The Sanibel Boat Ramp
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The Sanibel Boat ramp also serves as a public parking lot . It cost $2.00 an hour or is free if you buy a C permit. There is plenty of parking available for both trailers and cars. The ramp is real wide so allows for a "novice" to trailer and launch their boat fairly easily. Just please watch the tide. On a full moon or new moon low tide the ramp can get pretty low. I have seen quite a few cars (myself included) get stuck trying to launch on these tides. Before attempting to launch, if you don't know the tide schedule, just take a quick walk down the ramp to check how low it is. It could save some headaches! The boat ramp on the mainland side of the causeway (Punta Rassa) gets EXTREMELY heavy boat traffic and fills up fast, so Sanibel's ramp is worth waiting for the correct tide. There is a little stretch of beach to walk along, but it is pretty much just a spot to launch your boat. It has no real beach value to speak of. One thing to take note of is that there is almost always bait around the docks if you are good with a cast net and can manage to avoid all the rocks.

 

This shot shows that there is plenty of parking for all
This shot shows that there is plenty of parking for all

 

The view from the end of the ramp out into San Carlos Bay
The view from the end of the ramp out into San Carlos Bay

 

The ramp is real wide to ease tailoring
The ramp is real wide to ease tailoring

 

Watch the tide when launching
Watch the tide when launching

 

Sometimes seaweed can get pretty thick at the waterline so watch your step.  It can be awfully slippery
Sometimes seaweed can get pretty thick at the waterline so watch your step. It can be awfully slippery