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 water sports on offer.
Highlights of Fort Myers
- Great for: The blissful barrier-island beaches of Captiva and Sanibel Island
- Famous for: The winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
- Closest airport with direct flights: Tampa International Airport is 130 miles to the north
- Why we like it: The beaches offer offer some of the world's best sea-shell collecting
- Itineraries featuring Fort Myers:
Fort Myers Location
Weather in Fort Myers
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Hotels in Fort Myers
The Pink Shell Beach Resort is ideal for families looking for entertainment. The numerous water sports as well as beach activities provide great fun for everyone. For those looking to relax, there are activities, such as movie nights and bonfires, letting you take it easy and appreciate the surroundings.
The South Seas Island Resort is a 330-acre nature preserve surrounded by two and a half miles of beautiful white sandy beach.
Things to do in Fort Myers
History Of Fort Myers
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.
Fort Myers Culture, Arts & Crafts
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.
Beaches, Surfing, Parks & River CruisesIn Fort Myers
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 Costais 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
Health, Wellness & Spa Tourism Fort Myers
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.
Fort Myers Ecotourism, Wildlife & The Great Outdoors
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.
Sports 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.
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.
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 paddle boards. 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.
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.
Shopping In Fort Myers
Adventures in Paradise Outfitters
This store specialises in high-end outdoor clothing and gear for men and women who enjoy an active lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.
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.