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Nature and Recreation Activities

From you’re looking to kayak, catch fish or cruise down the beach, southwest Florida has some of the most spectacular natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities of anywhere in the world (not to mention, world class dining, culture and entertainment).

Outdoor Recreation

It’s a shame to stay inside in Florida, so get outside and make the most of your vacation, whether it’s on the beach, the water or the golf course.

Holiday Water Sports Rentals

Located onsite at our BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort, this water sports rentals outfit can provide you and your family with wave runners, parasailing, dolphin tours, kayaks, boat rentals, fishing charters and more.

 

Fort Myers Beach Golf Club

Hit the links at the only golf course on Fort Myers Beach. This 18-hole, par 60 course features a practice green, pro shop, full bar, and come fantastic terrain and scenery. Memberships are available, but everyone is welcome.

Gulf Coast Kayak

Southwest Florida is a kayaker’s paradise! Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a beginner, Gulf Coast Kayak can get you going with kayak rentals, guided kayak tours and kayak fishing on the peaceful and picturesque waters of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve.

Salty Sam’s Marina

Take to the water on a powerboat or kayak rental from Salty Sam’s. Or, relax at the marina’s Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, voted Best Waterfront Restaurant. The marina also offers charters, boat repairs and more.

 

Tours, Cruises and Charters

There are a lot of sights to take in here in Fort Myers Beach and Lee County, so it helps trust your sightseeing and activities to an experienced guide, who will help you make the most of your Florida vacation experience.

Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise

Take a sea-bound journey into the past on this theatrical cruise that kids will love and the whole family can enjoy. It features a 90-minute swashbuckling pirate show aboard a 65 ft. replica Spanish galleon ship. Both educational and entertaining, it’s a must-see Fort Myers attraction.

Captiva Cruises

Based on beautiful Captiva Island, Captiva Cruises offers dolphin and wildlife watching cruises, sunset cruises, shelling cruises, sailing charters and more.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

The massive Babcock Ranch totals more than 90,000 acres and is home to a diverse and thriving eco system that includes woods, pastures, wetlands and swamp. Explore this amazing habitat on an exciting eco-tour.

Everglades Day Safari

Voted the Everglades best Ecotour, this exciting day safari includes round-trip transportation from the Fort Myers area and features experienced guides and scenic boat cruise, nature walk, wildlife drive and airboat ride.

Everglades Island Airboat Tours

Get ready for the airboat ride of your life! These experienced guides have roots in the everglades that go back generations, and can show you the area’s most beautiful and fascinating corners. See alligators, snakes, manatees, birds, dolphins and more, along with some of Florida’s most breathtaking scenery.

Sea Trek Fishing Charters

Embark on a deep sea fishing charter from Fort Myers Beach! This experienced company knows all the hot spots for catching the biggest and best fish. They also offer sightseeing tours.

J.C. Cruises

All aboard the boat of Captain JP for a historic cruise down the Caloosahatchee River. Departing from downtown Fort Myers, these cruises will transport you back in time on an old-fashioned paddle wheeler as you marvel at dolphins, manatees and historic sights.

Tropic Star Cruises

Based on Pine Island, this company offers water based cruises and adventures including ferries to Cayo Costa, water taxis, kayaking and cottage rentals.

Key West Express

Hop aboard the Key West express, which will take you from Fort Myers Beach to Key West in style. The sleek, modern ship transports you in air-conditioned comfort with a sundeck, snack bar, cocktails, big-screen TVs and more.

 

 

Beaches, Parks and Wildlife Preserves

These are the crown jewels of Southwest Florida: parks and beaches so beautiful that they will leave you spellbound. Just make sure you stay long enough to see them all!

Shell Factory & Nature Park

A Fort Myers landmark which boasts the world's largest collection of rare seashells, star fish, sponges, coral, fossils and sea life specimens. Come browse their specialty gift shop and nature park, which is home to nearly 400 animals.

Centennial Park

Stretching 10 acres along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, this park in the heart of historic downtown Fort Myers features a playground, fishing pier, boat docks, volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, promenade path and lots of places to relax and watch the sun set over the water.

Mantanzas Pass Wildlife Preserve

Located right here in Fort Myers Beach, within walking distance of our hotel, this spectacular wildlife preserve includes nearly 60 acres of pristine wilderness, with trails through beautiful mangrove canopies, home to a colorful and exotic assortment of wildlife and native plants.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Located on the subtropical barrier island of Danibel, this refuge is among the most breathtaking attractions in the Fort Myers area. Part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the US, it is home to a diverse population of migratory birds.

Bowman’s Beach

Among the most popular beaches on the island of Sanibel, the isolated and unspoiled Bowman’s beach has miles of pristine white sand covered in beautiful shells.

Caloosahatchee Regional Park

Among the most popular beaches on the island of Sanibel, the isolated and unspoiled Bowman’s beach has miles of pristine white sand covered in beautiful shells.

Matlacha Community Park and Boat Ramp

This 9-acre park features a boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic pavilions, outdoor basketball, kids’ playground, and a large green space. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon with the kids or your special someone.

Manatee Park

This non-captive refuge for the majestic Florida Manatee offers a spectacular opportunity to view these animals in their natural habitat. It’s also home to an extensive butterfly garden, an amphitheatre and fishing pier. The optimal time for viewing manatees is between November and March.

Sanibel Island Beach

A great destination for shell collecting, Sanibel Island is home to more than 17 miles of white-sand beached. It’s also a popular destination for fishing, boating and wildlife spotting.

Captiva Island Beach

Like its name suggests, Captiva Island is captivatingly beautiful. Its pristine white-sand beaches are rumored to have been visited by some of the most fearsome pirates and conquistadors of centuries past. Today’s its popular destination for shelling, snorkeling and other tropical activities.

Lover’s Key State Park

Back when it was only accessible by boat, his stunningly beautiful island was said to have been a destination for lovers seeking a secluded romantic getaway. It is home to spectacular wildlife, a two-mile long beach and trails for biking and biking. Among the animals that make their home here are West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.
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