are Sanibel Island and Captiva Island?
Sanibel Island and Captiva Islands are located off the gulf coast of
southwest Florida, just west of Fort Myers, Florida. Fort
Myers, Florida is situated north of Naples, Florida and
south of Tampa, Florida.
The Fort Myers Airport, Southwest Florida International
Airport (RSW), is located approximately 25
miles away from Sanibel Island.
Reservation Central Sanibel Island and Captiva Island
have pre-negotiated a rental car discounted rate through
Thrifty which is available at any Florida Thrifty Rental Car
location. In addition to discounted rates of up to 50% or
more, guests receive unlimited miles, no extra driver fees
and no underage (21-24) driver fees.
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availability and make a reservation on the Reservation
Central rental car web site.
Traveling Around Sanibel
Sanibel Island is approximately 12 miles long and three
miles wide at its widest point.
Sanibel Island has two main roads that parallel each other.
Periwinkle Way, located at the four-way stop just
past the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center,
is the main thoroughfare. West of the causeway, it leads to
the island’s shopping and dining district. Follow Periwinkle
Way to the east and you’ll pass a quieter
commercial section, winding up at the Famous Sanibel Lighthouse and
the Sanibel Lighthouse beach. The Gulf Drives, the other main routes,
hotels, resorts, beaches, and homes at the water’s edge. It is
separated into East Gulf Drive (The Lighthouse End), Middle
Gulf Drive, and West Gulf Drive.
Click here for a Google Map of Sanibel Island
Traveling Around Captiva Island
Smaller neighbor, Captiva Island has more a more compact measurement
of approximately four miles long and one half mile wide.
Periwinkle Way connects, via Palm Ridge Road or Tarpon Bay
Road, to Sanibel-Captiva Road, which follows on to Captiva
Island. Known to the locals as “San-Cap,” the road passes by most
of Sanibel Island’s natural attractions, including the the J.N.
“Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation Center (SCCF), the Bailey-Matthews
Shell Museum, and the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife
(C.R.O.W.) facility. Captiva Island is connected to Sanibel
by San-Cap Road over a short bridge at the scenic
Blind Pass, the road becomes Captiva Drive once on Captiva
Island. Follow the road north
and you’ll find two public beach accesses, plus restaurants,
shops and resorts.
Click here for Google Map of Captiva Island
Beach Parking on Sanibel Island & Captiva Island
Island public parking areas have park-and-pay machines. The cost is
$2 per hour, and each machine produces a receipt for you to
put on your car dashboard. The machines do not make change, but they
accept $1, $5 and $10 bills, as well as Visa and MasterCard
credit cards. Handicapped parking is free at all public
beach parking areas.
Roadside parking is not allowed, and some beach access areas are
restricted to those with permits. Permits are available to
non-residents at a cost of $80 to $160. The permits are available
at the Sanibel Recreation Center located at 3880
Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island, FL.
Transportation on the Islands
There are several taxi companies servicing Sanibel and
Sanibel Island Toll Bridge Information
The toll to cross the Sanibel Island Causeway onto Sanibel Island is $6 per car; there is no toll to return to the
mainland. Frequent visitors may want to opt for the
transponder program, which works on a debit account system
and offers discounted tolls of $2 per trip (plus an upfront
charge for the transponder). For more information, Visit the LeeWay Service Website or call 239-931-0100.
Typically, the transponder program is only beneficial for
Island residents, workers or business owners. If you have a
SunPass, that transponder will work at the Toll Plaza,
however, there is no discounted rate.