Sustainable Travel

Leaving things the way we found them.

Our commitment to the preservation of the environment isn't new. It's something ingrained in each of us, perhaps because we love the shell-strewn beaches, natural islands and parks and preserves every bit as much as our visitors. To keep it that way, many accommodations and other businesses have implemented environmentally responsible practices to help increase your enjoyment of our most precious resources, and for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Eco-Friendly Links

"Looking for more information about green lodging, wildlife conservation, canoeing and the Great Florida Birding Trail? Check out these eco-friendly links."

Local Resources

Artificial Reefs for Lee County – 239-533-8109

Audubon of Southwest Florida – 239-339-8046

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program – 239-338-2556

Calusa Blueway - 239-533-7275

Calusa Blueway Smart Phone Application

Calusa Land Trust

Lee County Bird Patrol

Lee County Boater’s Guide – 239-533-8109

Lee County Florida Sea Grant – 239-533-4327

Lee County Office of Sustainability - 239-533-2737

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) – 239-472-2329

Sierra Club, Calusa Group – 239-694-5513

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism – 239-432-2163


State Resources

Audubon of Florida – 305-371-6399

Florida Clean Marinas Program – 850-245-2100

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission – 863-648-3200

Florida Green Lodging Program – 850-245-2074

Florida Greenways & Trails Program – 850-245-2052

Florida Healthy Beaches Program – 850-245-4240

Florida Paddling Trails Association

Florida’s Safe Beaches – 850-245-4250

Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association – 850-906-9227

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism - 239-432-2163

Great Florida Birding Trail – 850-488-8755

Mote Marine Laboratory – 941-388-4441

Office of Greenways and Trails / Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START) – 941-953-4545


National Resources

American Canoe Association – 540-907-4460

American Shore & Beach Preservation Association – 239-418-1157

American Trails Association

National Audubon Society – 212-979-3000

Sierra Club – 415-977-5500

Green Properties

"Thirty-six area accommodations have been named to the Florida Green Lodging Program."

Visitors to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel have many opportunities to implement environmentally responsible practices while on vacation in Florida's unspoiled island sanctuary. Known worldwide for its shell-strewn beaches, wildlife refuges, and sparkling waterways, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel offers an ideal location for reconnecting with southwest Florida's most valuable natural resources. It is for this reason that the destination has always had a strong commitment to the protection and preservation of the environment.

Today, in an effort to conserve and protect the area's resources and to save energy, the hospitality industry is working to do its part. Thirty-six area accommodations have been named to the Florida Green Lodging Program and the area's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified "green building" opened in April 2008 to visitors at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.

Launched in 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary effort by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The program designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. Its environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.

Area Certified "Green" Accommodations

Fort Myers Beach

> DiamondHead Beach Resort
Hampton Inn & Suites
Mango Street Inn
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa
> The Riviera Villas


Sanibel Island

Blue Dolphin Cottages
Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages
Ocean's Reach Condominium Resort
Sanibel Inn, Sanibel Island
Seaside Inn, Sanibel Island
Song of the Sea, Sanibel Island
Sundial Beach & Golf Resort, Sanibel Island
Sunset Beach Resort


Fort Myers

Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Crown Plaza, Fort Myers
Comfort Inn & Suites Airport, Fort Myers
> Country Inn & Suites Sanibel Gateway, Fort Myers
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Myers at I-75 and Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers
Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers
Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center
Holiday Inn Downtown Historic District, Fort Myers
> Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers
Hotel Indigo
La Quinta Inn & Suites Airport, Fort Myers
Residence Inn by Marriott
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Shell Point Guest House
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel


Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Holiday Inn Express
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs
> Hyatt Coconut Plantation
> The Homewood Suites


Estero

Hampton Inn & Suites


Pine Island

Bokeelia Tarpon Inn
Bridgewater Inn

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