New Activities on Sanibel Island: Sanibel Rocks Movement


Looking for something new on Sanibel? Look no further. A new, trendy activity has hit the shores of this sanctuary island. A brand new “game” has recently picked up steam across our islands of Sanibel and Captiva, and it is called the “Sanibel Rocks Movement.”

Within the past few months, visitors and residents alike have come across beautiful, hand-painted rocks as they scour the shell lined shores of multiple beaches on Sanibel. The scavenger hunt-style game is free and fun for all! Simply hit the beach, popular island locations off the sand or even the bike path in pursuit of these colorful rocks placed purposely by community members and those visiting the island.

Sanibel Rocks are all unique and most definitely recognizable. Sanibel Rocks are rocks found across the island that have been painted and even have simple messages or images. Recently, Sanibel Rocks have reportedly been found at Lighthouse Beach, the park next to the Bailey Homestead, the city boat ramp, playgrounds and near bike racks all over the island. If you happen to come across these little pieces of art, you can keep the rock or re-hide it for someone else to find.

The scavenger hunt is only half of the fun of the Sanibel Rocks phenomena. Why not make your very own Sanibel Rock? Grab some painting and craft supplies and start creating! You can pick up painting supplies at several island retailers including Bailey’s General Store.

Local resident Lori Adams is credited with introducing the new, exciting activity to our island paradise. Lori has a few great tips when it comes to creating your own design.

“We recommended sealing your rock before hiding it to protect your art from the elements.”

Paint your rock and snap a photo of the rock before you place it in a special spot. Post your photo on the Sanibel Rocks Facebook page and on OUR FACEBOOK PAGE for all to see! Check back for any updates regarding someone who may find your piece of art.

The Sanibel Rocks movement began just two months ago, but it is quickly gaining speed. We encourage you to keep an eye out for your very own Sanibel Rock. It’s a fun, free activity that is sure to bring a smile to your face, and potentially make someone’s day as your creation puts a smile on someone else’s face.