Sanibel Island has been on my family travel bucket list for a while, thanks to its perfect location right on the Gulf of Mexico and the fabulous shelling that can be done along the beaches. But did you know that the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are popular destinations with US Presidents? In honor of President’s Day in a little over a week, here are a few gorgeous destinations in the Fort Myers/Sanibel area.
Boca Grande – frequented by the Bush Family
The quiet community of Boca Grande, located on Gasparilla Island, is known as the “preppiest place on earth”. Visit the Gasparilla Inn and Club Resort for a President’s Day Weekend Package. This family-friendly vacation package includes a deluxe room along with activities including sand sculpting, youth laser tag, Inn Bingo, a golf cart “Drive – Inn” Movie, a teddy bear tea party, and more. Rates for the weekend start at $385 per room, per night.
Cabbage Key – frequented by Jimmy Carter
The remote, lush island of Cabbage Key is located near Fort Myers. Rumored to the be the location where Jimmy Buffett wrote “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, this 100-acre island is accessible only by boat, seaplane, or water taxi.
Fort Myers – frequented by Herbert Hoover
In Fort Myers, Herbert Hoover enjoyed visiting the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the former winter vacation homes of the late Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. With over 20 acres of botanical gardens as well as nine historic buildings, there’s a lot to see and explore. In February, Fort Myers offers the Annual Edison Festival of Light, which includes numerous activities.
Sanibel Island – frequented by Teddy Roosevelt
Sanibel Island, known for it’s shelling (pictured above) is also home to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The island is home to a number of resorts, hotels, and private vacation rentals, and features many family-friendly activities.
Have you visited any of these locations?