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Island with a bird

A thriving way of life

Fort Myers Nature & Wildlife

One of the friendliest animals you’ll encounter, the manatee is also one of the Gulf’s most iconic creatures. Most people never forget their first experience with these gentle giants. Drawn to our coastline by the warm waters, keep an eye out when you’re in a kayak in case one surfaces next to – or accidently under – your boat.

Sharing the manatee’s love of warmth, the dolphin has made a positive name for itself in our waters. More common in the Gulf than the Atlantic Ocean, you can often see them playing in Pine Island Sound while on charter cruises like those offered at Adventures in Paradise or Captiva Cruises.

Come springtime, sea turtles make an appearance on our beaches. May 31-October 31 marks sea turtle nesting season, where females return to the sand to lay their eggs. An throughout the year, you're guaranteed to see a wide variety of bird species.

The most sought-after wildlife to photograph is our abundance of migratory birds. If you’re interested in serious bird-watching, pack your camera and head to the  J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. You might even see bobcats, alligators and river otters patrolling the mangroves and other habitats, like nature intended.

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Lakes Regional Park is nearly 300 acres and is located in southern Fort Myers. Close to the hustle and bustle, this public park is

From dolphins and manatees to pelicans and egrets, we’re incredibly lucky to have such a wide variety of fascinating animals in

The streets and beaches of the Fort Myers area are lined with sunshine, water and a variety of fresh, natural food choices. Not

Just south of Fort Myers lies Bonita Springs, a charming beach town with lots of things to do. About 40 minutes away from Fort

When the time is right to plan the perfect tropical getaway for you and your family, look no further—The Beaches of Fort Myers &

Boca Grande, a tranquil beach community perched on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island, beckons those in search of a little

Howdy, folks! Captain Brian here. I'd like to take you for a boat ride this morning with me as captain, nature explorer

Island or neighborhood? Old Florida fishing village or relaxed waterfront retreat? Welcome to Pine Island, Florida’s largest

Camping gives you the chance to unplug from the hectic pace of everyday life and connect with nature. And there’s no place more

We are thankful for the many local organizations who dedicate their time and resources to help keep our nesting sea turtles safe

Imagine cruising down the river and spotting a massive silvery fish leaping from the shallows. Peak tarpon fishing season is upon

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