5 Reasons Fort Myers & Sanibel Should Be Your Go-To Florida Destinations

Apr 30, 2015
When it comes to Florida destinations, we know it can be hard to play favorites. Tourists flock to Disney paradise Orlando, party central Miami and big city Jacksonville, leaving some of our favorite destinations -- like Fort Myers and Sanibel -- as some of the best unspoiled beaches and natural habitats in the state.

If you haven't yet discovered the serenity and stunning beauty of Fort Myers and Sanibel, now is the time -- who wouldn't want to be in the company of Edison and Ponce de Leon?

Check out our top five reasons to visit Fort Myers and Sanibel below, and then head to the Travelzoo Fort Myers and Sanibel Destination Page to make this dream a (discounted) reality.

1. Shell heaven.

Sanibel Island will be celebrating the 78th annual Sanibel Shell Show in 2015. The island is known for being a shell-collectors paradise, and this annual event is a celebration of Sanibel’s beaches -- and a guaranteed way to see people doing the "Sanibel Stoop," a local nickname for bent-over shell collectors.

2. It's the perfect family getaway.

With calm, warm waters largely free of steep drop-offs, the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are perfect for families traveling with children. The hotel industry has picked up on the family haven that these areas provide, and many offer condo-style rooms with efficiency kitchens! If you do choose to eat out, most local restaurants have kids menus and are kid-friendly.

3. Travel like Ponce.

The “first tourist” to visit Southwest Florida was Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. Although there is some speculation as to whether he was actually the first to land in the town he would name "La Florida," Ponce de Leon remains the namesake for a state park, a lighthouse, and even a small Florida city.

4. Nature, nature & more nature.

Fort Myers & Sanibel is celebrated for its unspoiled stretches of beach – making it the perfect destination for anyone that loves beach combing, shelling, kayaking, bird watching and more.

5. Winter in Fort Myers feels like your summer.

For 2014-2015, the American Society of Travel Agents ranked Fort Myers and Sanibel among the top 10 most popular winter destinations.

Information in this post comes from Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.

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