Unforgettable Vacations are a “Shore” Thing on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Surfer riding to the shore with boaters watching in the background

Words can’t describe the unmatched beauty, rich history and abundant adventure you’ll find during a coastal vacation on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Luckily, words don’t have to. These 11 photos showcase a few of the countless ways our shores set themselves apart from a typical tropical getaway.

The Best Shelling Beaches

There’s a reason Sanibel and Captiva Islands have been called the best shelling beaches in the world. Each day hundreds of thousands of vibrant shells wash in from the Gulf of Mexico – so finding the perfect souvenir is as easy as taking a stroll along the shore.

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

There’s such a wide array of shells here that America’s only museum solely devoted to seashells and mollusks is located on Sanibel. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a must-see for any inquisitive visitor. 

Warm & Calm Waters

The Gulf of Mexico provides warm, gentle waves that will make your vacation that much more relaxing. The shallow waters make it easy to relax or play as much as your heart desires. Paddle boarding and kayaking are a must on these waters.


High tide rolls in under the Fort Myers Beach Pier. Locals love casting their fishing lines from the end of this walkway and visitors can’t resist its incredible view of the entire beach. Looking to get out on the water? The offshore and onshore fishing opportunities are endless here.

Shorebirds of Sanibel

Our wild locals love posing for pictures. Shorebirds, like the one seen here, comprise just a small portion of the wildlife you’ll spot during your Southwest Florida vacation.

Blind Pass Beach

With more than 15 miles of pristine shoreline on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, you won’t have to look far to find your own secluded spot in the sand. Local hideaways like Blind Pass Beach, pictured above, boast unbeatable sunset views, thousands of brilliant seashells and an endless supply of seaside serenity.

Bowditch Point

In a place this beautiful, romance comes naturally. Bowditch Point on Fort Myers Beach provides an idyllic setting to reconnect with your special someone during a seaside stroll.

An Island State of Mind

From beaches, to islands, to nature preserves, abundant natural beauty surrounds you here. Escape reality and step into an island state-of-mind, something we like to call Islandology.

Revolution Cable Park

In Southwest Florida, “cable” has nothing to do with television. Adrenaline junkies flock to our area to hit the ramps and rails at Revolution Cable Park in North Fort Myers.

Love Boat Ice Cream

Nothing hits the spot on a sunny summer day quite like an ice cream cone loaded with sprinkles. Love Boat Ice Cream’s locations in Fort Myers and on Sanibel Island feature an impressive assortment of flavors sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

Awe Inspiring Sunsets

When you’re on vacation, it’s only natural to wish the days could last forever. Fortunately, evenings here are ushered in by awe inspiring sunsets, which are almost as bright as what tomorrow will bring.


See more of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’s limitless beauty and start planning your seaside vacation today. 

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