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Wild at Heart in Southwest Florida

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From colorful bird to practically primordial alligators, meeting the locals takes on a new meaning when you head into the parks and nature preserves on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
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1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
For birds and the people that love watching them, the skies and shorelines of Southwest Florida are as good as it gets. In the region's many natural sanctuaries and wildlife preserves-nearly any place there's water or native habitat-you'll find...
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8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
The chance to spot one of the most gentle marine mammals draws people from all over the world to Fort Myers and Sanibel, where manatees can often be spotted swimming along the shore in the area's back bay waters. While a sighting is never...
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Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
It's impossible not to ooh and ahh when seeing a dolphin break the water's surface and perhaps bust out a few flips and turns in the air. And happily, such an experience is a relatively common one along The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, where...
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Fort Myers, FL, USA
A ritual nearly as old as the oceans plays out every year around May on the white-sand beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, when female loggerhead sea turtles make a pilgrimage to the same locations where they were born, to lay their eggs. Each nest...
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J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center, 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
Florida's iconic reptile is easy to spot when you know where to find it, and any place there's fresh water in Florida is a potential alligator habitat. The many parks and preserves on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are full of...