Seaside Gatherings: Your Guide to Hosting a Family Reunion on the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Woman and child searching for shells on beach

Planning a family reunion can be a lot of work, but seeing your loved ones come together makes it well worth the effort - especially when you’re surrounded by the unmatched beauty of Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast. Plus, with a few inside tips and the helpful resources provided by Lee County’s Visitor and Conventions Bureau – you’ll find that gathering on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is easier than you’d think.

Don't go it alone

Planning a family reunion is definitely not a one-person job. After all, we all know that sometimes getting everyone together can be a bit like herding cats. So the first step to planning your family reunion is to form a committee that can help divide and conquer each aspect of your upcoming trip.

Man and woman embracing at dinner party

Outline your budget

Once you’ve nominated your panel of planners, the second – and arguably most essential – step is defining a budget for your reunion. Having a clearly established budget will create guidelines you can adhere to while planning your trip. It’s important to take into account the number of people in your group and the things that you’d like to see and do while you’re here.

Kids running on beach

Pick a place to stay

With several pristine beaches, abundant nature and endless opportunities for fun, it’s easy to see that The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel make for the perfect family-friendly destination. So once you’ve decided on a city, the next step is figuring out where to stay. Luckily there are countless accommodating locales here, perfect for gatherings both massive and intimate.

Family strolling along pier at Dollhouse Cottage

Decide what you’d like to do

When it comes to entertainment on Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast, the only thing you’ll be left wanting is more time in the day. Whether you’re a nature lover, a music and art fanatic, a shopaholic or simply looking to stretch out by the shore – the area surely has something for you. Spend the day getting closer to nature at one of the many nearby preserves and estuaries. Or take to the seas for a guided fishing excursion where you’ll be taught the ropes – or lines, rather – by experienced anglers. Then, discover the rich culture in downtown Fort Myers as you explore the many galleries and boutique shops you’ll find there. And finally unwind and imbibe with the locals at one of the many seaside bars and restaurants.

Mother and daughter walking on bridge

Get ready for fun in the sun

That’s all there is to it! Now that you’ve explored a litany of options for lodging and entertainment that The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel have to offer – all you have to do is pack your sun tan lotion, your swimming trunks and your desire to unwind and reconnect in one of the most picturesque destinations in the Sunshine State.

Family enjoying the beach with pier in background

Utilize these tips and more to better understand how to plan a family reunion on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Looking to discover more family reunion vacation ideas? Contact our Reunion Planner Help Desk at or call 800-237-6444 or 239-338-3500. Visit our Reunions page for more information, tips, and Southwest Florida family reunion ideas!

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