By Susan Finch
Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island beckon nature lovers and friends looking for an outdoor, low-key adventure along Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Newcomers will find plenty to do from kayaking to biking and plenty of opportunity to collect unique seashells along the way.
Things to do on a Girls Trip to Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers is a shelling paradise with over 400 varieties of shells and access to plenty of kayaking and boating to island hop. A stop at the unspoiled Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa will make you feel like castaways on a girls getaway adventure. Or stretch your muscles with Tarpon Bay Explorers and kayak out on a two-hour paddling tour for wildlife watching and a lesson on the native flora and fauna of Sanibel Island. If you’re going out on your own on rented kayaks, time your trip to coincide with the sun setting for a bonding experience on the water.
For an afternoon on land, a bike ride along Sanibel Island along 25 miles of shared use paths and natural surface paths is a must with your girlfriends. Finnimore’s Bike & Beach Rentals or Billy’s Sanibel Bike Rentals can get your group set-up with bikes, or take you out on a Segway tour to explore the area.
Keep an eye out for dazzling shells or hop on a shelling cruise with Captiva Cruises with a seasoned captain who knows the best spots for dolphin watching and shelling alike. For an up-close look at the flora and fauna in the area, take a tour of the Botanical Garden at Sanibel Moorings Beach Resort with hundreds of native, non-native, and rare plants.
After a day outdoors and reconnecting with nature, gather up the girls and make a stop at the Fort Myers Brewing Company for craft beer and brews along with a game of cornhole for some friendly competition. For an evening out with a European flair, the Green Flash on Captiva Island delights guests with seafood and waterfront views. For dessert, stop by Keylime Bistro for a tropical themed experience with live music and that signature Key Lime pie you’ve been dreaming about. Save the delectable handmade donuts and fresh coffee from Bennetts French Roast in Fort Myers for your last indulgence as you slip out of town. After all, calories don’t count when it’s on vacation.
If you’re staying at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa for a girls spa weekend, book a decadent package for your group and save the very best for last. After kayaking, biking, and exploring, the end of your girlfriend getaway is best spent with a massage and facial while enjoying waterside views.
Learn more about the Fort Myers area in this blog post: Surprising Facts About Fort Myers, Sanibel And Captiva.