Ft. Myers Beach Trip
Headed down to Ft. Myers Beach for a week to enjoy the Southwestern Florida Coast! Lots of hiking trails in the State Parks and National Preserves. Going to stop and visit an old friends of Nancy's who is staying in Bradenton on the way to Ft. Myers Beach. Might do some 'shelling' as well.
We stayed almost on the Ft. Myers Beach and enjoyed the clean Florida Gulf Coast. Traffic this time of year is really horrendous, but luckily we were easy walking distance to town and almost ON the beach. Our trips to Sanibel Island was fraught with traffic both ways as was the return to Ft. Myers Beach. Both of these islands attract huge crowds and have only single-lane bridges so prepare yourself for traffic. Other than that, we had a marvelous time, both on Ft. Myers Beach and afterwards in N. Ft Myers.
Accomodations - Where We Stayed
The first few nights we stayed at a Cute and Cozy Beach Studio (Fort Myers Beach),
which we found using 'Flip Key'
a vacation rental locater service. Our Stay here on Ft. Myers Beach was very enjoyable, partly due to the excellent location and quality of the accommodations. The kitchen was excellent; as we often have to prepare our own vegan meals due to lack of local accommodations. The bed large and soft (you have to like that sort of thing) with a wide screen TV with cable channels available. The room was spotless and well appointed.
Lack of Internet was an inconvenience as was the poor quality of broadband cell service on the Island and in the general are of Ft. Myers.
The location was fantastic, almost ON the beach (about 75 feet away) and just a few blocks away from the downtown/entertainment/dining areas. A coffee shop and other bar/dining establishments just a few feet away. The beach is great, long soft white sand with safe swimming areas, chair and umbrella rentals and a 'wave runner' type rental nearby.
The location on Ft. Myers Beach was convenient to several wonderful 'shelling' beaches and Lovers Key (great nature preserve for hiking). The traffic can be challenging during this time of year getting onto and off of the Island. The general area is congested so the location was close to the access bridge making it easier to get on/off the island.
All in all a lovely place to stay. Next time we will attempt to arrange accommodations again at this lovely little Beach Studio.
Carriage Villiage - N. Ft. Myers Florida
We stayed with friends for a few more days but in North Ft. Myers. Near several great hiking and nature preserves. Close to local grocery and entertainment.
Hiking Trails with Our Pictures
Dining Near Ft. Myers Beach
As I indicated previously, Vegan dining options are severely limited in the area. Limited, meaning almost non-existant; so be sure to come prepared with your own food supplies. This is why we always recommend finding an accomodation with kitchen or kitchenette facilities. Also, grocery store options on Ft. Myers Beach are very limited and with traffic, difficult to get to.
201 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach FL 33931 Tel: (239) 463-9874 Fax: (239) 244-9415.
After exploring and making inquieries, we found a couple things on the menu at Zushi Zushi, a Japanese sushi resturant/bar in the main downtown area of Ft. Myers Beach. We sampled the miso soup (excellent) and Edamame appetizer (also excellent). Next we selected the California Roll (without the imitation crab) and the Veggie Roll, both were very tasty and freshly made; see full menu.
Just a few hundred feet from our accomodations, this old style shop serves both dairy ice cream AND great vegan 'Slush'. If you don't know what that is, think of gelatto or an old style 'slushie' mostly flavored shaved ice but so fine and smooth and wonderfully flavored. The orange was one of my favorites but we sampled several on repeated visites and they were all delicious.
2330 Palm Ridge Road, Suite 9, Sanibel, Florida 33957 (239) 472-4499
We visited Sanibel Island during our road trip to the Ft. Myers Beach Florida area. Using our trusty Happy Cow application we were pleasantly surprised to find The Sanibel Sprout.
This lovely little shop has a variety of things including prepared vegan (mostly raw) meals and a wonderful Smoothie Bar. Small but very accommodating.
We arrived after the normal lunch hour but Niki, the proprietor was gracious enough to prepare us a fresh 'raw' Mexican salad. Delicious. We started with a couple of excellent smoothies (SO good!) and browsed while our salads were prepared.
If you visit Sanibel Island, we encourage you to visit and have Niki make you a delicious Smoothie. It will make your day; especially after hiking in the nearby Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge!