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footprints in the sand photo
Cinnamon Cove’s location puts it at the crossroads of beach life. Here is a partial list of nearby beaches.

Fort Myers Beach  - A right turn out our front entrance and a short three mile drive brings you to Fort Myers Beach, which encompasses miles of sandy beach along Estero Island. The “heart” of the beach is Lynn Hall Memorial Park in the center of town. There is metered parking, a comfort station with outdoor shower, a changing room, as well as access to the beach and fishing pier. Look for the white banners marking the location of beach access sites as one drives along Estero Boulevard (Rte. 865). Most access sites have metered parking.

Sanibel Causeway  - Enroute to Sanibel Island, after the toll plaza, the causeway crosses two islands and three bridges. There are beaches on both sides of these islands which are very popular. People regularly sunbathe and fish here because of its location and free parking. This is also a favorite destination for kite boarding and wind surfing. One can see their colorful sails here almost every day. There is a comfort station here as well as an occasional roadside food vendor.


Blind Pass - Sometimes shells are found in great abundance here. This beach is located at the bridge separating Sanibel Island and Captiva Island on Sanibel-Captiva Road. There is limited metered parking and a comfort station at Blind Pass.

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 Barefoot Beach - Operated by Collier County, Barefoot Beach is approximately 17 miles from Cinnamon Cove. It is located off Bonita Beach Road. Barefoot Beach is a daily fee area and has a snack bar, comfort station and outdoor shower to rinse off. This beach also has a small interpretive center and offers ranger guided canoe trips. This is a good location to view gopher tortoises in their habitat.

Bowditch Point Beach - Less than a mile north of Lynn Hall Park is Bowditch Point Park. Much quieter then it’s neighbor, Bowditch offers metered parking, snack bar, picnic area with tables and grills and a comfort station with outdoor shower and changing room.

Bowman’s Beach - Another popular beach for relaxing and shelling, Bowman’s Beach is on Bowman’s Road off Sanibel-Captive Road. This beach is a long time favorite and many people can be seen here doing the “Sanibel Stoop”. There is a large metered parking lot and a comfort station with fresh water shower for rinsing off.

Bunche Beach - Just off John Morris Road, Bunche Beach is the closest beach to Cinnamon Cove. Just out our back entrance and onto Summerlin Road, a short five minute ride is all it takes. This is a great place to go to avoid the traffic in Fort Myers Beach. Small crowds and beautiful sunsets over Sanibel Island make this a good destination. Bunche Beach is also a popular destination for watching shore birds. This location has undergone a major renovation, completed in June 2010. There are now rest room facilities, a nature center and parking for 52 cars. There are many sites about this beach on the internet, but they are all outdated and the information on them is no longer valid.

barefeet on the beach photo
   Lighthouse Beach - As one approaches Sanibel Island on the causeway, Sanibel            Lighthouse is visible to the left. Lighthouse Beach is a favorite destination among              tourists and locals. There is a fishing pier which attracts many anglers as well the              beach itself which continues around the tip of the island. There are two metered parking    lots here as well as a comfort station.

Lover’s Key State Park 
This is a large daily fee day use park operated by the State of Florida. It has a large parking lot, snack bar and ranger programs. This beach is an easy drive and is located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita on route 865 (Estero Blvd). One may also take the Beach Trolley to Lynn Hall Memorial Park and then transfer to the Bonita Trolley which stops at Lover’s Key.