With more than 245 different species of migratory and native birds in Southwest Florida, spring is perfect time to pack your binoculars. Pick up a birding checklist at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and join a naturalist for a guided excursion. Lighthouse Beach Park on Sanibel Island is an extraordinary place to spot seasonal songbirds such as Swainson’s Thrush and Acadian Flycatcher, year-round birds such as the Snowy Plover and dramatic raptors like the Peregrine Falcon flying overhead.
Stone crab season ends on May 15, so spring is peak time to sink your teeth into these succulent crustaceans. With strict sustainability standards in place, stone crab claws are the stars on menus all around Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. Click here for a list of some of the most popular places for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.
Spring is synonymous with baseball in Fort Myers, and this year is no different. As the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins gear up at JetBlue Park and Hammond Stadium, respectively, officials are finalizing how the Grapefruit League season will play out this year. Keep up with the latest on Spring Training news here.
This region of Florida is home to several species of sea turtles, most commonly Loggerhead, Green Turtle and Leatherback. Beginning in May, females will clamber ashore at night to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches — often returning to the same spots year after year. Months later, tiny hatchling scamper from the beach and into the sea. Visit the local Turtle Time in Fort Myers Beach and the nationwide Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn more about conservation efforts in Florida and beyond.