Things to Do Near Island Winds, Florida

by Tiffany Ameh

Island Winds is a vacation condominium complex on Estero Island southwest of nearby Fort Meyers and North of Bonita Beach, Florida. Each unit measures 1,400 square feet, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, and well-equipped kitchens. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Island Winds is located on 500 feet of white sand beach, has a heated pool and hot tub and is close to lots of recreational and relaxation opportunities.

San Carlos Island's Commerical Fleet Fishing Tour

This tour, offered by the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center (ostegobay.org), lasts for 3.5 hours and includes a guided visit to the Marine Science center, as well as a tour of the area's million-dollar fishing industry. Participants see how fishermen unload the trawling boats, how shrimp nets are hand-sewn, how seafood is processed, and learn about other aspects of this unique industry.

Lovers Key State Park

Lovers Key State Park draws its name from its popularity among lovers for its remote and secluded beaches, at a time when it could only be accessed by boat. Today, Lovers Key is a part of the state park. Many types of aquatic life make it their home, including manatees, bottlenose dolphins, and roseate spoonbills. Other animals that live in the park include bald eagles and marsh rabbits. Visitors to the park have access to trails for bicycling and hiking. Anglers are welcome to fish in the park's waters. The park also offers kayak tours, and the beach is there for shelling, sunbathing, swimming and picnicking.

Big M Casino

Big M Casino (bigmcasino.com) is a gambling ship that calls itself southwest Florida's most authentic Vegas-style casino. The casino hosts an all-you-can-eat buffet, and has bingo games during the day cruise. Other games include table games such as black jack; craps and roulette; slot machines; video poker; and Wheel of Fortune machines. Reservations are required to reserve your place aboard ship.

Key West Express

The Key West Express (seakeywest.com) transports vacationers from Fort Meyers Beach to Key West, Florida, a piece of America's Caribbean paradise. The ferry trip takes 3.5 hours. Once in Key West, visitors can explore the city and stay for as long as they like before returning to Fort Meyers.

About the Author

Tiffany Ameh has been writing articles since 2009. She attended California Baptist University in 2004 and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in holistic nutrition at El Camino College.