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fort myers & sanibel accolades

We’re proud of our community, and not without good reason. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are consistently named among top vacation destinations in the United States, thanks to the beautiful locale and the welcoming residents. Here are the awards and accolades to prove it.

Boca Grande named World's Top 12 Tarpon Destinations in Salt Water Sportsman

BOCA GRANDE, Fl. - (June 2017) - A tarpon mecca since the early 1900s, Boca Grande Pass, with its 60-foot depths, harbors a large concentration of silver kings from April through July, when fish start to thin out. The pass is primarily a live-bait fishery, but the adjacent Gulf beaches are prime areas to sight-fish — with either flies, lures or baits — for tarpon cruising over light sand bottom in packs and often large schools. 

Boca Grande named one of The Preppiest Wedding Locations Around the World by Town & Country magazine

BOCA GRANDE, Fl. - (May 2017) - Many couples who marry at the Gasparilla Inn & Club have been spring-breaking under the yellow-and-white-striped beach umbrellas since they were babes. They therefore like to incorporate club rituals into their wedding weekend, reports Corey Anglin, Special events Manager for the Inn, “notably our Bingo Night in The Inn’s Living Room, which is a riot!”

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point named one of the top 8 Best Baby Getaways by Parents magazine

BONITA SPRINGS, Fl. - (June 2017) - With sand and palm trees galore, it's little wonder the Sunshine State welcomes more visitors than any other. This 454-room retreat perches on Florida's gulf coast, a stretch of beach bountiful with seashells for your baby to sift through. Take your tot to spot her first dolphin, put her in a baby seat and bike pretty paths, and dip into three pools (one for kiddos).

The Food Network names Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant one of the top Mom-and-Pop Restaurants in the Country

CABBAGE KEY, Fl. - (October 2017) - A throwback to a bygone era in Florida, this restaurant sits on an island accessible only by boat. Often referred to as the “bar with money on the walls” the open-air space does, indeed, have dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and the walls, including many bills signed by notable people. Jimmy Buffett sang fondly of their cheeseburger in Cheeseburger in Paradise, but many diners flock for their mahi-mahi and famous frozen Key lime pie.

The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village listed as a popular wedding venue perfect for summer, not on the beach by Brides magazine

Cape Coral, Fl. - (June 2017) - The peninsula of Florida offers myriad waterfront options, but you really can't beat The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River amid 400 miles of Southwest Florida's navigable canals and waterways, it promises to provide a nautical backdrop featuring widespread waterfront views of untouched aquatic wildlife and yachts and sailboats docked at the Tarpon Point Marina

Coastal Living names Useppa Island one of the top 10 Best Car-Free Island Getaways

LEE COUNTY, Fl. - (August 2017) - Golf carts are the conveyance of choice on Useppa Island, but odds are you’ll spend more time on the water: Pine Island Sound is teeming with game fish, and you can rent a kayak or catboat to float around the Useppa backwaters or over to nearby Cayo Costa State Park. White-clad croquet players at the Useppa Island Club perfectly capture the Old Florida elegance of this private-island resort.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands named two of the must-see places to take your kids before they are grown by Brit + Co

LEE COUNTY, Fl. - (May 2015) - Why you’ve got to go: For the most amazing seashell experience you’ve ever had! Gazillions of them wash up on these Gulf coast barrier islands, which are equally famous for their wildlife. Plus, the water is shallow forever, so it’s a great place for little guys!

Paw Culture lists Bonita Springs Dog Beach as one of the top 7 Dog-Friendly Beaches in the Country

BONITA SPRINGS, Fl. - (June 2017) - Located at the southern end of Lovers Key, dog owners often fall head over heels for Fort Meyers Dog Beach. Here, there’s a cool doggie shower station and free parking. Part of Lee County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the off-the-leash beach is open from 7 a.m. to dusk every day and maintained by a valuable group of volunteers. 

Sanibel Island Named Best Beaches for Shelling by Coastal Living magazine

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fl. - (June 2017) - This Gulf island is located just offshore of Fort Myers on Florida’s southwest coast. Seashells (more than 250 varieties of seashells, in fact) cover the beaches here, and Sanibel is also home to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and an annual shell fair and show. With so much shelling-specific attractions, it’s no surprise that shell lovers of all levels flock to Sanibel Island (and its sister island, Captiva), but Sanibel also offers a wealth of attractions beyond its famed shelling.

Drive The Nation lists Sanibel and Captiva as a Top U.S. Beach

LEE COUNTY, Fl. -  (July 2017) - Florida beaches are just beautiful altogether – one is more beautiful than the next! However, when it’s time to narrow down the options for which is the best Florida beach in America, there’s no doubt that Sanibel & Captiva Island take the cake. Situated on the Gulf side of Florida right off the coast of Fort Myers are Sanibel & Captiva. If you want to travel with your family or just a romantic getaway for you and your significant other, this is a perfect destination to visit. 

The Best Beach Bars in America

Captiva, Fl. - (June 2017) - Mix the ambiance of a traditional English pub with the informality of a Caribbean beach bar and you’ve got the Mucky Duck, a Captiva Island restaurant, bar, and inn where you can wade ashore from your boat for fish and chips and a cold beer on draft. Regulars plan island visits around sundown at the Duck: check the calendar on the website for sunset times every day of the year.