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Your Spring Getaway, Your Way

Creating your own spring vacation means you can keep all the things you love about travel while skipping over the stresses that may have held you back before. What do we mean by that? Check out some of these tips to take control of your spring vacation while creating beloved new traditions along the way. 

Choose your own vacation time.

Bypass the traditional spring break weeks and create the getaway that’s all about what you and your loved ones want to experience. Our beach resorts have on-site dining and rooms filled with amenities, while a vacation rental allows everyone plenty of space to unwind together. 

Go beyond the beaches.

Beach lovers come from around the world to relax on our white sands and roam around natural islands. The beauty of our destination stretches far beyond the shore and into every unique neighborhood. Meet the local artists who are so inspired by Matlacha that they’ve made it their home, and be sure to time your travels to experience the monthly Art Walk that takes over the streets of downtown Fort Myers. Rent a golf cart to get around the shops and restaurants of Boca Grande. Spend a whole day shopping in Bonita Springs or paddling on a tranquil canal in Cape Coral. Whatever your passion, you can create your own treasured traditions here.

Give back on your break.

Discover the rewards of dedicating part of your travels to helping the local community. While most volunteer opportunities require a longer-term commitment, there are plenty of ways you can get more by giving back on your vacation. Local volunteers form the heart and soul of CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife), so when you attend an expert-led presentation or join a Wildlife Walk hospital tour, you’re actually helping to care for sick, injured or orphaned critters. Explore J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge by foot, car, bike, or guided tram for a small fee that benefits the refuge. You can also make a donation of any size to the nonprofit "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society. The work at ECHO in North Fort Myers is critical to combating hunger through innovative farming techniques, and work teams and longer-term volunteers are always welcome.