Florida Gulf Coast Beaches: Venice to Fort Myers Professional Review and Guide
"Sanibel and Captiva Islands have become famous throughout the United States and elsewhere in the world for their beautiful barrier island beaches and enormous variety of seashells. There is a $3.00 toll to cross the causeway on to the islands. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel is a huge area of mangrove islands and waterways, popular with wildlife photographers and nature lovers. The bird life of Ding Darling is astounding. Inland, the city of Fort Myers is full of museums, theaters, and large performing arts venues like the Barbara B. Mann Hall.
Up on Manasota Key, beaches become more easily accessible and the surroundings more proletarian. Englewood has happily developed at a snail’s pace, a community straddling the Charlotte-Sarasota County line that neither county bothers to govern. Virtually all of the beaches of Manasota Key are expansive places with good facilities, and are the first beaches in the region to have lifeguards. This eTrail includes detailed descriptions of these beaches: Bowman’s Beach, Captiva Beach, Cayo Costa State Park, Gasparilla Island State Park, Don Pedro Island State Park, Stump Pass Beach State Park, Englewood Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and Manasota Beach."