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"Romance is an all-day affair, from morning strolls on secluded beaches to intimate dinners and theater outings."
Dining for Two
Make any meal more special by boarding a boat. Try the dinner or Sunday brunch cruise on the Sanibel Harbour Princess, a luxury yacht sailing from the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. The Fort Myers Princess, sailing from Fort Myers Beach, offers seasonal dinner cruises aboard its double-deck boat. Or take Captiva Cruises to the Collier Inn on Useppa Island.
If a landside sunset dinner appeals, head for Fort Myers Beach's Anthony's on the Gulf, which features Italian specialties. Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel, is an excellent choice for upscale waterside dining.
Arts, Culture and History
Learn about the intriguing history of Gasparilla Island at the Boca Grande Lighthouse. The distinctively shaped building now houses a museum.Nature and the Outdoors
Take an excursion with Captiva Cruises to remote Cayo Costa for a picnic and shelling. If you have boat-driving experience, you can rent a boat from Jensen's Marina on Captiva Island or Four Winds Marina in Bokeelia and make your way to sandy seclusion.
Another great spot for a beach picnic is Lovers Key State Park, south of Fort Myers Beach. Hike the trails, kayak among dolphins in Estero Bay or relax on the beach.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has a four-mile paved path that's great for biking (rentals available) and hiking the mangrove forest. See shore birds, alligators and more. Or rent at Billy’s Rentals or Finnimore’s Cycle Shop on Sanibel Island and bike the more than 22 miles of paved pathways.
Cruise into the setting sun aboard the Fort Myers Princess, which offers sublime sunset party cruises on the Gulf of Mexico. New Moon Sailing adds the sensuousness of gliding below wind-filled sails.
For a nighttime adventure, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and CREW Land & Water Trust host full-moon hikes under the light of the full moon from January through Easter. Aboard tours with Gulf Coast Kayak, GAEA Guides and Adventure Sea Kayak Wildlife Tours, you can watch the sun set and the moon rise.
Indulge yourselves with a day at SPADA Salon & Day Spa. Its packages include massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa’s Day of Indulgence for Couples includes its signature Caloosa Experience, a couples massage, manicure, pedicure and spa lunch. Afterward, head to Eden Vineyards in Alva, just east of Fort Myers, to sip their six wines – there’s even one made from the tropical star fruit (carambola).
Dress in your fancy duds, then enjoy a martini at South Beach Grille on Fort Myers Beach, or head to Crü or Blu Sushi in Fort Myers.
If Southern gentility is more your style, visit The Veranda's piano bar. On Sanibel, Ellington's Jazz Club and Restaurant features the Brubeck Brothers and other jazz greats.