Acres of tropical fruits flourish under the warmth of the Southwest Florida sun. Dig through crates of spiky dragon fruit at a farmers market and sink your teeth into the juicy flesh of fresh mangos plucked straight from the fruit farms. While fresh fruit is plentiful across the region, you can also savor these sweet flavors at ice cream shops, distilleries, and restaurants around The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Legendary Queenie’s Ice Cream is homemade with fresh ingredients that conjure up a taste of Florida. Get a scoop (or two) of your favorite flavor in spots like Great Licks Ice Cream in Matlacha and at Tween Waters Inn Island Resort on Captiva Island. Try the mango ice cream sourced straight from Pine Island fruit farms or a refreshing pineapple sorbet.
Bring home a taste of our area from Paradise Gardens, a local purveyor that appears in farmers markets and shops. Fresh local fruits are hand squeezed and preserved in small batches so you can enjoy bright pops of flavor like guava preserve, pink grapefruit marmalade, mango hot sauce, and a tropical jam made from mango, pineapple, and coconut.
Get a taste of sunshine with LIST Distillery’s Key lime honey vodka, which lends its whiff of raw honey and Florida key limes in a smooth cocktail. The aptly named Captiva Sunset, made with pineapple juice and a kiss of grenadine, will make you want to raise a toast just as the sun sinks into the horizon.
The family-run Wicked Dolphin Rum ages Florida sugar and other ingredients in a copper pot still. Take a tour of the Cape Coral distillery and taste rums crafted with tropical fruit like mangos, charred pineapple, or key limes to add depth of flavor. Create your own fancy cocktail like a mojito made with Pine Island mango rum and muddled mint with fresh kiwis.
Within striking distance of Pine Island’s fruit farms, you’ll find mangos and other tropical fruits appearing right on your plate or in your drink. Head to Tarpon Lodge for a leisurely four-star meal with an Old Florida feel. Little Lilly’s Island Deli is a casual Pine Island eatery where local produce and seafood are stars of the menu.