If they haven’t already, foodies are taking notice of Southwest Florida. For each beach-casual seafood joint overlooking the water (and there are many), alternative choices have popped up representing all types of cuisine and price points.
One of the most bucket-listed dining experiences on our shores takes place just off the coast. Dinner cruises like those offered by the Sanibel Harbour Princess carry you onto glimmering Gulf waters aboard a sleek modern yacht for a decadent meal and a top-notch view of the sunset. As fun as a buffet on the open water sounds, the options on land satisfy many tastes as well.
Fall in love next to the waterside during a sumptuous candlelit dinner at Thistle Lodge on Sanibel, or at Tarpon Lodge in Pine Island. Slip into something more casual for an evening sipping tropical drinks and tapping your toes to live music at local seaside restaurants like Flippers on Lovers Key, RumRunners in Cape Coral or Doc Ford’s on Sanibel.
Our area’s coastal location skews our local palate toward seafood, but that only scratches the surface of our unique selection. Restaurants like Ichiban, Blu Sushi and Thai Gardens bring delectable flavors from the Far East to Fort Myers. And the fiesta never stops at Mexican favorites like Jalapeños Restaurant and La Casita.
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