4 Things You Can Only Find In Southwest Florida

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With summer travels on the rise, you might be planning the perfect tropical getaway for you and your family. Look no further—The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has everything you need. While superior shelling is a given here at the home of the best shelling in the world, these other activities and attractions are sure to make your summer vacation a special one.

Dolphins by the Dozen

Pine Island Sound is the cozy home of many Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins; energetic and playful animals always on the look out for their next fish dinner. Out here, it’s not unusual to catch an impromptu dolphin show and see multitudes of the ocean’s most elegant creatures jumping and splashing around. Our advice? Keep a camera with you at all times, just in case. 

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More Seashells than Anywhere Else

Ok, we have to admit this wouldn’t be a proper article on our exclusive features without at least one piece on shelling. After all, both Sanibel and Captiva Islands offer miles of beaches with more than 400 varieties of seashells of different shapes, sizes and colors. The best times to go shelling are the hours just before or after low tide. 

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From Beach to Wildlife in a Matter of Minutes

To preserve the well-being of blue herons, manatees and many other species of wildlife, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel offer a number of nature preserves and sanctuaries – many of which are only minutes from the coast. Lovers Key State Park, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island and the Matanzas Pass Preserve in Fort Myers Beach all offer scenic walking paths through conservation lands designed to keep our animal friends safe and thriving. 

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Ferry to the Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S.

Hop on a boat to Key West for a party atmosphere and coastal thrills. Ferries leave Fort Myers at 8:30 AM and depart Key West at 6:00 PM, giving you ample time to enjoy a full day of fun. There, you can order up a piña colada and go on the lookout for Cuba just 90 miles away. The cheapest rates are on weekdays if you book online in advance. 

Keep in mind that these are just a few things you can see and do in town, out at sea and on the beach. To experience them all, you’ll just have to take a trip to Southwest Florida and visit TheBeaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel for yourself.

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