With so many activities to choose from in Fort Myers and its surrounding areas such as Naples, Marco Island and Sanibel Island, it’s easy to get outdoors in southwest Florida. Just don’t forget the sunscreen—Fort Myers boasts more than 250 days a year of sunshine and an average yearly temperature of 24 C.
Rent a canoe or kayak from Calusa Blueway Outfitters in Fort Myers, which offers lessons and guided tours for paddlers of all skill levels. Travel the Caloosahatchee River portion of the Great Calusa Blueway, a 300 kilometre-long waterway, before stopping at riverfront Pinchers near downtown Fort Myers for fresh crab cakes and conch fritters.
With 40 kilometres of bike paths Sanibel Island is a cyclist’s haven. Billy’s Rentals near the Sanibel Causeway offers a variety of bikes by the hour or day. Travelling as a family? They also stock tandem bikes. In Fort Myers, try The Bike Route for rentals and make use of the city’s extensive network of trails that run across Fort Myers’s many bridges. The pathway system also takes cyclists to attractions such as San Carlos Park and Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve.
Less than an hour from Fort Myers, Bayfront Inn 5th Ave in Naples offers hourly pontoon and speedboat rentals. Make your way south through the inland bays, passing through wetlands and everglades, to dock at Marco Island’s famous Snook Inn, where you can enjoy a grouper sandwich on the patio before heading back to Naples. Watch out for manatees.
To escape the crowds at Fort Myers Beach, head west to Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island and make use of its public barbecues with a beach-front picnic. Or, hit the I-75 and head south across the S.S. Jolley Bridge to Marco Island. Explore the beach near the newly renovated JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, and watch the sunset with a piña colada in hand as fire dancers give the day a proper send-off at Quinn’s on the Beach.
How to Do a Digital Detox Holiday Near Fort Myers
Leave your devices at the door when you visit Sanibel and Captiva islands, just across the bridge from Fort Myers, Florida. Stay at the beachfront Island Inn, eat at Sweet Melissa's Cafe, go to Cabbage Key Restaurant, visit a wildlife refuge and search for a coveted junonia shell.
How to Save On a Vacation to Sanibel Island, Florida
Just off Florida's southwest coast, near Fort Myers, lies beautiful Sanibel Island. It's easy to splurge on its sun-soaked shores, but there are also plenty of low-cost activities to keep everyone in the family entertained. Here are four things to do.
Orlando For Sports Lovers
Sports fans and athletes will rejoice with a visit to Orlando, where two new state-of-the-art sports venues have recently opened. Watch a soccer game at the Orlando City Stadium or play tennis at the USTA National Campus. Cheer on the Orlando Magic NBA team or head outside to go biking or canoeing.