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The Beaches Of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Five hundred years ago, the first-recorded European arrived
on the continental United States. On April 2, 1513, Juan
Ponce de León landed on Florida’s East Coast. The Spanish
explorer travelled to southwest Florida, where he became
the first tourist on its shell-strewn beaches.
Have you ever wondered what Florida looked like then,
before the development of theme parks and subdivisions?
Just visit the 100 coastal islands, mangrove clusters and
950 kilometres of Gulf of Mexico shoreline in The Beaches
of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Located in Lee County between
Sarasota and Naples, the region includes Sanibel & Captiva
Islands, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs &
Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands
(Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Cayo Costa State Island
Preserve), North Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. Each area has
its own personality.
Story and photos by Barb and Ron Kroll
Sea shells on Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island