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In This Book Quick Start Guides We'll Help You Decide What To Do And How To 18 Important Notes 19 20 For more information, see “Survival Tips” (p. 108). Important Notes Before You Go Daily Budget XXX Arrive at Fort Myers and Sanibel The main airport for the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel is Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW;% 239-590-4800; www.flylcpa.com; 11000 Terminal Access Rd), which is about 3 miles east of I-75 and Located 13 miles southeast of downtown Fort Myers. The airport is served by major domestic airlines. There are direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Dallas and other major transportation hubs, as well as international flights from Canada and Germany. Miami, Tampa airports , Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are also less than three hours away by car.From the airport, taxi fares are zoned Downtown Fort Myers is about US $ 20-30, Cape Coral or Fort Myers Beach is US $ 50, eastern Sanibel is US $ 56, and western Sanibel is US $ 64, and a ride to Captiva and Pine Island is US $ 75 $. The fees apply to up to three passengers, each additional passenger costs US $ 10. The airport website has other transport services such as B. Shuttle services, but you may need to book in advance. The Southwest Florida coast is easily accessible from I-10 and I-95, which are indirectly connected to I-75, the main thoroughfare for the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. US 41, also known as Tamiami Trail or Cleveland Avenue, runs parallel to I-75 and runs through the Everglades to Miami. Transport from island to island Most of the outer islands can only be reached by boat - if you want to explore islands like Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, North Captiva and Useppa, you should plan a few days for this. The only way to get around these islands is on foot, bike, or golf cart. Pine Island, Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande are all within driving distance. For tours from island to island there are service providers such as Adventures in Paradise, Inc (p. 60). Captiva Cruises (p. 60), Sanibel Harbor Princess (p. 60), Fort Myers Princess (p. 60) and Tropic Star (p. 60) offer interesting boat trips in the area. Packing for the trip Light, breathable clothing is recommended, but you should also bring some other clothing, as it can get quite chilly thanks to the air conditioning. Insect repellent spray is recommended and sun protection is indispensable. Money There are ATMs everywhere in this area. To avoid bank charges, international travelers should inquire whether US banks use the same electronic transfer system. Most stores accept major credit cards. Cell Phones and Wi-Fi Cell phone reception is good in most of the area, but off-road problems can arise if you are kayaking. Most of the accommodations have Wi-Fi, but you may have to pay for it. Many cafes have free WiFi. Time zone Eastern Time Zone (six hours behind Central European Time) Tipping In restaurants you tip 15% for adequate service and up to 20% for good service. You should only avoid tips if the service was terrible. Those who order drinks at a bar, by default, give a dollar or two or 15% of the total bill. Taxi drivers expect about 15%. A few dollars should be given for help with luggage. Budget: under US $ 150 self-catering or inexpensive restaurants Camping or renting a holiday home with other travelers Explore the area by bike or explore local parks Fort Myers & Sanibel Beaches and islands Boca Grande & Outer Islands (p. 56) On the Outer Islands On the west coast you can escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist strongholds in a natural landscape. :::: :::: :: The fulcrum ::: :: of the southwest. : ::: :: Florida: logistic ::: :: base, culinary :::: ::: ::: :: :: a historically preserved: ::: :::: ::: center:: full of atmosphere :::: ::: Romance. ::: :: ::: :::: :: :::::: :::: ::: :::::::: :::::::: ::::: :: ::::::: ::::::: :::::::: :::::::: ::::::::: :::: :::::::: :::: ::::::::: ::::: :::: ::::: :::: ::: :::::: :: :::::: :: : :::: : :: ::: : ::: :::: :: : : ::: ::: : : :::: ::: : :::: : : :: and Spanish- colonial :::: ::: Fort Myers (p. 24) :::: Fort Myers itself is the Fort Myers & Sanibel Beaches and Islands 21 Cape Coral and North Fort Myers (p. 68) Come because of the nature parks and cheap and excellent restaurants and mingle with the locals - a South Florida mix of many immigrants, migratory birds and retirees. Corner and as a bonus Middle area: US $ 125–250 X Dinner for two in a nice restaurant X Overnight stay in a middle-class hotel X Explore the area in a small rental car Upper area: over US $ 250 X Luxury shopping X “Prix -fixe "menus in good restaurants X Rent a vacation home or house on the beach X Day trip to the outer islands Useful websites Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/ florida / fort-myers) Destination information. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel (www.fortmyers-sanibel.com) Tourism Board website. Lee County Parks & Recreation (www.leegov.com/parks) Local parking system. Events calendar (www.fortmyers-sanibel. Com / events) Cultural calendar for the area . Alliance for the Arts (www.artinlee.org) Another great cultural calendar. K Auto McGregor Blvd runs from downtown Fort Myers to Fort Myers Beach, which connects to Sanibel and Captiva; the State R oad 78 runs through Cape Coral and all the way to Pine Island. The Midpoint and Cape Coral Pkwy bridges each cost US $ 2 (only on the way west); crossing the Boca Grande Toll Bridge costs US $ 6 there and back. The trip to Sanibel via the Sanibel Causeway costs US $ 6 (the return trip to the mainland is free). Traffic on Sanibel can be very heavy in the main season. Current traffic information is available at www.mysanibel.com/Live-Street-Cams. f Boat More information on ferry connections in the region is available at http: // swflwaterways. com / to find. Kayakers and canoeists can use the Great Calusa Blueway network (www.calusablueway.com). H Bicycle The region has an extensive network of bicycle paths, but one should not ride on highways. Information about bike paths is available at www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/discover/ on-land / biking-and-hiking. Sanibel is easy to experience by bike; Information on this at www.sanibeltrails.com/sanibel-bike-paths.aspx. The Tour de Park route consists of two trails that connect six large parks (including the Jet Blue Park / Red Sox Stadium). The trails are an excellent way to explore the area. More information is available at www.leegov.com/parks. Pine Island and Matlacha (p. 62) Pine Island is a small green patch with slow traffic, fishermen, artists, the legacy of the Calusa Indians and the retreats of an island and is easily reached by road. ::::::: Alva, Buckingham & Lehigh Acres (p. 74) This spacious residential area offers many parks and pedestrianized streets. There is hardly any nightlife here, but there is a rural flair, especially inland. :::::::: :::::::::: :::::::::: :::::::::: ::::::::::: ::: ::::: Prepare three months of charter excursions and reserve all rental options. Make reservations at leading restaurants for a few weeks and check the cultural calendar. Check the weather forecast the day before and check tours. From the marinas on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel There are over 20 marinas on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, making it easy to arrive by boat. Sanibel and Captiva Islands (p. 44) These gems have everything that makes Southwest Florida great: seashell-strewn beaches, great restaurants, great shopping, and lots of nature. The establishment of protected areas has made it possible to put nature at the center. Fort Myers Beach (p. 36) Fort Myers Beach shimmers, from the white sand to the glitter of the hotels, restaurants and shopping centers - all a stone's throw away from the bathtub-warm Gulf of Mexico. Protected areas have made it possible to bring nature into focus. : ::::::::: ::::::: Estero & Bonita:: ::::::: Springs (p. 78) ::::::::: the southern part is the: :: ::::: Perfect for shopping: :::::::: Go out to eat. It is located and: ::::::: best shopping centers :::::::: ::::::: directly between the area and publicly accessible snow-white sandy beaches. (Experienced sand sculptors claim that there is no better medium for their art.) On the beaches of the area you can find a place to relax everywhere. But how good can it get? The following guide will help you choose the best destination for you. The Best of Dining Lately, Fort Myers has revived the culinary arts thanks to an influx of fine chefs. New, impeccable restaurants spring up every month focused on providing a complete dining experience. This attracts gourmet travelers which in turn attracts more chefs ... it's a happy cycle. Restaurant owners pay attention to Fort Myers and act accordingly. By the time this information is published, there are bound to be many new restaurants that could be included in your vacation planning. Left: bucket with shells; Above: Lighthouse Beach Park, Sanibel Island y top tips for picking up mussels is a popular pastime here for good reason - getting a slightly crooked back, the “Sanibel hunch”, due to the special gait, but as a Getting a few mussels as a reward is a special holiday highlight for many. But one should keep the local laws in mind and under no circumstances remove live mussels from the beach - it is harmful to the environment and is illegal. Beaches with fun Anyone who is young, sociable and looking for friends who also want to enjoy electric cocktails by the water need look no further than the entertaining, friendly Fort Myers Beach. Here you can splash around in the wonderful water of the Gulf during the day, eat its fresh seafood and then dance the night away ... until the sun comes up and everything starts all over again. A wide variety of activities, inexpensive eateries and accommodations make it a great choice for families too. Pristine Beaches On the islands of Sanibel, Captiva, and Cayo Costa, expect the very best that southwest Florida and its rolling, pristine wilderness has to offer. Surrounded by discreetly luxurious houses, gourmet restaurants and entertaining, family-friendly meeting places for children, you will hardly be able to tear yourself away from the most spectacular sunsets on the planet. Here you will find a beauty that delights both the young at heart when they see the fast flight of birds and silver fish over the water, as well as old souls who appreciate the filigree details on a found shell. Beaches for collecting mussels Blind Pass Beach (p. 49) All types of mussels in the Gulf seem to have washed up at the Blind Pass on the northern tip of Sanibel. Cayo Costa State Park (p. 59) A large, often little-visited beach with an unobstructed view of the breathtaking sunsets in the Gulf. Accessible only by boat. Turner Beach (p. 49) Just north of Blind Pass Beach on Captiva, there are wide, flat sandy beaches for mussel picking. Lighthouse Beach Park (p. 49) This beach is a short drive from shops and restaurants, plenty of clam-collecting opportunities, and the Sanibel Sea School. Beaches for families Bonita Beach Park (p. 81) The park offers a boardwalk, picnic areas, kiosks, and easy access to restaurants and mussel picking opportunities. Bowman’s Beach (p. 48) An uninterrupted view, deep blue water, good opportunities to collect mussels, a great playground for children and more than enough space to make yourself comfortable. Lynn Hall Memorial Park (p. 39) Located near the shops and restaurants of Time Square in Fort Myers Beach, Lynn Hall Park has facilities such as a playground and public toilets. Bowditch Point Park (p. 39) Close to city amenities, yet full of wild beauty. Beaches for Couples Lovers Key State Park (p. 81) In the small pavilion with a view of several pristine beaches, many lovers have said yes. Cayo Costa State Park (p. 59) With a total of 15 km of beach and hardly a soul far and wide, quite a few romantic fires will be kindled. Captiva Beach (p. 49) Captiva Beach not only offers a view of the fantastic sunset, but is also close to romantic restaurants. Gasparilla Island State Park (p. 59) At the southern end of Gasparilla Island (US $ 6 toll), five beaches beckon with romantic seclusion. Although many restaurants with fine cuisine are opening, there is not only white tablecloths and chic silverware (on the contrary, this part of Florida is so relaxed that it would be really difficult to find something with a bourgeois atmosphere). There are still plenty of inexpensive waterfront eateries with delicious seafood, and a wide variety of ethnic cuisines - Cuban, Mexican, Italian, and Pan-Asian - that are easy on the wallet but keep the taste buds singing. When it comes to trends in American cuisine, the term "fusion" is used somewhat lightly, but here such blending happens naturally - a positive result of the diversity in the Fort Myers area. With all of this, the “local” cuisine in this region - some call it “Floribbean” in reference to its proximity to the Caribbean, others Nouveau American with a touch of tropical lime - is still the basis of many traditional dishes. And who wouldn't be happy with that? We like to order pork in citrus marinade, fresh grilled yellowtail snapper or dishes with mango salsa at any time. The Best Beaches The Best Food 108 Essential Information 109 Edison Festival of Light (www.edisonfestival.org) Science and craft events in honor of Thomas Edison and his life in Fort Myers. Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair (www.swflcfair.com) There's dancing, auto rallies, wrestling, horseback riding and, oh yeah, livestock and farm animals! And on top of that, carousels, food and fun. Burrowing Owl Festival (www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org) Cape Coral is home to Florida's largest population of rabbit owls. With this festival the city celebrates its bird coat of arms. It is sponsored by Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife. Southwest Florida Reading Festival (www.readfest.org) On several stages, writers give insights into their latest works and tell how a story comes about. You can buy books here and have them signed by your favorite cars. Spring training camp (Boston Red Sox; www.red-sox.com; Minnesota Twins; www.twinsbaseball.com) Sunshine and the always blue skies at the beginning of spring create the perfect backdrop for two great teams training in one of the US Watching national sports. nigin, mango cooking competitions and lots of live music. Survival tips 110 Survival tips There is music, family-friendly activities, carousels, play booths and lots of good food here. and Christmas becomes Captiva a (tropical) winter paradise. There's an illuminated boat parade, an opera performance on the beach, and Christmas lights that make your eyes go away. DECEMBER Sanibel Luminary Holiday Stroll (www.sanibel-captiva.org) On the first weekend of December, visitors can walk the 5 km long Periwinkle Way on Sanibel, which is lit with Christmas candles. Survival tips Before you travel What time of the year is it best? ° C / ° F Temperature 40/104 30/86 20/68 10/50 0/32 Precipitation inches / mm 16/400 12/300 8/200 4/100 0 Bonita Springs National Art Festival (www.artcenterbonita.org/ art festival) On three weekends between January and March, more than 200 artists come to Bonita Springs to present and sell their work. Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival (www.capecoralfestival. Com) In Cape Coral it gets hot on two days in January when music and visual arts are offered at venues across the city. Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival The festival, which premiered in 2019, will again offer three days of live music, arts and crafts as well as a rich selection of street food in the River District in Fort Myers in 2020. SEPTEMBER Island Hopper Songwriter Festival (www.island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com) This well-attended 10-day festival comes up with numerous concerts at various venues in the region. OCTOBER "Ding" Darling Days (www.dingdarlingsociety.org/ events / ding-darling-days) This is one of our favorite events where kayak and boat tours of the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Bird watching trips and art exhibitions for environmental protection are offered. Oktoberfest (www.capecoraloktober fest.com) The German American Social Club of Cape Coral, a German-American association, organizes this extravagant festival with German food, dance, music and of course beer to the American Sand Sculpting Championship (www.fmbsandsculpting.com) Up to 100,000 visitors come to Fort Myers Beach to see experts turn sand into sculptures that could also be in the Sistine Chapel also amateur competitions so you don't have to limit yourself to watching. Fort Myers Tipoff (www.fortmyerstipoff. com) This three-day event, held at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena s brings the best college basketball teams in the country to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Sanibel Writers Conference (www.fgcu.edu/siwc) This conference, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University, takes place at the BIG Arts arts center on Sanibel and includes readings and workshops by an impressive selection of writers. Captiva Holiday Village On the weekends between Thanksgiving Day J FD M A M J J A S O N Tips and tricks for a smooth and stress-free journey ¨ Winter Temperatures are pleasantly over 20 ° C, but can drop to 11 ° C at night. by May the temperatures rise to 27 ° C to 32 ° C. ¨ Summer The thermometer rises by another one to three degrees. Temperatures drop from 32 ° C to 24 ° C through November. ¨ Fall from September ¨ Spring from March Important information Festivals and events For a complete list, please visit The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel's website: www.fortmyers - sanibel.com. JANUARY Annual Food & Wine Weekend (www.the-gasparilla-inn.com) Learn cooking techniques, taste fine wines and experience delicious dishes - world-famous culinary regions will be explored at the event at the Gasparilla Inn. FEBRUARY ArtFest Fort Myers (www.artfestfortmyers.com) On the first weekend of February, the ArtFest takes place on the promenade of Fort Myers, at which works by around 200 artists selected by a jury can be seen. MARCH Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival & Parade Come here to watch the parades, listen to music, and watch the Shrimp Festival Queen crowned Fort Myers Beach's largest annual event, held from late February to early March. Sanibel Shell Fair & Show (www.sanibelcommunity house.net) The largest mussel trade fair in the country takes place in the first week of March. APRIL Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (www.fmbfilmfest.com) Film producers, indie film fans and talented filmmakers from local and overseas come to Fort Myers Beach this sunny spring to celebrate their craft and passion. JULY MangoMania (www.mangomaniafl.net) Pine Island and Matlacha host this crazy spectacle that is all about the mango, including Mango-Kö-Edison & Ford Winter Estates' Holiday Nights (www.edisonfordwinter estates.org) From the beginning of December until New Year's Day (closed on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day) the properties are open until 9 p.m. There are lights and decorations as well as special exhibitions and performances. Burroughs & Langford-Kingston Homes ’Holiday House (www.burroughshome.com/ tours / holiday-house) These two historic homes will be decorated by the Fort Myers Women's Community Club in December and will be open from 5pm to 9pm. NOVEMBER Coconut Festival (www.cocofest.com) The Co-conut Festival on the second weekend in November celebrates everything related to Cape Coral. Important Information Tourist Information Directory of Accommodation and Attractions Contents Provided by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau NUMBER OF ACCOMMODATION TYPE LOCATION BOATING AND FISHING continued SANIBEL OFFSHORE FISHING CHARTERS (239) 337-4275; 15001 Punta Rassa Rd.Fort Myers, FL 33908; fishmisshayden.com SANTIVA SALTWATER FISHING TEAM (239) 472-1779; At 'Tween Waters Marina, 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva Island, FL 33924; sanibelcaptivafishing.com SEA REED CHARTERS (239) 292-8201; 7018 Overlook Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33919; sanibelcaptivafishin.com SNOOK BLASTER CHARTERS (239) 671-9229; 140 Eldorado Parkway W Cape Coral, FL 33991; snookblaster.com SNOOK STAMP CHARTERS (239) 313-1764; 15001 Punta Rassa Road Fort Myers, FL 33908; facebook.com/ SnookStampCharters SOUTHERN INSTINCT CHARTERS (239) 896-2341; 14341 Port Comfort Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908; southerninstinct.com SPEAK EASY FISHING CHARTERS (727) 234-3171; 8720 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; speakeasyfishing.com TARPON BAY EXPLORERS (239) 472-8900; 900 Tarpon Bay Rd Sanibel Island, FL 33957; tarponbayexplorers.com TARPOONS (239) 822-5698; 1456 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957; tarpoons.com TEAM ARCURE (239) 225-5211; Punta Rassa Boat Ramp Fort Myers, FL 33919; teamarcure.com THE BAIT BOX (239) 472-1618; 1041 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957; thebaitbox.com ULTIMATE CHARTERS (239) 542-9315; 14341 Port Comfort Rd.Fort Myers, FL 33904; ultimatecharters.com WEST COAST FISHING CHARTERS (239) 283-9340, (888) 880-0006; 1916 N.W. 27 St. Cape Coral, FL 33993; westcoastfishingcharters.com WHAT A HAWG LIGHT TACKLE AND FLY FISHING CHARTERS (239) 330-2427; 13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd # 202-160 Fort Myers, FL 33912; whatahawg.com BREWERIES BIG BLUE BREWING (631) 599-9760; 4721 SE 10th Pl Cape Coral, FL 33904; BigBlueBrewing.com BIG STORM BREWING CO. (239) 257 1401 839 Miramar St Cape Coral FL 33904 bigstormbrewery.com BURY ME BREWING (239) 332-BEER; 4224 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901; burymebrewing.com COASTAL DAYZ BREWERY (239) 204-9665; 2161 McGregor Blvd Unit E Fort Myers, FL 33901; coastaldayzbrewery.com EIGHT-FOOT BREWING (239) 984-2679; 4417 SE 16th Pl # 11 Cape Coral, FL 33904; eightfootbrewing.com FORT MYERS BREWING COMPANY (239) 313-6576; 12811 Commerce Lakes Dr # 28 Fort Myers, FL 33913; fmbrew.com LIST DISTILLERY (239) 208-7214; 3680 Evans Ave Suite A Fort Myers, FL 33901; listdistillery.com MILLENNIAL BREWING COMPANY (239) 271-2255; 1811 Royal Palm Ave Fort Myers, FL 33901; millennialbrewing.com MOMENTUM BREWHOUSE (239) 949-9945; 9786 Bonita Beach Road Southeast Bonita Spring, FL 34135; momentumbrewhouse.com OLD SOUL BREWING (239) 334-4334; 10970 S Cleveland Ave # 402 Fort Myers, FL 33907; oldsoulbrewing.com PALM CITY BREWING COMPANY (239) 362-2862; 7887 Drew Cir Suite 130 Fort Myers, FL 33967; facebook.com/PalmCityBrewing POINT YBEL BREWING COMPANY (239) 603-6535; 16120 San Carlos Blvd. # 4 Fort Myers, FL 33908; pointybelbrew.com SCOTTY'S BIERWERKS (239) 888-5482; 901 East Industrial Circle Unit 1-3 Fort Myers, FL 33909; facebook.com/ scottysbierwerks WICKED DOLPHIN RUM DISTILLERY (239) 242-5244; 131 SW 3rd Pl Cape Coral, FL 33991; wickeddolphinrum.com DIVING DEAN'S DIVE CENTER (239) 489-0500; 16964 Alico Mission Way # 203 Fort Myers, FL 33908; www. deansdivecenter. com / home LEE REEFS Lee County, FL; emptyefs.org ULTIMATE GETAWAY (239) 466-0466; 18450 San Carlos Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; ultimategetaway.net UNDERWATER EXPLORERS (239) 481-5005; 12600 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919; underwaterexplorers.com USS MOHAWK MEMORIAL REEF Gulf of Mexico - Sea Coordinates Fort Myers, FL 33919; ussmohawkreef.com ENTERTAINMENT ACE PERFORMER (239) 489-3513; 16842 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908; aceperformer.com AERONAUTICAL CHARTERS, INC (239) 278-0101, (888) 781-0101; 325 Danley Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907; goflyaci.com BEACH THEATER (239) 765-9000; 6425 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; fmbtheater.com CASTLE GOLF (239) 489-1999; 7400 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908; castle-golf.com CONGO RIVER GOLF & EXPLORATION (239) 948-9099; 24270 S. Tamiami Trail Bonita Springs, FL 34134; congoriver.com EDEN SKI LAKE - WATERSKI SCHOOL (239) 219-8525; 21900 State Road 82 Fort Myers, FL 33913; edenskilake. com FLORIDA EVERBLADES ICE HOCKEY (239) 948-7825; 11000 Everblades Pkwy. Estero, FL 33928; floridaeverblades.com GAMETIME (954) 693-8778; 10037 Gulf Center Drive Fort Myers, FL 33913; gametimeplayers.com GATOR LANES (239) 939-0048; 7050 Crystal Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907; gatorlanes.com GREYHOUND TRACK (239) 992-2411; 10601 Bonita Beach Rd. Bonita Springs, FL 34135; naplesfortmyersdogs.com GULF COAST SYMPHONY (239) 277-1700; 6314 Corporate Court Suite # 100 Fort Myers, FL 33919; gulfcoastsymphony.org HARBORSIDE EVENT CENTER (352) 214-3884; 1375 Monroe St. Fort Myers, FL 33902; harborsideevents.com HERB STRAUSS SCHOOLHOUSE THEATER (239) 472-6862; 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957; bigarts.org HERTZ ARENA (239) 948-7825; 11000 Everblades Pkwy. Estero, FL 33928; hertzarena.com JUNGLE GOLF (239) 466-9797; 17710 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; junglegolfminigolf.com LABORATORY THEATER (239) 218-0481; 1634 Woodford Avenue Fort Myers, FL 33901; laboratorytheaterflorida.com LEE CIVIC CENTER (239) 543-8368; 11831 Bayshore Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33917; leeciviccenter.com MIKE GREENWELL'S FAMILY FUN PARK (239) 574-4386; 35 NE Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral, FL 33909; greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN (239) 275-8487, (800) 736-4853; 2805 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966; semgulf.com PAINT ESCAPE (239) 945-2006; 808 S.E. 47th St. Cape Coral, FL 33904; paintescapeonline.net PARADISE PARASAIL INC (239) 463-7272, (239) -463-PARA; 1160 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; paradiseparasail.com PROMENADE AT BONITA BAY (239) 260-8126; 26811 South Bay Dr. Bonita Springs, Fl 34134; PromenadeShops.com SALTY SAM'S PIRATE CRUISE (239) 765-7272, (800) 763-7769; 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; floridapiratecruise.com SHELL FACTORY (239) 995-2141; 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. North Fort Myers, FL 33903; shellfactory.com SMUGGLERS COVE ADVENTURE GOLF (239) 466-5855; 17450 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; smugglersgolf.com SOCIETY (239) 236-5528; 13499 Bell Tower Dr Fort Myers, FL 33907; societyfortmyers.com SOUTHERN EXTREME WATER SKI SHOW TEAM (239) 253-6310; 9591 Florida 82 Fort Myers, FL 33928; facebook. com / Southern-Extreme-Water-Ski-Team-367476579938146 SUN SPLASH FAMILY WATERPARK (239) 574-0558; 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33991; sunsplashwaterpark.com THE CENTER BAR (239) 325-3583; 26811 South Bay Dr. Center Court Bonita Springs, Florida 34134; TheCenterBar.com WATERSIDE WINE CLUB (239) 540-1557; 5785 Cape Harbor Drive, Suite 203 Cape Coral, FL 33914; watersidewineclub.com ZOOMERS AMUSEMENT PARK (239) 481-9666; 17455 Summerlin Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908; zoomersfun.com GOLF ALDEN PINES COUNTRY CLUB, INC (239) 283-2179; 14261 Clubhouse Dr. Bokeelia, FL 33922; aldenpines.com ALICO FAMILY GOLF (239) 334-GOLF; 16300 Lee Road Fort Myers, FL 33912; alicofamilygolf.com ACCOMMODATION CONTINUED BREAK AWAY TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, INC HITSFKQ 9 9220 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 218, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 498-2119, (800) 619-0229; facebook.com/BreakAwayToSouthwestFloridaInc Year round or seasonal rentals. With locations on or near the beach, at golf courses and attractions, as well as individual customer service. COMFORT INN BONITA SPRINGS ZH # SFAIG B 69 N 9800 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 992-5001; choicehotels.com Your comfort is our top priority. Close to world class beaches, shops and restaurants. Spacious, clean, and redesigned rooms with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers. FLAMINGO MOTEL ZBF # IS H 16 M 4330 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 34134; (239) 992-7566; flamingobonita.com Cozy, clean motel rooms. Also villas with fully equipped kitchens. In Bonita Springs, just 1 mile from beautiful Bonita Beach. Non-smoking rooms. No pets. HAMPTON INN - BONITA SPRINGS Z # SFTAK H 92 M 27900 Crown Lake Blvd, 34135 Bonita Springs; (239) 947-9393; (800) 426-7866; bonitasprings.hamptoninn.com Nice heated outdoor pool. Business center, widely acclaimed free hot breakfast, and exercise room. The Corkscrew Swamp, Everglades, Hertz Arena, Coconut Point and the beach are all close by. HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES BONITA SPRINGS * H ​​# OSFQG AB; 27891 Crown Lake Blvd, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 948-0699; (877) 319-7666; hiexpress.com/bonitaspgsfl Located between Fort Myers and Naples. Close to the airport, shops, restaurants, fitness center, minibus to the beach, parks, estuaries, and nature experiences. 3 km from a beach that is one of the “Top 10 Healthiest Beaches” according to CNN. H 105 D RANCH HOUSE MOTEL 26620 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 948-9300; buffalochipsrestaurant.tv Enjoy your stay with us in the historic city center. The famous Buffalo Chips Restaurant is right next door. Just 10 minutes from Bonita Beach. All rooms are clean, inexpensive, non-smoking rooms. Small pets are welcome! H SHANGRI-LA SPRINGS 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 949-0749; shangrilasprings.com room bookings are now possible. A center for wellness and medicine in a beautiful natural setting. This is where the beauty of the unique landscape that has made Southwest Florida known as paradise unfolds. H TRIANON BONITA BAY ZH # OFTAMQ H 100 D 3401 Bay Commons Dr, Bonita Springs 34134; (239) 948-4400; (800) 859-3939; trianon.com The hotel is located at the lakeside entrance to the upscale community of Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs and is right next to the restaurants and shops on the promenade. WBG SW FLORIDA, INC SIF V 80 M 27800 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 947-6090, (800) 468-8676; wbgflorida.com Just minutes from the private 3-acre Bonita Beach Park on Bo-nita Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. Free shuttle service to the beach (November 1st to April 30th). CAPE CORAL BMI FLORIDA REALTY, LLC SDF 1323B Cape Coral Pkwy E, Cape Coral 33904; (239) 549-5400; bmi-homes.de rental properties in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita and Estero. CAPE HARBOR VACATION RENTALS ZFDI O V 25 W 5828 Cape Harbor Dr, Ste 100, Cape Coral 33914; (239) 540-1851; (888) 540-1851; capeharbourvacations.com Spacious, beautifully decorated and fully equipped luxury vacation homes. Breathtaking views from the private terrace, which is protected from view. Shops, restaurants, boat trips, fishing opportunities and much more in close proximity. CASA LOMA MOTEL ON THE WATERFRONT ZXFAITDGSKMH # H 49 W 3608 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral 33904; (239) 549-6000; (877) -CASALOMA; casalomacc.com Plan your vacation, your wedding reception or a reunion in this small motel with a family atmosphere and friendly staff. Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, the Barbara B Mann Theater and the Hertz Arena are all close by. DOLPHIN KEY RESORT H # SFTA O 1502 Miramar St, Cape Coral 33904; (239) 945-0060; dolphinkeyresort.com Just one block away from Cape Coral's city center with over 35 restaurants, bars and discos where there is always something going on. We also run the largest tiki bar in the United States on-site, where you can sip colorful tropical cocktails and experience live entertainment. H 100 D LOCATION 118 119 138 LEGEND FOR ACCOMMODATION CATEGORIES Accommodation type: R (Resort with full service) H (Hotel / Motel) C (Cottage / Studios) B (Bed & Breakfast) V (Villa / Apartment / House) Location: B (Am Beach) W (Waterfront) M (Inland) R (Riverfront) D (Downtown) N (Interstate) I (Island) S (Suburb) TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION * Reservations can be made through travel agents. NUMBER OF SINGLE ACCOMMODATIONS HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON BONITA SPRINGS * H ​​# ISFAMK H 106 M 8901 Highland Woods Blvd, Bonita Springs 34135; (239) 949-5913; (800) 544-0377, homewoodsuites3.hilton.com The only all suite hotel in Bonita Springs. 24-hour fitness center and business center. Daily hot breakfast; just a short walk from upscale restaurants and shops. Only a few minutes to the beach. HYATT REGENCY COCONUT POINT RESORT & SPA QIS # OHWUMGAF T; 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34134; (239) 444-1234; hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/florida/hyatt-regency-coconut-point-resort-and-spa/naprn This award-winning hotel is considered one of the best resorts for family vacations, for a long weekend, for a few days Relaxation or for a honeymoon in southwest Florida. R 454 W LA QUINTA INN & SUITES * H ​​# BSFTCIAMQ H 87 M 28600 Trails Edge Blvd, Bonita Springs 34134; (239) 495-9255; laquintabonitaspringsnaples.com Hotel with 87 rooms and suites, "Brightside" breakfast every morning, pool on the water, minutes from the golf beaches, 140 square meters of meeting space, excellent shopping and boutiques, championship golf courses nearby, meals on the water, excellent restaurants, at sightseeing, pet friendly. Close to first class shopping, restaurants and sights. The content in this section was provided by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel www.fortmyers-sanibel.com The content in this section was provided by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel www.fortmyers-sanibel.com The content This section was made available by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel -floridian ambience.The main artery of the district is the palm-lined McGregor Boulevard, which meanders along the Caloosahatchee River to the sea. As an urban anchor and commercial center of the area, Fort Myers has a lively art and theater scene, attracts with countless parks and gardens and is home to an active world of sports. In addition, there is a large portion of wonderfully uncomplicated, typically Florida serenity. 18 û # 12 Lynn Hall # ú Memorial Park # ú # û & Times Square 16 Ù # 13 FORT MYERS BEACH Fort Myers Beach 500 m 0.25 miles San Carlos BB lv d Best Attractions & Activities Foundation Matanzas Lagerhead Marine Harbor Cycle Boats Science Center Fisherman's Ma Wharf in St # 19 û # 7 æ # Key West Express 8 æ Ostego Bay # 9 æ Explore 1 æ # Preserve Explore Fort Myers and Sanibel 24 Explore Fort Myers 25 38 Fort Myers Beach Great Calusa Blueway Lovers Key State Park Explore 39 Estero Bay Sights & Activities Matanzas Pass Preserve 1 PARK # Mid Island Water Sports 6 æ For reviews see æ p. 39 æ Sightseeing Sights p39 ú p. 41 ú Dining Eating p41 û Going out Drinking p42 p. 42 û þ Shopping Shopping p43 þ p. 43 Paths and boardwalks lead past a historical open-air museum and into a 24 hectare ecosystem of mangrove and oak forests full of crabs, lizards and birds. There are excellent local opportunities to kayak into the Great Calusa Blueway and explore a network of aquatic paddling trails. (% 239-765-6794; www.leegov.com/parks; 199 Bay Rd; 7 a.m. to sunset) [1] Map p. 38, C1 Estero Bay Preserve State Park ren. (% 239-765-0865; www.moundhouse.org; 451 Connecticut St; adults / children US $ 10 / US $ 8; h Tues. – Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Jan. – April, Tues., Wed. and Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from May – Dec.) Styles and a swimming pool on the premises has been converted into an underground exhibition showing the layers of shells in the mound. It serves as an important archaeological center with frequent tou -2 km 1 mile E Lynn Hall Memorial Park & ​​Times Square 3 0 e # 0 PARK Estero Island # 15 û Mound House 2 HISTORIC SITE Fort Myers Este # 14 ú 5 æ # ro Blvd Holiday Water Sports Estero Island The building, built in 1889, is the oldest on Estero Island and is located on a clam hill of the Calusa Indians, which was created 2000 years ago. Regular educational events, from kayaking lessons to expeditions to wildlife viewing tours, are part of the Mound House's mission. The modest dwelling is a real conglomeration of the local architectural PANORAMIC IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES © [1] map p. 38, C2 Do you prefer a beach where there is a lot going on and there is a lot to do? Then the Lynn Hall Memorial Park on the north end of Fort Myers Beach is just the thing. Here there are shady palm trees and the blue-green water of the gulf (in late spring and summer with temperatures like in the bathtub). In between there is the finest sand in the area - white, powdery and a pleasure for the toes. Activities are offered in abundance: there is a licensed fishing pier, covered picnic areas and a playground for the children. Right next door is Times Square, a lively pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and bars. [1] D map p. 38, A3 C 2 GULFOFMEXICO (% 239-765-6794; www.leegov.com/parks; 950 Estero Blvd; hourly parking fee US $ 2; hour sunrise to sunset) Bowditch Point Park 4 BEACH Bowditch Point Park, Fort Myers Beach is called. (% 239-765-6794; www.leegov.com/parks; 50 Estero Blvd; parking fee US $ 2 per hour; 7:00 a.m. to sunset) Bowditch is located on the northernmost tip of Fort Myers Beach. The beach is not far from the amenities of the city, but still fascinates with its wild beauty [1] Map p. 38, B1 The best gastronomy 103 Innovative cuisine Mad Hatter (p. 53) Crazy, yes, but up good kind. Any doubts? Then dishes like spicy watermelon salad or scallops with black truffles will surely clear them up. Slate's (p. 72) Behind a facade typical of Cape Coral awaits a world full of inventive southern state dishes. There is even jazz here on Sundays. Sweet Melissa's (p. 54) Sanibel has plenty of upscale eateries, but Sweet Melissa's is more of a foodie restaurant than a posh establishment. Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery (p. 72) This eatery in Cape Coral lives up to its name and serves cool and delicious dishes. Links: fish tacos; Above: Veranda's inner courtyard combining southern soul food with international flair and ingredients. Dining with the family Bubble Room (p. 53) Captiva's cutest restaurant will captivate the little ghosts. The food is good, but simple enough to delight even difficult eaters. Over Easy Cafe (p. 53) All-day breakfast, a varied selection of sweet and savory dishes and great prices make the café a huge hit for every taste. Pecking Order (p. 54) The only downside to the jaw-dropping roast chickens in this Sanibel eatery is that these delicacies are really addicting and not good for your waistline. historic houses with delicious, French-inspired cuisine. Angelina's (p. 83) Here you can enjoy some of the best Italian dishes in the region in an intimate setting by candlelight. South Beach Bar & Grille (p. 60) Those who take the somewhat long drive to Boca Grande should spend the night there to eat outside while the sun sinks into the gulf. Bayfront Bistro (p. 41) Located right on the ocean at Fort Myers Beach, Bayfront offers a highly romantic combination of views and great food. Romantic Dinner Roadhouse Cafe (p. 32) Who would have thought that in a row of shops in Fort Myers you would find a gateway to another, enchanted world? Point 57 (p. 72) The restaurant is located on a main street, but still offers an all-round classic ambience with which you can make an impression. Veranda (p. 32) Veranda is an institution in downtown Fort Myers and combines the ambience of two Before the trip 111 Opening times Exceptions to the following opening times can be found in the entries. Banks Mon. – Fri. 8 am–5pm, Saturday 9 am–2pm, with a few exceptions. Bars Official closing time at 2 a.m., although some bars close earlier during the week or when there is little activity. Restaurants Breakfast 7 am to 11 am, lunch 11 am to 3 pm, dinner 5 pm to 9 pm. Shops 10 am–7pm or 8pm. Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce (% 941-964-0568; www.bocagrandechamber.com; Suite 3, 471 Park Ave, Boca Grande) Bonita Springs Region Chamber of Commerce (% 239-992-2943, 800-226-2943; www.bonitasprings chamber .com; 25071 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs) Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce (% 239-549-6900; www.capecoralchamber.com; info @ capecoralchamber. com; 2051 Cape Coral Pkwy E, Cape Coral) Estero Chamber of Commerce (% 239-948-7990; www.esterochamber.org; 10600 Chevrolet Way, Suite 101, Estero) Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (% 239-454-7500; fort myersbeach.org; frontdesk @ fmbchamber.com; 2450 Estero Blvd , Fort Myers Beach) Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce (% 239-332-3624, 800-366-3622; www.fortmyers.org; [email protected]; 2310 Edwards Dr, Fort Myers) Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce (% 239- 283-0888; www.pineislandchamber.org; info @ pineislandchamber. Org; 3640 SW Pine Island Rd, Matlacha) Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce (% 239-369-3322; www.lehighacreschamber.org; Info @ le highacreschamber. org; Suite 41, 25 Homestead Rd N, Lehigh Acres) Matlacha Chamber of Commerce (www.facebook.com/ MatlachaChamber; 4639 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha) North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce (% 239-997-9111; www.nfmchamber.com; info @ nfmchamber.org; Suite 10, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers) Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce (% 239-472-1080; www.sanibel-captiva.org; [email protected]; 1159 Causeway Rd, Sanibel) Child Seats Children under the age of 4 must be buckled into a child seat in the car when the vehicle is on the streets of Florida. It is recommended that young children be placed in a raised seat that adjusts the belt position. Disabled Travelers Disabled parking spaces and accessible entrances and architecture are required by law in the United States. For more information, visit Lee County Parks & Recreation (% 239-533-7275; www.leegov.com/parks/programs/special-needs). Lee County's Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance For the purposes of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on Equality for People with Disabilities ("ADA" for short), Lee County welcomes diverse visitors and provides appropriate space for services, programs, or activities, including this visitor guide. Lee County will provide adequate assistance and services upon request to enable people with registered disabilities to communicate effectively. Information and communication are made accessible to people with speech, hearing or visual impairments. A digital version of this visitor guide is available at www.FortMyers-Sanibel.com. Non-printed or digital editions of the Visitor's Guide can be obtained from Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (% 239-338-3500, Florida Relay 711; [email protected]). Tourist Information Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) (Visitor Services% 239-590-4800; www.flylcpa.com; Suite 8671, 11000 Terminal Access Rd, Fort Myers) MM ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS ACCOMMODATION AND ATTRACTIONS ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMMODATION ATTRACTIONS EXCLUSIVE TROPICAL VILLAS * H ​​# SFTMDKQWAI OU V 10 W 2628 SW 48TH Ter, Cape Coral, FL 33914; (239) 362-8322; exclusive-villas-florida.com We offer luxurious vacation homes in the best location in Cape Coral! Homes with pools, jetties and access to the golf beach are available. All objects are modernly furnished so that you feel right at home. The content in this section was provided by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel at www.fortmyers-sanibel.com

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