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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Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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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:

SATURDAY, MARCH 9
  • 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. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10
  • 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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