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!

Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals - Rentals on Fort Myers Beach

Sea Gypsy Vacation Rentals

1698 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Phone: 239-314-7646