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Our Favorite Local Attractions

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Our Favorite Local Attractions

Sightseeing
Sanibel Island is a close car or boat ride from our home. The lighthouse and pier area offers public parking for a fee. It is a great spot for early morning shelling (especially at low tide). Bowman's Beach is also a wonderful spot on the island with a nature preserve to walk through on your way from the parking area to the incredible large beach area. This is a great place to watch the sunset! There are several local stores on the island that are fun to visit and have unique local collections.
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Sanibel Island
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Sanibel Island is a close car or boat ride from our home. The lighthouse and pier area offers public parking for a fee. It is a great spot for early morning shelling (especially at low tide). Bowman's Beach is also a wonderful spot on the island with a nature preserve to walk through on your way from the parking area to the incredible large beach area. This is a great place to watch the sunset! There are several local stores on the island that are fun to visit and have unique local collections.
Captiva is a beautiful island which has a quaint historic downtown area with several restaurants and cafes. Be sure to visit the local favorite "The Bubble Room" for a unique and enjoyable dining experience. They have been hosting visitors from around the globe for decades.
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Captiva Island
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Captiva is a beautiful island which has a quaint historic downtown area with several restaurants and cafes. Be sure to visit the local favorite "The Bubble Room" for a unique and enjoyable dining experience. They have been hosting visitors from around the globe for decades.
Visitors love to walk (and fish) on the fishing pier at Ft. Myers Beach both day and night. Great views of the local area and awesome sunsets in the evening.
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Fishing Pier Fort Myers Beach
10 Old San Carlos Boulevard
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Visitors love to walk (and fish) on the fishing pier at Ft. Myers Beach both day and night. Great views of the local area and awesome sunsets in the evening.
Located within walking distance of our cottage, the Mound House offers guided tours of the historic building, kayak eco-tours, and a unique archaeological experience. You can explore the history of the 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound and the surrounding natural environment by visiting this attraction.
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Mound House
451 Connecticut Street
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Located within walking distance of our cottage, the Mound House offers guided tours of the historic building, kayak eco-tours, and a unique archaeological experience. You can explore the history of the 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound and the surrounding natural environment by visiting this attraction.
This is a great beach State Park with lots to see and do. Hop in a kayak or lounge under an umbrella on the shore. Explore serene canals and lagoons that are favorite grazing spots for manatee and shorebirds. You may see the calm, turquoise waters broken by a dolphin’s dorsal fin or by the strike of an osprey’s talons. Lovers Key isn’t just a name either—the park is a popular romantic destination and frequently hosts picturesque gulf-side weddings.
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Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Boulevard
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This is a great beach State Park with lots to see and do. Hop in a kayak or lounge under an umbrella on the shore. Explore serene canals and lagoons that are favorite grazing spots for manatee and shorebirds. You may see the calm, turquoise waters broken by a dolphin’s dorsal fin or by the strike of an osprey’s talons. Lovers Key isn’t just a name either—the park is a popular romantic destination and frequently hosts picturesque gulf-side weddings.
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a great spot to see local wildlife in their natural setting. You can drive through the in your vehicle and watch the incredible sights. Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for bird watching. Fees are required for Wildlife Drive, which is open everyday but is closed on Fridays. Gate times vary. There are many activities including the wildlife drive, tram tour, kayaking, fishing opportunities, picnic benches, and even a free scavenger hunt style game and wildlife spotting app (Discover Ding) if you prefer a self-guided tour.
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J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive
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J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a great spot to see local wildlife in their natural setting. You can drive through the in your vehicle and watch the incredible sights. Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for bird watching. Fees are required for Wildlife Drive, which is open everyday but is closed on Fridays. Gate times vary. There are many activities including the wildlife drive, tram tour, kayaking, fishing opportunities, picnic benches, and even a free scavenger hunt style game and wildlife spotting app (Discover Ding) if you prefer a self-guided tour.
Food scene
This is a great local restaurant and bar in downtown Ft. Myers Beach. The atmosphere is lively and the food and drinks are usually always very good.
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Smokin Oyster Brewery
340 Old San Carlos Boulevard
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This is a great local restaurant and bar in downtown Ft. Myers Beach. The atmosphere is lively and the food and drinks are usually always very good.
Unique waterfront restaurant overlooking the back bay of Estero Island (Ft. Myers Beach). Located just across the Matanzas Pass Bridge from Ft. Myers Beach, this is a tourist favorite. They also have live local music regularly.
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Dixie Fish Co.
714 Fishermans Wharf
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Unique waterfront restaurant overlooking the back bay of Estero Island (Ft. Myers Beach). Located just across the Matanzas Pass Bridge from Ft. Myers Beach, this is a tourist favorite. They also have live local music regularly.
Walking distance from our cottage by sidewalk or on the beach, Junkanoo serves drinks and food with great views of the white sand and Gulf.
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Junkanoo Beach
3040 Estero Boulevard
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Walking distance from our cottage by sidewalk or on the beach, Junkanoo serves drinks and food with great views of the white sand and Gulf.
A great place for beach burgers and hot dogs with an incredible view. Located on the Gulf in Bonita Beach, Doc's is a local and tourist hot spot.
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Doc's Beach House
27908 Hickory Boulevard
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A great place for beach burgers and hot dogs with an incredible view. Located on the Gulf in Bonita Beach, Doc's is a local and tourist hot spot.
A unique dining spot on Captiva Island that has been attracting visitors from all over the world for years. Good food in a fun and interesting setting.
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Bubble Room
15001 Captiva Drive
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A unique dining spot on Captiva Island that has been attracting visitors from all over the world for years. Good food in a fun and interesting setting.
Shopping
This is the main shopping and dining area on Ft. Myers beach. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants/bars. Evenings are quite lively and often you will find local entertainers performing on the square near the pier entrance.
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Times Square
1035 Estero Blvd
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This is the main shopping and dining area on Ft. Myers beach. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants/bars. Evenings are quite lively and often you will find local entertainers performing on the square near the pier entrance.
The 5th Ave. shops in downtown Naples offers great upscale shopping and dining options. A nice car ride along Gulf Shore Blvd. will also display some of the finest homes in America.
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Naples
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The 5th Ave. shops in downtown Naples offers great upscale shopping and dining options. A nice car ride along Gulf Shore Blvd. will also display some of the finest homes in America.
Located in Naples, the Tin City shops are a great place to visit. Plenty of shopping and food along with great views.
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Tin City Shops
1200 5th Avenue South
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Located in Naples, the Tin City shops are a great place to visit. Plenty of shopping and food along with great views.
Plenty of variety with upscale stores and a nice outdoor setting this is a great place to visit and shop.
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Waterside Shops
5415 Tamiami Trail North
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Plenty of variety with upscale stores and a nice outdoor setting this is a great place to visit and shop.
Located on the road to Sanibel, and a short car ride from our cottage, there are plenty of options for outlet shopping at these shops.
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Sanibel Outlets
20350 Summerlin Road
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Located on the road to Sanibel, and a short car ride from our cottage, there are plenty of options for outlet shopping at these shops.
Conveniently located mid-island and a quick ride from our cottage, this is a nice supermarket that is clean and well stocked with ample parking.
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Publix Super Market at Fort Myers Beach
4791 Estero Boulevard
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Conveniently located mid-island and a quick ride from our cottage, this is a nice supermarket that is clean and well stocked with ample parking.
Boat Rentals
This marina is a quick ride from our cottage and has boat rentals available as well as a nice bar and restaurant overlooking the back bay. This is a great spot to watch the boats and see some of the true beauty of the local area!
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Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina
4765 Estero Boulevard
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This marina is a quick ride from our cottage and has boat rentals available as well as a nice bar and restaurant overlooking the back bay. This is a great spot to watch the boats and see some of the true beauty of the local area!
Located close to the Matanzas Pass Bridge to/from Ft. Myers Beach, this is a local spot with several fishing charters available daily.
ReelFishNSea Deep Sea Fishing Charters
18450 San Carlos Blvd
Located close to the Matanzas Pass Bridge to/from Ft. Myers Beach, this is a local spot with several fishing charters available daily.
Entertainment
This mini golf venue has unique and challenging holes and is a great family fun spot. Located not far from the Matanzas Pass Bridge to/from Ft. Myers Beach.
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JungleGolf
17710 San Carlos Blvd
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This mini golf venue has unique and challenging holes and is a great family fun spot. Located not far from the Matanzas Pass Bridge to/from Ft. Myers Beach.
This local spot is close to our cottage and rents bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles. Many visitors to the island utilize this establishment for bike rentals of various kinds.
Fun Rentals-Fort Myers Beach
1901 Estero Boulevard
This local spot is close to our cottage and rents bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles. Many visitors to the island utilize this establishment for bike rentals of various kinds.