July is National Ice Cream Month, a ready reason to visit every top shop in the Fort Myers area. Take a trip around the islands for these special sweets you’ll only find here.
Don’t let long lines or a full parking lot stop you. Visitors from around the world line up at Love Boat for some of the best ice cream in all of Florida. This ice cream outlet with locations in Fort Myers & Sanibel offers a huge menu–and serving sizes. The flavors of these massive scoops range from blueberry cheesecake to coconut almond fudge, so bring an open mind and an empty stomach.
Locals Choice: Coconut Almond Fudge
On the way to or from the airport, treat your family to the taste of an Italian summer. Snag a cup of coffee and some gelati at Artisan Gelato. This creamy dessert shares its plate with vanilla whipped cream and a waffle or crepe. Your inner Italian, real or wishful, will appreciate this authentic confection.
Locals Choice: Nutella Crepe
This colorful, family-owned shop is conveniently located near many of Cape Coral’s most famed eateries. The styles of frozen flavors at Cape Creamery are both endless and delicious. Enjoy custards, malts and more, including vegan options like sorbet and nondairy ice cream.
Locals Choice: Milk and Honey
After a day of exploring Pine Island, lower the temperature at Great Licks in Matlacha. The ice cream parlor and its attached gift shop have been voted the island’s best attraction for years. And the selection of handcrafted décor and jewelry make for perfect take-homes. Great Licks includes fresh fruit in many of their desserts, so be sure to try anything with the locally grown limes.
Locals Choice: Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
Take a short walk or bike ride from the Sanibel Lighthouse at Point Ybel to Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream. There you’ll find a lengthy list of cones, sundaes, smoothies and more, along with signature flavors you won’t find anywhere else, like Sanibel Crunch and Purple Cow.
Even the child size is large enough to feed two adults, and the animal cracker on top of every sizeable scoop is appealing to any kid, no matter the age.
Locals Choice: Dirty Sand Dollar
Hungry yet? These irresistible options make it hard to stay put. Start planning your trip today to try these out for yourself, and check out a few other sweet treats.
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