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Laying on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel soaking up the sun is something to look forward to. Still, there’s much more than sunbathing to experience at this exciting Florida destination.
The beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are on the Gulf of Mexico with over 100 islands that are beautifully diverse with mangrove forests, cool waterways and miles of flawless white-sand beaches. Starting with your accommodation, a beachfront resort or cottage is the ultimate luxury, so you can wake up to the sound of the ocean waves or go collecting shells at sunset. Many resorts offer water sports, so you might try kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding.
From Sanibel Island, you can go island hopping with many companies offering private or group boat trips. Once you reach an island, you can go snorkeling and swimming in crystal-clear waters, and it’s not uncommon to see dolphins frolicking in the blue. Look for sand dollars, starfish and other exotic sea life before the captain calls it time to sail to the next spot of paradise.
Captiva Beach is one of our favorite beaches in this area because of the epic sunsets and also it’s as crowded as some of the others. Something most of the main beaches have in common is great restaurants with excellent seafood dishes. Many of the dining establishments have funky decor in quirky themes to stand out in the sea of options. An example is The Mad Hatter Restaurant with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Despite the playful theme and the staff insisting they are all mad, it is quite a fancy place. For a more casual vibe, try The Island Cow with burgers, milkshakes, cow decor and live music.
Mount House is a museum and archaeological dig site set up to educate visitors about the Calusa Indians. Your tour guide will tell you all about the Shell Indians and their way of life up until the 1700s, when they sadly died out. More education opportunities happen at Sanibel Sea School, where you can learn about marine life and ecosystems in the region. Ideal for families, this informative experience has programs running daily.
There’s something for everyone at the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. It’s great for solo travelers, families, and couples with trips and tours on the water, focusing on the environment, culture, history, food and drink. You can indulge in spa treatments, go fishing or kick back by the swimming pool at your luxury resort. What could be more perfect?
More highlights of the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel
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