Trade Your Winter Traditions for These on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Boy making crab sculpture in the sand
@rlabuz

The warmth of Southwest Florida makes it a popular wintertime destination, but without snow some people worry about missing their favorite activities. If that sounds like you, there’s good news. You don’t have to lose any of your winter traditions on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. In fact, you may even gain some new ones. Here are seven you can swap in right away.

Trade Frosty the Snowman for Toasty the Sandman

It’s the essential sign of a snowy day, but you can do it here year-round. Bring the sand toys and forget the scarf while you build your own Toasty the Snowman. It can be a tricky feat, so if you’re here in November go to the American Sandsculpting Championship for inspiration.

Snowman sculpture made of sand
@lakragel

Make Hot Chocolate on Ice

This one is easy. Make your hot chocolate like normal, then pour it over ice. Top with whipped cream and serve it right away. We recommend drinking it on a beach.

Hand holding coffee mug next to beach
@marshamayb

Stick Shells on the Tree

Here’s something you can keep for all the winters ahead – warm or cold. Pick up your favorite seashells and use them for tree ornaments. If you want something flashy, use an acrylic finisher and some glitter. Otherwise, all you need is glue, a bead cap and some string.

Shells on the beach
@budapestrish

Put Lights on the Palms

When you see lights on palm trees, you know exactly where you are—and locals always join the tradition. For an unforgettable light show, visit the annual Holiday House at the historic Burroughs Home Gardens and Langford Kingston Home.

Swap Sand for Snow Angels

No extra training needed. If you can make a snow angel, you can make a sand angel. Lie down on the beach and move your arms and legs up and down. Having fun is required.

Child laying in the sand
@futuremrsgozer

Change Out the Chestnuts for Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts are a southern treat with a simple recipe. Just add peanuts and salt to a pot of boiling water. Wait at least three hours, and you’re ready to go.  Families and restaurants have put a lot of twists on this classic snack. So be sure to do some sampling.

Shift your Skis to the Sea

Just about anything on snow can be done on the water. Skiing, tubing, and boarding are available from a long list of area companies. But the best part of any holiday will always be the people you’re with.

skimboarding in the ocean
@shane_antalick

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