Fort Myers-Sanibel Area Travel Guide

True, traveling confessions of a self-guided guy

July 9, 2011

Jim Abbott on Travel: True, traveling confessions of a self-guided guy

I know how this conversation is going to go, but it's always nice to keep your options open.

Plenty to do this fall in Fort Myers, Sanibel

July 2, 2011

Jim Abbott on Travel: Plenty to do this fall in Fort Myers, Sanibel

This past week, I was on the road to Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island and Captiva for a travel piece to run in the Orlando Sentinel in coming weeks.

August 3, 2009

Florida Beach Guide: Sanibel and Captiva Island

My wife and I are hardly big-time adventurers, our lives being better summarized by into the mild than Into the Wild.

Florida Shopping Guide: Fort Myers and Sanibel Island

July 6, 2010

Florida Shopping Guide: Fort Myers and Sanibel Island

The Fort Myers and Sanibel area offers excellent shopping experiences, just like their beaches. From great local artists, beach souvenirs, or beautiful clothing, there is something for everyone to find at one of the area's many shops and malls.

May 4, 2003

Eleven ways to make the most of visit to Fort Myers

Within 24 hours of arriving in Fort Myers in March 1885, Thomas Edison bought 13 acres on the Caloosahatchee River, and before long he was planting palm trees along the dirt road between downtown and his spread. The road is now McGregor Boulevard, lined with thousands of royal palms (not all courtesy of Edison) and congested in tourist season, and Fort Myers is still seducing Northerners.

March 9, 2003

Bokeelia: Heaven near harbor on charming Pine Island

Sanibel and Captiva are not the only islands worth your time west of Fort Myers. There's Pine Island, anchored by Matlacha at the center, St. James City at the southern end and, 18 miles distant on the only road on the island, Bokeelia on the northern tip facing Charlotte Harbor. Definitely not Sanibel or Captiva and still blessedly free of the glitter and glam, the gated golf course condominiums and the strip malls.

Relax on remote island of Cabbage Key

When you pull up to the sleepy dock and tiny marina at Cabbage Key, especially in the pouring rain, you get a good taste of the resort's personality, located as it is on a 100-acre, isolated island.

Captiva Island Inn captures islands' natural style

December 8, 2002

Captiva Island Inn captures islands' natural style

Another season is upon us and it's time to check your supply of jewel boxes, lion's paws, Scotch bonnets, lettered olives and banded wentletraps. Time to do a few hip bends to get ready for some serious "Sanibel Stoop" shell collecting.

December 1, 2002

Sanibel: The treasure is sun, shells and simple pleasures

Seen on the beach here: Florida fighting conchs, sand dollars, tapering lightning whelks, calico scallops, spiky murexes, kitten's paws, all abundant and free for the taking, assuming the little critters these shells once housed have moved on.

December 1, 2002

Useppa: A secluded island for the slow life

After you've collected shells on Sanibel beach, another west Florida delight awaits: Useppa, tucked like a pearl in an oyster shell between the mainland and its barrier beach islands.

July 6, 2001

Sanibel: Florida's Gulf coast offers seashells, shark teeth and gators galore

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. -- Florida's southwest coast has bargains to offer the budget-minded traveler, much more than just "early bird" dinners and 2-for-1 happy hours.

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