National Taco Day, or better yet, Día del Taco, is a perfect reason to talk about the tacos of Fort Myers & Sanibel. A number of local restaurants have made their names on fish tacos, so stop by for their latest take on the tortilla of the sea.
Doc Ford’s is exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant with over 3,000 five-star reviews and a profile by The New York Times. You’ll find locations on Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel, all serving the same great seafood. The Yucatan shrimp tacos are a perfect place to start.
A little bit of rum with your meal doesn’t hurt either.
Visit The Fish House between 3:00 and 6:00 PM for a great happy hour with two-for-one margaritas. Huge portions and the laid-back atmosphere at its two locations on Sanibel and Bonita Springs will have you coming back more than once during your vacation.
After fish tacos, save room for dessert.
The Dixie Fish Co. has the classic feel of Florida’s great fish houses, so throw on some shorts and head to this open-air restaurant on the water. It’s easy to spend an afternoon or evening at this Fort Myers Beach favorite, watching boats come and go as the birds and hours fly by.
Also try the coconut-crusted catch of the day.
This Cape Carol staple is famous for gigantic lobster. Informal, comfortable and friendly, it has the bustle of a bistro, but doesn’t feel rushed. The fish is always fresh from the sea, which brings lots of customers in every day. If you’re planning to visit with a larger group, it’s worth calling ahead.
Warm up for tacos with the seafood tower.
Bert’s is a must-visit in Matlacha. This cute and quirky dive is serving everything island-style with paper plates and paper towels. The front of the restaurant is easy to miss, but the waterside view is worth a million bucks. On a nice day, sit outside for a great view and live music.
Always get a side of Bert’s homemade chips.
Don’t miss this bayside stop in Bonita Springs. Limited parking isn’t a problem with Jack’s valet at the front door, which gets you to the big beer menu even sooner. This little getaway has a view of calm waters, so outdoor diners can see turtles and even manatees. At the end of your meal, find room for a slice of Jack’s famous Key lime pie.
No matter the day, it’s always taco time in Southwest Florida and these are just a few of the many places to get them. Start planning your trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
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