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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Florida

Lounge on white sand.

Sink your toes in the sand and feel the warm Gulf breeze across your face along Florida's southwest coast. TripAdvisor readers voted the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel among the best in America. Sunbathe, snorkel or go shelling -- a popular pastime on Sanibel and Captiva islands.

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Paddle scenic waterways.

Glide through parts of the Great Calusa Blueway, a 190-mile water trail that weaves through scenic coastal bays and islands. You may find gentle manatees and playful dolphins escorting your journey. Experienced guides and local tour companies are happy to lead families and first-time kayakers and canoers.

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Explore off the beach.

Beyond the palm trees, explore Jurassic-like nature parks and preserves that make you forget you're in Florida. The largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in America, J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island boasts shaded hiking trails and wildlife drives. Don't forget binoculars for prime bird-watching.

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Reel in a big catch.

Considered the Tarpon Capital of the World, this slice of Florida is an angler's paradise. Whether it's inshore or offshore, saltwater or freshwater, options abound for fishing pros and novices alike. Some of the best fishing can be done off local bridges and piers such as Matlacha Bridge.

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Spot dolphins & manatees.

Southwest Florida's diverse wildlife is a draw unto itself. Plot out a wildlife safari in Fort Myers-Sanibel that includes migratory birds, alligators, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, flamingos and sea turtles. Stumbling upon these animals in their natural environment, sometimes just outside of your hotel room, beats visiting a zoo.

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