Sanibel Island Lighthouse … Part 1

The first settlers arrived on Sanibel Island in 1833. Quick growth over the next 50 years sparked calls for a lighthouse to help with commerce. By the late 1870’s travel in the Gulf of Mexico demanded a lighthouse. The tower opened in August 1884. Since 1950, the U.S. Coast Guard property around the lighthouse has been a wildlife refuge.

The lighthouse beach on Sanibel Island is a haven for sunbathers and fishermen.

Fishermen enjoy a day at the beach on Sanibel.
Fishermen enjoy a day at the beach on Sanibel.

The lighthouse is surrounded by a wildlife refuge that includes beaches, grasslands, and a fishing pier that is popular with fishermen and wading birds.

A storm rolls in over the lighthouse on Sanibel.
A storm rolls in over the lighthouse on Sanibel.
A storm rolls in over the lighthouse on Sanibel.
A storm rolls in over the lighthouse on Sanibel.

The lighthouse has been guiding ships through Sanibel since the 1800s.
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Stay tuned for a post related to the fishing pier and birding at the lighthouse beach.

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