Sanibel Island is designed to accommodate cyclists. As previously noted, there are approximately 25 miles of bike paths to explore and you can pretty much cycle anywhere and with plentiful bike racks to be utilized, 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 are many restaurants and shopping plaza including shopping and dining the 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 nature 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 Shell Museum, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge and Bowman’s beach among them. 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. Gulfside City Park is more centrally located on Periwinkle Way. Tarpon Bay Beach, Bowman’s Beach, the Lighthouse Beach Park, the Sanibel Historical Village and Middle Gulf Drive.