Must Do Fort Myers Sanibel Captiva Winter/Spring 2018 visitor guide

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WELCOME 6

MAPS

FORT MYERS/SANIBEL &

CAPTIVA ISLANDS 8

FORT MYERS BEACH/

ESTERO ISLAND 9

TOP 10

BEACHES 10

ACTIVITIES 14

ATTRACTIONS 20

FAMILY FUN 24

TOURS 26

GOLF 28

DAY TRIPS 32

DINING 38

NIGHTLIFE 44

SHOPPING 46

MUST DO COUPON SAVINGS 49

FUN FACTS

Florida beaches are home to 80%

of the Loggerhead turtles in the

U.S. From May through October,

there are an estimated 50,000

sea turtles in Florida making it the

most important nesting area in the

United States!

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is home to

the largest population of Atlantic Bottlenose

dolphins in the world.

An adult West Indian manatee can consume

over 100 pounds of vegetation per day!

The pirate Black Caesar was said to have made

his base on Sanibel Island in the 1700s and is

believed to have buried 26 tons of silver on the

island that has never been recovered.

Fort Myers Beach shrimping fleet is the largest

commercial fishing fleet in the

Gulf of Mexico. Airport security

allows you to carry packed shrimp

and Fort Myers Beach seafood

markets will flash-freeze shrimp

for travel!

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JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Welcome to Fort Myers! As an avid traveler, I know the great effort that goes into planning a fulfilling holiday. There

are endless experiences to be had, but narrowing down the worthwhile activities can be a challenge. Let Must Do

Visitor Guides help you create a fun-filled agenda!

At Must Do Visitor Guides we believe the best experiences in life are better when shared, and so we do. Inside this

Fort Myers Winter/Spring 2018 issue, you will find over one hundred well-researched and carefully curated standout

things to do so you can make the most of your visit. Everything from major attractions to awe-inspiring tours or

family activities conveniently arranged in our Top 10 directories. Our dining and nightlife recommendations take the

guesswork out of where to find a great meal or drink. You can make your experience here even more spectacular with

our valuable deals and savings.

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Check It Out

Sanibel-Captiva Islands

Chamber of Commerce

A stop at the Chamber’s visitor center for free

vacation information is the ideal way to begin

your visit to the Islands. The friendly and

helpful staff is happy to answer questions and

are full of vacation ideas so you can make your

stay a memorable one.

1159 Causeway Road, Sanibel Island

239.472.1080 • Sanibel-Captiva.org

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Sanibel’s

Natural Wonders

on Land

and

In the Sea...

Tahitian Gardens • 1993 Periwinkle Way • Sanibel Island, Florida 33957

Telephone: 239.472.2876 • Toll-free: 800.749.1987

www.CedarChestSanibel.com


FORT MYERS

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Visitor

Information

Route to Beaches

Toll Roads

Downtown/

Entertainment District

Park

Beach

To Cape Coral

To Cape Coral

Caloosahatchee

River

McGregor Blvd

College Pkwy

Summerlin Rd

S. Cleveland Ave

To N. Fort Myers

McGregor Blvd

Colonial Blvd

41

41

Fowler St

Fowler St

i

Metro Pkwy

First St

Hanson St

Palm Beach Blvd

Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Winkler Ave

Ben C. Pratt / 6Mile Cypress Pkwy

Ortiz Ave

75

Six Mile

Cypress Slough

Preserve

Exit 136

Colonial Blvd

75

Treeline Ave

Old San Carlos Blvd

FORT

MYERS

BEACH

Bowditch

Beach

Lynn Hall

Memorial Park

Fort Myers

Beach Pier

Times Square

Fort Myers

Beach

Estero Blvd

Gulf Beach Rd

Bay Rd

Donora Blvd

i

Estero Blvd

Bowditch Point

Regional Park

To

Fort Myers

San Carlos Blvd

Estero Blvd

Main St

Matanzas

Pass

Preserve

Captiva Cruises

“The best vacation experience in Southwest Florida.”

Come out to beautiful Captiva Island and join us for an

unforgettable dolphin or sunset cruise.

Daily Dolphin Cruises

with naturalist on board

Sunset Cruises

wildlife, sailing, or live music.

Come aboard one of our daily cruises to the “out island”

destinations of Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, Useppa and Boca Grande.

Cypress Lake Dr

S. Tamiami Tr. S. Cleveland Ave

Daniels Pkwy

To SW FL INT Airport

Exit 131

Daniels Pkwy

Bayland Rd

Madera Rd

To Sanibel

& Captiva

Shell Point Blvd

Davis Rd

John Morris Rd

Iona Rd

McGregor Blvd

Summerlin Rd

San Carlos Blvd

Pine Ridge Rd

Gladiolus Dr

Summerlin Rd

Lakes

Regional

Park

6 Mile Cypress Pkwy

41

Alico Rd

75

To SW FL INT Airport

Terminal Access Rd

Exit 128

Ben Griffiths Pkwy

Estero Blvd

Lenell Rd

Estero

Bay

Cayo Costa State Park

#1 shelling destination

Cabbage Key

“cheeseburger in paradise”

To Fort Myers’ Beaches

Bay Beach Ln

Alison Hagerup

Beach Park

Andy Rosse Ln

Pine Island

Sound

CAPTIVA

Captiva Drive

Turner

Beach

Wulfert Rd

Sanibel Captiva Rd

Bowman’s Beach Rd.

Bowman’s

Beach

SANIBEL

Wildlife Dr

Wildlife Trail

J.N. “Ding” Darling

National Wildlife Refuge

W Gulf Dr

Rabbit Rd

Tarpon

Bay

Sanibel Captiva Rd

Island Inn Rd

To Fort Myers

Tarpon Bay Rd

W Gulf Dr

Dixie Beach Blvd

Algiers

Lane

Casa Ybel Rd

Sanibel Causeway

Sand

Castle Rd

i

Periwinkle Way

Middle Gulf Dr

Gulfside

City Park

Tarpon Bay Road

Beach

Sanibel

Causeway

Beaches

Periwinkle Way

E Gulf Dr

Lighthouse

Beach &

Fishing Pier

Dog

Beach

Park

Lover’s Key

State Park

To Barefoot &

Bonita Beaches

Estero Blvd

Useppa Island

picturesque island retreat

Boca Grande

quaint shops and restaurants

Captiva Cruises has a fleet of comfortable and well-appointed

Coast Guard-certified vessels available for private island hopping,

catered receptions, family gatherings and cocktail cruises.

CAPTIVA CRUISES

239-472-5300

Book Online

www.captivacruises.com

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BEACHES

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Concessions Dog-Friendly Fishing Parking Restrooms

Alison Hagerup Beach Park

14790 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island

Also known as Captiva Beach, this

romantic, wide, and sandy north Captiva

public beach access offers wonderful sunset

views. Recognized as one of the most

romantic beaches in Florida and one of

the top beaches in the United States. Very

limited parking is available at a rate of $4

per hour. Located adjacent to South Seas

Island Resort.

Bowditch Point Park

50 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

Beachfront preserve and

restorative area offering panoramic

views with shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico

and Matanzas Pass. Features benches for

taking in the beauty and serenity of the

area, walking trails, a butterfly garden,

BBQ grills, and shaded picnic areas. Free

guided-walks are offered Tuesdays from

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Fridays from

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., seasonally. Parking

is available at a rate of $2 per hour.

Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier

112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

Located on the eastern tip

of Sanibel and wrapping around to the

bay side offering both Gulf of Mexico

and Estero Bay views. Historic working

lighthouse, boardwalk, nature trails,

t-dock fishing pier, and an abundance

of small shells makes it a favorite among

visitors and residents alike. Parking is

available at a rate of $4 per hour.

Beach

Scavenger Hunt

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Fun Starts

Here!

The beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel,

and Captiva Islands provide a perfect

backdrop for a great Southwest Florida

vacation. Area beaches are consistently

on national, state, and local “best of”

and “top” lists. With more than 400

varieties of shells, the beaches of Sanibel

and Captiva have earned a reputation

for some of the best shelling in the world. The seven-mile stretch of family-friendly

Fort Myers Beach’s gentle undertow, white powdery sand, and licensed fishing

pier create a fun beach environment everyone will enjoy. Grab some sunscreen,

a towel, bucket, bag, or scoop, and head to the beach. For additional photos and

information on area beaches visit MustDo.com.

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Pet Friendly Beaches

Leashed pets are welcome on Sanibel Island’s

beaches providing you pick up after them.

Captiva Island does not allow pets on the

beach. Dog Beach Park, on Fort Myers Beach,

allows off leash pets. Please don’t bury pet

waste...children like to dig in the sand as

much as pets.

Visit MustDo.com for additional

information on Fort Myers area beaches.

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Bowman’s Beach Park

1700 Bowman’s Beach Rd., Sanibel Island

This popular award-winning

beach offers miles of white sandy beach

to play, relax, or gather shells. It’s a

ten-minute hike from the parking lot

to the beach so bring a beach cart or

wagon if you have a lot of gear or little

ones. No concessions available other

than a vending machine with water

and soda. Follow the marked trail through

the wooded area over the footbridge

and dunes. Parking is available at a rate

of $4 per hour.

Cayo Costa State Park

880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande

The park is one of Florida’s most

underdeveloped islands where visitors

are rewarded with acres of pine forests,

oak-palm hammocks, mangrove swamps,

nature trails, and shady picnic areas.

The island and its nine-miles of beautiful

beaches are ideal for swimming, shelling,

and snorkeling. Bring snacks or a picnic

lunch and something to drink, as there are

no concessions available. Accessible by

private boat or ferry only.

Dog Beach Park

8800 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

Give your dog an off-the-leash run

on the only county-owned beach where

pets are allowed. Doggie shower and

disposal stations are available. Owners

are required to clean up after their pets.

Maximum of two dogs per person is

allowed. A coastal tideland, therefore

the size of the beach varies on the water

level and tide. Parking is free.

Lovers Key State Park & Beaches

8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

Four barrier islands offering

biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and

shelling in a pristine setting. Manatees,

dolphins, coastal birds, and even bald

eagles are often seen. The two-mile

long beach is accessible by boardwalk

or tram. Kayak, canoe, pedal boat,

stand-up paddleboards, beach chairs,

and umbrella rentals available. Park

entrance admission fee varies between

$2 and $8 depending on the mode of

transport and number of occupants.

Lynn Hall Memorial Park

950 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

Beachfront park located on

Fort Myers Beach, just north of the foot

of the Matanzas Pass Bridge, next to

Times Square. This 17-acre park

features picnic shelters with grills, a

large playground, vending, and changing

and restroom facilities. Adjacent pier is

great for fishing complete with bait shop

and rod & reel rentals. Parking is available

at a rate of $2 per hour.

Sanibel Causeway Beaches

19931 Sanibel Causeway Rd., Sanibel Island

Located just after the

tollbooth on the spoil islands that links

Sanibel Island to the mainland. The

first of the two islands is referred to as

Causeway A; the second Causeway B.

Causeway bisects San Carlos Bay near

the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River

allowing Bay and Gulf access. Grills,

drinking fountains, and picnic tables are

available. Pull your vehicle right up to the

edge of the water. Parking is free.

Turner Beach

17200 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island

Located on the southern tip

of Captiva right at the “Welcome to

Captiva” sign at Blind Pass Bridge. A

popular spot for shelling and fishing

from the beach or the rock jetty. Use

caution when swimming near the bridge

due to swift currents. Limited parking is

available at a rate of $4 per hour. Blind

Pass Beach is on the Sanibel side of the

Blind Pass Channel.

Challenge your kids to find starfish, egg casings, sea glass, sand dollars, coral, and

more while exploring Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva’s white sandy beaches.

They will enjoy exploring the coastal environment and delight in having found

a natural treasure to take home. And, who doesn’t love beach combing? One

important caution: Make sure the shells your kids collect are not live (inhabited).

Aside from the surprise you’ll get back home, it’s illegal to remove living shells

from the beaches. This includes sand dollars, starfish, and sea urchins.

Scavenger Hunt List Suggestions:

Three different kinds of shells.

A feather.

A unique piece of driftwood.

A creature’s home

(crab holes are a good one).

Something swimming

in the water. What is it?

A whole sand dollar.

A starfish.

A piece of seaweed.

A piece of coral.

Three pieces of trash.

A piece of sea glass.

An egg casing.

An animal track in the sand.

What type of animal made

the track?

Count how many waves crash

into shore in one minute.

How many paces wide

is the beach?

Wade into the water. Time

how long it takes for your

feet to dry.

Find something red.

SHUTTERSTOCK

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Sanibel Island –

Top Shelling Destination in the USA

By: Gillian Birch

Visitors to Sanibel Island are constantly

surprised by the exceptional quantity

and variety of seashells that wash up

daily on Sanibel’s sandy coastline.

This is due to the island jutting out

into the Gulf of Mexico on a shallow

underwater plateau. Lying in an

east-west orientation, the island

traps a large number of shells that

are stirred up by tides and waves and

deposited in abundance on Sanibel’s

white sand beaches.

Sanibel’s seashells attract thousands of shell collectors who can be seen performing the “Sanibel stoop” as

they comb the waterline in search of that special seashell. Altogether more than 400 different varieties of shells

can be found along with sand dollars, tiny pieces of coral, and starfish.

You need to invest in a shell identification chart or book to identify your treasures. Look for periwinkles, whelks, baby’s

ears, slipper shells, spiny jewel boxes, spiky murex, conchs, coquinas, cockles, clams, and the very collectible alphabet

cones where the patterns form certain letters.

Tips for

Shelling on Sanibel

Generally the outer islands have the best shells as fewer

people visit them. On Sanibel Island the lighthouse

(eastern) end has mainly smaller shells while Captiva

Island generally attracts larger ones. Low tide is the best

time to wade out and search for new shells, or search the

tideline after stormy weather.

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Beach

Safety

These Beach Tips are great to know – they may even

save a family member or your life.

Don’t Swim

Against a Rip Current

If a rip current is pulling you out to sea, swimming against

it will only make you tired. Instead, swim out of the current

parallel to shore. Once out, swim back to shore.

Know The Signs of Drowning

Drowning can be a quiet process. No breathing means

no calling for help. Because humans instinctively push

their arms into the water, a drowning victim may not

be able to wave for help. So, whether someone is flailing

frantically for help or quietly bobbing at the surface

with their mouth submerged and arms extended

horizontally, ask them if they’re alright, if they cannot

answer, help them or get help quickly.

Protect Your Neck

To avoid serious neck injuries never dive into unknown

waters. Remember “first time, feet first”.

SHUTTERSTOCK

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

It’s a good idea to wear sandals to avoid treading on

sharp shells or stingrays buried in the sand. Take a bucket

to collect your finds and check each shell is empty before

adding it to your collection.

Seashells can smell if not properly cleaned. Soak all your

shells in a bucket of 50-50 bleach and water. Once the

flaky covering (periostracum) has gone, remove the

shells, rinse and let them dry. File any rough edges if

you wish and give the shells a shine by wiping them with

baby oil.

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Never Turn Your Back to the Waves

Don’t let a carefree attitude get you swept up by a

sneaky wave. Even on a calm day, always keep an eye on

the surf to avoid injuries.

SHUTTERSTOCK

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JUSTIN FENNELL

Thrillin’

and Chillin’

Coupon

Dog-Friendly

Southwest Florida has more

than 600 miles of shoreline,

so as you can imagine,

recreational water activities

abound. The warm Gulf

waters, gorgeous bays,

and estuaries all create an

environment that’s just

screaming adventure! Soar

high above the beautiful

Gulf Coast on a parasailing

adventure for a birds-eyeview

of the beach or head

out on a fishing, dolphin, or shell-seeking excursion. A kayak trip along the

Great Calusa Blueway offers paddlers 190 miles of marked trails that meander

through beautiful coastal waters, mangrove estuaries, and sheltered bays – with

the added bonus of stopping and starting anywhere you want. Reward yourself

at the end of the day with a

relaxing sunset cruise. The

action isn’t all on the water

though. Sanibel Island offers

endless birding opportunities

and miles of bike paths.

Regardless of how you choose

to experience the Fort

Myers area, whether it is

through quiet exploration or

fast paced action, there is

something for everyone.

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We encourage you to search those hashtags to

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DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

BIG Arts

900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island

239.395.0900 • BigArts.org

BIG Arts (Barrier Island Group For The Arts)

is Sanibel’s hub for cultural and educational

programs. Presents more than 400 events

each season, including classical and

contemporary concerts, dance, lectures,

art exhibits, films, and workshops, plus

innovative dramas, comedies, and musicals

in Sanibel’s only professional theater. Visit

website for a complete schedule of events.

Crazy Woman Kayaks

19001 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.220.0525 • CrazyWomanKayaks.com

Enjoy an opportunity to encounter dolphins,

manatees, stingrays, birds, and other wildlife

on the tranquil waters of Hurricane Bay.

Introductory lesson, chart, and dry bags for

phones, keys, and cameras are provided.

Beginners, children, and dogs welcome. Offers

hourly and weekly rentals. Guided tours by

reservation. Limited delivery is available.

Located at the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar.

Estero Island Cottage Museum &

Matanzas Pass Preserve

161 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach

239.463.0435 • EsteroIslandHistoricSociety.org

The Cottage Museum houses a great

collection of photographs, memorabilia,

and artifacts of life on Fort Myers Beach.

Matanzas Pass Preserve features 1.25 miles

of trails and extended boardwalks, and a

paddle-craft landing that’s part of the Great

Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Museum

hours vary, see website for details. Preserve

open daily 7 a.m. to dusk.

Finnimore’s Bike & Beach Rentals

2353 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.5577 • Finnimores.com

A variety of bikes and accessories for all

ages including kid’s trail-a-bike, jogger

strollers, surreys, and tandem bicycles. Rent

by the hour, day, or month. Rental includes

free helmet, lock, child seat, bottle of water,

and island trail map. Also offers beach gear

including paddle boards, kayaks, boogie

and skim boards, beach chairs, umbrellas,

and carts.

Holiday Water Sports

3 Fort Myers Beach & 1 Sanibel Island Location

HolidayWaterSportsFMB.com

Spectacular WaveRunner guided dolphin

adventure tours. Also offers hourly and

half-hour rentals on WaveRunners, kayaks,

stand-up paddleboards, aqua cycles,

and Hobie Cat sailboats. WaveRunners

accommodate single, double, and triple

riders. Instructions and life vests included

in all rentals. Parasailing, beach chair, and

umbrella service available. See ad on page

19 for locations and phone.

Lagerhead Cycleboats

2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.312.3137 • LagerheadCycleboats.com

Pedal at your own pace while your captain

navigates the boat on this fun 90-minute

pedal power cruise that includes a stop at a

bar/restaurant. Families and children are

welcome. Bring your own snacks and beverages

for the onboard cooler. Features a canopy

cover for sun protection and back-up engine

power. Custom private parties are also

available. Departs from Salty Sam’s Marina.

Pure Florida Boat Rentals

2360 W. 1st Street, Fort Myers

239.919.2965 • PureFL.com

Explore the area with a pontoon boat

rental. Boats are easy to operate and

equipped with everything needed for a

great day on Fort Myers’ inland waterways

including GPS for easy navigation. Boats

are available with sun protective awning.

Hourly and daily rentals are available.

Reservations are recommended. Located

at The Marina at Edison Ford.

Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals

2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.463.7333 • SaltySamsMarina.com

Rent your own pontoon boat, center

console powerboat, deckboat, or kayak

and experience the area by water. Go

sightseeing, fishing, or exploring. Boats

can accommodate 7 to 14 passengers and

are equipped with everything you need to

enjoy a great day on the water. Half day, full

day, or weekly boat rentals available. Single

and double kayaks available by the hour.

Call for availability and reservations.

Sunset, Shelling & Sailing Cruises

11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.472.5300 • CaptivaCruises.com

Explore and collect shells on a half-day

beach and shelling cruise to pristine Cayo

Costa State Park. Enjoy a serene sailing

Catamaran cruise or watch a spectacular

Gulf of Mexico sunset aboard a relaxing

sunset cruise to view dolphins and other

Florida wildlife. Full-bar and live music on

select cruises. Additional cruise options

available. See website for departure times

and reservations.

YOLO Watersports

11534 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.472.9656 • YOLOWatersports.com

Offers exhilarating WaveRunner excursions,

flyboarding, and parasailing above

Gulf waters, or banana boat rides. Rentals

include everything you need for a day of fun

in the sun: bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas,

golf carts, SUP’s, motor scooters, sailboats,

and WaveRunners. The retail store carries

GoPro cameras, sandals, skateboards, hats,

sunglasses, watches, and more.

Perfect for groups of friends

Bring your own drinks

Half way bar stop

Adult only & kid friendly tour options

Tours Leaving Daily

Salty Sam’s Marina, 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach

239-312-3137

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Useful Tips for

Exploring Sanibel by Bicycle

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

By: Gillian Birch

Sanibel Island has several excellent bike rental shops and there are miles of shared-user bicycle trails for families to cycle

safely around the island on these relatively flat traffic-free trails.

OriginalShrimpDock.com

Bike Trails on Sanibel Island

If you are renting a bicycle on Sanibel Island your supplier should be able to provide you with a useful map of cycle paths. If

not, the Sanibel-Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center at the Sanibel end of the causeway is a great place

to pick up free trail maps.

Altogether there are over 22 miles of bike trails crisscrossing Sanibel and as the island is only 12 miles long and 3 miles wide

at its maximum point, that’s pretty good coverage!

The main cycle path runs parallel to Periwinkle Way, the main road, making it easy to reach small shopping plazas,

restaurants, museums and the J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge as well as connecting with beaches and the lighthouse

in the far easterly point of the island.

At the other end of Sanibel, a small bridge connects Sanibel to Captiva Island which is even smaller and quieter than Sanibel.

The bike path ends just before the bridge at Blind Pass. Captiva Island has bike lanes but no off-road trails and is perfect

for gentle rides for all ages. Beaches can be found at either end of the island for a refreshing dip before returning home.

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Not all the cycle trails provide shade, so wear a hat and

sunglasses and carry water with you to avoid heatstroke or

dehydration. Ride in single file and obey the rules of the

road. Bikes are not allowed on the beach at Sanibel and

riders under 16 must wear a helmet.

Places to Visit by Bike on Sanibel

It is easy to reach the beach access on Tarpon Bay Road by

bicycle. From the causeway, turn right (west) on Periwinkle

Way. When the trail ends, turn left (south) and cycle about

0.7 miles to reach beautiful Tarpon Bay beach.

Another cycle route from Periwinkle Way is south down

Casa Ybel Road. Turn left into Middle Gulf Drive and

head east to see the historical cemetery on Sanibel. If you

continue on the road it eventually rejoins Periwinkle Way.

From Periwinkle Way turn down Dixie Beach Road near the

Heart of the Islands shops. After 1.5 miles you arrive at San

Carlos Bay. Turn right and cycle along admiring the beautiful

waterfront homes.

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Just off Sanibel-Captiva Road is the entrance to the J.N.

Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Cyclists can follow the Wildlife

Drive through this extensive wildlife refuge which is home to

many ducks, waterbirds, turtles, and fish in the freshwater

pools and saltwater bayous. Fees are

$1 per biker (under 15 years are free)

with your own bicycle. The trails are

shared with walkers and vehicles so

care should be taken and the one-way

system must be strictly observed.

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From the entrance, the ride along

Wildlife Drive is an 8-mile loop,

returning along the main bike path

on the Sanibel-Captiva Road, skirting

the refuge. A shorter 3.7-mile ride

is possible by riding out along

Wildlife Drive and returning on the

hard-packed Indigo Trail. Expect to

see night herons, alligators, egrets,

ospreys, eagles, ibis, and alligators as

you cycle at a leisurely pace through

the park.

If you fancy a longer ride, cycle over

the causeway and head south to Fort

Myers Beach. The sand is so flat and

firm that it is easy to ride along at low

tide for miles. Happy trails!

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When you visit Sanibel and Captiva

Islands you’ll have an opportunity to

experience North America’s best

shelling, and with over 300 species of

birds in the Fort Myers-Sanibel area,

it is one of the top destinations in the country for birding. Add to this great biking

and kayaking trails, and acre upon acre of wildlife sanctuary and you’ve got a

combination of natural attractions that are tough to beat. Once you’ve scoured

the beaches and collected enough shells to fill a suitcase, it’s time to experience

the Fort Myers area’s other attractions.

History enthusiasts will be fascinated to learn that Native Americans, pirates,

explorers, and world-famous inventors have all called the Fort Myers area home.

The Calusa Indians ruled Southwest Florida for thousands of years before the

arrival of famed Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in the early 1500s, and

Thomas Edison and

Henry Ford had winter

homes here. In addition

to the area’s natural and

historical attractions,

you’ll find a diverse

array of culture and arts,

with everything from

first-class music and

theater, to museum

quality visual art

providing hours of fun

and entertainment the

entire family can enjoy.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island

888.679.6450 • ShellMuseum.org

More than 30 exhibits devoted to shell

habitat, history, common Southwest

Florida shells, rare specimens, fossil shells,

and more. Offers in-depth information on

local shelling and identification, a hands-on

play area for kids, displays, games, a tank

with indigenous mollusks, and educational

and fun daily programs. Open daily from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving.

Open Noon to 4 p.m. other major holidays.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers

239.278.4422 • BroadwayPalm.com

Experience dazzling Broadway musicals and

an award-winning buffet. 25th Anniversary

Season includes PIPPIN, A Christmas Story,

Chicago, Mamma Mia!, My Fair Lady, Ring

of Fire, and Annie. They also feature four

children’s theater productions each year,

an annual concert series, and a smaller

venue: The Off Broadway Palm, which

presents comedies year-round. See website

for full schedule.

C.R.O.W.

3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island

239.472.3644 • CROWClinic.org

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a

unique visitor education center and one of the

nation’s leading wildlife hospitals. Features

interactive exhibits, videos, “critter cams”,

daily presentations with animal ambassadors,

and weekly wildlife walks including

behind-the-scenes tours of the hospital and

campus. Wildlife themed gift shop supports

this worthwhile non-profit. Closed Sunday.

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The Mound House

451 Connecticut Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.765.0865 • MoundHouse.org

Built in 1921, Mound House is the oldest

standing structure on Estero Island and sits

atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound

directly on Estero Bay. Learn about Florida

prehistory, Calusa Indians, and early pioneer

settlements through educational programs,

botanical, and archeological tours. See

website for special events. Open from 9 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples

239.262.5409 • NaplesZoo.org

Experience a wildly fun day at this

historic tropical oasis where you’re

only steps away from many exotic and

endangered animals. Hand-feed giraffes,

observe alligator feedings, and take a

narrated cruise past islands of monkeys,

lemurs, and apes. Meet the zookeepers

and enjoy numerous wildlife shows,

presentations, and exhibits including the

new endangered Florida panther exhibit.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island

239.472.4648 • SanibelMuseum.org

Follow the footsteps of Sanibel Island

pioneers, from Calusa and Spanish eras

to early islanders. Docents bring to life

Sanibel’s early families who homesteaded

the island with tales of warriors, fishermen,

farmers, and proprietors. The Historical

Village is handicap accessible. Operating

hours vary, see website for details.

Seminole Casino Hotel

South 1st St., Immokalee

800.218.0007 • MoreInParadise.com

With over 1,300 slot machines and tons

of high paying table games, there’s plenty

to do and lots to win. Try your luck at

Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Mini-Baccarat,

or catch a game in the award-winning

poker room. Several dining options, live

entertainment, concerts, and special

events throughout the year. Just like

Vegas, Seminole Casino is open 24/7.

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

2301 First Street, Fort Myers

239.333.1933 • SBDAC.com

Immerse yourself in the arts with concerts

by internationally renowned musicians

and theater performances by exciting

young companies, from unique special

events to eclectic education classes,

to monthly art shows. See website for

complete schedule of performances and

events. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday except special

events at the Art Center.

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers

239.334.7419 • EdisonFordWinterEstates.org

Visitors can enjoy 20 acres of historical

buildings and gardens including Edison’s

Botanic Lab and the Museum. The 1929

historic landscape is evident throughout the

property, and the Museum has an impressive

collection of inventions, artifacts, archive

and special exhibits. Also features a gift

shop and cafe. Offers a wide range of tour

options. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel Island

239.472.1100 • DingDarlingSociety.org

Part of the largest undeveloped ecosystem

in the U.S., this 6,400-acre wildlife refuge is

home to more than 220 species of birds. The

five-mile Wildlife Drive, tours, trails, fishing,

kayaking, and bicycling provide excellent

opportunities for visitors and residents to

experience and enjoy the area. Education

Center features interactive exhibits and a

hands-on area for children.

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DEC 30 - FEB 10

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Southwest Florida is a

True Fisherman’s Paradise

Florida is a hotspot for fishing, and no wonder!

Along with saltwater fishing in the warm Gulf

waters, it also offers canals, rivers, lakes, and

excellent backwater fishing. For the uninitiated,

backwater fishing refers to fishing in the network

of tidal creeks, bays, and mangroves that this

coast is riddled with.

West Coast fishing calls for smaller, lighter rods

than other areas of Florida. Experts recommend

a rod length of 6.5 to 7.5 feet and lures from 1/8

to 1/2 an ounce for successful fishing in the area.

Fish tend to hang out wherever there are

structures, rocks, and oyster bars. The area

has many such places along with artificial reefs

guaranteeing some nice catches.

Southwest Florida’s coastline has hundreds of islands and thousands of miles of shoreline providing rich seagrass beds

that attract all manner of saltwater fish. Thousands of acres of wetlands are under the protection of state or federal

law, particularly around Charlotte Harbor, which is one of Florida’s largest estuaries. Clean unpolluted waters support stands

of mangroves whose roots provide a natural nursery for young fish stock. Other coastal areas are designated aquatic

preserves with strict regulations controlling these pristine waters and ecosystems to support marine life.

The area offers ample fishing opportunities from fishing piers, bridges, canal banks, and even right off the beach.

Freshwater fishing is plentiful in the many retention lakes and rock pits which are stocked with bass, panfish, and catfish.

Better still, join a local fishing charter and enjoy

a memorable day’s fishing with a knowledgeable

expert. Tackle, bait, and refreshments are usually

included in the price along with some tall fishing

tales and an unrivaled sense of camaraderie.

Catching Gamefish in

Southwest Florida

The big attraction for fishing enthusiasts is the

diversity of gamefish that call these warm Gulf

waters home. Some of the most sought-after

gamefish are tarpon, spotted sea trout, snook,

and redfish. Such is the profusion of certain

species, the waters around Boca Grande have

earned it the nickname “Tarpon Capital of the

World”.

Many avid resident anglers and visitors aim for

the “Grand Slam -- hooking one of each of the

“Big Four” game fish listed above in the same

day.

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

ELIZABETH BARNETT

Fishing Around

Fort Myers

and Sanibel

Options abound around Fort Myers,

Captiva and Sanibel Islands for all

types of fishing. Tarpon, grouper, and

other game fish love these sheltered

temperate waters and catches of

snapper and redfish are common.

Many fishing charters operate from

Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island

with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sport fishing, night fishing, and family

fishing trips can be organized to suit

all ages and levels of experience.

Offshore fishing in this area provides

excellent catches of grouper along

with cobia, shark, barracuda, bonita,

and king mackerel.

However, you don’t need to get out on the water to enjoy some excellent angling. Pine Island Sound is a well-kept local secret

where the tidal flows provide excellent fishing for tarpon, sheephead, snook, jacks, and other species. Fishing jetties and

piers in the area provide good catches, particularly in the early morning. Incoming tides bring new fishing opportunities to the many

creeks, inlets, and passages so you’ll want to check the local tide chart before heading out.

The cooler months are the high season for flat fishing and this is when the nearshore waterways around Fort Myers and

Sanibel come into their own. Snook, large trout, cobia, Spanish mackerel, and amberjack are prolific in the freshwater canals

in the area as well as inhabiting the broad Caloosahatchee River.

Whether you are a first-time

visitor or are lucky enough

to reside in beautiful

Southwest Florida, you will

find some rewarding fishing

in the area. Offshore,

inshore, freshwater, saltwater,

and lake fishing are all

found here in abundance.

In an area already known for

its beaches and golf, fishing

adds another dimension

to this area’s fun outdoor

amenities.

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

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Families will enjoy spending time together

exploring and learning about the area’s

one-of-a-kind wildlife, rich history, and numerous

educational and entertaining activities. The Fort

Myers, Sanibel-Captiva area is full of wildlife

refuges, secluded bays, and nature preserves

that are teaming with wildlife for you and the kids

to discover. You can venture out on your own or

hire a local to be your guide for the day. When

you’re looking for a little excitement, there are

boating and fishing rentals and charters that

will keep everyone entertained for hours on end. An afternoon at a museum or

science center can provide children (and adults) an indoor educational break as

well as a fun way to spend time together in case of uncooperative weather. No

matter what you are looking to do with the kids, the Fort Myers, Sanibel-Captiva

area provides activities and excitement for the entire family.

Check It Out

Not To Be Missed

Visit our Events Calendar at MustDo.com for

additional things to do while you visit the

area. You’ll find information about Fort Myers,

Sanibel and Captiva Islands’ events, exhibits,

concerts, holiday festivities, art shows, and

more. There is plenty to see and do whether

you are here for a couple of days, a week, or

more than a month.

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Adventures in Paradise

14341 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers

239.472.8443 • AdventuresInParadise.com

Offers fun-filled cruises and tours for all

ages including fishing, shelling, and dolphin

cruises. Kids absolutely love the educational

hands-on Sea Life Encounter boat tour. See

dolphins and other wildlife in their natural

environment on a captivating morning,

afternoon, or sunset dolphin cruise. Shelling,

beach & lunch cruises to the barrier islands

are also available. Departs from “G” dock at

Port Sanibel Marina. Reservations are required.

Dolphin Watch & Wildlife Adventure Cruise

11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.472.5300 • CaptivaCruises.com

Knowledgeable docents from the

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

narrate this fascinating cruise offering

excellent wildlife sighting opportunities.

The very family-friendly 90-minute Dolphin

and Wildlife Adventure Cruise is perfect

for kids begging to see some dolphins

(dolphins are spotted on 95 percent of

cruises). Boat offers covered and open deck

viewing. Tours are offered each afternoon.

GameTime

10037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers

239.204.5964 • GameTimePlayers.com

A 22,000 square-foot entertainment center,

restaurant, and sports bar offering fun

entertainment for the entire family. Enjoy 120

games, simulators, and mini bowling in the

state-of-the art arcade. Features a full-liquor

bar, 65+ HDTVs, kid’s menu, burgers, wings,

and other snacks. Great spot for private parties

and events. Located in Gulf Coast Town

Center. Open daily, see website for hours.

Holiday Water Sports

3 Fort Myers Beach & 1 Sanibel Island Location

HolidayWaterSportsFMB.com

The entire family will enjoy the 90-minute

guided Dolphin Adventure Tour on

WaveRunners. Also offers memorable

and exciting guided kayak or SUP tours

through the mangrove canopy near Sanibel.

Beginners and children are welcome.

Fully-equipped rental boats are available

for self-guided tours of the area. See ad

on page 19 for locations and phone.

IMAG History and Science Center

2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers

239.243.0043 • TheIMAG.org

Explore over 60 interactive science and

history exhibits. Discover Fort Myers history

through a virtual reality tour and learn how

Fort Myers got its name. Mini-scientists

of all ages can engineer an invention in

the Idea Lab, dig up a dinosaur, safely run

through a thunderstorm, touch a stingray,

hold an alligator, watch a 3D movie, and

more. Closed Monday.

Lakes Regional Park

7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers

239.533.7575 • LeeParks.org

This fun family park features a lake,

extensive walking trails, playgrounds,

miniature train rides, a climbing wall,

water fountain splash pad, and bike and

boat rentals. Over 1,000 birds call the

park home during nesting season,

including rare Scarlet Ibis and Black

Crown Night Heron.

Lee County Alliance For The Arts

10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers

239.939.2787 • ArtInLee.org

Features gallery exhibitions and tours,

theater performances, concerts, festivals,

year-round classes, and a variety of other

art programs. Explore the gift shop filled

with unique handcrafted items created

by local artists. Visit GreenMarket every

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a wide

selection of locally grown produce and

products along with vendors, live music,

kids activities, and more.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples

239.262.5409 • NaplesZoo.org

Discover a wildly fun day from apes to

zebras in the tropical jungle of this historic

botanical garden. Hand-feed giraffes and

see the endangered Florida panther.

Get close to tigers, bears, and more at

glass walls. Enjoy feature shows, alligator

feedings, and cruise past islands of

monkeys. Voted “Best Place to Take Kids.”

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise

2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.765.7272 • FloridaPirateCruise.com

Set sail aboard a 65’ replica Spanish

galleon for entertaining, interactive, and

friendly pirate fun that the entire family

will enjoy. Ninety-minute pirate show

includes pirate games, face painting,

buried treasure, and more. Snacks

and beverages available for purchase.

Private parties and special events

welcome. Boat is handicap accessible.

Reservations are required. Located at

Salty Sam’s Marina.

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

15000 Livingston Road, Naples

239.252.4021 • NaplesWaterPark.com

Enjoy 1 million gallons of water fun

located inside the North Collier Regional

Park. The variety of water features will

keep the kids busy for hours. Amenities

include water slides, water pistons,

Sunny’s River, four pools, plus a tadpole

pool for the little ones. Concessions and

lockers available. Operating hours vary;

check website or call for details.

New!

Temporary

Exhibit

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IN PARADISE

AT NAPLES ZOO NOW UNTIL APRIL 15!

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Find Your

Perfect Adventure

You’ll want to take

advantage of the multitude

of tour options and make

arrangements to explore

the Fort Myers, Sanibel-

Captiva area. Top tours in

the area include guided

trips to secluded beaches

where you can scout for

shells, swampy areas to see

alligators, and spectacular

sunset cruises. There are

educational birding tours,

historian led tours of

historically significant

buildings and areas, as well as private or group fishing guides who provide

excursions to the area’s best backwater and offshore spots. A tour through the

mangroves is also fascinating and offers great insight into this unique ecosystem.

Dolphins can often be seen swimming and playing alongside the area’s many

sightseeing tours and an encounter with these fun-loving and smart creatures

is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit. Whether you choose a private

or group setting, an exciting tour of the area should be on every visitor’s

vacation agenda.

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Coupon Backwater Adventure

19001 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.877.4531 • BackwaterAdventure.com

Explore the waters of Estero Bay and Lovers

Key on a 2-person power catamaran. Boats

are safe, smooth riding, fun, and easy to

operate. This 2 ½ -hour guided eco-tour

adventure is a one of a kind experience. See

native birds, dolphins, and other wildlife.

Tour includes a stop for swimming and

shelling. Reservations are required.

Departs from the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar.

Burroughs Home & Gardens

2505 First Street, Fort Myers

239.337.0706 • BurroughsHome.com

This Caloosahatchee riverfront Georgian

Revival mansion is one of Fort Myers

oldest homes. The 6,000 square-foot home

is furnished with antiques and historical

artifacts. The lush tropical gardens feature

a fountain, grotto, a “secret” garden

with reflecting pool, and gazebo. Guided

historical tours are offered Tuesday,

Wednesday, and Thursday. Reservations

are required.

Captiva Cruises

11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.472.5300 • CaptivaCruises.com

Offering scenic narrated cruises to the

islands of Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca

Grande, and Cayo Costa State Park for over

30 years. Captiva Cruises’ crew share their

in-depth knowledge and passion for the

area as you cruise through Pine Island Sound

taking in the fresh sea air and abundant

wildlife. Cruises depart from McCarthy’s

Marina and South Seas Island Resort.

Reservations are required.

J.N. “Ding” Darling Tram Tour

900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island

239.472.8900 • TarponBayExplorers.com

Naturalists guided 1 ½ hour tour along the

Refuge’s 4-mile wildlife drive. Observe and

learn about the many Florida wildlife species

that reside in, or stopover as part of their

migratory flight including alligators and rare

birds such as roseate spoonbills. Reservations

are recommended. Call for schedule.

Orange Jeep Tours

5076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria

239.434.5337 • OrangeJeepTours.com

Offers a variety of distinctly different

90-minute narrated off-road tours through

wetlands and uplands. Learn local history

with an opportunity to see native Southwest

Florida wildlife including alligator, deer, bear,

and birds on a wildlife, sunrise, or sunset

eco-adventure tour. Each custom-outfitted,

open-air Jeep accommodates up to six

passengers. Engaging, intimate, and

fun for the entire family. Reservations

are recommended.

Pure Florida Sightseeing & Sunset Cruises

2360 W. 1st Street, Fort Myers

239.919.2965 • PureFL.com

Explore Fort Myers on the water with a 1 ½

- hour narrated river cruise. Watch for birds,

wildlife, and more while discovering the

Caloosahatchee River and area history.

A variety of cruises are available including

sunset, sightseeing, eco-shelling tours

to Picnic Island, and private charters.

Reservations are recommended. Departs

from The Marina at Edison Ford.

Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens

845 East Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island

239.472.4119 • SanibelMoorings.com

Explore Sanibel Moorings Resort’s six lush

tropical acres brimming with collections of

bamboo, hibiscus, orchids, palms, citrus,

and other native Florida plants. Informative

horticulturist led 90-minute tours are offered

each Wednesday at 9 a.m. Self-guided

tours are available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

excluding holidays and holiday weekends

for those who want to explore on their

own. Reservations are required.

Sanibel Thriller

634 N. Yachtsman Drive, Sanibel Island

239.472.2328 • SanibelThriller.com

Billed as the area’s “most exciting boat tour”,

the Sanibel Thriller is part sightseeing tour,

part historical tour, and a lot of dolphin

watching. The captain circumnavigates

Sanibel and Captiva Islands, spotting

dolphin and other wildlife along the way.

You’ll learn about Sanibel and Captiva

Island history as well as information about

Florida’s dolphin. Arrive early to score seats

in the back for best viewing.

Sanibel Trolley Tour

Adventures in Paradise

239.472.8443 • AdventuresInParadise.com

See historic points of interest and learn a

variety of interesting facts about the area

on a scenic, one-of-a-kind tour of Sanibel.

Narrated tours are offered each Monday,

Wednesday, and Friday. Reservations are

required. See website for trolley schedule,

pick locations, and times.

Sight Sea-R Cruises

2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.765.7272 • SightSeaFlorida.com

Offers memorable cruises and tours aboard

a spacious and comfortable catamaran. A

variety of trips to choose from including

island excursions to secluded beaches

accessible only by boat, sightseeing,

shelling, and dolphin and wildlife eco-tours.

Full bar and restrooms available onboard.

Reservations are required. Courtesy shuttle

available from Fort Myers Beach runs daily

starting at 5 p.m. Tours depart from Salty

Sam’s Marina.

Botanical Garden Tours

SANIBEL’S ONLY BOTANICAL GARDENS ∙ BUTTERFLY GARDEN

Please Join Us Wednesdays at 9AM for Guided Tours!

$5.00 PLUS TAX ∙ RSVP REQUIRED ∙ 239-472-4119

We welcome you to take a deep breath and get ready to enjoy six acres

of magical native and non-invasive tropical species, as well as resident

wildlife, all woven around a beautiful beach-side resort.

239-472-4119 | 800-237-5144 | sanibelmoorings.com

845 East Gulf Drive | Sanibel Island, Florida 33957

Sanibel And Captiva Island's Most Exciting Boat Tour

You will cruise the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound,

circumnavigating the shores of both Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

During the narrated tour and dolphin watch you will be amazed to see

that even the dolphins are thrilled with the Sanibel Thriller.

The Sanibel Thriller also offers the boat as a private charter....

It will be a THRILL!

Call for departure times

(239) 472-2328

www.sanibelthriller.com

Reservations are Required.

Departs from Sanibel Marina, home of Gramma Dot’s Seaside Saloon.


SHUTTERSTOCK

GOLF

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Action!

Fort Myers-area courses offer some of

the most beautiful scenery in the country.

Spend the morning golfing with the

Gulf of Mexico in full view or play an

afternoon round on a course certified

by Audubon International. Whether

you’re a duffer, a PGA professional,

or somewhere in between you’ll find

enjoyable golf with the area offering

everything from nine-hole executive

courses to championship-caliber links.

With the sheer number of courses –

over 175 in Southwest Florida, many

ranked top in the state by Golf Digest,

golf academies, and pro shops, you’re

sure to find an opportunity to improve

your game while enjoying Florida’s

warm sunshine. Didn’t bring your clubs

from home with you? Not to worry,

most courses have golf club rental

available, so you don’t have to miss out on the opportunity to get a round in while

you’re visiting the area. For additional information on Southwest Florida golf visit

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Copperhead Golf Club

20910 Copperhead Drive, Lehigh Acres

239.369.8200 • CopperHeadGC.com

An 18-hole, par 72 course designed by

Gordon G. Lewis that features tightly cut

fairways bordered by towering pines,

demanding accuracy as well as distance.

Fully stocked pro shop, PGA professional

staff, practice facility, and rental clubs

available. Enjoy a pre-round snack or lunch

afterwards at the Bar & Grill.

Coral Oaks Golf Course

1800 NW 28th Avenue, Cape Coral

239.573.3100 • CapeCoral.net/CoralOak

Arthur Hills designed course features

water on twelve holes. With 37 bunkers

and eight lakes, the course is both

challenging and picturesque. Tee off

beneath a canopy of antique oak trees.

Home to one of the largest practice greens

in the vicinity. PGA professional staff can

help you perfect your swing with private

lessons, golf school, or clinics.

Eagle Ridge Golf Club

14589 Eagle Ridge Drive, Fort Myers

239.768.1888 • PlayEagleRidge.com

Voted “No. 1 Public Course” by Fort

Myers residents. A picturesque 18-hole

championship course framed by

native pines and cypress trees. The

course features large greens, wide

fairways, and strategic placement

of water hazards. Water comes into

play on 17 of 18 holes. Features a snack

bar, fully stocked pro shop, and practice

facility.

Eastwood Golf Course

4600 Bruce Herd Lane, Fort Myers

239.321.7487 • CityFtMyers.com/Eastwood

Affordable, award-winning 18-hole, par

72 course features 87 strategically placed

bunkers with water coming into play on

ten holes. Walking available after 3 p.m.

Amenities include driving range, practice

green, PGA professional golf instruction,

club rental, and fully stocked pro shop.

Enjoy food and beverages at The 19th Hole

before or after your round. Recognized by

Golf Digest as one of the top 100 public

facilities in the USA.

Herons Glen Golf & Country Club

2250 Avenida Del Vera, North Fort Myers

239.731.4520 • HGGCC.com

Semi-private championship course

features 5 sets of tees. For those looking

to improve their game, the practice

facility includes PGA professional staff,

27 Turf-Hound hitting stations, Bermuda

grass stations, putting green, and chipping

areas as well as a full service pro shop. Golf

clinics, lessons, rental clubs, and private

instruction are also offered.

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

17320 Old Corkscrew Road, Estero

239.949.4700 • OldCorkscrew.com

Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed course

was awarded “Best Course You Can Play”

and “Best Florida Golf Course” by Golf

Magazine. The course’s certification as an

Audubon International Silver Signature

Sanctuary, and no residential development

on the course means unrivaled views and

stunning natural surroundings. Full service

pro shop, restaurant, and professional

instruction offered.

Pelican Preserve Golf Club

9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd., Fort Myers

239.985.1707 • WCIGolf.com

Challenging semi-private 27-hole

championship Chip Powell designed

course. The water, sand, and grass hollow

hazards mean seasoned and amateur

golfers will enjoy a challenge. Practice

facilities offer an aquatic driving range

and practice greens including bunkers

for work on chipping and putting. Pro

shop features golf equipment and apparel.

Raptor Bay Golf Club

23001 Coconut Point Resort Dr., Bonita Springs

239.390.4600 • RaptorBayGolfClub.com

Challenging course set in a stunning

wildlife preserve. Recipient of the Audubon

International Gold Signature Sanctuary

certificate, the first in the world to be

bestowed with such an honor. The Golf

Shop features high quality men’s and

women’s golf apparel and equipment.

Enjoy the West Indies-inspired clubhouse

and a post par bite at Braxton’s Bar & Grill.

Sanibel Island Golf Club

1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel Island

239.472.2626 • SanibelIslandGC.com

Semi-private 18-hole, par 70 championship

course with well-protected greens and

strategically placed bunkers set amidst the

scenic beauty of the Sanibel River. Fully

stocked pro shop, rental clubs, PGA

professional staff, and advanced tee times

are available. Enjoy a cold beverage or meal

at the Blue Coyote Supper Club after your

round. Also home to a variety of wildlife.

Stoneybrook Golf Club

21251 Stoneybrook Golf Blvd., Estero

239.948.3933 • StoneybrookGolfEstero.com

Championship course features wide

fairways, large greens, and is “Beginner

Friendly” certified by the National Golf

Course Owners Association. Golfers will

enjoy playing through preserve areas and

lakes leading to large greens protected by

impressive bunkers and rolling mounds.

Offers seven sets of tees. At 7,353 yards

from the Champions Tees, it is one of the

longest courses in SW Florida.

Consistently rated as “Sanibel Island’s best golf value”

• Lush 18-hole championship layout

• Well placed water features and bunkers offer rewarding play

• Home to many species of indigenous wildlife

239.472.2626 | Sanibelislandgc.com

1100 Par View Drive | Sanibel Island, FL 33957

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Florida

Sunshine Survival Tips

There’s a reason why Florida is known as the “Sunshine

State”. This subtropical state has year-round sunshine making

it gorgeous for a vacation, but it can catch visitors unawares

if they are not taking some precautions. Dehydration, heat

exhaustion, sunburn, and sunstroke can spoil your vacation,

yet they are very easy to avoid by following our Florida

Sunshine Survival Tips.

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Wear Cool Loose Clothing The best

way to stay cool is by wearing clothing that is loose fitting

and preferably made of cotton or natural fabrics. Loose

dresses, shirts, tops, and shorts are preferable to jeans and

tight-fitting clothing if you are to stay looking and feeling

cool and comfortable. Swap shoes and sneakers for open

sandals. If you still feel hot and sweaty, use a handheld

fan. When the body sweats it loses fluid, salt, and minerals.

Water depletion can cause a dry mouth, headaches, and fainting while symptoms of salt depletion include muscle spasms,

cramps, and vomiting.

Don’t Overdo the Sunshine Heat stroke technically occurs when the body’s core temperature

reaches 105°F or above. It can cause nausea, confusion, disorientation, seizures, fainting, cramps, and shallow breathing

as the body struggles to cool itself. Anyone showing these symptoms should be treated as a medical emergency. Remove

any unnecessary clothing, cool the body by bathing with a cool wash cloth or put them in a cool air-conditioned room

and seek medical advice. Give the sufferer plenty of cool drinks of water and monitor their symptoms carefully.

Lather up with SPF Sunscreen Frequently Most Florida visitors diligently apply

sunscreen first thing in the morning when they hit the beach. However, sunscreen does not last all day. The Sun Protection

Factor (SPF) indicates how much longer you can stay in the sun so SPF 15 means that a person who burns in 5 minutes

is theoretically protected for 75 minutes. However, it is recommended that you reapply sun lotion every two hours and

after you have been in the pool or sea. Sunscreen does not just prevent your skin from burning; it also screens out harmful

ultra violet rays that can cause skin cancer. UVA rays cause wrinkles and premature aging, while UVB rays burn the skin, so

choose a good quality sunscreen that keeps them both at bay.

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Drink Plenty of Water Keeping your fluid intake high to counter the heat is important, however,

drinking beer or alcoholic drinks can actually leave you more dehydrated than ever. If you drink a glass of beer your body

will actually expel three times that amount leaving you dangerously dehydrated. The more alcohol you drink, the more

dehydrated you will become as alcohol affects the body’s fluid levels. Eating salty snacks is another way to cause the

body to lose fluid from its cells, and sugar-high sodas and sports drinks create a similar problem. You need to drink pure

water throughout the day to counter dehydration, and avoid sweet or alcoholic drinks until the cooler evening. A tip for

measuring whether you are drinking enough is to check you are visiting the bathroom as frequently as usual.

We want you to enjoy every minute of your vacation in southwest Florida, so make sure you pay attention to these sunshine

survival tips and stay cool and healthy!

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DAY TRIPS

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Explore Beyond

Fort Myers

You may have planned your visit to

the area because of the warm sunshine

and beautiful beaches, but day trips

can make worthwhile detours. There’s

so much to see and do, all within a

three-hour drive. An easy trip from

Fort Myers is the Everglades and

Everglades National Park. These

subtropical wetlands are home to the

American Alligator and American

Crocodile, and an opportunity to see

these creatures in the wild is sure to

leave a lasting memory. History buffs

can dabble in Old Florida thanks to a

variety of places that offer a glimpse

back in time. If you are interested in

learning more about the history and

culture of the Seminole people or early settlers of Southwest Florida, you’ll find

it all a short drive from the beach. Looking for a taste of the tropics? You can

be in Key West by noon to explore the southernmost point in the United States

and return the same day! An easy day trip from Southwest Florida can be a

rewarding detour no matter which route you choose. For additional information

on Southwest Florida day trips visit MustDo.com.

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Coupon Ave Maria

5076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria

239.352.3903 • AveMaria.com

Start your visit by stopping by Ave

Maria’s New Home & Welcome Center for

a town map. Explore the award-winning

Oratory architecture and the first U.S.

Catholic university built in 40 years;

Ave Maria University. Shop, dine, and

experience “Old Florida”, nature, and wildlife

on a 90-minute narrated eco-adventure

with Orange Jeep Tours. Special events

throughout the year, see website.

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

941.371.6377 • BigCatHabitat.org

See and learn about exotic and endangered

Siberian tigers, African lions, and rare White

tigers at this nonprofit safe haven. Also

encounter bears, primates, birds, and other

animals. Families will enjoy the petting zoo

and being entertained by the animals

during educational training demonstrations.

Reservations are not required. Special events

throughout the year; call for schedule.

Everglades Day Safari

Various pick-up locations

800.472.3069 • EcoSafari.com

Join one of the world’s premier eco-tours

and travel through the magnificent

Everglades. See alligators, birds, and much

more from airboats, conventional boats,

and on foot. Explore all four ecosystems

that make up the Everglades: the sawgrass

prairie, mangrove estuary, cypress swamps,

and pine savannah. Tours include lunch and

depart daily. Also offers tours suitable for

younger kids.

Fishermen’s Village

1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

800.639.0020 • Fishville.com

Its location on pristine Charlotte Harbor

makes this a top stay and play waterfront

destination. Enjoy boutiques and shops,

fine dining, spacious villa vacation rentals,

marina, Military Heritage Museum, live

entertainment, and special events. Offers

an array of water recreational activities

including harbor cruises, fishing charters,

and boat and kayak rentals. Open daily.

Historic Matlacha

Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha Island

MatlachaChamber.org

Pronounced “mat-la-shay” this once was a

tiny “Old Florida” fishing community. Today

this highly regarded artist’s community

showcases Southwest Florida’s artists, many

of whom live here. Art lovers and collectors

will find brightly colored galleries filled with

bead and other craft jewelry, colorful Floridian

paintings and prints, painted furniture,

Native American art, and jewelry.

Key West Express

Fort Myers • Marco Island • Key West

888.887.9359 • KeyWestExpress.net

The fast and fun way to visit the

southernmost point in the USA. Leave in

the morning and be in Key West by lunch

when you travel aboard the jet-powered

vessels of Key West Express. Sundeck,

flat-screen TVs, full bar, and food service

available. See website for ferry schedule,

rates, and reservation information.

Muscle Car City

10175 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

941.575.5959 • MuscleCarCity.net

A plethora of pure automotive-viewing

pleasure for Classic Car and Hot Rod

lovers. Over 200 antique and GM muscle

cars from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s including

Caminos, Camaros, and Corvettes fill

99,000 sq. feet of museum space. Stock

up on memorabilia and collectibles at

the store, then enjoy all-American fare

at the ‘60s style restaurant. New location

opening January 2018, see website for

details. Closed Monday.

Peace River Charters

4192 SW Adventure Way, Arcadia

863.444.0693 • PeaceRiverCharters.com

Experience the nature and beauty of Old

Florida on a scenic and exciting Peace River

airboat or swamp buggy tour with native

Floridian, U.S.C.G. Capt. Zac and his crew.

Learn about the history of the Peace River

and observe native wildlife such as alligator,

deer, wild boar, turkey, and more. Safe,

enjoyable, and fun for the entire family.

Reservations are required.

The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

941.359.5700 • Ringling.org

Admission is free on Mondays to the

Ringling Museum of Art, which is home

to one of the finest collections of art

in Florida. Offers self-guided or

docent-led tours of Ca d’Zan, the

Ringling’s waterfront mansion. The

beautiful grounds, gardens, and Circus

Museum that showcases circus’ history

and includes the world’s largest miniature

circus are enjoyable for all ages.

See Manatees Guaranteed

525 Newport Drive, Naples

239.642.8818 • See-Manatees.com

Join Captains Barry and Carol for a

family-friendly and fascinating 1 ½ hour

private eco boat tour into a remote

Everglades manatee hideout for a

guaranteed up-close and personal visit

with these amazing, gentle creatures. If

you don’t see a manatee, your tour is free.

Fully covered, maximum six-passenger

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arrive in comfort and luxury within walking distance

of all there is to see and do on this idyllic palm lined

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Florida’s

Unique Wildlife

Many endangered and protected animal species

reside in Southwest Florida’s unique landscape

including the American alligator, Florida panther,

black bear, West Indian manatee, bottlenose

dolphin, burrowing Owl, gopher tortoise, and

countless more rare birds. Some of the best

places to see these creatures in their native

habitats are right here in Fort Myers, Sanibel &

Captiva Islands, and the Everglades.

Everglades National Park

With over 2,500 square miles of swamp and

sawgrass marsh, Everglades National Park’s

unique ecosystem provides a one-of-a-kind

habitat for snakes, alligator, crocodile, wading

birds, and more. An airboat tour through this

magnificent area to view its abundant wildlife is

not to be missed.

Florida’s state animal is the Florida panther, a subspecies of cougar. This large, long-tailed, pale brown cat grows to six feet

or more and with an estimated population of 100-180 remaining in Florida; it is one of the most endangered mammals in the

world. Its habitat is usually the same as the mainstay of its diet, the white-tailed deer and wild boar. When deer and hog are

not available, panthers will eat other small animals such as raccoons or armadillos. Many of Florida’s remaining panthers live

in or near Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. No need to be nervous about encountering these

elusive cats, the closest you’re most likely to get during your visit is spotting a panther crossing sign – and if you do, slow

down and keep a watchful eye. Since 2014, Florida has had a record number of Florida panther deaths, the majority due to

road collisions.

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Southwest Florida

Marine Life

The Gulf waters around Southwest

Florida are teaming with amazing

marine life. Two of the most popular

residents are bottlenose dolphins and

the West Indian manatee. A cruise

or kayak trip is a great way to view

dolphins or manatees. Dolphins love

to leap and play in the bow waves

or chase the wake of boats. You can

often see manatees grazing on sea

grasses in shallow waters of the areas

mangrove-laden estuaries. Sometimes

when manatees see kayaks on the

surface, they will come in close to get

a good look. Local guides will give you

the best chance of catching a glimpse

of a manatee in the wild.

Stingrays frequently can be found in

the warm shallow waters of the Gulf

of Mexico during the months of May

through October. They come close

to shore in search of food and bury

themselves in the sand. You don’t

want to step on a stingray – the result

could be a painful sting. In order to

prevent this, it is important to do the

“Stingray Shuffle” when entering the

water of Southwest Florida’s beaches.

By shuffling your feet across the sandy

bottom you can alert the stingray

of your presence, they will uncover

themselves and swim away. Stingrays

don’t want to be stepped on anymore

than you want to be stung! What should

you do if you happen to step on a stingray

and get stung? Head to the lifeguard

stand when possible. If there isn’t one

available try a nearby home, hotel, or

restaurant. First aid for stingray stings

involves flushing the wound with fresh

water if possible and soaking the

affected area in hot water (as hot as can

be tolerated without causing burns).

Most lifeguard stands have buckets

and hot water on hand for stingray

accidents. If the victim shows any signs

of an allergic reaction – DIAL 911.

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During the summer months, mother

sea turtles emerge from the Gulf

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They slowly plow their way through

the sand, hollow out a nest and lay

around 100 ping-pong ball sized eggs.

She will cover the eggs to protect and

hide them from harm, and then crawl

back out to sea. Each turtle nest will

remain quiet for about two months

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Instinct drives baby turtles to dig out

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them and follow the moonlight

reflected on the water that will lead

them to the sea. This event will happen

over and over into October until all

of the viable eggs have hatched.

Visitors staying in properties on

the beachfront should turn outside

lights off at night as the light confuses

baby turtles. When your day at the

beach is over, remember to fill in

any holes dug on the beach before

you leave, this will ensure that the

hatchlings have a clear path through

the sand and help them make it safely

to the Gulf waters. Watching sea

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DINING

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Coupon Alcohol Dog-Friendly Entertainment Outdoor Dining Waterfront Dining Dixie Fish Co.

714 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach

239.233.8837 • DixieFishFMB.com

Covered open-air

waterfront restaurant overlooking Matanzas

Pass with fantastic views of the Bay and

shrimp fleet. Offers a simple menu focused

on fresh, local seafood in a casual Old

Florida fish house atmosphere. Smoke-free,

full bar, Happy Hour, and live entertainment

nightly. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.463.3257 • MyParrotKey.com

Enjoy award-winning

Caribbean-inspired cuisine in a casual

open-air setting. Menu features a

variety of seafood entrees, steaks,

ribs, frozen cocktails, and more. Happy

Hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Located

at Salty Sam’s Marina. Arrive by land

or water. Open daily.

Sweeping Gulf Views . . .

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Time

to Eat!

Southwest Florida’s shores skirt the Gulf

of Mexico, and its dining tables reap the

benefits with fabulous fresh seafood as the

main staple at many local Fort Myers area

restaurants. Be sure to try Gulf Pink Shrimp,

unsurpassed in flavor and versatility, this is

some of the best shrimp in the United States. Watch the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp

Fleet deliver their fresh daily catch and enjoy the day’s haul in many restaurants

around the San Carlos Bridge.

The region’s food and dining offerings

are not all about seafood though, a

long-standing history of cattle ranching

and Florida’s abundant year-round

produce create a food-lovers paradise.

You’ll find restaurants across the region

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Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva Islands

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DocFords.com

This local favorite offers

Caribbean inspired cuisine with a fun,

family-friendly island atmosphere inspired

by bestselling author Randy Wayne White’s

character, Marion “Doc” Ford. Enjoy fresh

local seafood, sandwiches, salads, and raw

bar. Specialties include Yucatan shrimp,

banana leaf snapper, lime panko-crusted fish

sandwich, and Martinique-jerked pork chop.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Flipper’s on the Bay

8771 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.765.1025 • FlippersOTB.com

Serving award-winning

breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily in a casual

open-air waterfront location. Menu features

traditional breakfast favorites, fresh seafood,

pasta, specialty salads, and sandwiches.

Beer, wine, handcrafted cocktails, and call

ahead seating available. Arrive by land or

water. Located at Lovers Key Resort. Open

daily at 7:30 a.m.

Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream

362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.6566 • PinocchiosIceCream.com

All of their handcrafted,

award-winning ice cream, gelato, sorbet,

and frozen yogurt are prepared on site

daily in small batches from the finest

and freshest ingredients. Their unique

flavors like Sanibel Krunch, Dirty Sand

Dollar, Gator Stew, and Berrywinkle on

Periwinkle have been offered to visitors

and residents exclusively at Pinocchio’s

for over three decades. Open daily from

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Skye’s Restaurant

7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.463.7707 • SkyesFortMyersBeach.com

Award-winning authentic

Mexican restaurant serving breakfast,

lunch, and dinner. Menu also features

traditional American breakfast favorites,

salads, soups, burgers, and sandwiches.

Full-service bar featuring giant handmade

house margaritas and Happy Hour daily

until 6 p.m. Located in the Santini Marina

Plaza. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

and Rave Reviews

Bring your love of fine-dining to the historic and

award-winning Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

on Sanibel Island. Offering dazzling Gulf views

and an Old Florida charm once enjoyed by notable

guests like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel, Florida 33957 239.472.9200 • ThistleLodge.com

featuring mouth-watering meals

showcasing a diversity of cuisine. Plus

families or those on a budget will find

no shortage of restaurants offering

fresh, tasty dishes, minus the “ouch”

factor that sometimes comes with

the bill.

Be sure to save room for dessert

because you can’t leave Florida without

a slice of Key lime pie. The pie has a

tart kick and is a staple on most Florida restaurant menus, plus it’s the perfect

way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Spectacular meals are easy to find whether you

choose white-linen fine dining or a casual bistro setting, one thing is for sure: the

Fort Myers region is all about good taste!

The Island Cow

2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.0606 • SanibelIslandCow.com

Extensive menu features

traditional breakfast items, burgers,

sandwiches, wraps, seafood, and more

including a large kids menu, full liquor bar,

and a great selection of beer and wine. Dine

indoor or al fresco on the porch. Features

live entertainment. Open daily for breakfast,

lunch, and dinner from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Call-ahead seating and take-out are also

available at this award-winning restaurant.

Nervous Nellie’s

1131 1st Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.463.8077 • NervousNellies.net

Award-winning waterfront

restaurant offers an extensive menu with

something for everyone. Enjoy home-baked

artisan breads, fresh cut meats, and a large

selection of fresh seafood in a relaxing

and family-friendly atmosphere. Live music

daily. Call-ahead seating, take-out, and

marina dockage available. Open daily from

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. including holidays.

South Beach Grille

7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.463.7770 • SouthBeachGrilleFMB.com

Serving traditional cuisine with a

creative flair in a fine-dining setting. Warm

art deco décor combined with top-notch,

fresh chef-prepared entrees, an extensive

wine list, and attentive service guarantees

an impressive dining experience. Stop in

early for Happy Hour at the bar or to take

advantage of early dining specials. Open

daily from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

2255 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island

239.472.9200 • ThistleLodge.com

Enjoy fresh, flavorful,

and elegant cuisine in an intimate, Old

Florida style setting overlooking the Gulf

of Mexico. Entrees including dry-aged

steaks, high-quality seafood hand-cut

in the kitchen, and chef selected fruits,

vegetables, and herbs. Also features

an expansive wine list and decadent

desserts. Open for lunch and dinner

daily, featuring Sunday brunch.

$5.00 Off Dinner

Join us for Happy Hour and Early Dining Specials

7205 Estero Blvd., Santini Plaza • Fort Myers Beach

SouthBeachGrillefmb.com • 239.463.7770

Open Daily 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy a taste of South Beach right here on beautiful Fort Myers Beach!

with purchase of $30.00 or more. Not valid with any

other offers or Early Bird Specials. Exp 7/31/18

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Fresh

Florida Seafood

Florida’s commercial fishermen are continually

harvesting seafood from coastal waters and

providing their fresh catch to local seafood

restaurants. You may not be familiar with some of

the choices on the menu. This should eliminate

some of the guesswork next time you’re dining out.

Alligator – Firm texture similar to pork. Tail meat

is white and mild-flavored. The dark meat of ribs,

nuggets, and wings are stronger tasting. Fried

“gator bites” are popular menu item comparable

to chicken tenders or nuggets. Can easily be

substituted for chicken, pork, and veal in most

recipes.

Amberjack – Nice off-white flaky fish, with a

similar mild flavor to swordfish. Delicious when

broiled or grilled.

oven roasted, baked, grilled, or fried.

Pompano – Firm, thick and rich fish but

mild and sweet in flavor with high oil

content. Scrumptious broiled, sautéed

or baked in parchment.

Sheepshead – White, firm, flavorful fish

similar to grouper or drum. Delicious

pan-fried, sautéed, broiled, or grilled.

Snapper – Red and yellowtail are most

commonly offered in restaurants and

markets. Mild, slightly sweet tasting

fish with a lean, firm texture. Tasty when

fried, grilled, sautéed, poached, baked,

or broiled.

Stone Crab Claws – Sweet flavor with

firm, flaky texture often compared to

lobster. Typically served cold with drawn

butter and lemon, or cocktail sauces,

mayonnaises or vinaigrettes. Available

from October 15 to May 15 only.

Blue Crab – Delicate moist and flaky. Hard-shell

served steamed. Picked meat is fantastic in a salad,

crab cake, dip, or spread. Soft-shell crabs can be

eaten shell and all.

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY SHUTTERSTOCK

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Clams – Firm texture, rich meat with sweet to

slightly salty flavor. Best oven roasted or grilled.

Cobia – Firm, smooth-bodied, richly flavored

fish with large flake and texture similar to coho

salmon. Great grilled, poached, sautéed, baked,

or blackened.

Golden Tilefish – White, firm mild and succulent

flavored fish compared to lobster or crab. Terrific

sautéed, blackened, or in soups.

Grouper – Thick, white, lean fish with a mild, subtle

sweet flavor and firm texture and taste similar to

halibut. Tasty fried, baked, sautéed, or grilled.

Hogfish – White, firm fish with a sweet, nutty flavor

similar to red snapper. Delicious baked or fried.

King Mackerel – Lean, robust, full-flavored fish

with darkish meat similar to bluefish. Delicious

smoked or wood-grilled.

Oysters – Tender to firm texture, flavor varies

from salty to bland. Enjoy raw, steamed, boiled,

JENNIFER BRINKMAN


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Over the bridge to Fort Myers

Beach take first right and right again.

Head straight to Nervous Nellie’s!

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Bennett’s Fresh Roast

2011 Bayside Parkway, Fort Myers

239.332.0077

1020 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.312.4651 • BennettsFreshRoast.com

Coffee shop and restaurant offering

award-winning donuts, premium fresh

roasted coffee, espresso, and lattés.

Delicious donut options include maple

bacon, Key lime, s’mores, and orange

coconut. Additional breakfast and lunch

options include eggs, pancakes, soups,

salads, and sandwiches. Open daily.

Captiva House

15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island

239.472.5161 • Captiva-House.com

This historic restaurant features

a casually elegant ambience and spectacular

Gulf of Mexico views. Award-winning

menu offers a wide variety of fresh

Southwest Florida seafood, meats, and

extensive wine list. Sushi menu available

Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner nightly

from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Located at

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa.

Reservations are recommended.

Geppetto’s Beach Foodies

362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.0547 • BeachFoodies.com

Authentic European croissant

bakery serving artisan breads, pastries,

coffee, lattés, and espresso drinks,

sandwiches, and NYC bakery style

pizza. Try their signature Sanibel

Blossom Croissant or Crodoles. Take

out and limited outdoor seating. Also

offers catering and serves Pinocchio’s

Ice Cream, which is located next door.

Tuckaway Bagel & Wafel Café

1740 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.463.5398 • TuckawayCoffeeFMB.com

A laid-back European style coffee

shop. Menu features delicious coffee and

specialty coffee drinks, fruit smoothies,

authentic Liege Belgian waffles (made

from dough, not batter), NY Style

steamed bagels, and breakfast or

lunch bagel sandwiches. Free WiFi.

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trico Seafood Market

1300 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.765.1828

Fish market offering fresh Gulf seafood

including shrimp, grouper, snapper, stone

crab, and more straight from their boats

docked behind the market. Open Monday

through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

Keylime Bistro

11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.395.4000 • KeylimeBistroCaptiva.com

Wine Spectator award-winning

restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and

dinner. Wide selection of seafood and

pasta entrées. Large drink menu, including

martinis, frozen drinks, and tropical

concoctions. Open daily 8 a.m. to

10 p.m.; lounge stays open late.

The Mad Hatter

6467 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel Island

239.472.0033 • MadHatterRestaurant.com

Experience casual fine dining at this

whimsical Alice in Wonderland themed

intimate beach cottage overlooking

the beach at Blind Pass. The seasonally

inspired menu features a nice selection

of wines to complement your meal.

Dinner from 5 p.m. Closed Monday

during non-peak season. Reservations

are recommended.

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Sunset

and Beyond

Coupon Entertainment Happy Hour Waterfront The Beached Whale

1249 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.463.5505 • TheBeachedWhale.com

The Look Out Lounge rooftop bar

and patio is the perfect spot for sunset.

Offers nightly Happy Hour drink and

After a day of sun and activity, relax and cool down with a refreshing tropical drink

while watching the sun sink into the Gulf horizon. Once you’ve re-charged your

batteries, head out for some fun after dark.

Sanibel and Captiva’s relaxed island atmosphere greets the evening with an

opportunity to take in a variety of al fresco dining and live entertainment ranging

from contemporary music to jazz and blues. The Downtown Fort Myers River

District comes alive with music and entertainment sure to please the entire family

during its monthly first Friday Art Walk and third Friday Music Walk. On Fort

Myers Beach, the combination of lounges, sports bars, and restaurants make a

lively nightlife atmosphere that lasts well into the night. The fun doesn’t end when

the sun goes down in Southwest Florida.

Check It Out

Sunset Picnic On The Beach

The setting sun, sound of softly crashing

waves, and gently blowing breezes create a

memorable atmosphere for a fun and romantic

outing. Visit a local grocery to pick up finger

foods or snacks and something to drink. Pack a

cooler, a blanket or chairs, your camera, some

beach toys for the kids, and head to the beach

with family or friends. Be sure to include a

flashlight if you plan to stay after dark.

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appetizer specials. Watch your favorite

team with sports on 20 TVs. Winner of 36

“Best of the Beach” awards including Best

Bar, Best Wings, and Best BBQ in Fort

Myers Beach. Serving lunch, dinner, and

full menu until 2 a.m. Open daily.

Cip’s Place

2055 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.0223 • CipsPlace.com

Offers Happy Hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m.

featuring $1 off draft and bottled beer, all

wine, specialty drinks, and martinis. Cip’s

Six by Six $12 appetizers and $5 Afternoon

Snacks offers a variety of delicious choices at

a great value. Located in the Forever Green

Shops between Periwinkle Place and the

Tahitian Gardens shopping plazas. Open

daily until 9:30 p.m.

City Tavern

2206 Bay Street, Fort Myers

239.226.1133 • MyCityTavern.com

Enjoy great Happy Hour drink

specials daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at this

downtown Fort Myers River District bar.

Live local music and dancing every Thursday,

Friday, and Saturday night until 2 a.m.

Pool tables, darts, and free WiFi available.

Awards include “Best Happy Hour,” “Best

Ladies Night,” and “Friendliest Staff.”

No cover charge, and pub fare until 10 p.m.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva Islands

See Back Cover for Address Details

DocFords.com

Sports bar inspired by the

best-selling Doc Ford crime novels written

by author Randy Wayne White. Relax and

enjoy live, family-friendly entertainment

and fantastic island mojitos and signature

cocktails. Offers an extensive premium

rum selection, full menu, and both indoor

and outdoor seating. Arrive by car or boat

to Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach location.

Open daily.

Downtown Fort Myers River District

FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com

RiverDistrictEvents.com

Listen to an array of live music,

dance, meet artists, view classic cars and

special exhibits, enjoy live demonstrations,

and more during the monthly Art Walk

(1st Friday of the month), Music Walk (3rd

Friday of the month) and the Downtown

Car Cruise-in (4th Saturday of the month).

Family-friendly special events throughout

the year. See website for details.

GameTime

10037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers

239.204.5964 • GameTimePlayers.com

Sports bar, restaurant, and arcade

featuring 120 games, simulators, and mini

bowling. Game day/night food and drink

specials with 65 TVs to cheer on your favorite

sports team. Happy Hour features half-price

drinks Monday through Friday from 4 to 8

p.m. No cover charge. Indoor and outdoor

seating available. Open Sunday through

Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday

through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

RC Otter’s Island Eats

11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.395.1142 • CaptivaIslandInn.com

Casual Key West inspired,

award-winning and family-friendly

restaurant located in the heart of Old

Captiva Village. Menu features a variety of

wine by the glass, a killer microbrew beer

list, and over 100 menu items for snacks

and late night dining. Features indoor

and outdoor seating and daily live

entertainment. Open daily until 10 p.m.

Traders Gulf Coast Grill & Gifts

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.7242 • TradersSanibel.com

Restaurant and gift emporium

features a full bar offering Happy Hour from

3 to 6 p.m., and feature appetizer, beer, wine,

and drink specials. Try one of their signature

cocktails: Sanibel Sunset, Captiva Cooler,

Beach Comber, or a Key Lime Pie Martini.

Live entertainment and dancing Tuesday

and Thursday nights. Closed Sunday.

Traditions on the Beach

3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island

239.472.4559 • TraditionsOnTheBeach.com

Located at the historic Island Inn.

Spectacular views of the Gulf from the

spacious and comfortable bar and lounge

area. Features a full bar, live Pop, Jazz, R&B,

or vocal music and dancing nightly. Special

musically themed nights throughout

the week including Prime Rib Jazz every

Wednesday. See website for entertainment

schedule. Valet parking is available. Open

daily at 4 p.m.

Ugly’s Waterside Bar

1131 1st Street, Fort Myers Beach

239.463.8077 • NervousNellies.net

A casual-island themed waterfront

bar located upstairs at Nervous Nellie’s

restaurant overlooking Matanzas Pass

and the marina. Features a full menu and

Happy Hour all day, every day. Offers both

indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy live

island, rock, or reggae music 7 days a week.

See website for entertainment schedule.

Arrive by car or boat; free parking and

marina dockage are available. Open daily.

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Souvenirs and

so Much More

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Coupon Dog-Friendly Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry

1993 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.2876 • CedarChestSanibel.com

Features an exclusive selection of unique

and original sea life and nature-themed

jewelry. You’ll also find the latest designs

You came for the sun and sand, but

that doesn’t mean you can’t do a

little shopping while you’re here.

Shopaholics will have no trouble

finding treasures. The Fort Myers

area offers everything from outlet

malls with discounts on name brands,

to shops and boutiques filled with

handcrafted gifts, children’s items,

exclusive fine jewelry, men’s and

women’s resort wear, and the latest

brands in swimwear and beach apparel.

Discover shopping destinations with

local flavor throughout the area. The

cobblestone streets of Downtown

Fort Myers River District offer shops,

bistros, boutiques and galleries. Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach is lined

with casual stores filled with beach essentials. Charming island-style boutiques

and galleries can be found on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Why not treat

yourself, then pick-up something for your friends or relatives at home? The

perfect souvenir is out there waiting for you.

in fine gold, diamond, and sterling. Offers

beautiful estate and antique jewelry and

the area’s largest selection of authentic

ancient and Spanish treasure coin jewelry.

Located in Tahitian Gardens. Open Monday

through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

closed Sunday.

Jerry’s Foods

1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.472.9300 • JerrysFoods.com

This friendly neighborhood market offers

fresh, healthy, natural, and organic foods

with a wide selection of fresh fruits and

produce. Featuring a full service deli and

butcher shop, fresh fish market, on-site

bakery, and fresh-cut flowers. Family

restaurant offers everything from burgers

and comfort foods, to mouth-watering

steaks and seafood. Catering, online

ordering, and delivery are also available.

Miromar Outlets

10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero

239.948.3766 • MiromarOutlets.com

More than 140 top designer and brand name

outlet shops offering up to 70% off retail

prices including Michael Kors, Nike, Banana

Republic, J.Crew, Coach, Columbia, and

many others. Features covered walkways.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.

to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See

website for holiday hours, events, and sales.

Nanny’s Children’s Shoppe

1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.395.1730 • NannysChildrensShoppe.com

This fashionable children’s boutique will

delight little fashion lovers and their

parents alike. Offers a large selection of

unique, classic, and trendy brand name

boys and girls apparel and accessories

sizes infants to 14. Swimwear, books,

and cuddly toys are also available. Open

Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.

to 7 p.m., Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.

Palmetto’s Apparel

7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

239.463.1515 • PalmettosApparel.com

Shop a variety of men’s and women’s

apparel, shoes, jewelry, and accessories at

this boutique with an emphasis on quality,

selection, and service. Notable brands

include Brighton, Joseph Ribkoff, Tommy

Bahama, Tori Richards, and Hook & Tackle.

Their knowledgeable and courteous staff

will assist you in selecting items tailored

to your personal taste. Located in Santini

Marina Plaza. Open daily.

Periwinkle Place

2075 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

PeriwinklePlace.com

Sanibel’s largest shopping center set

amidst a lush tropical setting of shady

Banyan trees, covered walkways, and

soothing water features. A unique array

of shops offering souvenirs, toys, jewelry,

gifts, and apparel including beach and

swimwear. Take a break from shopping to

enjoy a meal at Blue Giraffe restaurant or

pamper yourself with a spa treatment. Also

features a children’s play area and butterfly

garden. Open daily.

River District Shops

Downtown Fort Myers

239.333.3130 • MyRiverDistrict.com

Peruse the eclectic shops, one-of-a-kind

boutiques, galleries, and antique stores along

First Street and the surrounding cobblestone

avenues. Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday year-round at Centennial Park

parking lot, under the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee

Bridge (at the corner of Heitman and West

First streets, just west of the Post Office).

Suncatcher’s Dream

630 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island

239.472.7860 • SuncatchersDream.com

Offers a beautiful and unique selection

of affordable gifts handcrafted by artists

from Sanibel and across the country. You’ll

find a wide variety of home décor, exclusive

jewelry and gift items, kitchen accessories,

tiles, candles, spinners, suncatchers,

cards, and more. Gift-wrap included with

purchase. Located in the Olde Sanibel

Shoppes. Open daily at 9 a.m.

Sun Harvest Citrus

14601 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers

800.743.1480 • SunHarvestCitrus.com

Offering the finest Florida Indian River

citrus, fresh squeezed juice, gourmet

foods, baked goods, ice cream, gifts, and

premium fruit wines. Enjoy sweet, juicy

in-season oranges, grapefruit, tangerines,

and tangelos. Free samples in store. Available

for takeout or shipping throughout the

U.S. and Canada. United States Postal

Service located inside.

Swim Mart

20350 Summerlin Rd. #3165, Fort Myers

239.466.1580 • SwimMart.com

Offers the region’s largest selection

of designer swimwear and resort wear for

the entire family. The perfect suit for every

body including special needs: maternity,

mastectomy, long torso, and plus sizes.

Name brands including Gottex, Miraclesuit,

and Sunsets. Men’s, women’s, and children’s

Reef, Sanuk, and Cobian footwear and

sandals. Located at Sanibel Outlets.

Open daily; see website for hours.

Come

Dream!

Catch Your

Suncatchers’ Dream is Sanibel Island’s

most colorful and unique emporium for gifts,

jewelry, cards and home décor. Chocked full

of the most amazing glass, ceramics, cards,

jewelry, chimes, books, souvenirs, ornaments,

suncatchers and so much more.

Best Gift Shop 2017

630 Tarpon Bay Rd., Ste. 2 · Sanibel, FL · www.suncatchersdream.com · 239.472.7860

NITA ETTINGER


SANIBEL’S COMPLETE

SUPERMARKET, RESTAURANT & DELI

Coffee Bar

Cheese Case

Featuring

a

Wide Selection of

Specialty Items &

Quality Grocery Products.

Extensive Fresh Fruits & Produce • Fresh Bakery

Complete Deli • Choice Meats • Fresh Fish Market

Fine Wines & Beer • Full Salad Bar for Dine In & Take Out

Jerry’s Restaurant | Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | 6:00am-8:30pm Daily

Supermarket | Open 6:00am-10:00pm Daily

Located at 1700 Periwinkle Way & the corner of Casa Ybel Road

239-472-9300 • www.jerrysfoods.com

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$2.00 OFF OUR FAMOUS KEY LIME PIE!

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$1.00 or $2.50 Off

Present this coupon to receive $1.00 off

Dolphin or Sunset Cruise or $2.50 off

Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca Grande or

Cayo Costa. Valid for adult passengers only.

Not valid with any other offer, excludes holidays.

Must mention at time of reservation.

Code MD1-MD2 Expires 12/31/18

239.472.5300 • 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

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$5.00 Off Water Sport Activity

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

any water sport activity.

Not valid on parasailing. Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 12/31/18

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$10.00 Off Everglades Tour

Present this coupon to receive $10.00 off a

full-day tour.

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valid with any other offer. Code mustdo

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239.472.1559 • Various pickup locations

$5.00 Off Admission

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

regular admission for party of 3 or more.

Limit one coupon per party. Not valid with any other

offer. Code MD17

Expires 12/31/18

The Best of Florida is Here!

Fresh Citrus, Freshly Squeezed Juice,

Unique Gifts, Premium Fruit Wines & more.

Best Western Plus • DiamondHead • Pink Shell • Sanibel Harbour

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$5.00 Off Fare

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

each full fare round trip adult ticket.

Must present coupon at ticketing. Not valid with any

other offer. Code MDF

Expires 12/31/18

239.243.0043 • 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers

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10% Off Boat Tour

Receive 10% off boat tour when booking

online with discount code.

Not valid with any other offer.

Online discount code MUSTDO

Expires 12/31/18

Fruit & Juice

Samples

888.887.9359 • Fort Myers Beach • Key West • Marco Island

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Up to $1.50 Off Admission

239.312.3137 • 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach

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$5.00 Off Tour

800-743-1480

SunHarvestCitrus.com

Mon-Sat 8-7/Sun 10-6

14601 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers

Six Mile Cypress and Metro Parkway

Located

Inside!

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CITRUS SAMPLER

Complimentary 5-lb bag of fresh

Florida citrus with this coupon and any

retail purchase of $20 or more. Valid

November through May. Coupon must

be redeemed for free gift. MD

Present this coupon to receive $1.50 off

adult admission and $1.00 off child

admission.

Valid for up to 6 persons. Not valid with any other offer

or online tickets. Code MST-DO-18FM

Expires 4/15/18

239.262.5409 • 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples

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$20.00 Off Group Fare

Present this coupon to receive $20.00 off

90 minute Eco-Boat Tour group fare.

Reservations required. Not valid with any other offer.

Code MDFM

Expires 12/31/18

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off per

person on a narrated Orange Jeep Tour.

Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 12/31/18

239.434.5337 • 5076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria

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Free Citrus Sampler

Present this coupon to receive a free 5-lb.

bag of fresh Florida citrus with your retail

purchase of $20.00 or more.

Limit one coupon per visit. Code MD

Valid November 2017 through May 2018.

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800.743.1480 • 14601 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers


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Barbeque &

Fort Myers Beach

Seafood House

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Free Boater’s Key Chain

Present this coupon to receive a free

boater’s key chain.

Limit one key chain per customer, per coupon.

Expires 12/31/18

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Free Boater’s Key Chain

Present this coupon to receive a free

boater’s key chain.

Limit one key chain per customer, per coupon.

Expires 12/31/18

Our Swimsuit Specialists

Will Find The Perfect Suit

For Your Body

239.463.5505 • 1249 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

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Free Boater’s Key Chain

5400 Plantation Rd., Captiva • 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach • 975 Rabbit Rd., Sanibel

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boater’s key chain.

Limit one key chain per customer, per coupon.

Expires 12/31/18

$2.00 Off Key Lime Pie

Present this coupon to receive $2.00 off a

Jerry’s signature Key Lime pie.

Limit one per coupon. Code PLU #457

Expires 12/31/18

239.472.9300 • 1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel

239.233.8837 • 714 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach

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10% Off Breakfast

Present this coupon to receive 10% off

breakfast between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

18% gratuity added prior to discount. Not valid with

any other offer.

Expires 12/31/18

239.472.0606 • 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

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Free Ice Cream Topping

Present this coupon to receive one free

topping.

Offer valid with purchase of medium or large bowl,

regular or deluxe waffle cone.

Expires 5/31/18

239.472.6566 • 362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

Largest selection

of name brand swimwear,

resort wear & accessories

for the entire family.

Sanibel Outlets

20350 Summerlin Road

Ft Myers, FL 33908

239.466.1580

Naples Outlet Center

6060 Collier Blvd.

Naples, FL 34114

239.793.0101

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Free Beverage

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$5.00 Off Dinner

Present this coupon to receive a free

beverage.

Limit one coupon per person, per day. Valid for a cup

of Sanibel Select coffee or any soda, water, juice,

lemonade or Slushie drink.

Expires 12/31/18

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

dinner with purchase of $30.00 or more.

Not valid with any other offer or Early Bird Specials.

Expires 12/31/18

239.472.2201 • 2075 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

239.463.7770 • 7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

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10% Off Purchase

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25% Off One Item

Present this coupon to receive 10% off

entire purchase. Free gift wrap with

purchase.

Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 12/31/18

Present this coupon to receive 25% off one

regular price item with minimum purchase

of $50.00.

Not valid with any other offer.

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