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Although Boca Grande is not an easy place to get to, once you visit, you will be delighted you went the extra distance. Located on Gasparilla Island, part of Lee County, you can take the extended drive around the north side of Charlotte Harbor in Charlotte County or enjoy a boat ride to this delectable paradise. Once there, you may not want to leave.
The tropical beauty of this Southwest Florida paradise is undeniable and has lured some of the wealthiest and well-known people, including names like DuPont, Astor and Bush. The desirability stems from the island’s remoteness, its natural beauty and world-class fishing, as well as an almost endless supply of nearly perfect weather. The miles of stunning beaches provide enjoyment for all ages. Families can enjoy the sand between their toes while building the perfect sandcastle. Couples can enjoy the tranquil and private walks along the shoreline. The brilliance of the incredible greens and blues of the surrounding waters are as if from a painting.
Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce (Click Here)
Known as the “Gateway to the Gulf” – enjoy the charm of small town living with sprinkles of magnificent upscale communities and businesses. Those who now call Bonita Springs their home, discovered its magic on a vacation or day visit and decided to stay for a while. The lure of the postcard beaches, cobalt blue skies and aquamarine waters would certainly be enough to entice one and all, but the ambience of the community enraptures you with the feeling of yesterday, where residents of all ages enjoy the down-to-earth lifestyle filled with values and getting to know your neighbor.
Bonita Springs is a place where there is a gracious blend of spectacular mansion filled communities and quaint and diverse, down home neighborhoods, all nestled amongst grand oaks, native tropical trees and a paradise of wildlife havens. The delightful downtown welcomes its visitors with historically significant buildings, playgrounds and pedestrian walkways and the familiar banyan tree stands proudly as the monarch of his kingdom. The natural wonders of Bonita Springs abound between the Gulf of Mexico and the mystical inland woodlands where you can view the beauty of diving dolphins, playful river otters, gentle manatees, precious deer, an extraordinary selection of birds, and more.
Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce (Click Here)
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The city of Cape Coral, Florida emerged in Southwest Florida during the late 50’s and 60’s, mostly as wetlands and has now grown into Lee County’s rapidly growing city, as well as one of the safest cities in the nation.
In 1970, with less than 300 votes, Cape Coral’s residents approved to incorporate the city and make it Lee County’s second largest city, preceded only by its nearest neighbor, Fort Myers. During the 80’s and 90’s, as more people discovered Southwest Florida, particularly Cape Coral, the city became a treasure trove for new comers. With simple homes and rentals to multi-million dollar waterfront estates, Cape Coral has become known for its vibrant lifestyle and wealth.
Having more canals than Venice, Italy, Cape Coral’s 400+ miles of canals are a dream come true for fishing and boating enthusiasts alike, since many of the Cape Coral canals provide direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Other Florida luxuries are available as well, such as golf courses, parks and beaches. It’s not hard to recognize why so many residents find this to be a little slice of Paradise.
Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce (Click Here)
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Welcome to Captiva Island, a secluded island paradise filled with incredible natural beauty and grace. Mother Nature has designed and groomed magnificent tranquil beaches and wondrous areas of tropical native plants and wildlife that seem only possible when dreaming. The beach is covered with an abundance of seashells that have washed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico making Captive Island one of the most prominent areas for shelling. It is a beauty to behold.
Captiva Island offers an extraordinary playground for both adults and children. The enchanting white sand beaches provide hours of fun with shelling, sandcastles, water play, and simple relaxation. If you’re looking for a romantic interlude, this tropical paradise provides the perfect, private rendezvous. Enjoy the gorgeous beaches with lush, tropical trees and the majestic sun setting quietly behind you.
Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone (239) 472-1080
Sanibel Capitva Chamber Events Calendar (Click Here)
Captiva Marinas- Tween Waters Inn Island Resort, Captiva Island - 239-472-5161
Estero is another fast growing community inLeeCounty, however it still retains its small town character and stands out as a community that cares. Confirmed in Estero’s Vision Statement, their goal is “to establish a community that embraces its historic heritage, while carefully planning for future growth…” to “...allow Estero to emerge as a vibrantLeeCountyVillage.” Originally founded in 1894 with original intentions of creating a new Utopian society, it has now become an area of business and community growth while preserving the natural beauty of the history-rich surroundings.
Plus, enjoy the multitude of local golf courses! Also home to the Florida Everblades and multiple venues at Germain Arena.
Exploring the amenities offered in Estero, you will quickly find a variety of breathtaking nature adventures, abounding arts of all dimensions, shopping and dining for every taste, and so much more. The year round sunshine provide a perfect compliment to the numerous golf courses, tennis courts, bike paths, canoe and nature trails, and the spectacular beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
Estero Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone: 239/ 948-7990
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When Thomas Edison built his winter home and laboratory here in the 19th century, he had predicted millions of people would find out about this town and want to come here and enjoy its nature and warm weather. Mr. Edison was right. As the population growth proves year after year, Fort Myers has become a wonderful area to live and travel to.
Incorporated in 1886,Fort LeeCounty’s oldest city. Historically known for its past residents, Mr. Thomas Edison, Mr. Henry Ford and Mr. Harvey Firestone, this area is filled with colorful history and old style ambience. Mr. Edison had planted palm trees alongMcGregor Boulevard, which runs along the Caloosahatchee River, and others followed, and thus forever giving Fort Myers the “City ofPalms” moniker.
Fort Myers Yacht Basin Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort MyersYacht Basinis a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City ofFort Myers. There is 10 feet of water in the ICW and an average of 6 feet of water at the docks. The docks are in good condition and the staff is competent, professional, friendly and helpful.
The marina is located in historic downtownFort Myers. Many restaurants and historical sites are nearby and worthy of a visit. Many festivals and other family oriented activities frequently are held atCentennialParklocated next to theMarina. The marina has the distinction of being the friendliest on the waterway. You will find its prices for both fuel and dockage to be very competitive.
The Marina's water location is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River between the Edison Bridges and the Caloosahatchee Bridge in downtown Fort Myers. There is little or no current in and around the marina.
Ft Myers' offers many venues from shopping, dining to entertainment at Barbara B Mann, as well as home to Spring Training for both Minnesota twins at the Hammond Stadium and the Red Sox at the newest stadium Jet Park Blue.
Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone (239) 332-3624
Fort Myers Chamber Events Calendar (Click Here)
Fort Myers Beach is filled with every Southwest Florida requirement; beaches, shopping, dining, year-round entertainment and continuous fun in the sun. As you come over the Matanzas Pass Bridge onto Fort Myers Beach, you immediately realize you have entered a fun and exciting place for those of any age. Everywhere you look, the streets are alive with tourists and locals alike, enjoying the countless amenities of this Southwest Florida Beach.
Often called “the world’s safest beach”, Fort Myers Beach is fun and energetic. The miles of gentle sloping shorelines into the Gulf offer hours of beach activities, pure relaxation and magnificent views of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The Gulf is continuously filled with an array of water sports. There are parks and recreation areas throughout and the marinas, boating and fishing charters offer additional vacation entertainment.
Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone (239) 454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Chamber Events Calendar (Click Here)
Fort Myers Beach Marinas -Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL- 239-463-3600
As Southwest Florida’s coastline finds less and less room for new development, many are heading eastward and calling Lehigh Acres their home. Originally developed in the 1960’s by the Lehigh Corp, it is now rapidly growing into an affordable niche aloof from the crowded streets, strip malls and exhausting, fast pace of many other areas of the county. Lehigh Acres gives you the pleasures of quiet Florida countryside with activities and attractions for all to enjoy.
In the 100 square miles of Lehigh Acres, you will easily be entertained by the 175 miles of freshwater canals, 16 stocked lakes that will delight any fisherman, numerous Florida-style championship golf courses, tennis, horseback riding, and 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. Only a few minutes from nearby Fort Myers, you have quick access to the classic Southwest Florida luxuries, such as the many breathtaking beaches, museums, the arts in all its forms, shopping, dining and more. The tremendous amount of affordable and buildable lots throughout Lehigh Acres provides prime opportunity for settling down for the young and old alike.
Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone (239)369-3322
Known by many as the Palm Beach of Florida’s west coast, Naples, Florida is a spectacular seaside paradise offering the highest of standards when it comes to, well . . . everything! This delectable community provides some of the most desirable residential and oceanfront living anywhere and has honored the title as one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Naples also holds the status as having one of the finest collections of art galleries in the country and has been ranked No.10 as the top beaches in the nation by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Add the variety of cultural events, fine restaurants, distinctive shopping venues, and constant warm weather and you have perfection.
Due to Naples’ prime location, the other attractions throughout Southwest Florida are literally at your doorstep. The Everglades National Park, Big Cypress Swamp and Mother Nature’s many other creations are only moments away. Gorgeous, white, sandy beaches are literally everywhere and Naples has the reputation of having more golf courses per capita than almost anywhere in the country, and they are some of the finest anywhere! This unbelievable city is also becoming one of the most desirable business locations.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone (239) 262-6141
Naples Events Calendar Compliments of Naples News (Click Here)
Pine Island is not home to white, sandy beaches or luxurious resorts, yet the simplistic charm of this nature abundant island tucked into Lee County’s northwest corner, has provoked a tourist frenzy in the recent years.
Surrounded mostly by mangroves, Pine Island stretches 17 miles from north to south and up to 2 miles wide. The six communities of Pine Island consist of Matlacha, Pine Island Center, St. James City, Bokeelia and Pineland.
Mostly known for its fishing, boating and farming, Pine Island is now becoming an artistic and cultural community. Numerous artists and writers now call Pine Island their home, inspiring the many art galleries and museums throughout the island. The numerous fine seafood restaurants offer the savor of the freshest catch, while the quaint shops offer many treasures for all tastes.
Pine Island, Florida Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~Phone (239) 283-0888
Pine Island Chamber Events Calendar (Click Here)
Sanibel Island is the definitive destination for anyone who seeks the ultimate tropical island paradise escapade. The spectacular surroundings with 15 miles of beaches can be found in this beautiful island off the coast of Southwest Florida is simply amazing, in every sense of the word. As you enter Sanibel off the Sanibel Causeway, you immediately succumb to a world of leisure and tranquility. The lush, tropical vegetation landscapes any suggestion of the modern world and the miles of white, sandy beaches seem to never end.
Known for its reputation as one of the finest shelling locations in the world (with 250 types of Shells), Sanibel Island is a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike. The warm waters that gently roll in from the Gulf of Mexico provide ample activities for those of any age. Getting up-close and personal to the 230 species of birds, over 50 types of reptiles and amphibians and at least 32 different mammals is easy with miles of bike paths and 6000 plus acres of National Wildlife Refuge that offer footpaths, canoeing and scenic drives. Shopping is an experience all its own with the many unique boutiques and shops and is nestled on this gorgeous island. Museums and galleries are filled with everything from shells to sculpture and the restaurants offer a new experience in dining with bistros, beachfront grills and romantic fine dining establishments.
Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce (Click Here) ~ Phone (239) 472-1080
Sanibel Capitva Chamber Events Calendar (Click Here)