Captiva Island, sister to larger Sanibel Island, is just over a small bridge that crosses at Turner Beach. Turner Beach is a great place for catching that prize fish and also for finding the colorful shells that these islands are famous for. The beach stretches 5 miles to the northern tip of Captiva Island at Redfish Pass. From the bridge at Turner beach, Captiva Drive is a scenic drive past giant cactus, colorful bougainvilleas, and other tropical flora along a stretch of sea and sand ending at “downtown” Captiva, which is more of a village than a town. – (captivaisland.com)
It’s time for fun on Captiva Island. Enjoying a sub-tropical climate and being able to be outdoors in the sunshine all year round. There are so many activities to choose from, fishing, golf, boating, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, swimming, bike riding. Go boating down the waterways and view a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, blue herons, raccoons, and many different species of colorful birds. Wonderful memories for all times for everyone.
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- Fine Dining & much more.
- More than half of Sanibel and Captiva Islands are dedicated to wildlife refuges and nature preserves. They are home to 230 types of birds, 250 different shells, and 50 species of native fish.
- Fort Myers has the highest number of sunshine hours in the whole of Florida – even more than Miami and Key West!
- Originally the location of Fort Harvey, the city was renamed Fort Myers in 1850 as a rather unorthodox wedding gift in honor of Colonel Abraham Myers, son-in-law of the fort’s commander, Major General David E. Twiggs.
- Sanibel was originally named “Ybel” after the Spanish Queen Isabella by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.
- In 1876, Fort Myers was home to just 10 families and McGregor Blvd was a dusty cattle road!
- Fort Myers’ award-winning marina is the longest continually operating marina in Florida. The Richards Building boasted the first elevator in the city and Robin Stuckey Furniture Store had the first Coca-Cola vending machine.
- Lakes Regional Park is home to the 3200ft² Railroad Museum of South Florida. It is filled with artifacts, photos, exhibits, and model railways.
- The Great Calusa Blueway is a 190-mile network of kayaking and paddling trails around the coves, rivers, and backwaters of Sanibel and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Fort Myers received electric light in 1898, thanks to its famous resident Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb among over 1000 other patented inventions. Unfortunately, the street lighting was unpopular with the locals as it kept the cows awake all night!
- The best way to get around Sanibel and Captiva is by bicycle. The islands have 22 miles of shady traffic-free bike trails – and no stoplights![Source: https://www.mustdo.com/articles/surprising-facts-about-fort-myers-sanibel-and-captiva/}
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