A Trip to Sanibel Island Lighthouse

Last week, whilst staying in Fort Myers, we took a drive up the coast to Sanibel Island. I was keen to see its most famous landmark, which is located at the eastern end.


Here is the plaque which tells something of its history.


As you can see, the tower is constructed from ironwork, and the story is that after the foundation had been completed in 1884, the ship transporting the ironwork, sank two miles off Sanibel Island. A crew of hard-hat divers from Key West managed to recover all but two pieces of the ironwork. What a job that must have been!


The tower which is built in a pyramid style, is 98 feet tall, and was the first lighthouse on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It didn’t look like it would be very easy to climb up to the top, and there is no access for the public, so I didn’t find out if one had to climb up the outside, or whether there was an interior staircase. πŸ™‚


These Ospreys would have absolutely no problem reaching their perch at the top.


This one had even carried his lunch up with him, so he could enjoy the view whilst snacking on his sushi.


Down on the pier, a few fishermen were also trying their luck, but looking into their empty buckets, it didn’t look as though they were as successful as the Ospreys.


On the beach, a Reddish Egret, looking rather cold, was having a competition with his friend the Sanderling, to see who could balance on one leg the longest.


A trio of Snowy Egrets looked very disinterested in the show.


On our walk back to the car, we spotted an Osprey nest high up, with the daddy flying off to get some takeaway for the family’s lunch.


Sanibel would be a great place to spend the winter months, especially if one could afford one of these waterfront mansions.


I still have lots more to tell you about my trip west, so stay tuned. Hope you’re all having a great week so far.

If you would like to read more about the lighthouse and its history, you can click here.





84 comments on “A Trip to Sanibel Island Lighthouse

  1. Pingback: Picnic spot on Sanibel for Jude’s B&W Challenge. | anotherdayinparadise

  2. I must bucket list for me after seeing the lighthouse and the surrounding beach area. Beautiful! It’s like having Summer all year long. Florida feels like home whenever my family and I are there. If fate allows, I would love to relocate there one day and enjoy the beach and sunsets every time I’m off work. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Not your average run of the mill Lighthouse Sylvia … very different with all that iron work . I love that shot of the osprey with his sushi lunch ! Lovely bird pictures .. one or two brings it back to me that balancing on one leg is not that easy nowadays πŸ˜€

    • I was so surprised when I saw the lighthouse. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be much prettier. πŸ™‚ I regularly keep up my balancing on one leg act, a minute each side. You just have to focus. πŸ˜†

  4. enjoyed the lighthouse tour – thx!
    wow – your catching that “daddy in flight” made me realize how you are so often at the right place at the right time for these great shots S!
    and the egrets are beautiful –

  5. Great photo journal of your day. Love the shots of the birds. We also swung by the lighthouse on our last visit. It’s very different looking from lighthouses we’ve climbed.

  6. What a unique lighthouse! We haven’t been to Sanibel … then again, Florida hasn’t been on our visit list for some time. Oh well … I imagine that will change once my wife retires (15 months).

  7. I lived in Ft. Lauderdale for a good number of years when I was younger and always wanted to go to Sanibel. Every time I got ready to go, something came up. So it is nice to see your wonderful photos. It looks there are still shells on the beach there. Such a sight to see.

  8. The station “was lighted” (? was lit) — I can’t decide whether that is correct English on that plaque! …Sorry, Sylvia, I’m being naughty. Actually, it’s fascinating about the lighthouse and I love your shots of the ospreys and egrets.

  9. You do get the most fabulous nature shots. Love the look on the egret. πŸ™‚
    I’ll try to get you an invite to one of those mansions the next time I’m asked. πŸ™‚

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