Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Winter/Spring 2017

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

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WINTER/SPRING 2017 DREAMSCAPES 37 H owever the trek from Fort Myers to Sanibel Island in Florida is more like a short road trip over a causeway before you start sunning yourself on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. And the beauty of this junket is there's not a castle spire or Mickey Mouse hat in sight. CAPTIVA ISLAND Captiva Island has been a long-time favourite sanctuary among artists, writers, politicians and celebrities. It is part of a chain of barrier islands off the coast of Fort Myers that also includes Cayo Costa Island, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, North Captiva Island and Boca Grande. All are only acces- sible by boat or plane and offer plenty of interesting day-trip opportunities. Our first "hop" took us to Captiva Island where we settled into comfortable family- friendly digs at the South Seas Island Resort, named a top-10 beach resort by Parents Magazine. Spread over more than one square kilometre, the property offers short- and long-term stay accommodation choices ranging from private homes to sunny, spacious hotel rooms that are a mere stone's throw from shops, restaurants and miles of white sandy beaches. It's a lovely haven for those seeking rest and relaxation in a quiet setting and there's no shortage of water and sporting activities to keep kids and adults happy. In fact, the prop- erty boasts three pools, six dining options, a spa and a nine-hole golf course. Singles and honeymooners can spend romantic evenings watching waves roll in or dance the night away at the friendly beachfront bar. What struck me most about Captiva and environs was the die-hard commitment to BY DENISE J. DEVEAU TOP: Miles of white, sandy beaches lure visitors to the shores of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva. ABOVE: Duffers take great delight in the number and variety of courses available in the Fort Myers & Sanibel area. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel; FortMyers-Sanibel.com IT'S CALLED ISLAND HOPPING. Exploring Florida's SOUTHWEST COAST

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