The island boasts miles of white, sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, where the ocean floor slopes gently towards the horizon with no sudden drop-offs or big waves. These beaches are the perfect place to spend the day, and the breathtaking sunsets are known the world over.
Located mid-island on Sanibel off Sanibel-Captiva Road, Bowman's Beach is pristine and quiet. Although the area's most popular beach, there is still plenty of room to stretch out and discover your own private spot for swimming or shelling. There is plenty of room for windsurfing or sailing. This beach has picnic areas with barbecue grills, trails, showers and restrooms.
1700 Bowman's Beach Rd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Phone: (239) 472-6397
This is a great place for watching dolphins, sunsets, swimming, fishing, windsurfing and picnicking. Pull your vehicle right to the water's edge.
The most frequently photographed aspect of Sanibel Island. The lighthouse has been a landmark since 1884 when the entire island was a nature preserve. Visit the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that leads to the lighthouse.
One Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Phone: (239) 472-6397
Captiva has been called, "one of the most romantic beaches." Quiet beach offering amazing sunset views.
14790 Captiva Dr. Captiva Island, FL 33924
Phone: (239) 765-6794
Lovers Key is a pristine barrier island park. Enjoy hiking or biking along the trails, shelling, kayaking and wildlife viewing. Accessible by foot, car or boat, the park offers bathhouses, concession, shaded picnic areas and ranger-guided programs.
8700 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Phone: (239) 463-4588
Between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs, 2.5-acre beachfront park features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegetation surround a gazebo and picnic tables.
27954 Hickory Blvd. Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Phone: (239) 949-4615
Barefoot Beach Preserve is 342 acres of natural land, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast.Barefoot Beach Preserve is popular for its gorgeous, plush surroundings and its opportunities for avid fisherman, who are able to enjoy many species of fish. Barefoot Beach Preserve Park has a one-mile nature trail, showers, picnic area and a concession are where equipment may be rented and food and drink is available for purchase. The preserve also offers handicapped beach wheelchair access.
Bonita Beach Road off Lely Barefoot Boulevard Phone: (239) 252-4000
Lowdermilk Park is one of those Naples Florida Beaches that is a hot spot for tourists, and locals alike. The beach park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables for a lunch with your family and friends, a playground for the kids, volleyball court, and a wonderful duck pond.
257 Banyan Blvd. Naples, FL. 34102 Phone: (239) 213-3029
The trail is perfect for every paddling adventure from short, novice-level trips to day-long or overnight trips. Anglers, bird watchers, nature photographers, day-trippers, families, archaeology lovers and geocachers enjoy the blueway.
Lee County Parks & Recreation Fort Myers, FL 33916 Phone: (239) 433-3855
At 365 acres, Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is the second largest preserved green space in Cape Coral. Located just north of Veteran's Parkway, Four Mile Cove / “Eco Park” is a brackish water wetland area that features a 4,500-ft walking trail, visitor center, Veterans Memorial Area, and seasonal kayak rentals. Pristine canoe and kayak waterways through mangroves & marshes, picnic area & possible wildlife sightings.
East end of Southeast 23rd Terrace Cape Coral, FL 33990 Phone: (239) 549-4606
Journey into a 3,400-acre wetland ecosystem on a mile-long boardwalk trail. Enjoy overlooks, plants and wildlife and free guided walks year-round. Group programs/tours by reservation only.
7791 Penzance Crossing Fort Myers, FL 33966 Phone: (239) 533-7550
This 7,600-acre wildlife refuge is home to 272 bird species, 60 types of reptiles, 35 mammal species, paddling, hiking/biking trails and a four-mile scenic drive (drive closed Fri.)
One Wildlife Dr. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Phone: (239) 472-1100
Mangrove Masters will create lasting memories for you and your family. From inshore fishing charters to beach shelling and sunset cruises, the Mangrove Masters experience offers the opportunity to take in all of Florida’s true beauty.
15001 Punta Rassa Road Fort Myers, 33908 Phone: (239) 410-0890
The park features a freshwater lake, miniature train rides, playgrounds, Fragrance Gardens, paved biking/walking paths, water-feature playgrounds, food concession, bike/boat rentals and picnic pavilions.
7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908 Phone: (239) 533-7575
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo that features a full day of fun activities. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants. In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing many animals like lions, kangaroos, monkeys, and bears. In addition, you'll also discover and an array of more rarely seen creatures like the fosas of Madagascar or an Asian deer that barks and eats meat.
590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples Florida 34102 Phone: (239) 262-5409
Located directly on the Caloosahatchee River in a beautifully landscaped setting. The public beach offers 634 feet of pristine beach with picnic shelters, barbecue grills, fishing pier, playground and restaurant.
5819 Driftwood Pkwy. Cape Coral, FL 33904 Phone: (239) 574-0806
Located along the Caloosahatchee River, this eight-acre park offers a playground, picnic areas and a fishing pier.
A guided tour through lush tropical gardens while learning about Florida's vanishing wildlife. Alligators, crocodiles, black bears, panthers, flamingos, owls, white-tail deer, and more. Alligator feedings and otter shows, are everyone's favorite! Visitors dare to cross a swinging bridge over a breeding alligator pit. visit the new crocodile beach, Discover Everglades treasure. Also offering a natural history museum featuring artifacts and relics, laboratory specimens.
27180 Old 41 Rd. Bonita Springs, FL 34135 Phone: (239) 992-2591
Open 365 days per year, The Butterfly Estates is an Eco-Attraction in the Downtown Fort Myers River District. Enjoy Caterpillars Ice Cream & Fudge Factory, Gift Shop, Cafe & glass butterfly conservatory.
1815 Fowler Street, River District Fort Myers FL 33901
Phone: (239) 690-2359