Kick back in Fort Myers, Captiva and Sanibel

Take a trip to the city of Fort Myers and travel west to the magical islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Be dazzled by the multi-coloured seashells that adorn the white sugary sands of the beaches, spy breathtaking nature on land and in the twinkling ocean, and should you want to pick up the pace on these peaceful slivers of glorious land, you can always get involved with the many watersports on offer.

History of Fort Myers

Air Force Armament Museum

The only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of air force armament is located near Eglin Air Force Base’s main gate in Ft. Walton Beach. Outside, you’ll discover an impressive collection of 25 reconnaissance, fighter and bomber planes, including the fastest plane ever built – the SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane. Inside, you’ll find more than 1,500 artefacts from World War I to today, including interactive displays such as a fighter cockpit simulator. Free admission.

Baker Block Museum

Step into the Emerald Coast’s past at this living history museum, filled with more than 2,000 artefacts. Learn about our military patriots, naval stores, land development, and lumbering and farming industries. Tour an authentic 1870 log cabin, a 17th century post office and more.

Destin History & Fishing Museum

Discover the fascinating history of the “world’s luckiest fishing village” through exhibits featuring its founders and families. See the big ones that didn’t get away – award-winning fish caught in Destin – and view a collection of antique fishing rods and reels.

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Celebrate the rich history of Northwest Florida from 8800 B.C. to the present. View stone weapons and tools carved by the Emerald Coast’s first residents, paleo-archaic hunters. Learn about the fishing business from an exhibit titled, “ The Humble Mullet and the Birth of an International Industry.” Track the history of the Crestview Train Depot, which opened in 1883. View a heritage mural. Fascinating permanent and temporary exhibits will take you through the area’s social and economic past.

Heritage Park & Cultural Center

Here you’ll find three fascinating museums that together form a cultural centre representing the history of the Ft. Walton Beach area. Indian Temple Mound Museum features an impressive collection of ceramic artefacts and an Indian Mound Temple that dates to 1400 A.D. Next door is the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, housed in the first schoolhouse constructed for the children of Camp Walton in 1912. Remember snail mail? The Garnier Post Office Museum features a collection of interesting stamps and other items from 1918 to 1956.


Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum

Built in 1890 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this treasure remains operational. A museum takes visitors on a historical journey from the time of the Calusa Indians all the way through to the present day.  

Southwest Florida Museum of History

A train depot housing artefacts from prehistoric Florida to today with audio tours, walking tours and special programmes offered seasonally.  

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Everything shell under one roof, with shells from around the world and rare specimens on exhibit. A children’s learning lab features a hands-on play area and live tank. There are lectures, craft classes, beach walks and tours.

Crossed Palms Gallery

This family-owned gallery with stunning views from its position on the northern tip of Pine Island has pottery by artists from the Blue Ridge mountain region of North Carolina, paintings by local artists and original jewellery. It even offers its own deck and beach.

Gannon’s Antiques & Art

A 20,000 square foot treasure trove of antiques, art and collectables.

Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens

The Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens is the home of artist Leoma Lovegrove, whose distinctive work has been collected by famous faces like Sharon Stone and President Jimmy Carter. A distinctive pink roof and polka dotted walls welcome visitors, while outside you can paint your own souvenir in the botanical garden while overlooking the tranquil waters of Matlacha Pass. 

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

This is a world-class visual and performing arts destination that bringing diverse artists and audiences together. The arts center hosts spectacular visual and performing art events, from extravagant galas and concerts to modern dance and theatrical performances, film festivals, fashion shows and world-renowned art exhibits.

The Iona Art Gallery

A recent addition to the Fort Myers art scene is Kim Hambor’s gallery, showing her signature photography and eclectic collection of specimen rocks and crystals. Guest artists rotate throughout the year.

Tower Gallery Cooperative

A unique space where the artists take it in turns to work and meet visitors in person.  There are a wide range of artistic styles and mediums including original paintings, fibre art, photography, sculptures and hand-crafted jewellery.  

Wild Child Art Gallery

The Wild Child Art Gallery features the work of 120 artists from South West Florida. All art mediums are represented: oils, acrylic, watercolours, pastels, photography, glass, textiles, metals, gold & silver jewellery and much more.  


You’re always near a beautiful beach in this region, whether it’s quiet Captiva Beach, with its dazzling sunset views, or unique Bunche Beach, a completely natural tidal wetlands area that’s ideal for wildlife viewing.

The beach parks dotting the coast provide activities for all. Stroll among the sand dunes at Bonita or head to Centennial Park on the Caloosahatchee River for its fishing pier.  Accessible only by boat, unspoilt Cayo Costa is ideal for camping, swimming, shelling and fishing. At Manatee Park, view the endangered Florida Manatee in a non-captive, natural environment.

At Fort Myers, you can pick up an airboat and ride through the headwaters of the Western Everglades on a lake full of alligators and dozens of species of birds. Captiva Cruises takes you to the tropical islands of Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca Grande & Cayo Costa State Park. Or take a sunset cruise on the world-famous solar-powered catamaran ‘Shamrocket’ with Dan Hobie Kayak Rentals & Catamaran Cruises.


Avalon, The Lifestyle Nail Salon

Kick back and let the team here rejuvenate you and your nails in a peaceful setting.

Felix Andrew Salon

Get a new look or just enjoy being looked after at this environmentally responsible hair salon.

Sanibel Day Spa

Advanced skincare, body scrubs and wraps, anti-ageing treatments, ayurvedic wellness, reflexology and an aqua detox foot bath are all available as well as a huge range of massages from deep tissue to hot stone, couples and pregnancy.


Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

A 13,000-acre ancient forest with a 2 1/4 mile boardwalk meandering through its most picturesque areas including mammoth cypress trees, alligator holes, and lakes where colourful wading birds feast. There are also innovative and interactive exhibits along the way.  

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

Take a  90-minute Swamp Buggy tour through the 90,000 acre Babcock Ranch and Telegraph Cypress Swamp. View alligators, panthers, birds, deer, turkey, a herd of historic Florida Cracker cattle and more.

The Bonita Nature Place

Visit the bee house and bat house, meet the gopher tortoises, be awed in the butterfly garden and learn more about conservation.

Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve

Located on the northern shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River, the preserve has picnic pavilions and a canoe and kayak launch into Popash Creek.

Calusa Heritage Trail Randell Research Center

Situated on the western shore of historic Pine Island, the RRC is dedicated to learning and teaching the archaeology, history, and ecology of Southwest Florida.

Everglades Day Safari

A whirlwind adventure including airboats, a wildlife drive and a nature walk.

Everglades Wonder Gardens

A botanical jungle home to rescued birds and reptiles.  See pink flamingos, alligators, turtles & tortoises, snakes, and dozens of exotic birds.

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

This gem on the Caloosahatchee River at the midpoint bridge offers pristine canoe and kayak waterways and a walking trail through mangroves.

Great Calusa Blueway

Families, anglers, bird watchers, nature photographers, day-trippers and archaeology lovers all enjoy paddling on the Blueway.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Home to more than 245 bird species, 60 types of reptile and 35 mammal species. Activities include paddling, hiking/biking trails, observation towers and a scenic drive.

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation

Events held all year to raise funds for the Lakes Park. There are year-round garden tours, a seasonal Farmers’ Market on Friday mornings (October through May) and the annual Fall Festival.

Little Estero Island

This is the southern home of 68 bird species in winter making it a real favourite for twitchers. Terns, snowy plovers, willets and black skimmers can all be seen here.

Powell Creek Preserve

These freshwater wetlands are home to diverse plant and wildlife communities including warblers, pileated woodpeckers, feral hogs, grey squirrels, rabbits and gopher tortoises.

sport in fort myers

Baseball and Softball

Cheer on the Fort Myers Miracle Baseball Club at Lee County Sports Complex or come and hit some balls of your own. You can also catch a Boston Red Sox Spring Training game at the JetBlue Park.


Explore the nooks and crannies of this region on two wheels and hire a bike, or watch BMX at Cape Coral track, one of the oldest tracks in the United States.


Fishing here is a world-class experience. Charter a boat for inshore fishing in Pine Island Sound near Sanibel, or head to the Captiva Islands for Snook and Redfish.


Captiva Island Golf Club, with its water views and tropical landscape, has been named one of the Top Five Short Courses anywhere in the World. For water lovers, head to Eagle Ridge Golf Club, where water comes into play on 17 of the 18 holes. One course on all golfers’ bucket lists should be the Old Corkscrew Golf Club.

Horse Riding

Enjoy Florida’s woodlands, wildlife and nature at a different pace with this relaxing and unique activity. There are guided horseback trails throughout the region.  

Ice Hockey

Cheer on the cannily named Florida Everblades between October and April.


Take a trip around the islands by boat and observe the breathtaking coastline from the water.  Jump in for a swim, spy dolphins and manatees from the deck or watch the sunset with a glass of fizz.


You’re never far from an opportunity to hire kayaks and paddleboards.  At Adventure Sea Kayak, you can book an interactive trip that focuses on the wildlife, ecology and history of the barrier Islands. Windsurfing and kiteboarding lessons are also available at Ace Performer, while parasailing is on offer at Estero Island.

Fort Myers Dining

Destin Magic Dinner Theatre at La Paz Restaurant

A World-Class Illusion, Juggling and Comedy Magic Show!

Full Circle Gallery

A contemporary and inspirational art space offering an array of artistic workshops and a gallery featuring the works of regional artists.

HH Arts

Defined as an all-inclusive art space with artist studios, a gallery, classroom and workshop areas. HH Arts is a welcome addition to the area and a must see.

Limelight Studio and Gallery

Limelight Studio and Gallery features the work of LaPine and her students. The walls are filled with bejewelled and whimsical creations of all shapes and sizes.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center & Gallery

Mattie Kelly Arts Center & Gallery is the area’s venue for world-class entertainment, featuring indoor and outdoor stages for touring Broadway shows, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra concerts, many other musical offerings, innovative artistic events and performance art from all genres.

Northwest Florida Ballet

Northwest Florida Ballet, provides world-class ballet performances.


The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is a professional orchestra which offers the highest quality of standard and new orchestral repertoire to the growing and diverse population of Northwest Florida.

Paint The Coast

Paint The Coast specializes in teaching beginning artists basic painting techniques in a casual, relaxed environment. Students are provided all supplies and will finish their masterpiece in one 2-3 hour session at The Pancakery in Destin or Cafe Liquid in Niceville, starting at 6:30pm on various evenings.


PleinAir Emerald Coast. Come paint en plein air with us. You are responsible for your own easel, paints and plein air set-up. We meet around 8 AM, paint until 11 AM, gather on site for show-and-tell, and then usually have lunch at a restaurant nearby. Sometimes we paint right next door, and sometimes we go 50 miles away.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast

The Emerald Coast’s only fully professional symphony orchestra presents the highest calibre concerts, events and educational programming featuring the best regional musicians and award winning international guest artists.

Southern Hands Market

Southern Hands Market is a beautiful and unique items and artworks created by located artists. These distinctive pieces are on display and are priced to sell. There is a little something for everybody!

Special Touch Gallery

Special Touch Gallery hosts the unique work of local artists from around the Emerald Coast boasting artwork ranging from lamp work and sculptures to watercolours and photographs.

Stage Crafters Community Theatre

Catch a Broadway-style show produced, directed and performed by the community’s talented thespians.

Fort Myers Shopping

Adventures in Paradise Outfitters

This store specialises in high-end outdoor clothing and gear for men and women who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Beach Stuff

Souvenirs and all types of beach goods including clothing and watersports equipment.

Chadwick’s Square at South Seas Island Resort

A complete selection of men and women’s apparel stores plus golfing equipment, beachwear and gift stores.

Christmas House

Experience the magic of Christmas all year round.  

Coconut Point Mall

This picturesque outdoor mall features over 140 stores so you can shop till you drop in Dillard’s, Target, Apple Store, Michael Kors and Barnes & Noble or watch a movie at the 16-screen Hollywood Theatre.

Flamingo Island Flea Market

Rummage amongst the antiques, art, clothing, collectables and crafts.

Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery

This is a working artist’s gallery with a continuously changing display of local art for show and sale. Watch artists paint during your visit or see a workshop in progress. 

McGregor Antique Mall

A wide selection of antiques and collectables featuring silver, American art pottery, toys, postcards, glassware, furniture, dolls and more.

Miromar Outlets

Voted the “Best Shopping Center” in Southwest Florida with over 140 top designer and brand name outlets and savings of up to 70% on retail prices. 

Santini Marina Plaza

Everything you need, with exclusive brands of women’s clothing, an art gallery with original pieces, beautiful jewellery and a hair salon catering to men & women.  

Times Square

Unique shopping area located at Fort Myers Beach Pier. Here you’ll find plenty of retail and beach shops, restaurants and an eclectic mix of nightly entertainment.

Fort Myers Hotels

Pink Shell Beach Resort

Bring your vacation fantasies to life on this beachfront escape. Unwind on the sands, relax in the condo-style suites, indulge at the spa or take a dip in one of the breathtaking pools. Try your hand at sailing and paddle boarding, or experience the excitement of a dolphin-sightseeing tour.

Tween Waters Inn

Watch the sun go down from what has been called ‘America’s Most Romantic Beach’ or join other guests at ‘Captiva Crouch’ searching for the most exquisite shells at this resort. The resort began as a collection of fishing cottages dating back to 1931. Today, these rustic cottages, which have plenty of luxury touches, are named after the resort’s famous past visitors including Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Theodore Roosevelt.


This boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown and within moments of amazing shops and historic attractions. The team is passionate about delivering beyond your expectations and is inspired by the creative community, with a colourful mural by the rooftop pool created by a local artist. Indigo is also a regular stop on the monthly Music Walk that features local musicians.

Hyatt Regency Coconut, Bonita Springs

Overlooking Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, this is a haven for recreation and relaxation over 26 beautifully landscaped acres. This coastal hotel blends state-of-the-art business facilities and a resort environment that’s the ideal escape for business and pleasure.

Westin, Cape Coral

Located just 13 miles from Fort Myers, you can leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind at this luxury resort with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. With its very own marina, this waterfront resort is perfect for family vacations.

South Seas Island Resort

Discover the wonder of Florida at this resort’s iconic 330-acre wildlife sanctuary, then relax on the pristine beaches and tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Accommodation ranges from comfortable hotel rooms, charming condominiums and cottages, to private homes and villas.

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