Hidden away outside Fort Myers, Florida, lies the Pine Island sound, and the island communities that call it home. These small-down vacation destinations are relaxed, and secluded, with a tropical beauty that must be seen to be believed. Visit the Islands of the Florida Gulf and experience Sanibel, Captiva Island, and North Captiva Island. These islands are perfect for vacationers seeking a tropical trip without having to dig out their passports or book international flights.
Considering visiting the Sun Coast of Florida?
We Recommend the Following Island Destinations:
- North Captiva Island is one of South Florida's best-kept secrets. This secluded island has no cars or stoplights, and can only be reached by water taxi or chartered plane. Take a North Captiva Island Vacation and experience a tropical island untouched by time or tourism. Explore the island on foot or by bicycle, or relax on pristine beach sand with incredible gulf views, minutes from your beach house.
- Captiva Island is sometimes called Sanibel's "little sister". This barrier island has the same wild feel of North Captiva, but with more of the comforts of home. Mangroves hug the streets on Captiva, and there are 15 miles of sugar-white beaches for you and your family to explore. Visit Captiva Island with your family, where you can relax on the beach or rent a kayak and explore the world famous J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
- Sanibel Island, sometimes called the "Big Sister" of the Pine Island sound, is a beautiful, metropolitan destination on the Florida coast with excellent access to gorgeous nature preserves, beautiful beaches, and small shops and boutiques. Your journey to Sanibel begins in Fort Myers, Florida, and takes you along the Sanibel causeway, a 3-mile long bridge which connects the island to the mainland. Some vacationers feel that the causeway takes vacationers back in time, and the lazy pace of island life can definitely feel that way. During your Sanibel beach vacation, find out why the island is known worldwide for its shelling, the popular hobby of collecting beautiful or interesting seashells on the beach, and discover a destination which is perfect for ecotourists and beach vacationers.
The Suncoast of Florida is home to three island paradises, which your family can visit during their Suncoast rental vacation. Discover the Captiva Islands, or take an adventure near Sanibel, and experience firsthand what a tropical island vacation is like in south Florida.