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Back on the Water

As coastal beaches and launch sites steadily reopen, you’ll find plenty of points of entry into the water around Fort Myers and its nearby islands. Book a cruise with Captain Brian on the Water and be guided by a local expert who can take you between Captiva Island, North Captiva and Cabbage Key. On this day of exploration, you’ll reach seashell-lined shores that are only accessible by boat and spot dolphins and other wildlife along the way. 

Captain Brian

Get off the roads and onto the water when you explore by water taxi! Island Girl Charters can transport you with ease from Safe Harbor Pineland Marina to North Captiva and Cabbage Key. Enjoy the ride as you cruise to an island lunch and take in the panoramic views. 

Cabbage Key

Cape Coral was built around quiet canals and tranquil waterways. You can reserve your spot on an ecological tour with Banana Bay Tour Company. Departing from Rumrunner’s Restaurant, your boat will carry you over the Caloosahatchee River and into San Carlos Bay. Catch views of the Sanibel Causeway as you watch dolphins at play.

Dolphins playing

Standup paddleboarding and kayaking are among the most popular pastimes in the area, particularly around the long and leisurely Great Calusa Blueway that runs for over 190 miles. This marked paddling trail crosses through the coastal waters from Pine Island Sound to Estero Bay up the Caloosahatchee River and through its tributaries. While you need to be aware of which launch sites are open, professional outfitters like Carmen’s Kayaks can plan the perfect path for your guided excursion. Train your eyes on wading birds and marine life or book an adventure that’s focused on fishing for your next catch. 

Looking to immerse yourself in the world of sailing or deepen your sailing knowledge? Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School® offers courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced sailors taught from Captiva Island. Sign the whole family up for a three-day introductory course or extend your stay and your learning with weeklong courses. As America’s #1 Sailing School®, Offshore’s veteran instructors teach you how to sail, cruise or race on a variety of watercraft — and even prepare you for certification exams should you want to take the plunge. From recreational sailing to sailboat racing, Offshore’s world-class courses give you the skills and experience to sail with confidence.

SWFL paddle family

If you prefer to overlook the water rather than glide through it, there are plenty of options here too. Stroll a boardwalk in a park or preserve or simply find a place to dine with wide-open water views. We’re all about the water in Fort Myers, and we welcome you to explore all it has to offer!