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Sanibel Florida lighthouse
Sanibel lighthouse. The beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel (most notably Captiva Island) are much less crowded. Photo courtesy of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Matlacha Florida Sanibel Captiva
The shacks that fishermen once called home in Matlacha are now splashed with bright funky colors and house art galleries. Photo courtesy of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Captiva Island, the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Florida
When Anne Morrow Lindbergh visited Captiva Island and penned her book, Gift from the Sea, she wrote: “The beach was covered with beautiful shells and I couldn’t let one go by unnoticed." Photo courtesy of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel