Bordered by the Caloosahatchee River, the city of Fort Myers, Florida stretches beyond its palm-lined avenues to the surrounding barrier islands. These islands offer a taste of old Florida and some of the most beautiful beaches and natural environments in the world.
Captiva Island, neighbouring Fort Myers, is renowned as one the most romantic beaches in the United States.
Start with a visit to the barrier island called Fort Myers Beach, a family-orientated area with a famous fishing pier, and then take a swim on the sugar-white sand beaches of Estero Island. Venture further south to Lovers Key State Park to kayak, bird watch or spot manatee along the mangrove-lined waterways. To the west lie Sanibel and Captiva, where a no-streetlights-and-stoplights rule supports local efforts to keep things as close to nature as possible.