The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are located in South West Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Made up of over 100 islands dotted around Pine Island Sound just north of the Florida Everglades, the area is renowned for its laid-back appeal. The islands conjure up barefoot getaways and abound with wildlife and nature both on land and water.
Just 2 hours’ drive from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, 2.5 hours from Miami, and 3 hours from Orlando, means that The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are an ideal destination for any Florida holiday, whether a two week break or a multi-centre holiday twinned with Orlando. You can even arrive in relaxed sun drenched fashion by a daily catamaran from Key West, the Key West Express.
Being so close to major airport gateways means The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is the perfect choice for Florida getaways. If you don’t want to drive, there is a regional airport, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) which is served by all major US carriers.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is made up of 10 districts which stretch out for over 1,200 square miles. Nearly 35% of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is water, so it really is a great place to explore, go island hopping and find your perfect hideaway. Each island provides something special for to suit every need.
The main city of the region is Fort Myers and is known as the ‘City of Palms’; it is the hub for the county and offers a great restaurant scene along the art deco main street. Each district has its own unique identity. The City of Fort Myers is on the mainland, with the Caloosahatchee River running alongside the city before joining the Gulf of Mexico, just to the north of the Everglades. It helps form the unique landscape and environment of the area, with wetlands, island and mangrove outcrops hugging the sound.
Life on the water forms the main way of life in Fort Myers & Sanibel with over 50 miles of coastline to explore. Each island acts as a barrier to Pine Island Sound creating the perfect water temperature. The shallow water in the sound is no more than 8 feet deep, so often if you fall out of your kayak – just can just stand up!
From the City of Fort Myers, the island of Estero and the resort town of Fort Myers Beach is the closest. Fort Myers Beach is a popular beach destination due to its wide white sand stretching for miles. As you island hop north to the islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Gasparilla, life just ‘slows’ down and you get the true experience of what island life is at the heart of authentic Florida.
Visitors return year after year once they discover the destination. What are you waiting for, come and see for yourself!