Fort Myers-Sanibel Area Travel Guide
July 9, 2011
I know how this conversation is going to go, but it's always nice to keep your options open.
July 2, 2011
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
My wife and I are hardly big-time adventurers, our lives being better summarized by into the mild than Into the Wild.
July 6, 2010
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
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
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.
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.
December 8, 2002
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
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
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 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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