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Great beach!

First visit to Sanibel Island....loved the beach, so many shells! Had a truly relaxing visit. Would... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Felicia H
Greenfield, Indiana
shell adventure

We had always heard about the great shelling available on Sanibel Island. We were not disappointed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Sanibel Island, FL
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First visit to Sanibel Island....loved the beach, so many shells! Had a truly relaxing visit. Would definitely go again!

Thank Felicia H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had always heard about the great shelling available on Sanibel Island. We were not disappointed. We got to the beach around 7:30 am and were far from the first on the beach but even then we found many beautiful and unusual shells. Having been...More

Thank geneb517
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found lots of recently dead crabs and partial star fish. Very interesting. It was fun to see the gulls eating their fill on the fresh sea food. Not many people on a weekday. Water was too cold for swimming. We love Sanibel but the...More

Thank SeesTheWorld5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We could not find the parking for this beach. We saw one sign and no others. We really wanted to go to this beach because we read there was a lot of parking. But we enjoyed our drive through the area and the other beaches...More

1  Thank 2doglady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps it was because we visited after a storm and cold snap, but our first visit to this beautiful beach revealed bountiful shells on the beach. A second visit was not as “exciting,” but the place is beautiful nonetheless and perhaps less crowded than other...More

Thank Callisto S
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Gulfside has a nice large parking lot, clean restrooms and outdoor showers, picnic areas, a wooded area and several walkways that go across the beautifully vegetated upper beach platform to the beach. Gulfside is sometimes very good for shells, especially small shells, but like all...More

Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We tried to visit this beach after lunch and were unable to find parking. There were about 15 other cars trying to find parking as well.

Thank SIndiana
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Great sandbar, clean bathroom and easy access. Parking is limited though so get here early or you’ll have to wait for an open spot.

Thank buckybadger4
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Used this beach a lot over the years..only 4 rating as parking is now $5 per hr- like all things in life guess it's all got to go up.. Beach is great, you can sit or walk for miles we do both and you can...More

Thank glassmen007
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

We've been to Sanibel many times but this was our 1st time at Gulfside City Park Beach. Came upon it while biking and decided to stop. So glad we did. Beautiful beach with lots of birds and shells but not a lot of people! Took...More

1  Thank Lizz T
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