Complete Biking Guide For Sanibel Captiva


With over 25 miles of bike paths on Sanibel it’s no wonder that on such a small Island biking is so popular. Biking is one of the easiest ways to get around and is the best way to truly soak in the island’s vibe. Though some resorts will offer bicycles to their guests, there are numerous options to rent a bike either hourly or weekly from the numerous local outlets.

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25 Miles Of Bike Paths On Sanibel Island


Sanibel Island is designed to accommodate cyclists and exploring the island by bike is easy.

One of the shorter rides is Periwinkle way. Periwinkle from the Lighthouse beach to Tarpon bay Road is approximately a 4.4 mile ride and along this path there are many restaurants and shopping plazas including Tahitian Gardens, Periwinkle Place, Jerry’s shopping center, and many small, local businesses specializing in charming treasures unique to the island.

Longer rides from Periwinkle include cycling to the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, approximately 4 miles away from Periwinkle place, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge’s trail is another 4.25 miles, but well worth the effort for the abundance of wildlife you will see.

For the most enthusiastic cyclist, the ride from the Lighthouse Beach Park on Sanibel to Captiva island is 13 miles. There are many things to see along the way including the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, and Bowman’s beach. It is important to note that once you are on Captiva, there are no more bike paths and cyclists will be sharing the road with general traffic.

Other places to explore are Gulfside City Park beach which is on Algiers Road. Tarpon Bay Beach, the Lighthouse Beach Park, the Sanibel Historical Village on Dunlop Road, and also, check out Middle Gulf Drive.


Bike Trails On Sanibel Island


J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Route: The loop starts and ends on SanCap road

Distance: 4.25 Miles

What you will see: All sorts of wildlife including over 200 species of birds, alligators and more.

Sanibel Island Historical Cemetery Trail

Route: Located off Middle Gulf Drive by Casa Ybel resort

Distance: 1.5 Miles

What you will see: Only accessible from the bike trail, the historic Sanibel cemetery is a great place to visit.

Sanibel Causeway

Route: Mainland Florida to Sanibel Island

Distance: 3 Miles

What you will see: Stunning views on either side of the bridge, several small parks to stop and soak in the sun and ocean, a fairly intense route for the more experienced cyclist.


Guidelines For Biking/Cycling On Sanibel Island


  1. Use lights at night. A rear red light and reflector and white front light are the minimum required by Florida law, more are recommended.

  2. Headsets/headphones are not allowed while cycling.

  3. Electric Bikes/ E-Bikes, Class 1 electric bicycles are allowed on shared-use bike paths. Class 1 e-bikes have to peddle assist only (no throttle) and operate under 20 MPH.

  4. Riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet.

  5.  Use hand signals to let others know your intentions.
  6. Use an audible signal when passing others. It could be a Bell, a horn or even just a verbal warning, “passing left”.

  7. Ride on the right side of the path.

Where Can I Rent Bikes?


There are several places to rent bikes and, the rental companies offer a bunch of options including specialist bikes, hybrids, multi-speeds and attachments to tow the kids. Most rentals will come with baskets on the front so it is easy to bring along water, beach supplies, and other needs.

Rental companies typically will not let you use their bikes on the beach for wear and tear reasons. However, you can ride bikes on the beach.

Billy’s Rentals/Billy’s Bike Shop And Segway

1509 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

239-472-5248

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Finnimore’s Bike And Beach Rental

2353 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

239-472-5577

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Sunny Island Adventures

5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924

239-312-4094

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YOLO Watersports

11534 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924

239-472-9656

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