Discover more than 50 miles of unspoiled beaches, 590 miles of shoreline, more than 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore, award-winning island resorts, idyllic weather, 190 miles of kayaking and canoeing, outdoor adventure, fascinating attractions and outstanding dining. For seashells to seashores and art deco cityscapes, it’s about time you explored Florida’s best kept secret, you’re likely to run out of time before running out of things to do!
Beaches: 50 miles of white-sand beaches.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a must see attraction. Thomas Edison, who spent many winters in Fort Myers, is considered the most inventive man who ever lived, holding 1,093 patents for everything from light bulbs, cement and phonographs to the natural rubber he made from goldenrod.
Cabbage Key, one of the many off-shore islands, features a historic inn and restaurant where the walls, beams and ceiling are papered in more than $70,000 autographed dollar bills. About $10,000 a year falls off, which goes to charity. Said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s song Cheeseburger in Paradise.
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge: This wildlife refuge, containing more than 6,400-acres, and nearly half of Sanibel Island, was established in 1945 and is one of the top birding hotspots in the nation.
Sanibel Island is known for having no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree (3 storeys), 26 miles of off road bike paths and restaurants/stores that are all basically owned.