What to Do in Fort Myers and Sanibel
Collected by Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
From wildlife drives and boat trips to outlet shopping, top farmers’ markets, and collecting seashells on pristine beaches, there are many ways to fill your days in the Fort Myers and Sanibel area.
8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
Take the boardwalk—or the tram that runs alongside it—to reach this stunning state park, which stretches for two miles on the southern end of Fort Myers Beach. The gently lapping waters on the barrier island push ashore all manner of...
1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
Florida’s nature is alive and well at this wildlife refuge, located on the north side of Sanibel Island. Rich with mangroves and seagrass, the protected, subtropical habitat is home to more than 230 species of birds as well as alligators,...
2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
Located on seven-mile-long Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach is precisely the sugar-sand playground you come to Florida’s Gulf Coast to enjoy. Named among the best in America, the beach is long and wide, making it perfect for a stroll or bike...
1200 Main St, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
For all the beautiful beaches in Fort Myers, one of the coolest things you can do here is take the ferry to Key West. In just three-and-a-half hours (much quicker and more relaxing than driving), the double-decker catamaran carries you down the...
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907, USA
Flower-lined walkways, splashing fountains, and open-air spaces meet high fashion, creative cuisine, and specialty events at Bell Tower Shops, located in Cape Coral just a short distance from Fort Myers Beach. This landmark shopping, dining, and...
20350 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908, USA
If it’s not a vacation for you without some shopping, get your fix at Sanibel Outlets in Fort Meyers. Here, it’s more about quality than quantity, with shops ranging from Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Guess to Banana Republic,...
1700 Bowmans Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
It's a five-minute walk from the parking lot down to the immaculate sands of this popular shelling beach on the western end of Sanibel Island. Stretching for several, uninterrupted miles, the beach is the perfect place for doing the “Sanibel...
Captiva, FL 33924, USA
To reach this state park off the north end of Captiva Island, you’ll need to travel by private boat or Captiva Cruises ferry. Once there, though, you’ll find 2,400 spectacular acres, including nine miles of pristine beach perfect for...
800 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
Open every Sunday morning from October to May, this farmers’ market is a delight whether you're just browsing or looking to fill your fridge. When it comes to the offerings, fresh vegetables and fruit, homemade pastas, cheeses, salsas,...
3883 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
At the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), the staff nurtures injured animals from Sanibel and the surrounding areas with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Among the "patients" you may meet here are gopher...
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