For many, spring break is a time to unwind and rest. For others, it’s reserved for partying and adventure. Luckily, on The Beaches of Fort Myer & Sanibel, you’ll find the best of both worlds and more. Whether you’re looking to relax or let loose, shop or sight-see – our top ten spring break stops will make it a week you’ll never forget.
If you’re searching for a party HQ on Fort Myers Beach, this list might as well begin and end with the Lani Kai. This adults-only resort features a heated pool, three tiki bars, two rooftop restaurants and an onsite dance club where local DJs spin nightly. And while the amenities here are worth smiling about – the real fun takes place on the beach out back. On any given day during spring break, you’re liable to find hundreds of people partying in the sand, as well as an armada of boats anchored offshore looking to catch a glimpse of the fun. The Lani Kai is located at 1400 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
Learn to fish during an offshore excursion with Adventures in Paradise. Their Backwater Fishing cruise is the perfect outing for experienced anglers and first-time fishers alike. The captain and crew of the ship ferry you into the teeming, shallow waters of San Carlos Bay. Then, they’ll teach you how to cast, reel and even bait the hook. With all equipment provided by the staff, the only thing you need to bring is your sea legs. Adventures in Paradise is located at 14341 Port Comfort Road in Fort Myers.
Grab a drink with the locals at Smokin’ Oyster Brewery. Their motto, “Happiness is great food, good drink and good friends” sets the scene for the welcoming and fun-loving atmosphere you’ll find inside. And, while they don’t actually brew it onsite, their house draft – a Red Amber Ale called S.O.B.’s “What-a-beer” – is certainly worth toasting. Order a pint and pull up a seat on the outside deck where you can enjoy live music from 6 to 10 pm nightly. Smokin’ Oyster Brewery is located at 340 Old San Carlos Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
Named after the traditional Boxing Day street parade, music and dance festival that takes place each year in the Bahamas, this bar brings the vibe of the Caribbean to Southwest Florida. Here, you can fill up on pizza, burgers and seafood and then whet your whistle with a wide selection of tropical cocktails. Plus, with beach cabanas, wave runners and kayaks available to rent right outside, you can make a day of your stay at this bar “where the party never ends.” Junkaroo Beach Bar and Dance Club is located at 3040 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
Slip away from the shore and spend the day shopping at this seven-acre retail oasis, which feels more like the grounds of a luxury resort than it does a mall. At Periwinkle Place – voted Sanibel’s top shopping destination – you’ll find dozens of boutique stores featuring everything from high-end apparel to hand-crafted art. Periwinkle Place is located at 2075 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel.
Take flight with water jetpacks, jet boards and flyboard rentals in Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Island. The certified master instructors at Skyhigh Rentals will set you up with one of their jetpacks or flyboards, which use hydro propulsion to let you soar above the sea. They even guarantee that you’ll get up and out of the water on your first flight – or your second flight is free. Skyhigh Jetpacks and Flyboard Rental fly out of 17590 East Street in North Fort Myers at Revolution Cable Park.
Pack your mitt and catch a fly ball at a spring training game. Fort Myers has the distinct honor of being the only city in Florida to host spring training for two Major League Baseball teams. The Boston Red Sox spend their preseason at JetBlue Park while the Minnesota Twins can be found training at Hammond Stadium. These games are a great opportunity to get up close to some of your favorite players. JetBlue Park is located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers and Hammond Stadium is located at 14400 Ben C Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers.
If riding a jet pack wasn’t enough adventure for one week, get into more adrenaline-pumping antics at Paradise Parasailing. Here you’ll get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Fort Myers Beach from 500 feet above the water. With over 32 years of combined parasailing experience and parachutes flown by United States Coast Guard–licensed captains – spread your wings while in competent hands. Paradise Parasail is located at 1160 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
Voted one of the Best Hidden Beach Bars in America by Men’s Journal, The Mucky Duck is the Captiva Island favorite that almost never was. In 1975, two entrepreneurs bought the property with the intent of converting it into a rental house. But, when the two discovered an expired beer and wine license that could be renewed for only $100 – they knew what had to be done. Doors opened on this beachside bungalow the following year and the Mucky Duck has been serving drinks in the sand ever since. The Mucky Duck is located 11546 Andy Rosse Lane in Captiva.
Celebrate the natural beauty and thriving culture of our area at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. On the first Wednesday of every month, more than 40 local arts and crafts vendors and musicians set up shop here for an evening of festivities, showcasing the best local talent and the most gorgeous sunset you’ll find in Southwest Florida. Sunset Celebrations at the Cape Coral Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway in Cape Coral.
Book your spring break trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel today! Visit our accommodations page to find the right lodging for you and your friends during your most epic Spring Break ever.
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