Gulfside City Park Beach
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mikeej99
Santa Barbara, CA135 contributions
Feb 2020
We stopped at this city beach to watch the sunset and collect some shells. The parking is expensive at $5 an hour but worth it in my opinion. The beach itself is broad fine sand with tons of nice shells to be found. Several picnic shelters and very nice showers. We saw several dogs on the beach which you cannot have in the state parks. Parking is cramped and I would not recommend anything longer than 24' attempting to park. All in all a very beautiful beach on Sanibel.
Written February 20, 2020
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jmash
Turnersville, NJ1,185 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
My wife and I recently visited Sanibel Island while staying in Ft Myers. We drove over to Sanibel and visited the Gulfside Park Beach. We walked along the beach and were amazed by the shells. We had a very nice time walking this great beach and collecting shells. We would recommend this place.
Written May 7, 2021
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invertpaleo
New York City, NY345 contributions
Dec 2020
Try to visit this beach during a big early-morning minus tide. You will be amazed how much sea life is visible in the lagoons that are revealed once the tide has gone all the way out.

The plants on the upper beach platform are also very interesting.
Written December 25, 2020
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louche700
Asheville, NC7 contributions
Dec 2021
This beach is basically a dog park. Small dogs yapping incessantly. Large dogs lumbering around. Nobody following the 8 foot leash law, and many off leash.

The sand is hard packed like concrete and damp. Hard gray sand, not white powdery sand. The beach has narrowed - is Florida sinking? Terminal high tides?

Whatever. Not going back.
Written December 29, 2021
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shelley b
Altamonte Springs, FL1,490 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We returned after about a decade. It’s as pretty as remembered. Pay hourly parking is ok. Appreciate an outside shower & real restrooms in parking lot. Several paths from parking lot to beach. Natural! Can look left & right and not see buildings. Didn’t like seeing 3 dogs on beach. Guess what, saw 2 separate dog doo piles. Shame on dog owners that would have known of incident.
Written July 15, 2020
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Bonnie P
Oneonta, AL19 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Limited parking. We got lucky and got a spot. The walk to the beach was easy. Not very crowded compared to the other spots and lots of room to spread out. About waste deep in the water, we found dozens of sand dollars and clams—really neat.
Written July 3, 2021
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FrequentlyOnTheMove
Philadelphia, PA234 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
While sightseeing on Sanibel Island we stopped by the Gulf Side City Beach (2001 Algiers Lane, Sanibel, FL 33957) to swim and hunt for seashells. There was ample parking on the weekday we visited. You simply swipe your credit card, choose the number of hours you intend to stay on the beach and place the receipt on your dash. This beach access also has exterior showers and clean public restrooms. However, there are no places to rent chairs or umbrellas. Thus, bring your own. There were several people collecting shells.

Please note that all "Sanibel beaches and nearshore waters to one-half mile from shore are protected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Rule 46-26. This rule prohibits the harvest and possession of live shellfish. Sand dollars, sea stars (starfish), and sea urchins are also protected. All shelling is prohibited within the waters of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO A $500 FINE AND 60 DAYS IN JAIL FOR A FIRST OFFENSE."
Written July 19, 2017
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Wayne G
12 contributions
Mar 2017
We enjoyed walking on this beach looking for sea shells. The beach is accessible for people who use wheel chairs with a nice boardwalk that goes all the way to the beach ending with a concrete slab that runs perpendicular to the beach. Parking is $4.00 per hour and the machine accepts credit and debit cards.
Written March 25, 2017
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Jennifer L
Saint Louis, MO32 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
Smaller beach parking area than Bowman beach. The shells were more plentiful here than the more popular Bowman. The beach access entrance has bathrooms and is nicely walkable with pavers. The parking at all the public beaches is $4 per hour!!! But a ranger informed us that during that paid time you can park in any of the public beach lots, so you are free to move to another location if you want.
Written March 17, 2017
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crazypinklizard
Tyler, TX92 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
The beach is a little more remote than most beaches on Sanibel and therefore, Ive never seen it crowded. Shelling is good and if you go during low tide you can see and a lot of very pretty live shells.(you can't keep live shells, but they are neat to see) Millions of sand dollars-you can put your hand down in the water anywhere and pick up a handful of sand dollars. Most sand dollars on this beach are nickel to quarter sized, where as the sand dollars on lighthouse beach are a lot bigger. Very short walk from the car and to the restrooms. A good alternative to Bowman's if you don't want to walk a long way. Restrooms close at 6pm. As with all Sanibel and Captiva beaches, it cost $2 per hour to park and it has an outdoor area to wash off.
Written May 29, 2013
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