the island. Lee County parking permits are accepted. General parking is available. The general parking fee is $5.00/hour (24 hours a day) and handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address: 17200 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL 33924 

  • Boat Ramp Beach Park 

Boat Ramp Beach Park is located on the first left when entering the Island, on the north-eastern part of the island. C parking permits are accepted or parking is permitted for boat ramp use. General parking is also available for $20.00 a day. Handicap accessible parking is available (parking is free for accessible parking). 

Address: 17200 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL 33924 

Is free parking available on Sanibel Island or Captiva Island? 

Unfortunately, there are no free parking lots on the island. One way to get around this is by biking around the island and taking advantage of the bike racks at the public parking lots. 

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