Did you know that there are 25 miles of paved bike paths on Sanibel Island?
What about one that leads to the cemetery of Sanibel pioneers and settlers? On an Island with no stoplights, we are giving you the green light to the best biking paths on Sanibel.
Middle Gulf Cemetery
Pedal down the path toward the Middle Gulf Cemetery, and go back in time. Sanibel’s pioneer cemetery gives you a glimpse into Sanibel’s residents of the 19th century. This cemetery is a historical site, featuring the graves of some of Sanibel Island’s original settlers and pioneers that came to homestead and farm. To get there, take the bike path off Algiers Lane that heads into a wooded area. You’ll arrive shortly at the Middle Gulf Cemetery.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
The Ding Darling Trail is a wonderful way to see native birds, alligators, and Sanibel as it was meant to be. You’ll find a four-mile nature preservation loop within the refuge that ends three miles from where you started. The drive, formerly gravel, has been paved, which is perfect for bicycling. The Wildlife Drive is open every day except Friday, and admission to the loop is $1 per bicyclist. You’ll also find a free education center at the refuge for a well-deserved break!
Sanibel Captiva Road
For distance riders, the longest stretch of the bike path is on the Western part of the island. Sanibel Captiva Road (known as ‘SanCap’ by locals) is the perfect place to pedal if you’re a fan of seashells. You can cruise down Sanibel Captiva Road on your bike and make a stop at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and find a wealth of knowledge about the scientific, cultural, historical, and culinary importance of shells. After, pedal on to Bowman’s Beach to put your newly found shell expertise to the test, and try your hand at finding the elusive Junonia Shell.