Winter Escape to Fort Myers Beach

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Think “Florida” and your mental Rolodex flips through certain images: white sands, blue waters beneath clear skies and lush greenery. On Fort Myers Beach enjoy the quiet joys of plucking shells from the sand and watching egrets pick across the tidal lagoons, as the sun dips brilliantly beyond the magnificent Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to paradise, where the average daytime temperature hovers in the low 70’s in the months of January and February.

Dates:

January 20-February 11, 2018

Prices:

Sanibel View Standard Studios:
Double: $5,600/person
Single: $9,165/person

Captiva Villas (revised pricing):
Double: $6,520/person
Single: $10,895/person

Highlights:

  • 24 Meals
  • 18 Nights at the Beautiful Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach, Florida
  • Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour/Sanibel Island
  • Everglades Excursion with Airboat Ride
  • Mixon Fruit Farm Tour
  • Optional Excursions
  • Low Physical Activity

Itinerary

You have a choice of booking one of two types of accommodations.

The Sanibel View Standard Studios are gulf-front studio-style rooms with magnificent views of the beach and gulf with enclosed lanais plus kitchenette area with sink, ceramic two-burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator, and premium quality cookware and utensils. Rooms also have granite counters, coffee maker, toaster, iron and ironing board, ceiling fans, and an in-room safe. Sanibel View units are available with one bathroom and either one king or two queen beds.

The Captiva Villas are gulf-front condos with magnificent views of the beach and gulf with oversized enclosed lanais, open living and dining areas, premium quality kitchen appliances including a full size refrigerator and premium quality cookware and utensils. Rooms also have granite counters, coffee maker, toaster, iron and ironing board, ceiling fans, and an in-room safe. Captiva Villas are available with one bathroom and either one king or two double beds.

Also included at the Pink Shell Beach Resort is breakfast in Jack’s Restaurant each morning and 2 welcome drinks at check-in. The resort fee, which is included, gives you free access to beach chairs and umbrellas, sea kayaks, paddleboards, free usage of beach and pool towels, free WiFi, 2 bottles of Voss water, 1 Pink Shell Bag and a daily newspaper.

The resort has 3 heated swimming pools, including its signature lagoon-style Octopod, with a large waterfall, giant shells and sponges. Restaurants onsite include Bongo’s Bar & Grill and Jack’s Farm to Fork, or you may choose to have “Dinner on the Beach” served under an umbrella on the sand beach.

The Pink Shell Beach Resort grocery service ensures you never have to make a trip to the store. Simply leave your list at the desk, head out on your adventures and return to a refrigerator stocked with your favorite refreshments, snacks and meals.  Audrey’s at Pink Shell Resort is open every day and carries a variety of essential grocery items and convenient products, including beverages, dairy and grocery, frozen foods, candy and snacks, beer, liquor and wine, healthcare basics, sunscreen and after-sun products, Starbucks coffee, clothing, jewelry, and assorted logo souvenirs

We have use of a private room for visiting, games, etc. on three different days during our stay at the resort.

The following optional excursions offered, and admission fees (if applicable) are not included in the price of the tour.

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

The Calusa Nature Center features hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, and easy-to-manage walking trails leading into three different biomes. With enough wildlife to satisfy even the most avid amateur zoologists, this is a supremely family-friendly experience.

Miromar Outlets in Estero

With more than 140 retailers offering outlet rates, there’s really only one issue with Miromar; you’re spoiled for choice. The information center hands out discounts every day.

Lee County Manatee Park

Manatee Park is a non-captive warm water refuge for the Florida Manatee. Optimum viewing months are December, January and February, when the gulf temperature is below 68f. The park also has an extensive butterfly garden and is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Friendly Landscaping program. Birds and other wildlife can be found throughout the park.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

The best dinner theater in Fort Myers puts on Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, accompanied by good food.

Tanger Outlets in Fort Myers

Dozens of stores, from Bass to Coldwater Creek to Van Heusen, all offer quality goods at cut-rate prices.

Key West Express

There’s nothing better than slicing through the Gulf waters on a fast ferry heading south to the beautiful and entertaining island of Key West. Upon arrival in Key West, the day is yours to explore before boarding the return ferry later that evening.

If you wish to venture out on your own, the Lee Tran Trolley is available to various areas on and around Fort Myers Beach with a trolley stop directly in front of the resort.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1
Board your deluxe motor coach to the land of sparkling turquoise waters, white sand beaches and beautiful sunsets. Overnight in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Day 2
We continue south to our overnight in Gainesville, Florida. Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 3
On Day 3 we travel farther south. Before checking in at the Pink Shell Beach Resort, we stop at a store where you can buy groceries or any necessities needed for your stay.
Included Meals:
Days 3-20 – Breakfast each day/lunch on Day 12

Day 4
Leisure Day.

Day 5
We cross San Carlos Bay via the Sanibel Causeway onto Sanibel Island. When Ponce de Leon discovered the Florida coast in 1513, he called Sanibel Island the Costa de Caracoles, or the “Coast of Seashells.” With every tide, thousands of shells are washed ashore. Created by nature to protect the mainland, the palm-tree and flower-lined islands are famous for their beaches and the incredible variety of shells that wash up on their shores. Seashells carpet the beaches which are sandy playgrounds for those who want to enjoy a relaxed vacation. Our first activity on Sanibel Island will be a visit to the Ding Darling Refuge. Delight in the 90-minute narrated Ding Darling Refuge Tram Tour, where experienced naturalists will help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see. As the road meanders past tidal mudflats and mangrove forests, roseate spoonbills, white ibis, little blue herons, reddish egrets, brown pelican, osprey and other colorful birds can be seen feeding, resting, and preening. See many other species that make the migratory stopover of “Ding” Darling part of their annual flight corridor. No trip on Wildlife Drive is complete without stopping by Alligator Curve. Hear fascinating tales of the Calusa Indians and the early days of Sanibel and south Florida.  Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is part of the largest mangrove ecosystem in the US and is known for its spectacular migratory bird populations and wading bird populations.

Day 6
Activity Room at resort available from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Day 7
Optional excursion to Calusa Nature Center   & Planetarium.

Day 8
Optional excursion to Miromar Outlets in Estero.

Day 9
Leisure Day.

Day 10
Optional excursion to Lee County Manatee Park.

Day 11
Leisure Day.

Day 12
Our early morning departure takes us to one of the most impressive ecosystems in the world–the mysterious Florida Everglades. This phenomenal Wildlife Adventure includes a riding tour with an Eco-tour Guide, who boards our motor coach, and an hour airboat ride as we tour the National Preserve and Everglades City. Learn how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife that inhabits the area.  Travel through nature’s secretly preserved wilderness where you will encounter native flora and fauna and other exotic wildlife in their natural habitat. Keep your fingers and toes in the boat!  Lunch will be included in a rustic atmosphere on the water.

Day 13
Activity Room at resort available from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Day 14
Optional evening at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

Day 15
Optional excursion to Tanger Outlets in Fort Myers.

Day 16
Leisure Day.

Day 17
Activity Room at resort available from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Day 18
Optional excursion to Key West.

Day 19
Leisure Day

Day 20
Leisure Day

Day 21
We reluctantly say goodbye to our beautiful resort and begin to make our way back north. Since Florida is known for its citrus fruit, we will “squeeze in” a little time for a stop at Mixon Fruit Farms. Enjoy a tram tour around the 50-acre spread to see its signature orange and grapefruit groves before lunch at the farm. Our day continues as we drive to Gainesville to overnight.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22
After a hot breakfast, we travel north and west through the rest of Florida and the length of Georgia before stopping to overnight in the mountains of Tennessee.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 23
As we travel today through Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois, we reflect upon our tour and visit with our new-found friends as we reminisce about the warm sunshine, white sand beaches, balmy breezes and brilliant turquoise water – relaxed and filled with wonderful memories of our Winter Escape to Fort Myers Beach.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Departing From: Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, Hazelwood, South County, Fairview Heights, Nashville, Mt. Vernon, Marion, Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Evansville

Deposit: $100 per person. Special cancellation policies – inquire at time of booking.

We recommend reservations be made before October 13, 2017 to avoid space utilization deadlines. After October 13, 2017 please call for availability.