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• Crowne Plaza Hotel • 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 • Holiday Inn Express • The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs • Hyatt Coconut Plantation • The Homewood Suites
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