Originally a federal reserve and later headquarters for J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, its steel tower has been beaming since the 1880s, when it guided ships transporting cattle from Punta Rassa across the bay.
Today pleasure boats zip by this beach that wraps gulf to bay. A bayside fishing dock draws rabid anglers. None of the lighthouse buildings is open to the public at this now-city park, known for its excellent birding.
Restrooms are available; this is one of Sanibel’s most developed beaches – which isn’t saying a lot. Swimming can be a bit risky at the island’s end, where currents are unpredictable.