Escape the Cold – Everything You Must Do during the Winter on TBFMS

Sand snowman

During winter in Southwest Florida, the weather outside is delightful. It’s a perfect time to plan a trip to Southwest Florida. Escape the cold and snow to enjoy dining alfresco, shelling on warm beaches and strolling through farmers markets and art fairs. So why not trade white snow for soft white sand? Here’s a small sampling of the many fun things to do in the winter on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

Get on a Bike

Sure, winter biking is a thing. But instead of pedaling over slippery snow and ice, winter biking is much more fun on the hard-packed sand of Fort Myers Beach, or the 25 miles of paths on bike-friendly Sanibel Island

Woman riding a bike on the beach

Get Festive

Winter brings a flurry of festivals to Southwest Florida. Check out the Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival, Art Fest Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival. Plus, enjoy Art Walks on first Fridays and Music Walks on third Fridays in the Downtown Fort Myers River District.

Get Close to Nature

In colder climates, animals tend to hide away and hibernate—but some animals love our relaxed island paradise just as much as you do. Admire the many migratory birds that flock here in winter months as well as manatees that love visiting our warm waters during winter. 

Pelican near the water

Get to the Beach

Arguably one of the best things to do in Southwest Florida this time of year is to enjoy our naturally beautiful beaches. With so many islands to choose from, finding your ideal spot in the sand is a cinch. Once you’re there, try building a sandman as a fun twist on the traditional snowman – with shells for eyes and driftwood for a nose.  

Woman walking on the beach

Get on the Water

Leave the ice where it belongs – in your drink. Splash around in our warm Gulf waters and enjoy water sports and activities, like kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, sailing and fishing. And that’s just the beginning. Get an eyeful of natural beauty, scenery and wildlife by boat on an island-hopping adventure cruise.

Woman performing a headstand on surfboard

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