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We talk a lot about Sanibel and Captiva, but Southwest Florida features a number of barrier islands that are also worth exploring.  However, you can’t drive to them.

The Sanibel Causeway (originally built in 1963) ushered in a new age of tourism to Sanibel and...

Sanibel Causeway toll booth

For over a year now, the tolls at the Sanibel Causeway have been unmanned.  Originally, cash collections were suspended, and booths were closed to protect employees and the public as the COVID-19 pandemic began across the state and the world.  Proceeds were collected through what...

North Captiva

As great as Sanibel is, there are also other parts of Southwest Florida worth exploring.  You can simply drive through to Captiva Island, or stop there to take a cruise or water taxi to go beyond to some of the barrier islands.  One place of...

Manatees

It’s been chilly in Southwest Florida recently (well, chilly for US).  January and early February tends to have cooler weather, with brief periods when artic winds reach all the way down here.  Nighttime temperatures dropped as low as the high 30s on Sanibel last month,...

Tween Waters Crab Races

“It’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen.” That’s the tagline by self-appointed Crab Racing Commissioner Tim Jardas.  Since 1984, he has hosted his unique style of hermit crab racing blended with comedy at the Crow’s Nest in the Tween Waters Resort on Captiva.

Every Monday...

Film camera

This week, Spider-Man: Far From Home premieres on the big screen (and *will* be at the Island Cinema at Bailey’s Shopping Center).  As summer is home to blockbuster movies, it should be noted that Southwest Florida is no stranger to stardom.  With that in mind, here’s a...

Cayo Costa state park protects the Charlotte Harbor Estuaries and is an untouched piece of Florida. It is only accessible by boat or kayak. It features nine miles of undeveloped shoreline for swimming, snorkeling, shelling, fishing, bird watching and exploration.

 With numerous island and passages...