This Stop: LEE ISLAND COAST
Florida's Lee Island Coast officially consists of the coastal areas and islands of Lee County which border on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's southwest coast. The principle cities located within Florida's Lee Island Coast area include Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero Island/Fort Beach, Bonita Springs and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. All of the Lee Island Coast areas, including the Port Charlotte and Naples area, are easily accessible by US Hwy 41 & Interstate I-75.
Before bridges connected Estero Island to the mainland, Fort Myers Beach was a 7-mile stretch of coastline known for its shallow water. These days, the beaches, along with family-friendly resorts, charming Gulf-side
seafood restaurants and nightlife is very popular. Many enjoy Lovers Key State Park, where back bays and mangrove forests make for great kayaking and wildlife watching.
The one time pineapple, banana & coconut plantation called Bonita Springs is now a friendly bedroom community with easy access to the area's best malls, public beaches and Bonita Beach Park. To the north, Estero boasts both outlet and high-end shopping and cultural attractions such as Mound Key, a village of the Calusa Indians reachable only by boat or kayak.
Sanibel or Captiva, and there are no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree. For generations, people have escaped over the three-mile causeway to a different pace of life. One that includes white sand beaches, great seafood restaurants, and a family focused village atmosphere. Beaches range from the Gulf-to-bay sands at Lighthouse Park at one end of Sanibel, to Captiva’s romantic beaches, where sunset draws a nightly crowd.
Located near the southern tip of Gasparilla Island is Boca Grande and the Outer Islands once a playground for the rich and famous, and long time residents and snowbirds. Life here is no quicker than a bicycle or golf cart. Offshore, the teal waters hold some of the best-kept secrets in Florida, namely, North Captiva's Beaches, Useppa Island, Cabbage Key & Cayo Costa a state park that is pristine coastal Florida at its best – wide, unspoiled, white-sand beaches, rustic cabins and tent campsites.
From the Key lime plantation turned tropical South Seas Resort on Captiva Island to the Calusa Indian's shell mounds on Mound Key, the Lee Island Coast offers a world of discovery. Come see. . .