Fly Me Away!


Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers now provides nonstop service to 55 destinations by 14 air carriers.

The latest routes that have been added to your favorite vacation destination are listed below.  For more information on current nonstop flights, click here!


Fall 2021 Update

Air Canada

Start Your Engines!

Roar Offshore Powerboat Racing


Come celebrate the return of Roar Offshore Powerboat Racing to Southwest Florida!

The roaring engines are coming back for 2021.  Roar Offshore is the final stop of the APBA (American Power Boat Association) National Championship series.  Roar Offshore will once again be the Championship Race for 2021, crowning Offshore Champions in 14 classes.

Fort Myers Beach is a perfect location for the races because there are so many up-close viewing opportunities.   » Read more

The Size of a Pea


This little guy — right around the size of a pea — is just another of our truly fascinating residents!

Last month, ten Hummingbird Bobtail Squid, Euprymna berryi, arrived at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum from Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, along with a clutch of viable eggs.  While the adult Bobtail Squid went directly on exhibit, the clutch of eggs stayed in quarantine and,  » Read more

Make Your Heart Sing

Singer-songwriter Gary Hannan; photo courtesy of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.


Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is back!  If you’re island bound, you won’t want to miss it!

The popular music festival returns for its seventh year with a lineup of more than 100 performances from 60 talented singer-songwriters, including Jimmie Allen and Michael Ray.

Ten days of music kicks off on Captiva Island,  » Read more

A Golden Idea

Cindie Hudson with her book “Yellow Dog,”

along with her two golden retrievers Harlee, left, and Seger, right.


A fun “tail” about therapy dogs visiting Sanibel, from the News and Tribune covering the surrounding areas of Jeffersonville, Indiana:

There’s a 72-hour period in a puppy’s development that’s ideal to see if they’d be ideal for service, rescue or therapy.   » Read more

The Great Migration


Our friends over at the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge have been keeping in sync with the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, a national refuge system-wide initiative to encourage community connection.

With that in mind, they’ve decided to make the “great migration” across the Sanibel Causeway and hold their 33rd annual “Ding” Darling Day celebration at Lakes Park in Fort Myers this year on Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m.  » Read more

Let The Music Play


The new Tribby Arts Center opened this year at the Shell Point Retirement Community, right across the Sanibel Causeway, and the result is stunning.  The project cost $25 million and took four years to build.

The new arts center features three art galleries; nine studios for dance, painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, textiles, stain glass, and photography; numerous practice rooms for musicians,  » Read more

The Fish That Can Walk


From SCCF:  

During the onslaught of heavy rains on Sanibel, some remarkable things can be seen.  Everything from frogs, crayfish and fish emerge to take advantage of the sudden abundance of fresh rainwater.

Perhaps you have seen a walking catfish? The invasive fish from Southeast Asia is — unfortunately — very common, where it is often seen “walking” from waterbody to waterbody in residential and protected areas.   » Read more

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