Things to do

Beaches


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Sports & the outdoors
We wouldn't travel outside the immediate area to go to a beach, because the ones close to the house are at least as good as any we know further afield.  Look at the beaches page for more information.

Close to home there is a fantastic dolphin watching experience, aboard the Sanibel Thriller, which goes from Sanibel marina.  It is a real thriller - the boat is a refitted racing boat.  But the trip is much more about the dolphins - they play in the wake of the boat as you circumnavigate Sanibel & Captiva, and we've never seen so many all in one place at the same time - it's fabulous.

But sometimes you want to travel a bit further, so here are some day trips that we have particularly enjoyed:

You could go to Salty Sam's Marina & take a cruise on  the Star of Orion, a beautiful yacht, with Captain Dan, daytime or sunset.  Lovely experience and a really nice guy.  He runs standard tours but is also open to special requests and overnight trips.

Visit the Ringling Museum, or Mote aquarium, and take a boat trip on Sarasota Bay.

Naples - walk on the pier, watch the fishermen (and the ever-present snowy egrets stealing their hard won catch!) and spot the  dolphins. 

Visit Tin City, or shop at Coastlandcenter Mall or Waterside shops, and maybe have lunch at Venetian Bay.

St Petersburg - visit St Pete's Pier or the fantastic Dali museum (which is as good as the one in Figueres, definitely worth seeing), and maybe go down to Fort de Soto's beautiful beach.

The Everglades - drive down to Everglades City and Chokoloskee (and have lunch at the Havana Cafe - the Cuban hot pork sandwich is wonderful), then take a boat trip round the 10,000 islands.  

Also in the Everglades, go to Shark Valley & take the tram tour.  If you're feeling brave, you can hire bikes & cycle the 7 mile loop - avoiding the alligators of course!

Take an airboat ride on Lake Trafford, Myakka River State Park or in the Everglades.

Spend the day on Sanibel & Captiva ... start at Lighthouse beach, walk around the tip of the island looking for dolphins in the surf, go to Ding Darling wildlife reserve & take the tram tour, then drive up to Andy Rosse Lane on Captiva & have a drink & maybe eat at the Mucky Duck, watching the sun go down. 

Alternatively, you could end your day on the sunset cruise with Tarpon Bay Explorers.

You get wonderful sunsets of the west coast of Florida, and there's no better place to watch them than Bunche Beach, just 15 minutes from the house.  Take a deckchair - the locals do.