By Coastal Living
March 17, 2010
Perfect the art of island hopping

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. It's true in life. It's true in business. And it's certainly true while on vacation. Here's one more truth. Very few destinations exist where you can do so much, so well as The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. To get started all you need is a love for the finer things in life, a healthy sense of adventure, and something quite easy to find around here: a boat.

As you might guess, and certainly as the name suggests, island hopping is way of life on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Literally hundreds of islands dot the sun splashed coastline like tiny jewels – some rustic, uninhabited and accessible only by boat or seaplane, others filled with chic restaurants, galleries and other amusements that effortlessly and idyllically blend the best of Old Florida with modern comfort and luxury. If you have time to spare, and we sincerely hope you do, block a few days and explore islands like Cayo Costa, Captiva, Boca Grande and Cabbage Key. Each island holds its own personality and offers something unique like unparalleled shelling opportunities, fishing, kayaking, healthy doses of solitude and exceptional sunsets. All of it, each of these incredible experiences exist mere hours from Miami, Orlando or Key West, and mere minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport.

The unspoiled beauty also provides sanctuary to a menagerie of wildlife. Witness dolphins darting in and out of the water alongside your charter boat. Paddle inches from giant Manatees lazily swimming the Great Calusa Blueway. Spy over 220 species of migratory birds in the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. Besides the natural beauty of the landscape, these experiences are the true gifts The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel have to offer, and one major reason why Southwest Florida is a hotspot for ecological travel. For more information and to start planning your vacation visit