The Best Biking on Sanibel Island

08/25/2020 | by Kaitlin | Best Kept Secrets Places To Go Things To Do Things to know Vacation Rentals

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.

When you stay at either The Parrot Nest or Periwinkle Cottages, you will have free bikes at your disposal to explore Sanibel Island at your own pace during your stay.  Some of our condos and homes also provide bikes, so please be sure to ask whether this is the case when you book your stay! We are happy to recommend bike delivery shops as well! You’ll see lots of people of all ages and types on bikes on Sanibel, and the trails are separated from the roadways, making them safe for families with children. Sanibel’s bike trails are wide, smooth and well-marked. There are several water fountains along the trails and there are bike racks everywhere- so follow the flock and get outside!

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