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Gulfside City Park Beach

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Address: Sanibel Island, FL
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Hidden Treasures!

We decided to make a stop in Gulfside Park while biking the island and were pleasantly surprised. In the 30 years I've been visiting Sanibel, I'd never taken the time to see the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rob A
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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Clean and pristine sand. Water was clear. Bathrooms & showers clean. Hidden treasure along the road. Densely populated. Definitely will return!

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Thank Dawn M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to make a stop in Gulfside Park while biking the island and were pleasantly surprised. In the 30 years I've been visiting Sanibel, I'd never taken the time to see the historic Sanibel Island cemetery. I'm glad we did. We took in a little history as most of the island's historic residents are buried there with gravestones dating... More 

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2 Thank Rob A
Indianapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some really nice sand and picnic areas. It also has a nice shower area. The walk to the beach is a bit far compared to other beach locations. We like the calmer surf, and the sandbar is close at low tide.

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1 Thank markm484692
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a local and this beach is definitely a favorite for my family. With 4 kids, it's never too crowded, parking is easier than many places, the showers and CLEAN restrooms are a huge bonus! Shells abound, lovely family vibe.

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1 Thank Michelle M
Pittsburgh, PA
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78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at Sanibel Siesta but walked everyday to this area of the beach. I always enjoy this stretch of the beach. The shelling wasn't great while I was there, but there's always something interesting to find. This year there were some strange creatures at low tide that looked like big slugs in the sand. I always enjoy finding something new... More 

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Thank Melissa C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far our favorite beach on our visit. It's not crowded and the kids found lots of shells. It has a nice picnic area also. We packed a picnic and enjoyed it very much.

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Thank Carrie C
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pollution is coming to Sanibel from Lake Oceechobee. Shelling fair mostly scallop shells, baby sand dollars, muscle shells. Everyone kept saying this is wrong time of year for shelling but we noticed lots of green algae and dead sea grass all up and down beach from lighthouse to Captiva. Pollution is definitely hurting this beach!

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Thank Kathy K
Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this beach and found a number of gorgeous shells! Not crowded at all!!! Take your bug spray!!!! Lots of no see ums!

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Thank bozobuddy
Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We didn't see fabulous shells, and yes, the walking is painful for sensitive feet such as my own, but it is beautiful and you leave with super soft feet!

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Newark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure if we just had bad timing or we're missing something. We drove from Marco Island because we've read and heard this beach was very nice and excellent for shelling. There were no shells whatsoever today. And the beach is just ok. Sand isn't pretty and the beach is very narrow. Even at low tide. Water was ok... More 

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