The State of Florida has the longest coastline in the U.S. measuring approximately 1,350 miles or 2,170 kilometers. Owing to its long and varied coastline, Florida is home to several attractive beaches which are great tourist destinations. The beaches are very well-known for their soft sands, and with more than 100 barrier islands, the sea shores home over 400 species of the most exotic and multi-colored sea-shells (scallops, tulips, clams, olives, fragile paper fig shells, brown speckled Junonia, etc), including the best sea-shelling related activities in the United States. The beaches are also great for relaxation and enjoying some serious fun during the spring break – the sand, sea, and the beach promise some exciting party time.
Florida, also known as the “Sunshine State” is visited by 75 million visitors every year and is one of the top ten travel destinations of the world. The state includes over 1,250 golf courses, more than 20 theme parks, 17 zoos, and many water parks. The warm weather and good sunshine with palm trees adorning the sea shores and ocean fronts make it an enchanting paradise on earth.
Southwest Florida (defined as Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties) offers some of the most popular tourist destinations in the State and our luxury condo units adjacent to the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa make a perfect location from which to stage your tour of what the area has to offer including:
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
These two sister islands are famous for their beautiful collections of seashells. The official website for Sanibel and Captiva captures the appeal of the island well; with their “15 miles of unspoiled beaches, 22 miles of bike paths, 50 types of fish, 230 types of birds, 250 types of shells and zero stop lights,” Sanibel and Captiva make an ideal romantic getaway or relaxing family vacation. Shelling, snorkeling, hiking, biking and fishing are just a few of the activities that visitors can enjoy on Sanibel and Captiva.
Fort Myers/Fort Myers Beach
The city of Fort Myers is within two hours of most Southwest Florida attractions. Fort Myers Beach contains several nature attractions, such as the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center and the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. Dolphin and manatee sightings are common, and there are miles of beautiful beaches and beach shops.
Fort Myers is home to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates which includes 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Estates Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Estates Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
For those beach lovers who also enjoy upscale shopping and dining, Naples is ideal. The Naples Pier is a relaxing and beautiful stop for a sunset stroll, and the city is lined with beaches, from trendy resort spots to more secluded areas, such as Delnor-Wiggins Pass Recreation Area or Clam Pass Park. Shopaholics will love the shops on 5th Avenue or Tin City.
The Everglades covers 4,500 square miles of land in southern Florida. This giant marsh is home to thousands of plants, mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. In addition to wildlife viewing, there are many companies that offer tours of the Everglades. Eco-tours are led by a naturalist and can be done on bicycle, power boat, kayak or on foot. For those who enjoy fishing, there are also several fishing tours available in the Everglades waters.