Local Beach Facts & Information
"Wondering where to catch a trolley along Fort Myers Beach? Or where to park and how much it will cost? Check here for useful beach information. "
There's a $6 toll to get onto Sanibel-Captiva and a $4 toll to get onto Gasparilla Island. A separate $2 toll grants you access to Gasparilla Island State Park.
On Sanibel, general parking is $2 an hour. Parking stickers are available; call 239-472-3111. In Captiva, both Turner Beach and the public access at the tip of the island are metered at $1 an hour or $5 a day. On Fort Myers Beach, parking is free at accesses and in the lot just before the bridge. Bonita's accesses No. 1 and No. 10 (along with Bonita Beach Park) are metered.
A 50-cent trolley provides service to Bowditch Point Regional Park, Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Recreation Area, Little Hickory Island Beach Park and Bonita Beach Park. From mid-December through Easter, trolleys run between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Other times of the year, they run between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call LeeTran, 239-275-8726.
With the exception of Dog Beach, pets are not permitted on county-owned beaches, including the Sanibel Causeway and Captiva beaches. Pets are allowed on a six-foot-long, hand-held leash on Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. Pets are also allowed in Lovers Key State Park, but not on the beach or in the water. Dog Beach, located just west of the New Pass Bridge in Bonita Springs (and not far from Lovers Key), offers free parking and an off-leash romp for your pet.
Alcohol is prohibited on Lee County-controlled beaches. It is allowed on Fort Myers Beach in front of bars and hotels that sell it. Be careful not to stray far from the hotel area with alcohol because law enforcement on Fort Myers Beach is stringent. Alcohol is allowed on Sanibel beaches at all hours during the summer and fall, but it is unlawful to have alcohol on the beaches from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise between December 15 and May 15."