• Watersport activity on Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey
  • Cayo Costa, Fort Myers, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey
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There are lots of things to do on Sanibel & Captiva Islands

An activity the entire family is sure to enjoy is a cruise to see dolphins and manatees or you can head on out to one of the many unspoiled islands to collect incredible shells. For those seeking high-speed adventure on the water rent a personal watercraft, or fly high over the beautiful Gulf Coast on a parasailing adventure. Perhaps you’d like to experience the thrill and challenge of windsurfing or kiteboarding? There is so much to do, its hard to choose!

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Fort Myers Activities In Nature

Cycling on Sanibel Island is a fun thing to do and a great way to get some exercise – and sightsee. More than 25 miles of easy-going bike paths crisscross Sanibel Island traveling along the canals, beaches, and preserves to the shops and restaurants. Pick up an Island Bike Path Map at the Chamber of Commerce and plan your route. You can ride from the lighthouse and fishing pier through the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, and across Blind Pass Bridge onto Captiva. Captiva has no bike paths but welcomes cyclists. Keep your bike on the trails and off the beaches – bicycles are not permitted on either island’s beaches.

Outdoor enthusiasts will want to take in Fort Myers, Florida’s amazing wildlife, and unique environment during a kayak trip along The Great Calusa Blueway. Start and stop almost anywhere you want along this 190-mile marked paddling trail that takes you through coastal waters, mangrove estuaries, and sheltered bays.

Regardless of whether you choose to fish from the pier, shore, or aboard a charter, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for a big catch. Local inshore species include grouper, snook, sea trout, mackerel, amberjack, snapper, shark, and tarpon. In fact, tarpon migrate to the Sanibel-Captiva area from April through June making it the Tarpon capital of the world! Florida Fishing Guidelines: Fishing varies by season, region and location. Fall, winter, and spring are generally better times to fish in Southwest Florida. Both residents and visitors must have a fishing license, although some exemptions may apply depending on the type of fishing. Anglers may also need special permits, tags or stamps if they want to keep species such as spiny lobster, tarpon or snook. Bag and size limits also apply. To learn more about Florida’s fishing regulations visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at MyFWC.com.

One thing is for sure; there are plenty of things to do in and around Fort Myers and opportunities to fill your day with non-stop action. A perfect way to cap a day filled with activities – sit back, relax and enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise.

See more things to do in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island and check out Sarasota and Naples.


Must Do Activities


Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals

Power Boat, Deck Boat and Sea Kayaks Salty Sam's marina is located on the water’s edge of a thriving wildlife aquatic preserve. The location on Fort Myers Beach is perfect for power boat and kayak rentals. Rent your own pontoon boat, center console power boat, deck boat, or kayak and experience the area by water. Go sightseeing, fishing, or exploring. Offers a... Read More
Pedal at your own pace while your captain navigates the boat on an adventurous and unique 90-minute pedal power Lagerhead Cycleboats cruise that includes a stop at a Fort Myers Beach bar/restaurant. #fortmyersbeach #florida #vacation #thingstodo #tours #partyboat

Lagerhead Cycleboats

Pedal at your own pace while your captain navigates the boat on this adventurous and unique 2-hour or 90-minute pedal power cruise that includes a stop at a Fort Myers Beach bar/restaurant. Go fast and hard or slow and easy–you decide! How Do Cycle Boats Work? Lagerhead Cycleboats’ 31-foot boat seats 15 passengers plus two crew members and features a canopy cover for sun... Read More
Captiva Island, Florida, USA. Photo/Debi Pittman Wilkey

YOLO Watersports

Captiva and Sanibel Watersports and Activities YOLO Watersports experienced staff can take you on a guided Waverunner excursion, parasailing adventure, or banana boat ride while on vacation in the Fort Myres, Florida area. Waverunners, motor scooters, golf carts, ScootCoupes, bikes, stand-up paddleboards, beach chairs, and umbrellas - you'll find them all available for rent at YOLO Watersports on Captiva Island, Florida. All motorized equipment is... Read More
Captiva Cruises offer cruises to Cayo Costa for shelling and exploring this pristine uninhabited out island near Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Captiva Cruises’ Sunset, Shelling, & Sailing Cruises

Family-Friendly Sunset, Sailing, Wildlife, Fishing, and Shelling Cruises Since 1986, Captiva Cruises has been a passport to fun and exciting out-island destinations. The crew aboard Captiva Cruises’ vessels share their in-depth knowledge and passion for the area while passengers marvel at wildlife. Captiva Cruises offers a wide variety of cruise options. Read Captiva Cruises featured blog article - click here!  Save on your cruise–save and... Read More
Sunset on the Caloosahatchee River Pure Florida sunset river cruises Fort Myers, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Pure Florida Sunset Cruises

Fort Myers Sunset River Cruises Watch a spectacular sunset over the Caloosahatchee River on a 90-minute river cruise. Coast Guard certified captains provide interesting narration while passengers enjoy views of Edison & Ford Winter Estates, downtown Fort Myers, river islands, bird rookeries, and mangroves. Food and drink not included, but passengers are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on board. Save on your Fort Myers Caloosahatchee... Read More
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Holiday Water Sports

Family Fun Water Activities on Fort Myers Beach Holiday Water Sports located on Fort Myers Beach, Florida offers a variety of fun water sport activities including boat, WaveRunner, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals and tours. Half-hour and hourly rentals and guided tours are available. Save on your rental or tour - save and print COUPON below! Spend a day filled with adventure island hopping, shelling, sightseeing,... Read More
Estero Island Cottage Museum is at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve and houses a great collection of photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts of life on Fort Myers Beach (Estero Island) Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Estero Island Cottage Museum & Matanzas Pass Preserve

The Estero Island Cottage Museum and Nature Center The Cottage Museum is at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve and houses a great collection of photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts of life on Fort Myers Beach (Estero Island). The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Matanzas Pass Wilderness Preserve The Preserve features 1.25 miles of trails and extended boardwalks through... Read More
MustDo.com | Finnimore's Cycle Shop kids and adult Bike rentals and Beach gear rentals on Sanibel Island, Florida. #vacation #sanibel #bike #florida

Finnimore’s Bike & Beach Rentals

This family owned and operated Sanibel shop offers a variety of adult and children’s bikes and accessories for all ages including one-speed bikes, multi-speed hybrid bikes, kid’s trail-a-bike, jogger strollers, surreys, and tandem bicycles. Exploring Sanibel by bike is a fun and convenient way to get around. Visitors can rent by the hour, day, or month! Each bike rental includes a free... Read More
Fort Myers Beach Sea & Sun boats range from 20 to 30 feet and can accommodate up to 16 passengers. All rental boats have bimini tops for sun protection. Fort Myers, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Fort Myers Beach Sea & Sun

Eco Kayak Tours and Boat Rentals Explore the waters of Fort Myers Beach with a single or tandem kayak rental, half-day, daily, or weekly pontoon, deck, or center console boat rental. Whether it’s fishing, shelling, or just a fun morning or afternoon of exploring, Fort Myers Beach Sea & Sun can supply you with the perfect boat rental for two hours to a full... Read More
BIG Arts on Sanibel programs cover dance, films, visual arts, theater, comedy, classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary music in a full program of performances, workshops, and special events. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

BIG Arts

Sanibel Island Cultural Arts Center BIG Arts was founded in 1979 and has been providing cultural fulfillment and enrichment to Sanibel residents and visitors ever since. Their diverse programs cover all types of dance, films, visual arts, theater, comedy, classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary music in a full program of performances, workshops, and special events. See BIG Arts calendar. Theater, Concerts,... Read More
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