You can relax or play on miles of beach. Enjoy all kinds of food everything from Island cuisine to down-home cooking. Try the lively nightlife in trendy dance clubs or just go for a midnight stroll. Shop for custom design jewelry or top designer fashion. Browse through art galleries and antique stores. Explore thousands of years of local history and archeology.
Charlotte Harbor is truly a jewel in Florida fishing. The many miles of natural shoreline, expansive grass flats and world-famous Boca Grande Pass . Being Tarpon capital of the world makes Charlotte Harbor one of the most beautiful and fertile fishing grounds in the world. Beaches, grass flats, and backcountry creeks are a magnificent setting a for your fishing adventure. It truly is an experience of a lifetime.
The shrimp shaped island known as Sanibel floats along Florida’s southwest coast 30 minutes from Fort Myers. In contrast to the developed, tourist-full parts of the state, Sanibel is a nature lover’s dream characterized by pristine beaches, bird-filled wildlife refuges, and boat docks to other quiet isles accessible only by boat. With locally-owned restaurants and hotels, this eco-friendly destination will redefine your preconceptions of what a Florida vacation can be.
Among your seagoing options: sunset, shelling, and wildlife cruises with near-guaranteed dolphin sightings. Thanks to their locations on the west side of Florida, Sanibel and Captiva have legendary sunsets, and the combination of roaring sky and the rippling ocean is even more impressive when viewed from a boat bobbing in the waves.
If you want to experience the charm and laid-back lifestyle of turn-of-the-century Florida, the old fishing village of Matlacha is the place to visit. With a population of under 900, this waterfront town of artisans and fishermen is located on a tiny island in Matlacha Pass on the road between Cape Coral and Pine Island.
The bridge over Matlacha Pass is famous. Nicknamed the “World’s Fishing-est Bridge” originally a wooden swing bridge back in the early 1960s. The tidal current that runs beneath the bridge sweeps in tons of snook, redfish, and even tarpon in season. For obvious reasons, the bridge is always lined with anglers casting a line.