It’s no secret that one of the main attractions of Sanibel Island is its incredible sunrises and sunsets. So, where are the best places to watch sunset & sunrise on Sanibel Island? There are many great spots to see both and, wherever you end up is bound to provide breathtaking views.

Where To Watch Sunrise & Sunset On Sanibel Island?

The colors of the sky, the reflection of the water, shells, foliage, wildlife and often comforting breeze provide the perfect ambiance for even the most strident beachcomber to embrace the beauty this distinctive destination has to offer.

In mid-winter you can see the sunset and sunrise from many Sanibel beaches but as you go into summer you would need to be on the east end of Sanibel to see the sunrise and on the west end of Sanibel Island or Captiva Island to see the sunset.

Lighthouse Beach Park & Fishing Pier

Lighthouse Beach Park is a glorious expanse of white, delicate sand buffered by a beautiful ocean view and a border of lush, green trees. If you’re looking to soak in the sunrise, Lighthouse Beach Park is an excellent choice. Situated at the far North end of Sanibel Island, all the views are beautiful.  Lighthouse Beach Park is also host to the Sanibel City Fishing Pier. A hub of activity for fishermen and sun gazers alike, a host of fish can be caught including Snook, Redfish, and snapper just to name a few. For avid bird watchers, this is a prime spot to see an incredible selection of cool birds. A wonderful spot to see the sunrise or set.

lighhouse pier on Sanibel island

The Sanibel Causeway

The Sanibel Causeway is a glorious stretch to watch the sunset and the parking is free! The best spot to see the sunset would be on one of the causeway Islands, though parking is free you will have to pay the $6 Sanibel toll if coming from Fort Myers. If you want to avoid the toll, there is a popular grassy area under the causeway bridge (span A) where people congregate to watch the sunset. Shhh, don’t tell anyone!!!

Hugo Lingrens Causeway shot at sunrise on Sanibel Island

Bowman’s Beach

Like its peers, Bowman’s Beach offers a majestic stretch of magnificent sand and ocean where the sunset can be appreciated from any spot you may land. With clear and expansive views, there truly is no spot redundant to another however, there is always a local tip to be shared for those willing to go the extra mile.

Once parked and on the beach, a more adventurous roamer might chance a right turn and a solid walk. The further right (North West) you walk, the more stunning the backdrop of the beach becomes.

Sunset Captiva Island

Blind Pass Beach

Blind Pass Beach is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset. Either on the Sanibel Island side at Blind Pass Beach Park or on the Captiva Island side at Turner Beach. Whichever side you choose you are almost guaranteed an amazing show by Mother Nature.

Turner Beach is also a great place to fish. Due to having unique access to both the gulf side and the bayside, there is an opportunity to go crab fishing, surf fishing, kayak fishing, net fishing and more.

People watching sunset on Captiva Island

Restaurants To Watch The Sunset On Captiva

The Mucky Duck
1156 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
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The Mucky Duck Restaurant is located right on Captiva Beach and offers traditional pub fare, fresh seafood and a variety of cold beer and wine. With an abundance of outdoor seating on the beach, The Mucky Duck might be the best place for sunset. Casual and welcoming, the laid-back environment coupled with friendly staff make this a wonderful relaxing end to another captivating island day. The Mucky Duck is also located at the end of Andy Rosse Lane which is the most vibrant street for Captiva nightlife housing fun art galleries, small boutiques and places to hear live music.

Mucky Duck for sunset on Captiva

Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille
5951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
Crow’s Nest Menu

Casual and comfortable pub atmosphere with old Island flair serving traditional American classics with a popular Fish Fry Friday. Nightly entertainment ranging from live music, drag queen bingo to Crow’s Nest classic, live crab racing!

Tween Waters resort on Captiva Island

Sunset Grill
6536 Pine Ave, Sanibel, FL 33957
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An intimate cottage atmosphere with great views of the sunset, serving upscale seafood-focused American fare. The Sunset Grill is open breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sunset Grill Restaurant on Sanibel Island

 Restaurants To Watch The Sunset On Sanibel Island

Traditions On The Beach
3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957
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Located at the Island Inn, this longtime island Italian-Med eatery has a seafood-centric menu and beautiful beach views. A great place for live music & dancing.

traditions on the beach on Sanibel Island

Upper Deck Pool Bar
3345 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957
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The Upper Deck Pool Bar at West Wind Inn has great views and good times. It is a very casual (and swimsuit-friendly) setting, you can settle in for appetizers, lunch, cold and colorful cocktails, local beers.

uppper deck bar outside on Sanibel Island

Restaurants To Visit After Sunrise On Sanibel Island

Lighthouse Cafe
362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
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While there is no spot to see a sunrise as you fuel up for your day on breakfast, The Lighthouse Cafe is a stone’s throw away from Lighthouse Beach Park and is a Sanibel Island staple. The Lighthouse Cafe has an expansive breakfast and lunch menu. It opens early so it’s a great stop after watching the sunrise. Tell Bill we said Hi!

breakfast cafe on Sanibel Island

The Sanibel Cafe 
2007 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
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The Sanibel Café is about 3.5 miles from the Lighthouse in the Tahitian Gardens Shopping Plaza. It was established in 1984, and over 30 years later it has become famous around the world for its delicious food and spectacular fossilized seashell tabletops! Tell Richard we said HI!

Cafe on Sanibel Island