Beaches that inspire it all.

When nature is allowed to run its course, a beach’s individual character shines through. With so many to choose from here, it’s time to meet the beach of your dreams. Find soft white sand and gentle waves. Find endless stretches of shell covered beaches and waters full of jumping dolphins. Find the perfect spot on a secluded island for you and your loved ones to remember forever.

Few places in the world have such a wealth of sandy coastline, much of it undisturbed by man. Add a subtropical climate and warm Gulf waters and everyone's fantasy island vacation becomes reality. Families with kids find soft sand that’s perfect for sandcastles, and several beaches with playgrounds nearby. Couples find solitude and secluded sunsets. Those who like to stay active find volleyball, shelling, cycling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Enjoy your favorite beach pastime on our shores. Or try a new one!

Wander endless beaches in search of the perfect shell.

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Shells, shells, shells!
Shell collecting is one of our most popular beach activities. Shelling aficionados come from all over the world to explore our shell selection, and it’s easy to see why. Shells are everywhere here! You can find them on Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach and the outer islands. But it’s Sanibel and Captiva islands that gather the most, thanks to geography. Shells from the Caribbean roll up the gradually sloping undersea shelf and gentle waves keep shells intact, which means bigger and better shells for you to find.

True Beach Getaways
With so many islands, finding your perfect beach is easy. Ride the trolley or walk the boardwalks over tidal lagoons to Lovers Key State Park, an isolated ribbon of beach skirted by fledgling sea oats. The rest of the world drifts away with only your loved ones to keep you company on this isolated and romantic beach. Farther south on Bonita Beach, you’ll find good shelling and the county’s only off-leash dog beach. Or island hop by boat to the bridgeless islands of North Captiva and Cayo Costa State Park. Remote and sparsely populated, you’ll find wide-open beaches and a more exclusive selection of shells. For the less sea-worthy, Boca Grande Beach is accessible by road ($4 causeway toll) on Gasparilla Island along with five beaches facing the Gulf of Mexico.

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