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“Wow...stumbled onto this site on accident” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gulfside City Park Beach

Gulfside City Park Beach
Sanibel Island, FL
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Plainfield, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Wow...stumbled onto this site on accident”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

It was quite interesting, but I was wishing there was more historical information behind the park/site...afterall, there is a small cemetery there from the 1800's! It left me very curious and I couldn't find very much information on the internet, either. I would love if you could share more information with us.

Visited July 2012
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Full of natural wonders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

The beaches at Sanibel are not groomed. The philosophy is to let nature be. Therefore you may on occasion find some unpleasant things such as dead fish, but this is rare. We have been exploring the beaches here since 1985 and it is always fun to see what is there "this time". It is not uncommon to see dolphins playing in the water a few yards from shore and the shore birds abound. Watching pelicans and/or osprey diving for food, and the smaller birds pecking along the shore or the ibis, egrets and herons catching fish in the shallow water can occupy hours. In the spring you'll likely find fenced off areas were endangered snowy plovers are nesting and once they hatch the little chicks are like marshmallow puffs. Sanibel is known for it's seashells and each year there seems to be an abundance of one particular kind that has washed ashore. This year it was the pen shell. Be sure to get a tide chart and look for the lowest tide in the evening and walk in the water and observe the star fish and all the other critters that are roaming around. Study them carefully, you may find some will be drilling and eating another. All live mollusks are protected, so do not collect any shell with an animal (whether with it's original owner or a hermit crab) as there is a large fine. But there are many vacant shells for your collection.
The beach is shallow for a long way out, so it is excellent for small children. The hard pack at low tide is great for walking if you are looking for exercise. A common activity in the morning.

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