1. North Captiva Sandbar
Located just north of Sunset Beach at South Seas Island Resort, this North Captiva sandbar is easily missed! Depending on the tide, you may be able to visit by boat or jet ski or if you can’t make the trip, it’s easily reached by drone :)!
TIP: Be wary of the time of day. If it’s high tide, this beauty will very well be under water! We made sure to google the tide and time in the specific area so we wouldn’t miss it!
2. Fort Myers River District
The River District was one of our favorite places and we found ourselves wishing we had more time there! It had everything from a cool old school arcade theatre, to a free trolley, art-deco inspired storefronts (on First Street), cobblestone streets, plenty of places to shop, delicious places to eat and lost of friendly faces!
TIP: Head to Bay Street for a closeup view of the Caloosahatchee River!
3. Lovers Key State Park
In the Fort Myers area? Be sure to head to Lovers Key State Park! Just a few minutes walk down the beach and there’s plenty of natural beauty to see! Beautiful dried out trees still stand on the beach and gorgeous drift wood is adorned by shells as beach goers pass by!
TIPS: We stopped in Downtown Fort Myers first, had some amazing breakfast and then made our way to Lovers Key State Park.
Lovers Key is only a 15 minute Drive to Fort Myers Beach area, where a lot of travelers book their stay!
4. Captiva Island for Sunset
While in Captiva we stayed at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Lucky for us we were stationed in the perfect area for sunsets! It’s located on Captiva Drive and faces the Gulf of Mexico. The sunsets light up the entire Gulf every single night. Grab a pizza and a bottle of wine (like we did!), pop a seat on the beach and enjoy the sunset!
TIP: Captiva Drive is a gorgeous street to begin with. Even if you’re there during the day and can’t experience sunset, make sure to stop and take a picture with the hundreds of different types of cacti that line both sides of the street!
5. Dock at South Seas Island Resort
We were pleasantly surprised by a few mama manatees and their calves while waiting for a boat tour one morning. The dock at South Seas Island Resort is home to some of the most beautiful boats and sweetest manatees! It’s a great spot for a photo-op or just admiring all that’s going on in the docking area. Manatees do best in warmer waters so they may migrate from the area once the winter comes and the water temps drop below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. But don’t be discouraged if you’re traveling to the area during winter! There are always warm winter days in Florida and your bound to catch a manatee sighting!
TIP: South Seas Island Resort does not usually allow outside guests to enter their grounds, UNLESS someone is going on a boat tour. It’s definitely a property that’s worth the exploration! We enjoyed a boat excursion and then walked the property, which is how we stumbled upon the manatees!
Thanks for reading along! Keep your eyes out for another Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva blogpost coming your way early next week! And make sure to check out Fort Myers’ website for more cool places to photograph and visit during your time in the Fort Myers area!