Welcome to one of our favorite set of beaches in Southwest Florida. The Causeway. With starfish beach, tree beach, bathroom beach, shade beach and the point, if you are looking for a place to play, fish, or just relax under a palm tree, quit looking. You’ve found shangri la. Rather than expensive parking with a long haul to the beach, the causeway boasts free parking directly next to your lawn chair. When it comes to dragging kids, chairs, and toys around, it’s really nice to park close. You’re going to end up carrying everything anyway.
The causeway has some of the best beach fishing around. Spanish mackerel, spotted sea trout, and redfish roam the grassflats on every side. Anglers looking for larger fish, such as grouper and snapper, may work under the bridges where deep cuts run. Flounder can be found on the Sanibel beach side, under the bridge and bait can usually be found somewhere. The wind often batters one side, so calmer waters can always be found on the lee side.
Located in Southwest Florida, the causeway spans the San Carlos Bay, connecting the mainland, at Punta Rassa, with Sanibel Island. It consists of three separate bridge spans, and two islands between them. The entire causeway facility is owned by Lee County and operated by the Lee County Department of Transportation. The entire causeway is three miles long and has $6 toll for island-bound vehicles.
Check out this video taken just off Bridge A. It’s not easy to throw a large bait net from a kayak, but this technique is perfect. Watch it and practice in your front yard.
Things To Know
- Fishing License: According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Residents and nonresidents are required to apply for and have a saltwater fishing license before fishing for saltwater fish, crabs or other marine organisms unless they are exempt. Residents who only saltwater fish from the land or a structure attached to land, may get the resident recreational saltwater shoreline fishing license at no cost. Nonresidents must purchase a 3-day, 7-day or annual nonresident saltwater fishing license when saltwater fishing from the shore or a pier, bridge or jetty attached to the shore.
- Fish Regulations:
snook- not less than 28″ not more than 33″ 1 per day with permit
spotted seatrout- not less than 15″ not more than 20″ 4 bag limit plus 1 over 20″
redfish- not less than 18″ not over 27″ 1 bag limit
flounder- not less than 10″ 10 bag limit
sheepshead- not less than 12″ 15 bag limit
- Launch: The nearest boat launch is Punta Rassa boat ramp, which has parking and amenities. Take a right off Summerlin Road just before you get to the toll booth.
After a full day of beach excitement, you might be worn out from the sun and in the mood for an easy, delicious meal. You know everyone likes Chinese food. It doesn’t get any easier or better than Orange Chicken at Panda Express. Pick up an entree size and it comes with a side dish for an on-the-go feast that can’t miss. You will be eating pieces of Orange Chicken with your fingers.
Visit sure to visit the OrangeChickenLove landing page. Panda Express, America’s favorite Chinese restaurant, is best known for its wide variety of original recipes including its famous Original Orange Chicken. Inspired by flavors and the cooking style of the Hunan Province in South Central China, Panda’s Original Orange Chicken is wok tossed with Panda’s secret sweet and spicy orange sauce. Panda’s Executive Chef Andy brought this entrée to life, making it quickly become Panda’s most beloved dish. It makes things a little easier to bear if you aren’t able to catch fish.
Thanks to Panda Express for supporting our efforts to bring you these and other Florida destinations. Stay tuned to Nail Travels for more adventures into paradise. It just might matter.