About Southwest Florida
Situated in the southwest section of Florida, the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel will put you smack dab in the middle of paradise.
We especially suggest this as a destination for those of you who have beach lovers and non-beach lovers traveling together because there’s so much to see and do for everyone here.
Explore 50 miles of white sandy beaches.
Beach-combing will never be the same after you return from this place where you’ll find some of 400 species of seashells. 400! Imagine how delighted the kids will be to find shell after shell with so much variety!
Besides beach, there’s lots of wildlife to see here. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has won awards for its bird watching and dolphin watching experiences. Embark on a guided nature tour of the area and explore its lush subtropical foliage while soaking up some peace and quiet.
Beyond beach combing and nature tours, there’s always fishing (the fishing season in Florida is open year-round), kayaking, and biking. Golf enthusiasts will adore a Florida vacation to the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel where there are more than 90 courses to tee off at...read more »
Things to see and do:
J.N ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island – Do not miss this for your chance to see alligators and birds in their natural habitat. There is a free information centre with a few exhibits. There is a five-mile shell road that winds through the mangrove islands. You may drive your car or ride a bike. The cost is $5 and even if you need to leave the park, your entrance ticket is valid all day for your return later if you wish. There is also a 2 mile walk – do this only if it not too hot otherwise you will suffer as there is not much shade along the way.
Sanibel Island and Captiva Islands are well worth a visit for the day. Hire a bike and see how far you get.
Drive along US41 towards Bonita Beach, Naples, Marco Island, Everglade National Park. There are many sights to stop and see along the way. Do as little or as much as you want...read more »
The beach at Fort Myers Beach provides uncrowded, unspoilt, clean facilities.
Loungers, umbrellas and wave runners are available for hire all along the beach.
The Florida Keys
When people ask about the top sights to see in the south Florida area including Fort Lauderdale and Miami, I always advise them to try and make some time to go down to the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys are the string of islands just south of the Florida mainland and runs 120 miles from end to end. Fort Lauderdale and Miami are fun but for a relaxing change of pace, the Florida Keys is the place to be. For snorkellers and scuba divers going to south Florida, I would consider Florida Keys a must. The waters around Key Largo are a protected marine park with a very healthy fish life and offer the best diving in the US. Key Largo is the first town as you enter the Keys after crossing the bridge from the mainland. It can be reached from Miami in an hour and from Fort Lauderdale in an hour and 45 minutes. Once the bridge from the mainland is crossed, the change in pace is noticed immediately. There is much less traffic and people just seem more relaxed in the Florida Keys compared to the mainland.
Key Largo is the main scuba diving town with many dive shops. There is even an underwater hotel with two guestrooms for adventurous types. This was a former marine research unit that was converted to the hotel. Islamorada and Marathon located more west are also top scuba dive locations. For those who are not into diving, there are numerous shops with colorful local arts and crafts. One collection of shops has a giant statue of a spiny lobster out in front. For more fun, there are two dolphin centers, one in Key Largo and another near Marathon where visitors can interact with captive dolphins. Dolphin programs should actually be booked well in advance since they are extremely popular....read more »
You might not know (yet) where Cape Coral is, but you can’t deny that it sure has a nice ring to it. This canal-filled development exists on the sunny, south central Gulf coast of Florida, and was created by a few masterminds with the intention of providing a relaxing, easy-to-navigate destination for tired, overworked souls. It is largely dominated by attractive condos and waterfront villas, so join the club that already knows the best way to immerse yourself in a vacation is to live like a local and make yourself at home.
Many of the residences here are the second homes of out-of-staters and many are rented to a merry-go-round of sleep-deprived travelers just like yourself who are looking for a place to hide away. In other words, you’ll feel comfortable blending into a group of people who, though coming from different backgrounds and locations, all have the same goals in mind. And, because it’s such a hot destination, you’ll know you’re getting top-notch offerings of town homes and beach houses as well....read more »