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entrance to Lighthouse Point Beach on Sanibel Island

Southwest Florida is a crown jewel alongside the fantastic US Gulf Coast. Once you need recent seafood, tremendous broad sugar sand seashores, water funness, and a number of the world’s greatest shelling alternatives, Fort Myers Beach (Estero Island) and close by Sanibel Island and Captiva Island must be on your thoughts.

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entrance to Lighthouse Level Beach on Sanibel Island

Whereas The Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel—and numerous properties, points of interest, and eating places—hosted McCool Travel and picked up the tab for a lot of this superb journey, please make sure that my message is rigorously crafted for my superior viewers so as to make knowledgeable selections in order to Travel Completely happy on future journeys.

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Liquid Street Journey: Kayaking in Southwest Florida

Be a part of a guided kayak journey from the Mound Home and paddle a portion of the 190 mile Nice Calusa Blueway. Earlier than or after your Fort Myers Beach kayak journey, study concerning the 2,000 yr previous historical past of the Calusa Indians, life for the early Southwest Florida settlers, and the Estero Island pure habitat and setting.

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kayaking The Nice Calusa Blueway from Mound Home in Fort Myers Beach

Posted by Charles McCool on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Mound Home on Fort Myers Beach: net | Fb

We took one other guided kayak tour from Sunny Island Adventures on the north finish of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. It was enjoyable exploring a tiny little bit of the open waters of Pine Island Sound (intracoastal waterway) and the protected bay previous the South Seas resort marina. McCool Travel tip: Search for the resident manatees in the South Seas Resort marina.

Liquid street journey timeSouth Seas Island ResortThe Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

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Estero Bay Categorical

The Dolphin and Sundown Cruise from Estero Bay Categorical is a cool, completely satisfied, and enjoyable Fort Myers Beach exercise. Nicely, being on the water in Southwest Florida is all the time enjoyable. The Estero Bay Categorical crew makes their cruises enjoyable with fixed puns whereas in the pursuit of dolphins. As soon as we discovered dolphins, the captain instantly had them following in the boat’s wake and leaping seemingly on cue for all of the budding Instagram skilled photographers.

Estero Bay Express Dolphin and Sunset CruiseEstero Bay Express Dolphin and Sunset Cruise

Estero Bay Categorical Dolphin and Sundown Cruise

Estero Bay Categorical Dolphin Excursions: net | Fb

Fort Myers Beach Occasions

On Nationwide Shelling Day 2018, I and over 1,000 new buddies assist set a new world document for largest human seashell. Right here I’m posing with the official decide from Guinness World Data. She stated it was her favourite workplace setting ever.

My first ever selfie with a Guinness World Data official. Christina is right here in The Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel to…

Posted by Charles McCool on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Right here is a wonderful video from the occasion.

Charles and I joined a few hundred new associates at The Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel for a Guinness World Data…

Posted by Julie Bingham McCool on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 

Everytime you go to Fort Myers Beach, there’ll probably be some superb occasions.

Ding Darling Refuge

The Ding Darling Refuge on Sanibel Island incorporates over 6,000 acres of USA’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem. Over 230 fowl species stay in or go to the Ding Darling Refuge, together with bald eagles and roseate spoonbills (pictured under). The wildlife drive is open day-after-day (together with holidays) besides Friday.

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roseate spoonbills at Ding Darling Nationwide Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

J.N. “Ding” Darling Nationwide Wildlife Refuge: net | Fb

Nationwide Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews Nationwide Shell Museum on Sanibel Island is the one USA museum targeted solely on shells and every little thing associated to shells. Go to to see shells, see sea shells, and perhaps see tremendous candy Sally secretly promoting sea shells.

Bailey-Matthews Nationwide Shell Museum: net | Fb

The place to Keep in Fort Myers Beach Space

South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island

After arriving on the tremendous handy Fort Myers airport, catch a shuttle or leap in your rental automotive and head to Captiva Island. South Seas Island Resort occupies 330 superb acres with three.5 miles of seashore and most of their shoreline is secluded.

Right here is the luscious view I had from my South Seas Island Resort room.

Sorry, South Seas Island Resort, I gotta depart. Will miss this view and the manatees and extra.

Posted by Charles McCool on Sunday, June 24, 2018

 

Exploring the South Seas Resort grounds early one morning, I basked in this excellent view from a poolside tiki bar, wanting towards North Captiva Island. Additionally it is a enjoyable place when the bartender and other people present up!

Good morning from South Seas Island Resort. Acquired me tea, banana, brekkie sammich, and tiki bar seat. I can’t transfer from this spot all day.The Seashores of Fort Myers & SanibelVISIT FLORIDA

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

I’ll comprehensively evaluation South Seas Island Resort in an upcoming McCool Travel article. For now, I depart you with this magnificent #USGulfCoast sundown. The most effective sunsets I’ve witnessed. McCool Travel tip: this Captiva Island sundown was adopted by a South Seas Resort butler serving champagne and a S’mores package (an exercise it is best to undoubtedly do at South Seas Resort).

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

South Seas Island Resort: net | Fb

Locations to Keep in Fort Myers Beach

Lighthouse Resort

Beautiful tropical colours, a vibrant tiki bar, and a candy location are some causes you want to keep on the Lighthouse Resort Inn (aka Lighthouse Island Resort) in Fort Myers Beach. Discover out why their motto is “where the fun never ends.”

Beautiful colours right here at Lighthouse Island Resort Inn & Suites in The Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

Posted by Charles McCool on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 

The Lighthouse has a number of totally different room configurations. We stayed in a kitchenette room, which is handy for saving cash on eating prices.

Good morning from Lighthouse Lodge and Tiki Bar in The Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel.How is your Friday?

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, June 22, 2018

 

Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites: net | Fb

For extra Fort Myers Beach lodges, condos, B&Bs, campgrounds, and so forth., see the great listing of lodging on the Seashores of Fort Myers and Sanibel web site.

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Locations to Eat in Fort Myers Beach

Recent seafood guidelines the Southwest Florida and US Gulf Coast eating scene. My favourite is Florida grouper and I not often cross on it. However when you see hogfish (aka filet mignon of the ocean), contemplate ordering it. Shrimp, stone crab, redfish, pompano, monkfish, and lots of different seafoods will probably be tremendous native and recent. Ask the market, stand, or restaurant how recent the gadgets are and the place they’re from. McCool Travel tip: watch out with native oysters due to the nice and cozy water. Greatest oysters are from chilly water areas.

Dixie Fish Firm

Fun, old-fashioned waterfront seafood restaurant with energetic bar. Fairly positive I ordered blackened grouper and key lime pie each occasions I ate right here.

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Dixie Fish Firm in Fort Myers Beach

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Fish-Story

Tremendous recent seafood is all the time on hand at Fish-Story, a waterfront restaurant in the Fish-Story Marina space. Fish-Story is situated close to the southern finish of Estero Island and about a mile from the Huge Carlos Move bridge to Lover’s Key State Park. Their salads are artistic and yummy. End off your eating expertise with a slice of top-of-the-line key lime pies alongside the Florida Gulf Coast.

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calamari at Fish-Story in Fort Myers Beach

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key lime pie at Fish-Story in Fort Myers Beach

Fish-Story Waterfront Eating: net | Fb

Smoking Oyster Brewery

A brief stroll from the Lighthouse Resort is that this cool and enjoyable place. Rather more than a brewery, Smoking Oyster—they name themselves S.O.B. and the classiest dive bar on Fort Myers Beach—has a full bar and yummy meals.

Researching native beverage choices.Smokin Oyster BreweryThe Seashores of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Posted by Charles McCool on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Smoking Oyster Brewery: net | Fb

Heavenly Biscuit

This place was so good, we went two mornings in a row. Delectable biscuits—some may say heavenly—together with your selection of toppings. We opted for the essential egg and bacon however you possibly can select a entire salmon filet if you want! Heavenly Biscuit additionally satisfies your candy tooth cravings. McCool Travel tip: Heavenly Biscuit doesn’t settle for bank cards however is a CASH ONLY place I might gladly return to.

Heavenly Biscuit: Fb

Locations to Eat in Cape Coral

Huge Blue Brewing

What a great spot! Huge Blue Brewing in Cape Coral was voted greatest pub in Florida so I’m not alone in that thought. Massive Blue often has about a dozen of their very own beer creations on faucet and in addition about a dozen visitor faucets (from Florida and different states. Depraved Dolphin Rum (see under) is their sister enterprise, owned by the identical household. Please undertake me!

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Massive Blue Brewing in Cape Coral Florida

Come to Massive Blue Brewing for the beer however keep for the meals. They’ve a full kitchen and simply take a look at that Cuban sammich I had. Ay dios mio! They use “green” straws and I really like anywhere that reduces plastic use (save the turtles!)

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Cuban Sandwich at Huge Blue Brewing in Cape Coral Florida

Massive Blue Brewing: net | Fb

Depraved Dolphin

Half of USA’s sugarcane is produced in South Florida. Depraved Dolphin arrange store in 2012 about 35 miles from the Florida sugar fields with the intent to create Florida’s rum. On the best way to profitable a number of main worldwide and home awards, Depraved Dolphin continues to produce small batch, premium rum, utilizing 100% Florida sugarcane and native elements.

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award profitable Depraved Dolphin Artisan Rum in Cape Coral FL

As well as to being grasp artisans, the Depraved Dolphin household can also be fairly intelligent. The present store is filled with their rum choices in all flavors and sizes, together with TSA-friendly 100 ml (~three ounce) bottles.

Depraved Dolphin Artisan Rum: net | Fb

Locations to Eat in Sanibel Island

Completely Baked Bakery and Cafe

For delicious sweets, unimaginable breakfast and lunch sandwiches, cease in Completely Baked on Sanibel Island.

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Completely Baked in Sanibel Island. Sure, there IS a doughnut in that bag!

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Pinocchio’s Ice Cream

Since I really like ice cream, particularly in seashore cities, I requested a number of individuals for recommendations. The identify Pinocchio stored popping up as the one place I need to go to. So I did. I used to be greeted with a line out the door (a nice omen) and indicators saying “Ice Cream Laboratory.” I really like that. The small adjoining deli known as Geppetto’s and has baked items and different meals gadgets.

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greatest ice cream in Fort Myers Beach is Pinocchio’s ice cream on Sanibel Island

Pinocchio’s Unique Italian ice Cream: net | Fb

Locations to Eat in Captiva Island

Doc Ford’s

There are three Doc Ford’s places in the Fort Myers space. Doc Ford was a native character and ensure you study his story on your subsequent go to. But in addition be sure to have some tasty recent seafood and a drink made with one in every of their 10,000 rums (please don’t reality verify me on that quantity).

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, June 22, 2018

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mojito at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille in Captiva Island

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille: net | Fb

Cabbage Key: Cheeseburger in Paradise

Way back, a free-wheeling, fun-loving, not but world-famous music superstar, visited Cabbage Key and was impressed to write a music referred to as Cheeseburger in Paradise. Cabbage Key attracts guests from across the globe, due to Jimmy Buffett but in addition as a result of it’s a tremendous cool, enjoyable, and glad place to go to.

Undoubtedly not on Captiva Island, Cabbage Key’s accessible by a Captiva Cruise from South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. The truth is, Cabbage Secret is solely accessible by boat—there are not any roads, no automobiles, and no touchdown strip. OK, I assume you would swim, snorkel, flyboard, and even parachute to Cabbage Key if you want.

Convey a single greenback invoice or a number of to tape to the picket partitions of the restaurant. Each month, a number of thousand dollars are donated to charity, simply from the payments that fall from the partitions.

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greenback payments on partitions of Cabbage Key, Florida

You’ll in fact have a cheeseburger on the Cabbage Key restaurant however undoubtedly order a slice of key lime pie. The unique key lime pie recipe, from Fern Butters of Key West in the 1930s, is used right here on Cabbage Key.

I really feel like Elaine Bennis and J. Peterman digging into this. Why? That is the unique key lime pie recipe, based mostly on…

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, June 22, 2018

 

Cabbage Key: net | Fb

 

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