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Find Your Beach Closer Than You Think

Find your island a few hours from Miami, Orlando or Key West. Discover the perfect uninhabited white-sand beaches. No high rises. No crowds. Paddle beside manatees and dolphins. Enjoy the world’s best shelling on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island. Sink into a sunset. The beach of your dreams is here.

Find Your Piece of Nature

Hundreds of uninhabited islands dot our sun-splashed coastline. Most of them are accessible only by boat or seaplane, and all provide sanctuary to wildlife. Watch dolphins play in the wake of your boat. Paddle inches from manatees bobbing throughout the Great Calusa Blueway. Spot roseate spoonbills and more than 400 other species of birds in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S. Find your island, naturally, on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.

Find Your Wild Side

Robert Rauschenberg found artistic inspiration on Captiva Island. Anne Morrow Lindbergh penned “Gift From the Sea” on the same shores. The brilliant minds of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford enjoyed their visits so much that they put down roots here. Their estates, filled with tropical gardens, laboratories and museums, prove that the only limit to success is one’s imagination.

Only one question remains: Where to stay? To experience Florida’s most natural islands and beaches, choose from accommodations ranging from hotels and cottages to villas and private homes. Visit FortMyers-Sanibel.com to start planning your vacation today and get a free Lonely Planet guidebook.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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Official Fort Myers and Sanibel Island Travel Site

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Blissful isolation at a sandbar in the Ten Thousand Islands
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