The Sanibel and Captiva Islands lie just off the south western coast of Florida near Fort Myers. Take to the tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico, exploring a string of islands right off the white sandy beaches.
Snorkel the renouned southern Florida reefs or take up parasailing. Find a calm spot for some prime salt water fishing at Tarpon Bay or cast from the shore for a variety of fish that are found all year round: snook, redfish, sea trout, Spanish mackerel, snappers and groupers to name a few. Or take the 2 person kayak that's included in your houseboat rental for a low key cruise to experience Florida's idyllic natural beauty.
On the islands you'll find miles of pristine beaches lined with palm trees and Australian pine. A large portion of Sanibel Island is preserved as a national wildlife refuge which is notable for its many species of birds: hawks, eagles, osprey, pelicans, flamingos, and many others are spotted regularly. Cayo Costa State Park is a popular spot, which offers over 6 miles of hiking and biking trails. Finish off your sun filled day strolling along the lowering tide as you watch the sun set.