Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Spring Break Crawl: Eat and Drink on Florida's Gulf Coast
Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Sanibel Harbour Princess
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience
Cruise aboard the 100-foot-long private luxury yacht the Sanibel Harbour Princess for two-hour sunset spins around Pine Island Sound. Nightly dinner cruises cost $55 per person and include a buffet with seafood, salads and desserts, and there's a cash bar. While you're cruising, keep an eye out for dolphins.
See the Green Flash: The Mucky Duck
Where to watch the sunset
Sunset-seekers head to Captiva island to scout for the green flash at The Mucky Duck, an English-style gulf-front pub where the website notes the sunset times and Adirondack chairs sink deep into the sand. Whether or not you see the elusive flash it's worth lingering well after sunset to watch the colors bleed through the sky.
It's 5 o'clock Somewhere – Here: Bubble Room
Where to get a great tropical drink
Decorated with antiques from the '30s, '40s and '50s and with a silly year-round Christmas theme, Captiva restaurant the Bubble Room is an admittedly kitsch must-do. The desserts and cocktails are legendary. Try a Captiva Cooler, spiked with coconut and mango rum, or opt for the Pink Flamingo, made with fresh fruit, banana liqueur and blackberry brandy.
Closer than Disney World: Ft. Myers Beach Shrimp Festival
A great activity for kids and families
One of Ft. Myers' best festivals falls during prime spring break season, March 2 and 8-9. The Ft. Myers Beach Shrimp Festival draws thousands for free family fun that includes a parade, the crowning of the Shrimp Queen and, of course, bountiful shrimp dinners featuring wild shrimp caught by the local shrimping fleet. Other activities include arts and crafts, bounce houses and face painting.
Budget Beach Bites: Beach Pierside Grill
An affordable beachy or seafood meal
Right next to the public pier on Fort Myers Beach, the Beach Pierside Grill is a laid-back, gulf-front restaurant that's just the spot for a frosty drink while feasting on affordable favorites like peel and eat shrimp, wings, crab cakes and calamari. Each costs less than $13.
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Travel writer Terry Ward has lived all over the Sunshine State since way back during her college days at the University of Florida, when spring break first brought her to the Fort Myers area. She's never visited the area and not spotted a dolphin frolicking in the waters.