Find your island…
Think southwest Florida and imagine blue skies and warm Gulf waters. Think sunshine, white-sand beaches and uninhabited islands. Think fashionable boutique and outlet shopping. Think of days spent spotting dolphins and searching for shells. Imagine evenings spent enjoying delicious seafood and watching sunsets. Find your island on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Find your beach…
Find your island a few hours from Miami, Orlando or Key West. Discover the endless stretches of white-sand beaches, each with a one-of-a-kind personality. No high rises. No crowds. Enjoy the world’s best shelling on Captiva and Sanibel Islands. Take in the music and nightlife of Fort Myers Beach. Hundreds of secluded islands dot the sun-splashed coastline. Most of them are only accessible by boat or seaplane. Island hop to Cabbage Key for the “real cheeseburger in paradise.” Find room to breathe on the refreshing and peaceful Cayo Costa State Park. Sink into a sunset at Lover’s Key State Park. The beach of your dreams is here.
Find your piece of nature.
Many of our islands provide sanctuary to wildlife. Take advantage and get close to the natural side of Florida. Watch dolphins play in the wake of your boat. Glide beneath the shade of mangroves while on a guided kayak tour of the Great Calusa Blueway. Paddle inches from manatees bobbing near the water’s surface, or spy on them at Manatee Park. Spot pink Roseate Spoonbill and more than 300 kinds of birds in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S. Find your island, naturally, on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Find your life’s passion.
Robert Rauschenberg found artistic inspiration on Captiva Island. Anne Morrow Lindbergh penned Gift From the Sea on the same shores. The brilliant minds of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford enjoyed their visits so much they put down roots here. Their estates, filled with tropical gardens, laboratories and museums, inspire creativity in every heart. Find your adventurous spirit inspired by the thrill of parasailing. Hop aboard the Key West Express to reach the southernmost point in the continental U.S. in only a few hours. Enjoy a charter boat cruise for a more convenient adventure of cheering for dolphins or watching the sunset over Gulf waters. Cruise the boutiques and shops of Historic Fort Myers or the Miromar and Tanger Outlets for deals that satisfy every shopping desire.
Where To Stay
Only one question remains: Where to stay? To experience Florida’s most natural islands and beaches, choose from accommodations ranging from hotels and cottages to villas and private homes.
Visit FortMyers-Sanibel.com to start planning your vacation today and download a free Lonely Planet guidebook.