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.