The castaway islands of Sanibel and Captiva are the perfect choice for those seeking a slower pace of life. There are no advertising hoardings or neon signs, just lush, unspoiled scenery with wildlife galore and beautiful beaches. These islands are connected to the mainland by a three-mile long causeway that stretches from the southwestern reaches of Fort Myers across San Carlos Bay. The area is also becoming a hotspot for golfers with some beautiful courses. Fort Myers is located on the Caloosahatchee River, and is the oldest city in Lee County. Historic Downtown brings back the flavour of old Florida. This area is a more lively option with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, plus enough attractions to keep the whole family entertained!
Eats & drinks
Fort Myers When the sun goes down head for Fort Myers’ Anthony’s on the Gulf for a romantic sunset dinner featuring sumptuous Italian and American cuisine.
Sanibel IslandSeafood is the preferred dish in Sanibel. Choose to dine at one of the porch cafe´s or perhaps a restaurant with a water view.
Fun & games
Fort Myers For the little ones, there’s a playground on the beach at Times Square and sports available for teens. Watch manatees in the wild at Manatee Park and be sure to keep an eye out for rare birds and alligators.
Sanibel IslandTake the family to one of the many idyllic beaches and soak up the gorgeous Floridian sunshine. If you love to shop, then grab yourself some bargains at the Sanibel Tanger Factory Outlets.
- Plenty of beautiful white sandy beaches
- Wildlife galore including manatees, birds and alligators
- Superb restaurants
- Great for Golfers
- Plenty of shops, bars and restaurants
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Our Top 5 hotels
You are in for a luxurious stay at this, one of the top 10 spa hotels in the USA, situated in 85 acres of pristine beauty just before the causeway that takes you over to Sanibel Island. The spa itself is wonderful, offering a state-of-the-art gym and all the latest massages and body treatments.
This delightful, luxury property nestles along 1,500ft of sugary white sand at the tip of Estero Island on Florida’s popular Gulf Coast. While its Aquagëne Spa will appeal to adults who wish to completely relax and unwind, the kids’ club and huge range of activities making this resort ideal for families.
This hotel is right on the sugar-white beach of southwest Florida's Fort Myers Beach and the all-suite rooms, gourmet cuisine and range of facilities all help to make this a holiday to remember! With so much warm weather and sunshine, the emphasis is placed firmly on the outdoor life and you'll enjoy the calm ocean waters and natural surroundings.
Surrounded by tropical landscape with all rooms just steps away from the beach, this is a sun-lover's paradise! Accommodation is bright and spacious, ensuring a supremely comfortable stay. The sun deck and swimming pool face the Gulf of Mexico, affording wonderful views as you laze the day away.
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Fort Myers has a safe and fun beach, ideal for families. There is a playground on the beach at Times Square and sports available for teens. Sanibel and Captiva beaches are far quieter and relaxing with miles of white powdered sand.
Heritage and Culture
Thomas Edison liked Fort Myers so much that he actually moved his house from New England and rebuilt it here. There is also the Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero and the Ding Darling Nature Reserve on Sanibel.
The Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium in downtown Fort Myers is sure to please. You can charter boats for fishing and sightseeing voyages, or take advantage of the many hiking, biking and canoe trails.
At Times Square, Fort Myers Beach, chill out at one of the many cafés, restaurants or bars. For the ultimate pamper, the spa at the Sanibel Harbour Resort was voted one of the top 10 spas in the whole of the US.
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
You fly direct non-stop to Miami International Airport from London Heathrow with award-winning Virgin Atlantic. Flights to Fort Myers via Atlanta with Delta Air Lines are available at a supplement.
Approx 10 hours Miami, 11 hours Fort Myers.
Time Difference - GMT -5 hours
Distance - 155 miles from Miami, 265 from Orlando and 35 from Fort Myers International Airport.
Driving Times - 2 hours 30 min from Miami, 4 hours from Orlando and 35 min from Fort Myers International Airport.
Did you know? The world-famous BETAR Bed at the Sanibel Harbour Resort is a must if you are looking for the ultimate body and mind relaxation - there are only 16 in the world!