East End of the Island
The east end of Sanibel is a narrow strip of land with beaches on each side. It has the old-time charm from being the first area settled and has a unique character.
- The Lighthouse Cafe, East-End Deli, Rosie’s Deli and other stores are just around the corner. The Lighthouse Cafe (239-472-0303) is great for breakfast or lunch and you can pick up an excellent sandwich at the East-End Deli to take to the beach.
- Buttonwood Lane joins the beaches on San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
- The historic Sanibel lighthouse and the fishing pier are just a short bike ride away or you can use the pay-and-display parking.
- The beaches on the causeway are ideal for a great view of the sunsets.
There are too many restaurants and shopping centers on Periwinkle Way to list so we will just cover the essentials:
- The island’s two supermarkets are in Jerry’s and Bailey’s shopping centers. Bailey’s also has Video Scene for movie rentals and Island Cinema (239-472-1701).
- The Sanibel Historical Village and Museum has many restored buildings and excellent exhibits covering the history of the island.
- Hopefully you will not need medical treatment, but, it is good to know that the Health Park Clinic on the corner of Periwinkle Way and Casa Ybel takes walk-in appointments (239-395-1414). There is a CVS Pharmacy on Palm Ridge.
Other Island Attractions
- Tarpon Bay Explorers at the end of Tarpon Bay Road has canoe rentals for a self-guided tour through the mangroves. (239-472-8900)
- Follow Wildlife Drive at the famous J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge to see the best native wildlife and scenery. This is a perfect photo destination – open every day except Fridays.
- The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has exhibits of the best local shells as well as other shells from around the world. (239-395-2233)