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Address: Sanibel Island, FL
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Gulfside City Park Beach

A public beach, $3.00/hr to park, beach was nice, not as many shells on my visit as the beach at the lighthouse, but that maybe do to tides, current, wind etc.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

A public beach, $3.00/hr to park, beach was nice, not as many shells on my visit as the beach at the lighthouse, but that maybe do to tides, current, wind etc.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Also, called Algiers beach by the locals since this is the spot where a riverboat was located by the name Algiers. Just like any other beach on Sanible this is a great beach.

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Fort Myers, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Friends recommended that I visit this beach, because it had easy access for my mom who has Parkinson's. It had a great wooden walkway that my mom easily navigated with her walker, and the beach isn't too wide, so it wasn't an exhausting ordeal for her. Pros: Nice pathways to the beach (wheelchair accessible) Clean & not too crowded Clean... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We stumbled onto the beach after we were riding our bikes around and saw the path down to the ocean. Beach is fairly big, the day we were there it was kind of windy and the surf was up and the water was a little murky, plus there are no lifeguards on this beach so you are on your own.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Good beach, lots of shells, may have to wait for a parking spot if you don't get here early but if you wait 10 minutes you will get a spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There is a nice walkway to the beach and restrooms are available. However, we found this to be a less crowded beach and most people come here for the shells. Small parking area so plan to get there early; otherwise, have patience. As with most of the Sanibel and Captiva parking areas, there is a fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is our favorite shelling location. The colorful shells can be found here. Use the tide chart and go one hour after low tide in the morning. The beach is long and lovely. Do not like the $3 per hour parking fee at all Sanibel beaches accept for the causeway beaches.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We are avid seashell collectors and there were plenty to be found here. Short walk to the beach. Restrooms and wash area available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Absolutely loved this beach. As others say, small parking but worth it if you can park and walk. I did not see any concessions so pack snacks or your meal. Water is warm and shallow and a fabulous place to search for shells and relax and swim.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Arrived mid afternoon on March 16 and was able to find a parking spot in a small parking lot. Note that parking does cost $3 per hour, but parking is very close to the beach. In between your walk to the beach, there is an area where there is picnic tables, where you can have your picnic. Beach was awesome,... More 

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