Wednesday, October 23, 2019

5 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friends

For many people, leaving a pet behind while going on vacation just isn't an option. Your furry friend is part of your family, maybe your best friend, and he or she deserves a vacation as well. Fortunately, more and more places for accommodations are becoming "pet friendly." In fact, more than half of our Fort Myers Beach vacation rentals allow pets! So if you're looking for a beach vacation that both you and your pet can enjoy together, be sure to give Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals a call!

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

Traveling with pets can have it's challenges. Below we offer a few tips for traveling with your furry friends:

1. Make Sure Your Pet is Healthy Enough for Travel. 

Before heading out on a long vacation with your pet, you should consider consulting your veterinarian. You want to make sure that your pet is current on vaccinations, and that there are no health risks with taking a long trip, especially if your pet is older. Be sure to let your vet know where you're headed so they can determine the best way to protect your pet from potential risks in that area. Especially when you're escaping the cold weather for a beach destination, it can be easy to forget about fleas, ticks, heart worm preventatives, etc. Don't forget to bring any regular pet medications with you as well!

2. Don't Forget Your Pet Necessities. 

You've got a list of things you wouldn't leave the house without, so don't forget to make a list for your pet as well. Things you'll want to be sure to pack could include: pet food, food and water bowls, bottled water, regular medications, flea, tick and heart worm preventatives, cat litter pan with litter and scoop, dog waste bags, leash and collar, bedding, grooming supplies, life vests for dogs, current veterinary contact information, contact information for vet clinics on route and at your destination, proof of current vaccination status and a pet first-aid kit.

Bonus Tip: Be sure to update your pet's identification. No matter how careful you are, pets can escape and get lost in unfamiliar areas. Make sure the ID tag on his or her collar is up-to-date. Include the address of your destination and your cell number. If your pet is micro-chipped, be sure the microchip company has your current contact information, including where you can be reached while on vacation.

3. Allow Your Pet Time to Get Used to a Carrier. 

If your pet hasn't done much traveling and isn't used to being in a carrier, be sure to warm them up to it before you head out on a long trip. Make sure the carrier is roomy enough to allow your pet to stand, turn around and lay down. Introduce them to the carrier at home first, and make it comfortable by adding their favorite blanket and some toys inside. You want them to associate positive feelings with the carrier not fear or other negative emotions. Leave the door open at first so they can freely explore being in the carrier. Eventually, try closing the door, gradually extending the amount of time the door is closed.

4. Keep in Mind Traveling Can Be Stressful for Pets. 

Just like traveling can stress you out, don't forget that your pets can get stressed as well. If your pet has never traveled before, or at least not for a long distance, he or she could easily become stressed on the journey. We would suggest doing a few trial runs in the car in the weeks leading up to your long trip, gradually extending your trip with each trial drive. Place your pet in a carrier, drive around the block or two and then reward your pet with praise or a treat for behaving in the car.

If you are flying with your pet, be sure to make yourself aware of what's needed to fly with an animal. Make sure you have the proper paperwork and everything you need to make the ride as comfortable for them as possible. While smaller pets may be allow to ride with you in the cabin, larger pets generally have to ride in the cargo bay. Discuss options to help decrease your pet's stress level with your vet before leaving.

5. Be Sure to Make Rest Stops Along the Way. 

During long drives, you have to stop regularly to use the restroom, stretch your legs, grab a snack, etc. The same thing goes for your pets as well, especially dogs. Be sure to stop regularly at rest stops or parks to allow your pet not only a bathroom break, but a chance to get out of the carrier and stretch his or her legs. Don't forget to keep a water bowl handy, as well as your doggy waste bags! You might consider having some snacks or treats ready as well, to reward your pet for doing so well on a long trip.

Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Many of our Fort Myers Beach vacation homes are pet friendly! For these homes, we just ask that you let us know what type of pet you are bringing and pay our one-time pet fee. Below are several of our favorite pet friendly homes that you could rent for your next Florida beach vacation

Aloha - 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath with Private Pool 

Beach Bar 1 - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Beach Nik - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Black Louie's Lounge - 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Coral Cottage - 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath

Crow's Nest - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Don the Beach Comber - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 

Hibiscus Hideaway - 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath with Private Pool 

Koala Cottage 1 - 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Koala Cottage 2 - 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath 

Queen Ann's Revenge - Studio, 1 Bath

Sandy Haven - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 

Sea Esta - Up - 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath

Sea Esta - Down - 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath

Shanti House 1 - 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath 

Shanti House 2 - 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Tiki's Bungalow - Studio, 1 Bath 

What are you waiting for? Start planning your next vacation with your pet today! Give Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals a call at 239-463-0078 to check availability on our pet friendly vacation rentals in Florida. We can't wait to host you and your furry friend! 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Join Us for the Roar Offshore Powerboat Races!

The 2019 Roar Offshore National Championship Powerboat Races will be held on Fort Myers Beach October 10th-12th! Feel the roar of some of the most amazing powerboats in the country flying by at up to 180 mph with your feet in the sand of Fort Myers Beach. The race will be visible anywhere on the beach from the pier to mid-Island, around Junkanoo restaurant. If you have a boat, there will be a spectator anchoring area where you can watch from the water. This is one event you won't want to miss, so join Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals on Fort Myers Beach for this inaugural event that's sure to please!

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2019 Race Schedule 

Below you will find the schedule of events for the 2019 Roar Offshore Powerboat Races on Fort Myers Beach:

Thursday, October 10

  • 10 AM: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Salty Sam's Marina to Open Race Village & Dry Pit's 
  • 10 AM - 4 PM: Salty Sam's Race Village/Dry Pit's Open to the Public 
  • 12 PM - 11 PM: Remote Parking & Shuttle Buses at LaMotta's Italian Restaurant & Peace Lutheran Church to Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride to transfer to Salty Sam's or Fort Myers Beach
  • 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM: Roar Offshore Race Boat Parade on Fort Myers Beach - Sky Bridge to Fort Myers Beach CLOSED for 30 Min
  • 6 PM - 10 PM: Roar Offshore Street Party in the Entertainment District of Fort Myers Beach - Boats will be parked on the streets of Fort Myers Beach from Times Square to Nervous Nellie's and Over to Matanzas Inn. 
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Friday, October 11
  • 9 AM - 10 PM: Remote Parking & Shuttle Buses at LaMotta's Italian Restaurant & Peace Lutheran Church to Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride to transfer to Salty Sam's or Fort Myers Beach
  • 9 AM - 9 PM: Salty Sam's Race Village / Dry Pit's Open to the Public 
  • 10 AM - 3 PM: Race Boat Testing / Tuning
  • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM: VIP Racer Reception - Race Team Meet & Greet at DiamondHead
  • 4 PM - 9 PM: Roar Offshore Salty Sam's Race Village Entertainment
    • Race Team Meet & Greet in Pit's
    • Live Entertainment on the Salty Sam's Race Village Stage
    • Get up close to the boats and teams! 
Saturday, October 12
  • 8 AM - 7 PM: Remote Parking & Shuttle Buses at Century Link Stadium, LaMotta's Italian Restaurant, & Peace Lutheran Church to Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride to transfer to Salty Sam's or Fort Myers Beach
  • 9 AM - 5 PM: Salty Sam's Race Village / Dry Pit's Open to the Public 
  • 9 AM: Cranes Operational for Boat Launch, Wet Pis Open to Race Teams & VIP Parking Open
  • 10 AM: Roar Offshore VIP Pier Open to VIP Pass Holders
  • 10:30 AM: Roar Offshore Opening Ceremonies at DiamondHead
  • 10:45 AM: National Anthem
  • 11 AM - 4:30 PM: Roar Offshore APBA National Championship - World Class Sanctioned Powerboat Racing Returns to Fort Myers Beach! 
  • 11 AM - 12 PM: Class 1-7 Races
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Superstock, Super Vee Extreme, Prostock V Races
  • 2 PM - 3 PM: Supercat Races
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Class One and Vee Extreme Races
  • 6:30 PM: Roar Offshore Awards Ceremony at DiamondHead - Public Welcome 
  • 8 PM: Turbo Charged Closing Ceremonies at DiamondHead, with Live Entertainment on the Beach Stage
Sunday, October 13
  • 11 AM: OPA / Powerboat P1 National Championship Award Ceremonies at DiamondHead

Where to Stay

Stay close to all the action when you choose to stay with Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals. We still have a few places available for Race Weekend! Check out these vacation rentals on Fort Myers Beach, and book your reservations with us today: 

Aloha - 2 BR/2 BA
Coral Cottage - 2 BR/2 BA
Heartbreak Hotel - 2 BR /2 BA
Just Beachy - 2 BR/2 BA
Sea Villa B - 2 BR/2 BA

Give the best vacation rental company on Fort Myers Beach a call at 239-463-0078 to book your reservations today! You don't want to miss the event of the season, the 2019 Roar Offshore National Championships. Powerboat racing returns to Fort Myers Beach in less than 2 weeks! See you soon!

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Monday, February 25, 2019

61st Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

The Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival is just a little over a week away! Drawing thousands of visitors from almost every state and many countries, this event is one that puts a smile on everyone's face. Enjoy delicious "Pink Gold" shrimp dinners, as well as festivities including a parade, exhibition, Queens Pageant and the newly incorporated shrimp-eating contest! The best part is that all the proceeds go to providing those less fortunate with opportunities they would otherwise not have.

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2019 Shrimp Festival Schedule of Events

Head on over to Lynn Hall Memorial Park, the official festival grounds for the 2019 Shrimp Festival! Check out all of the exciting events taking place March 9-10, 2019 below:

  • 5K Run: 9-10 AM at Doc Fords 
    • The Shrimp Run 5k course takes you over the Matanzas Bridge twice while thousands of onlookers cheer runners on! The race starts at 9 am and precedes the ever-popular Shrimp Parade. It will start and finish at Doc Fords, Fort Myers Beach. Runners and walkers are welcome. Registration is $25 and you can register online here.  
  • Art Fair & Food Expo: 10 AM - 6 PM at Lynn Hall Memorial Park
    • More than 100 great vendors hit the beach! Official festival shirts, caps and more also go on sale at the entrance of the festival grounds. 
  • Parade: 10 AM - 12 PM on Estero Blvd. 
    • This 2-mile long parade runs down the main street of town from the beach school to Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Festival Grounds on the beach. Parade goers can watch from the sides of the parade route and catch prizes that are thrown from the floats. 
  • Pink Gold Shrimp Boil: 10 AM - 6 PM at Lynn Hall Memorial Park 
    • Over 1,000 pounds of fresh, local pink gold shrimp are served every year, making the Shrimp Boil one of the main attractions of this annual event! 
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  • Queens Pageant: 1 - 2 PM at Lynn Hall Memorial Park 
    • Who will be crowned this year's Shrimp Festival Queen? Girls at 16-20 will appear in the parade and participate in various judging events. Trophies and prizes will be awarded for several different categories. 

  • Art Fair & Food Expo: 10 AM - 5 PM at Lynn Hall Memorial Park 
    • Head back over to the festival grounds to continue browsing all the vendors you might have missed on Saturday! 
  • Shrimp Eating Contest: 1 - 2 PM at Lynn Hall Memorial Park 
    • The 5th Annual Shrimp Festival Shrimp Eating Championship will be held on Sunday inside the expo grounds. The contest will feature up to 10 sponsored contestants who will compete to eat as many pounds of cooked and peeled Fort Myers Beach Pink Shrimp within 8 minutes!  

If you'll be staying with us the second weekend in March, you won't want to miss this great event! Join Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals for the 2019 Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. As always, we are here to make your vacation on Fort Myers Beach the best vacation yet! From recommending restaurants and activities, to providing a safe, clean place for you to stay, our Fort Myers Beach vacation rental company is dedicated to providing the best customer service possible. 

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Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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Friday, December 21, 2018

3 Benefits of Owning a Vacation Home on Fort Myers Beach

Do you love the beach? Do you go on vacation every year? Have you ever though about investing in a vacation home in Fort Myers Beach? Instead of renting a home from someone else or staying in a hotel every time you travel to Florida, you could have a place to call your own. Today's blog discusses some of the biggest benefits to owning a second home in Fort Myers Beach, FL.

1. Always Have a Place to Stay for YOUR Vacation. 

One of the main benefits of owning a vacation home on Fort Myers Beach is that you always have a place to come to when you're ready for a beach vacation. Need an escape from the cold up north? Want to take the kids out of town for some family bonding over summer break? You don't have to go online and hunt around for a place to stay that meets the needs of your family. You'll have a place to call your own, where you can make memories with friends and family. (Plus, if you're wanting to eventually retire in Florida, this move can give you a head start!)

2. Make Some Extra Income to Offset Expenses. 

Another big advantage to owning a second home is the ability to generate some extra income. This rental income can help offset your costs of owning a vacation home. When you buy a Fort Myers Beach vacation property, you can rent it out other guests when you aren't using it. The money you make from those reservations can help you pay the mortgage, property taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc. for the place where you spend your vacations.

3. Build Value Through Appreciation. 

Real estate is generally a good investment option. Over time, it typically will appreciate in value. When you are ready to sell your vacation property, you can usually sell it at a higher price and cash out on the profit. In addition, you have the ability to make modifications and improvements to increase the value of your home, therefore pushing up the market value even more.

If you're interested in purchasing property on Fort Myers Beach, we can connect you with some of the best real estate agents that we know and trust because we work with them on a regular basis. Once you've found the perfect property, Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals can help you with that extra income by finding you quality guests! The best part is, we take care of all the details, from finding the renters to taking the payments and paying the taxes. Contact us today by calling 239-463-0078!

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Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

5 Holiday Travel Tips

Christmas and New Years are just around the corner. People all across the country will be traveling, and that means the airports and roads are going to be busy! There's no need to stress though. We've got a list of holiday travel tips that will help you get down here to beautiful Fort Myers Beach without too much chaos. Keep reading for Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals' tips for traveling this holiday season.

1. Travel at Off-Peak Times. 

If possible, try to travel on off-peak days, and travel early or late in the day. If flying, consider departing on the actual holiday, as most people will have left the day before. The airport will likely still be busy, but not as bad. Traveling at odd times, such as early in the morning or late at night can also help you avoid the longest lines. In addition, flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. If you're driving, the best time to hit the road is when others are sleeping, so again early in the morning or late at night. You can always take a nap at  your destination, or if you have a second driver, you can switch off.

2. Head to the Airport Early. 

During the holiday season, you're almost sure to see extra long lines at the airport. Checking your bags will take extra time, and so will going through security. There's nothing more stressful than feeling like you might miss your flight because you're stuck in a line. Plan on arriving at the airport extra early. Even if you get there and the lines are surprisingly short, you can relax at the gate knowing that you aren't going to miss your flight. If you're planning to park at the airport, consider getting an advance parking reservation.

3. Be Prepared for Delays.

Whether you are flying or driving to your destination, be prepared for delays. Holiday traffic on the roads or flight delays could have you waiting around a lot. Bring snacks, water, music, books, etc. to keep you entertained in case you get stuck somewhere for an extended period of time. Be sure to have your phone fully charged as well so you can communicate with friends and family about any delays.

4. Ship Your Gifts.

If you're going to be flying to your destination for the holidays, you're better off shipping your gifts instead of bringing them with you. Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc. can deliver your gifts to your destination and then you can wrap them once you arrive. This is much easier than dragging all that stuff on your flight with you. If you do travel with gifts, don't wrap them, as security may unwrap them to take a peak at what's inside. Be sure to pad and pack the gifts carefully in your suitcase, as those bags get tossed around a lot. When flying internationally, be sure to check any rules of bringing food or other items that might be confiscated.

5. Remember to Breathe. 

Travel can be stressful, especially during the holidays. Remember to breathe, and be nice to people. They're likely just as stressed as you. If things don't go as planned, try to stay calm. Losing your temper is not going to help the situation. Airline employees don't usually respond well to anger, and  you could end up making the situation worse. Whatever the issue, it will likely make for a great story later!

No matter what happens during your travels this holiday season, just keep the end in mind. Eventually you'll be out of the cold and relaxing on the soft sugary sand under the beautiful Florida sun! Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals is the place to stay this season, we've got just a couple Fort Myers Beach vacation homes left for Christmas and New Years, so call to book today if you haven't already! Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Fort Myers Beach Upcoming Holiday Events

The holiday season is upon us! The weather up north is getting cold and people from across the country are flocking to Florida in search of some warmer weather. Fort Myers Beach is a great place to visit this time of year; you'll find plenty of holiday activities to keep you busy when you're not relaxing on the soft, white sandy gulf beaches! Below is a list of local holiday events for you to checkout while you're staying with us at Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals.

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Edison Ford Holiday Nights - Now through December 30

Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating its 43rd Holiday Nights. The winter estate homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are decorated with thousands of lights and decorations. This event has become a tradition in Southwest Florida, and a top destination for visitors around the globe. Stop by to enjoy the lights from 5:30 - 9 pm each night. The event will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For more info, please visit:

"Elf the Musical" or "Winter Wonderettes" at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Now through December 25, 2018

Enjoy one of two great shows and a delicious dinner at Broadway Palm this holiday season! Based on the holiday film of the same name, "Elf the Musical" is a hilarious comedy following Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. The Marvelous Wonderettes are the entertainers at Harper's Hardware Holiday Party; 60s style holiday songs include Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rock and more! For exact dates and showtimes, and to purchase tickets, please visit

"The Nutcracker" at Broadway Palm Children's Theater - Now through December 24, 2018

Treat the entire family to the musical version of this timeless holiday classic about a young girl who is given a beautiful nutcracker. She dreams that the nutcracker comes to life, whisks her to a magical land and battles against the Mouse King and his army. The nutcracker defeats the mouse king and is transformed into a prince. For information on showtimes and pricing, visit:

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30th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade  - December 1, 2018

Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 30th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year there were over 30 boats participating, and this year promises to be even more exciting. The parade begins at Salty Sam's Marina at 6 pm, and will pass many restaurants on the back bay such as Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Original Shrimp Dock, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie's, Bonita Bill's, Dixie Fish Co. and Doc Ford's, where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. You will alsoo be able to vote online for Best Decorated Boat! Learn more here.

Santa on the Sand at Lovers Key State Park - December 9, 2018

Bring your children, grandchildren & friends for an afternoon lunch, with games & prizes on the beach with Santa! They will be collecting unwrapped toys to be distributed by the Rotary Club to local children. Each child, aged 8 & under, who donates an unwrapped toy will visit with Santa and receive a small gift. Bring your own camera or cell phone to take photos. Lunch will be provided for the children, and snacks for the adults. Each family in attendance will also be given a chance to win a fully-decorated Christmas Tree donated by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Advance registration is required. Event runs from 1-4 pm at Lovers Key next to the gazebo. For more info, visit:

Santa Visits Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining - December 9, 2018

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa will be making a special stop at Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining to visit the girls and boys of all ages from 10 am to 2 pm. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at the restaurant, and have your photo taken with Santa!

Free Holiday Concert at Santini Marina Plaza - December 9, 2018

Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts will be offering a free holiday concert featuring local favorites, Al Holland, Jo List and the Pearl Street Band. The concert will run from 2-4 pm at Santini Marina Plaza. Get there early, as this is always a popular event. Refreshments will be available for purchase close by from local Santini Marina Plaza merchants.

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Santa Rocks the Lani Kai - December 9, 2018 

Head over to the Lani Kai for the island's biggest musical benefit beach bash for the children of Fort Myers Beach! Enjoy hours of live, local music from some of the hottest musicians around Southwest Florida from 1-5 pm. Performances will include Kate Skales Band, TJ Brown and The Freecoasters, Not Guilty, the Siren Says Rock Band, and more! Numerous raffle prizes and silent auctions will be up for grabs to some of the best businesses in the area. They will also be collecting donations of used musical instruments, new unwrapped toys and pet food/supplies. There's no cost to attend this event. Learn more here.

Santa at Zoomers - December 15, 2018

Santa is making a stop at Zoomers, Fort Myers' premier indoor/outdoor family fun center. On Saturday, Decemner 15 from 1-3 pm, kids of all ages can get their picture taken with Santa for free. A digital version of the photo will be supplied to attendees. After their photo, guests are encouraged to stop by the Sidetracked Bar & Grille for lunch before exploring all that Zoomers has to offer, including go-karts, mini golf, Midway rides and an indoor arcade. For more info, visit:

Asleep At The Wheel Holiday Show - December 17, 2018

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents an evening with 10-time Grammy award winners Asleep at the Wheel, who will bring their popular holiday themed concert series "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" to Seminole Casino in Immokalee on Monday, December 17 at 8 pm. Advance tickets are on sale now for $49. Visit their website for more info.

Santa's Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - December 24, 2018

Experience Christmas, island style, with an Adventures in Paradise cruise through the Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay! Bring the family and cruise out among the dolphins to visit with Santa, where he'l be waiting with a small gift for all the kids. Complimentary photos of your family on Santa's lap will be provided. The cruise is $45 for adults and $35 for children. It departs at 10 am and returns around 11:30 am. Reservations are required - book online here.

Affordably Delectable Christmas Day Buffet at Island View - December 25, 2018

Enjoy a fabulous Christmas Day Buffet up on the top-floor of Lani Kai, in their award-winning Island View restaurant! The menu will feature Cambridge Bronze Roasted Turkey, Kurobuta Baked Ham, Red-Wine Braised Roast Beef, Oven-Baked Cod with Cherry Tomatoes & Pine Nuts, Traditional Green Bean Casserole, Baked Ziti, Candied Carrots, Cornbread Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Homemade Bread & House Salad, and Assorted Chef's Desserts. Seating is available from 11 am to 7 pm, with advanced reservations highly suggested. Cost is just $21.50 for adults, and $11.95 for children ages 5 to 12.

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New Years Eve Fireworks - December 31, 2018

The Town of Fort Myers Beach will not only be celebrating the New Year on December 31st, but also the town's birthday! Activities will be happening all day long leading up to the fireworks at midnight. Free cupcakes will be given out in Times Square from 12-1 pm. The Town's Birthday Party will then take place at the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool from 1-3:30 pm. There will be food, drinks, relay races, games and a photo booth. Hangout on the beach, enjoy our local parks and grab some dinner at one of the many local restaurants on the island before heading back to Times Square for the New Years Eve Fireworks at 11:59 pm!

There's so much fun to be had this holiday season right here in Fort Myers Beach, FL. If you haven't already made your plans to come visit us in beautiful (warm) Southwest Florida this holiday season, there's still time! We've still got a few vacation rentals on Fort Myers Beach available for Christmas and/or New Years. Give us a call at 239-463-0078 to make your reservations today!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

11 Local Beaches to Checkout During Your Stay

Most visitors to the beautiful state of Florida come here to spend time on the beach! Southwest Florida is home to some of the best beaches in the country. Below we've provided a list of local beaches for you to checkout during your stay with Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals. Whether you're wanting to relax under the Florida sun or swim in the salty ocean, Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding areas are a great place to be!

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1. Fort Myers Beach

No matter where along the island of Fort Myers Beach you're staying, you're sure to be just a short walk to a beach access point. There are more than 30 beach access points all along Estero Blvd. These spots allow access to the full 7-miles of white sugar sand. Just look for the colorful beach access signs! You can also go to Lynn Hall Memorial Park, where you'll find a playground, picnic shelters, a bathhouse and fishing pier. All along this beautiful beach, you will find plenty of dining and entertainment options. From cute beachfront bars to nice restaurants, you'll find delicious food and drink options, as well as live music. Fort Myers Beach is where the fun is at!

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2. Lovers Key State Park

Located at 8700 Estero Blvd., Lovers Key State Park offers an untarnished 2-mile stretch of beach. Accessible by boardwalk or tram, this beach area is perfect for swimming, shelling or sunbathing. You can also enjoy hiking trails or kayak the canals of this genuine tropical paradise. Explore the serene canals and lagoons, where you'll typically find manatee and shorebirds, or lounge under an umbrella on the shore. This park is a popular romantic destination, and frequently hosts weddings at the gazebo.

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3. Dog Beach

Are you bringing your 4-legged friend with you on vacation? Take your furry friends to Dog Beach located at 8800 Estero Blvd. at the south end of the island. This sandy beach offers a place for dogs to roam free in a beautiful beach setting. They can run through the shallow water, plus you'll find free parking & canine showers. There's no better place to spend time with your 4-legged friends!

4. Barefoot Beach Preserve 

Located off Bonita Beach Road on Barefoot Beach Blvd., this beach offers fine sand full of many small shells. If you're looking for some seashells to take home, this beach is the place to go! The surf is gentle, making it a great spot for swimming and sunbathing as well. You're likely to spot a bottle-nosed dolphin or a gopher tortoise here. Kayaking and canoeing are also a popular activities at Barefoot Beach.

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5. Lighthouse Beach Park

Located on the Eastern tip of Sanibel Island at 110 Periwinkle Way, this scenic 23-acre park features the Sanibel Lighthouse, a fishing pier, nature trails and more. It's a true family beach, with good shelling, a clear view of the Gulf and plenty of large shade trees. Enjoy a picnic or stroll along the beach, swim in the ocean or go fishing from the pier. Sailing or windsurfing is also popular here. It is the perfect place to experience Florida's nature scene, or just relax on the soft sand as you listen to the waves crashing on the shore.

6. Sanibel Causeway Beaches

For a less busy, more relaxing beach experience head over to the Causeway in Sanibel. Causeway Islands Park is a narrow palm-lined park & beach on a man-made island, great for fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and swimming. This is the perfect place for watching dolphins and enjoying beautiful sunsets. Pull your vehicle right up to the water's edge. While parking is free, there is a $6 toll to cross the bridge from Fort Myers.

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7. Bonita Beach Park 

Between Fort Myers Beach & Bonita Springs, you'll find a 2.5 acre beachfront area known as Bonita Beach Park. The park features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegitation surround a gazebo and several picnic shelters.

8. Bowditch Point Park 

Head to the northern tip of Fort Myers Beach, and you'll find a 17.5 acre park facility. Amenities include a "village deck" for group gatherings, a bathhouse and a boardwalk leading to a picnic area and beach. Activities include birding, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing and swimming.

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9. Bowman’s Beach

Located in the middle of the Island of Sanibel, off Sanibel-Captiva Road, is the pristine and quiet Bowman's Beach. This spot is popular for shelling and swimming, as well as windsurfing or sailing. Picnic areas with barbecue grills are also available, so bring some lunch and enjoy a meal on the beach!

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10. Turner Beach

Just past the bridge to Captiva sits Turner Beach, a great place for sunsets and romantics. The area offers great fishing from the beach and is also a great place for shelling and surfing. While not ideal for swimming, as it gets deep quickly near the bridge and there's a strong undertow, the sand quality is good for relaxing on the beach. Parking here is very limited.

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11. Captiva Beach 

Captiva Beach, located at 14790 Captiva Dr., is known as one of the most romantic beaches around. This quiet beach is open from dawn to dusk and offers amazing sunsets. There is a picnic area and portable restrooms at this beach.

When you choose to vacation in Southwest Florida, you'll find plenty of settings to enjoy the beautiful Gulf waters! Book your reservations with Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals today - we'll help you find the perfect Fort Myers Beach vacation rental home or condo for your group. Give us a call at 239-463-0078 or visit our website to book now!

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1698 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Phone: 239-314-7646