If you’ve visited the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, the first things you probably noticed were the abundance of seashells washed up on its shores and how bike-friendly it was. I recently visited and rounded up my top seven picks for fun things to do in the area.
With more than 400 varieties, you can easily spend hours hunting for seashells. Many resorts will even give you a complimentary bag to collect them. See what other beaches are great for seashell hunting>>
You won’t see a beach sunset quite like one in Fort Myers. The nearby island, Captiva, is one of the best places to watch it by kayak, SUP, boat or simply relaxing by the shore.
Cruise to the Nearby Islands
Book an island-hopping excursion to explore the unspoiled islands Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa. You’ll feel as though you’re on your own private island. Stop by Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant to eat a burger that some say is the inspiration behind Jimmy Buffett’s song, Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Catch an MLB Spring Training Game
If you visit during high season in the spring, you can catch a Boston Red Sox spring training game. The Red Sox play more than 20 games at JetBlue Park, a state-of-the-art ballpark that holds up to 11,000 fans. The ballpark is known as a miniature Fenway Park, complete with famous Fenway franks.
Fort Myers isn’t often associated with microbreweries, but the area’s first one, Fort Myers Brewing Company, makes a variety of delicious brews no matter your beer style. While there, eat at a food truck, play cornhole, and don’t forget to bring your dog.
You’ll have plenty of made-from-scratch doughnut flavors to choose from at Bennett’s Fresh Roast. They roast nearly 800 pounds of coffee and make 15,000 doughnuts monthly. I had the maple nut toffee doughnut along with the biscoff latte that I still dream about.
Pickleball is a table tennis, badminton and tennis hybrid sport played with a paddle and wiffle ball. It was invented in the 1960s, but it has recently taken off in North America. You can take a lesson while enjoying a lake view at one of Sundial Beach Resort & Spa’s 12 regulation courts.