Boating

Enjoy a voyage of a lifetime.

The best way to experience The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is definitely by boat, especially considering many of the most beautiful locations are accessible no other way. There are 20 marinas in Lee County should you arrive on your own, but there are also a variety of charter and sightseeing cruises available for spending the day hopping between islands like Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key and Boca Grande. Just climb on board to visit points inhabited and uninhabited while dolphins playfully swim in your wake.

Fort Myers Sanibel Boat Trips

"The Fort Myers Sanibel area is a natural for boating enthusiasts, with protected waterways, miles of navigable channels and numerous full-service marinas."

Seafarers visiting Lee County will find boating is one of the best ways to explore this destination, which has several large islands and miles of navigable channels.

More than 20 marinas offer services ranging from fuel and repairs to overnight dockage, and many rent boats, both for day sailors and those interested in longer excursions on the water. View Marine Attractions.

Visit Go Boating Florida for local boating information like navigation, weather, tides and more.

Traveling from the Keys? Key West Express offers service from Key West to the Fort Myers Beach area.

With close to 1,000 permitted aids to navigation, Lee County is second only to the United States Coast Guard in permitted Aids in the State of  Florida.  These aids include channel markers, manatee signs, and a variety of regulatory buoys. Download the Lee County Boater's Guide

Beaches to backwaters, local pros will have nothing on your navigational know-how when you download the all-new Lee County Waterways smartphone app. With improved safety and convenience features, you’ll be boating with confidence and enjoyment in the click of a button. So before you launch your next excursion, launch our app and get the most out of our waterways!

Water Recreation

"On The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, it's easy to combine learning and fun on the water with experienced instructors in kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, fishing and more."

Learn to Windsurf and Kiteboard
Learn to skim across the waves or fly with the wind. Ace Performer rents equipment and offers windsurfing and kiteboarding lessons next to the Sanibel Causeway. Instructors promise to have you windsurfing in one hour, kiteboarding in three.

Sailing Courses
Offshore Sailing operates schools out of Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach. From three-day US SAILING courses to advanced racing, coastal navigation and passage making, Offshore appeals to all levels of sailors. Florida Sailing & Cruising School in North Fort Myers conducts yacht-sailing courses and yacht powerboat classes. For something less formal, gather your family for private lessons with Capt. Mick Gurley of New Moon Sailing on Captiva Island. Edison Sailing in Fort Myers and North Fort Myers, offers all kinds of affordable classes and events.

Learn to Kayak
Most kayak tour outfitters are geared to teaching beginners the simple basics of operating their vessels. They often include intriguing lessons about the environment as well. On Sanibel, contact Tarpon Bay Explorers; on Captiva, Captiva Kayak Company; on Pine Island, Gulf Coast Kayak. For a complete list of outfitters, visit the Calusa Blueway site.

Snorkel with the Fish
If you can swim, you can snorkel, but first-timers often feel more comfortable with a few pointers before they head out. For fun and learning in the same excursion, book with Adventures in Paradise’s shelling and snorkeling cruise of the outer islands, departing from Port Sanibel Marina.

Scuba Certification
Folks often travel to the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel for the express purpose of earning their scuba certification. Underwater Explorers is THE name in Fort Myers for NAUI courses. Learn to dive during six four-hour classes, with two hours of each lesson spent in the classroom and two in the pool.

Fishing Classes at Local Park
At Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, rangers lead fishing and castnetting programs for people of all ages.

Bait Shops
Check in with local bait shops to learn what’s biting where and for information on fishing restrictions. At Big Hickory Fishing Nook on Bonita Beach, they’ll hook you up with bait, fishing charters, a spot on the dock – even a marina-side lunch. The Bait Box on Sanibel Island hosts a Cast Net Rodeo every November. At historic Whidden’s Marina in Boca Grande, a maritime museum takes you into the past. Other favorite bait shops: Shack Baits at the Sanibel Causeway and D&D Matlacha Bait & Tackle in Matlacha.

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