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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is a place in Southwest Florida that isn’t overrun by tourists. A place where timeless natural beauty still flourishes. Where history comes alive. Where surprising experiences are the norm.


The area boasts 80 kilometres of beaches listed among the best in America as well as the finest shell collection on Earth. In fact, during the early morning hours on Sanibel Island, you’ll likely see people doing the “Sanibel stoop” as they search for treasures among the large collection of beautiful seashells.

Here, you can also still enjoy unspoiled natural surroundings, such as the 26-square-kilometre J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, teeming with some of the most diverse wildlife in America.

The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail features more than 306 kilometres of some of the best kayaking in the country. Paddle among tropical hammocks and mangroves and inlets as you observe wildlife in the water and around you.

There are more than 90 golf courses in the area as well and the fishing is world-class.


Fort Myers is also where two great geniuses (and best friends), Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, built adjoining winter homes on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Today, you can see their homes, gardens, Edison’s laboratory and Ford’s collection of (now) antique autos.

There are no stoplights on Sanibel and Captiva islands. Nor are there any buildings higher than the tallest palm tree (about three storeys high) on Sanibel. But you will find laid-back village centres with unique shops and restaurants. Hop aboard a sightseeing boat destined for offshore islands like Cabbage Key or Pine Island, where old-time inns and atmospheric restaurants await your arrival.

Winter ushers in a season of wonderful festivals and events. For instance, ArtFest Fort Myers takes place downtown on February 4–5. The 79th Annual Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade is happening in Fort Myers on February 18 and the 80th Annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show on Sanibel Island is scheduled for March 2–4.

On the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the pleasures are sweeter and the pace is more relaxed. A word of warning: you may never want to leave.

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