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Fishing/Boat Charter

Fishing/Boat Charter

Fishing Fort Myers Beach Fishing, Sanibel Island Fishing, Captiva Island Fishing The waters around Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva, and throughout Lee County offer some of the best fishing in Florida. Purchase a non-resident license and you can fish from the public pier that stretches hundreds of feet into the Gulf of Mexico at the Beach`s Lynn Hall Memorial Park or the Lighthouse Pier on the eastern tip of Sanibel. Fort Myers Beach Boating, Sanibel Island Boating, Captiva Island Boating Party boats and charter boats abound at the many docks around the Beach. A license is not required by non-residents for this - just pay the captain and you`re on your way to boating the big ones in the Gulf of Mexico. The boats range from 60-100 ft. For the back bay fisherman, the catwalk under the Matanzas Pass Bridge is a good spot to angle for sheepshead, ladyfish and trout around the pilings and fenders of the bridge For the adventurous angler, many marinas nearby offer small boats for rent that are perfect for exploring and angling in Pine Island Sound and Estero Bay - a huge, shallow body of water dotted with hundreds of mangrove keys, home to many species of game fish. A fishing license is needed to fish the back bays. Nor is the diehard freshwater fisherman slighted. Lee County is interlaced with freshwater canals and water management ditches, all of which are richly populated with bass, bluegill, crappie and a variety of other panfish. You will need a license for this fishing, too. Licenses are available by visiting www.leetc.com, or may be obtained from many tackle shops and stores such as Wal-Mart. So bring your rod, reel and plenty of tackle -- Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach and Captiva are truly a fishermans paradise.
Location: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Shelling

Shelling

If you enjoy browsing the beach for unique, colorful shells, you`ve come to the right place! Southwest Florida is the Mecca of "shelling", as the beaches are lined with an abundance of beautiful shells! Although you may find some great little treasures on Fort Myers Beach, for the best shelling, we recommend taking a day trip to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have been referred to as the "Shell Islands" because they are actually made out of shells. This phenomenon was created over thousands of years because of the unique geography of the islands. Sanibel Island does a sort-of "twist" along the coastline, among a string of lined islands. The east-west torque of the south end of the island acts almost like a "shovel" for the shells that come in from the Gulf, Caribbean, and other southern seas. As you comb the islands for these amazing little treasures of the sea, expect to find some amazing treasures, often perfectly intact!
Location: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Watersports & Paddleboarding

Watersports & Paddleboarding

Water is obviously a big part of what a Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, or Captiva vacation is all about, and there are many boat rental and watersport businesses handy to provide you a means of getting out on it! There are a number of marinas with charters and boat rentals available, including offshore fishing for the big ones. There are also many sunset cruises and dolphin tours that provide the most memorable views of the Gulf of Mexico! Rent Jet Ski`s Relaxation on Fort Myers Beach is glorious! But, sometimes, you want to to spice it up and have a little fun! Well, we have just the cure. A great way to enjoy the Gulf is by skimming across the water on a Jet Ski or Wave Runner. You`ll find Jet ski rental stands all along Fort Myers Beach. Once you`ve settled on a spot, the instructor will give you a crash course in jet ski operation and safety. There are buoys in the water indicating how far out into the Gulf you can ride. Take it slow and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the beach, or zoom at higher speeds as you bounce along waves and get an exhilarating rush! Go Parasailing Want to try something new? Parasailing can be fun for the whole family! You`ll get a bird`s eye view as you glide over the Gulf of Mexico on a Parasail ride. The Parasailing tours will take you out on a boat, and hook you up to a specially designed harness & parachute. As the boat takes off, you are lifted into the air for a fun & enjoyable ride, as well as an AMAZING view of the waters and beaches of Estero Island. Most parasailing companies give you the option to fly solo or double. Go Paddle Boarding Paddle boarding is a great way to get in a little exercise while enjoying the tranquility of the water. There are several paddle board rental spots along Fort Myers Beach, towards the northern end of the island.
Location: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Thomas A. Edison & Henry Ford Estates

Thomas A. Edison & Henry Ford Estates

Two of the areas most popular attractions are the homes of these next-door neighbors at 2350 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. The turn-of-the-century homes on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River are open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Daily tours are a combination of both estates and last 90 minutes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Sunday hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Two in-depth tours - historical and horticultural - also are offered at additional cost.
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center

Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center

Located on San Carlos Island at Fort Myers Beach. Features marine exhibits such as a touch tank and aquarium. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Located at 718 Fisherman`s Wharf. Phone 765-8101.
Location: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

This is a 2,000-acre wetland ecosystem and home to a diversity of plants and animals, some of which are endangered. Features a mile-long boardwalk through the swamp, where one can see alligators, turtles and birds. Located on Six-Mile Parkway at Penzance Road north of Daniels Parkway. Phone: 338-3300.
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
J. N.

J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

A 5,000-acre sanctuary for native and migratory birds on Sanibel Island, this is a favorite attraction for both residents and visitors. Features a five-mile drive through unspoiled mangrove swamp and island uplands, foot trails and a canoe trail. The Visitor Center just off Sanibel-Captiva Road offers literature and exhibits. Excellent opportunity to see alligators up close - but donít feed them.
Location: Sanibel Island
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

This is owned and operated by the National Audubon Society, teems with native and migratory birds and other wildlife along two miles of nature trails through the largest virgin bald cypress forest in the United States. Located southeast of Bonita Springs, 15 miles east of I-75, Exit 17. Phone: 657-3771.
Location: Naples, Florida
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

This is a complex of buildings housing many facilities connected by wooded walks and decks. Exhibits deal with wildlife, fossils and native habitats. The Audubon Aviary is home to many injured birds. The planetarium offers star shows, among other interesting events. Located in Fort Myers at 3450 Ortiz Ave. near I-75 Exit 22. Phone: 275-3435.
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
The Bailey Matthews Shell Museum

The Bailey Matthews Shell Museum

This is the only museum in the United States solely devoted to seashells. It features educational displays on local shells and shells of the world. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Located at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel Island. Phone: 395-2233.
Location: Sanibel Island
Eastwood Golf Course

Eastwood Golf Course

Eastwood Golf Course owned and operated by the City of Fort Myers opened for business on September 9, 1977. Designed by Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin, Eastwood sits on the old city well field and comprises over 150 acres. Eastwood plays to a par 72 layout, possesses 87 strategically placed bunkers, and water comes into play on 10 of the 18 holes, with a recently renovated font 9. Those who play Eastwood leave with the appreciation that it is a great course that is fun to play and very affordable. Golf Digest ranked Eastwood in its top 100 Public Golf Facilities in the US. Eastwood held this ranking for 10 years until a star designation was implemented in 1996 due to the overwhelming growth of public courses.
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers Country Club

Fort Myers Country Club

The Fort Myers Country Club Golf Course is located on historic palm tree lined McGregor Boulevard in the City of Fort Myers. Endearingly named "The Fort" by local residents, the beloved course opened for play in 1917. Designed in 1916 by the great Donald Ross, it is one of the oldest golf facilities on the west coast of Florida. Located only one mile south of the Edison/Ford Winter Estates, Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford frequently played the course during the 1920`s. Fort Myers Country Club changed during the renovation from a par 71 to 70 for the men and 72 to 71 for the ladies. Fort Myers Country Club does not have a driving range. If looking for a driving range, please visit our other City owned golf course; Eastwood Golf Course.
Location: Fort Myers, Florida