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All About the Sanibel Island Lighthouse: What Visitors Should Know

condos for vacation When you stay at our Sanibel Island condos for vacation, you'll have no shortage of things to see and do. With a total of 33 square miles, our barrier island is full of activities and landmarks. On the occasion you don't want to swim, fish, or lay out in the sun, you can take a trip around the island to see one of our main attractions: the Sanibel Island Lighthouse. Our condos are actually located just a mile and a half away from this fixture, so you'll have no trouble getting to it. Below, we've compiled some information about the lighthouse that you may find interesting.

A Brief History of the Sanibel Island Lighthouse
Situated on the eastern end of Sanibel Island, the Sanibel Lighthouse (also known as the Sanibel Island Light) was erected in 1884. The idea of constructing a lighthouse was actually first proposed in 1833, but it wasn't possible to build until the island received $50,000 in funding in 1883. Throughout the rest of the 1800s and into the mid-1900s, residents and transplants maintained the lighthouse as official keepers. But after a hurricane hit and eroded much of the lighthouse in the mid-1940s, the lighthouse became totally automated. The Coast Guard wanted to discontinue lighthouse operations altogether in the 1970s, but Sanibel Island residents fought to keep it running. In 2004, the lighthouse -- which had been previously owned by the Coast Guard -- was turned over to the City of Sanibel. In 2013, the city was finally able to raise enough money to fix up the lighthouse and restore it to its former glory.

Lots To See in One Spot
It's important to note that you can't actually go into the lighthouse. However, you can appreciate this historic landmark and the beach that surrounds it. The beach offers fantastic shelling opportunities, a pier for fishing, and lots of chances to catch a glimpse at local wildlife including manatees, dolphins, and pelican. Take a sunset walk along the beach or take a dip in the cool, clear water while you're there. There are also some great nature trails if you want something a little less sandy.

What To Know If You Go
There's plenty of parking, but you should still arrive early to snag a spot. There is a parking fee, but it's minimal and thought to be well worth it for the view alone. Be advised that the lighthouse is on the far end of the beach, so keep walking until you find it! With such a tall landmark, you won't miss it. The grounds have public bathrooms, outdoor showers, and a picnic area for public use. The entire beach, the pier, and nature trails are all wheelchair accessible; if you require a wheelchair, you can obtain one with 24 hours notice from the City of Sanibel Police Department. You're allowed to bring a pet as long as they remain on a leash.

No matter what kinds of plans you have for your trip, our Sanibel Island condos for vacation will fit the bill. To find out more about our availability of condos for vacations this summer, contact Sanibel Arms today.

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