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Southwest Florida Beaches Are Some of the World's Best - Choose the Best One For Your Vacation
ByJonathan Buschlen

Southwest Florida is unique in many ways and having some of the best beaches in the world is only the start. Sanibel Island resorts offer luxurious accommodations perfect for the shelling enthusiast and those tuned into nature. Marco Island resorts feature quiet and secluded condominiums overlooking the Gulf of Mexico -- taking you far away from everyday hustle and bustle. Fort Myers Beach resorts have the best of everything, fine resorts with all of the amenities and close to more active nighttime activities.

When planning your Southwest Florida vacation, the first step is decide which of the three resorts fits your image of a perfect destination. This article will take a more in-depth look at them so you can decide which is best for your family.

Fort Myers Beach Resorts - Sun, Sand And More

Named as one of the safest beaches on the Gulf Coast, the shallow calm waters are the primary draw for all of the Fort Myers Beach Resorts. Vacationers from families to partiers are attracted due to the many variety of activities that are close at hand. The northern end of the island is known for its liveliness and attracts both the young and young at heart. During Spring Break, this is a popular place for college students to meet and enjoy the beaches.

The Fort Myers Beach resorts are all within a short driving distance to the new Regional Southwest International Airport located in Fort Myers. The island has an abundance of restaurants, from fast food to fine dining with many Fort Myers Beach resorts having their own signature restaurant. There are many nighttime entertainment options to choose from for those that want the fun to continue after the sun goes down.

Marco Island Resorts - Away From It All

The three and a half miles of sandy white beaches combined with the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico are reason enough for vacationers to choose Marco Island Resorts. Home to many world-class accommodations Marco Island resorts are truly a world away from it all.

Part of the Southwest Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is the largest. It's also about as far South as you can go before becoming part of the Everglades National Park. Marco Island Beach resorts give new meaning to the term 'away from it all'. As part of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is surrounded by dozens of uninhabited islands, pristine bays and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

An unforgettable vacation awaits -- whether it's a romantic getaway of a quiet family get together. The spectacular views, fine restaurants and beautiful beaches are close at hand for all of the Marco Island resorts.

Sanibel Island Resorts - Shelling At Its Best

Known world wide as one the best shelling beaches, Sanibel Island is truly nature at its finest. Most barrier islands are positioned North to South, but Sanibel Island lies East to West allowing the warm currents from the Gulf of Mexico to deposit mounds of beautiful seashells on the pristine natural beaches. Many Sanibel Island Resorts cater to the beachcomber with shelling stations where vacationers can wash and clean their newfound treasures.

Although most Sanibel Island resorts are located on the Gulf of Mexico, there is so much more to do on the island you may not spend much time on the beach. More than half of the island is part of the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge; the most visited wildlife refuge in the nation and home to many common and rare varieties of birds and other wildlife. Visitors can tour the refuge as part of a guided tour, drive their own vehicle or for that up close and personal view, ride a bicycle. The front desk at the Sanibel Island resorts will be able to offer information as to tides and the best time to visit the refuge.

The 25 miles of bike paths make it easy to get from any Sanibel Island resort to almost anywhere on the island. You'll most likely spot pelicans, herons, seagulls, egrets and other fine subtropical birds as you cycle around the island exploring.

There's a beach vacation destination for everyone in Southwest Florida. Whether you prefer the privacy of Marco Island resorts, the activities of Fort Myers Beach resorts or the Sanibel Island resorts surrounded by nature at it's finest you'll be sure to have a vacation of a lifetime, one that will have returning year after year.

Jon Buschlen enjoys traveling to beautiful Southwest Florida and always uses Florida Grand Vacations Company to find stunning Sanibel Island resorts or secluded Marco Island beach resorts for each trip.

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