Black Skimmer Island, approximately 1 mile north of the Sanibel Causeway, is an amazing place for sunset and, to watch the incredible birds.



One of the most unique things about Sanibel, Captiva and the small surrounding islands is the amazing collection of incredible birds. There are several great places to bird watch including the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse Beach Park but, Black Skimmer Island is one of the best! Take a short boat trip north of the Sanibel Causeway and you will come to the island. It is one of the best places to see sunset and, as the sun sets, you will see more and more birds flying in to nest for the evening. Though there are rare sightings of the islands namesake bird, there are many others to admire. This little island is definitely worth a visit.

If you do have a boat to use, the nearest ramps available for public use are Punta Rassa boat ramp next to the entrance to the Sanibel Causeway and there is another ramp on the Sanibel side of the causeway to the left.



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Black Skimmer Island
Florida 33956

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Bimini Bait Shack near Sanibel Causeway

Bimini Bait Shack
17501 Harbour Pt Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-360-2248
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Massive indoor-outdoor tiki hangout with tropical cocktails, comfort foods & live music daily.

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Gatorbites inside near Sanibel Causeway

GatorBites Tail & Ale
20351 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-267-1317
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The only Gator bite you want is just over the causeway offering great food, excellent service, live entertainment, and a large outdoor patio.

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Lighthouse waterfront restaurant by Sanibel Causeway

The Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant 
14301 Port Comfort Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-489-0770
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Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, with a choice of fine or casual dining and a full liquor bar, comfortable lounge and live entertainment.

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