ON TURTLES, BOATS AND YOGA WITH GOATS

… Off the beaten track in southwestern Florida

The Fort Myers, Cape and Sanibel region of southwest Florida has a packed and extremely varied agenda of events and attractions over the next six months. This is just a snapshot of what could bring travellers to this stretch of the gulf of Mexico.

There are regular festivals like September’s Island Hopper Songwriter Fest and the American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival in November/December. The 33rd running of this event sees master sand sculptors, a state championship contest, an amateur contest, sand sculpting lessons and more, with over 1,000 tons of sand used on Fort Myers Beach. For indoor entertainment, the Florida Repertory Theatre is located in Fort Myers historic arcade and has recently had upgrades to its interior. The 2019 /2020 season includes ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in The Park”. In March, the 21st annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival takes place at the Fort Myers Regional Library, a free event for families to celebrate the power of books.

LIFESTYLE & WILDLIFE

There are plenty of local wellness-related products, with yoga proving popular – especially themed classes including yoga with amingos at Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs and barnyard yoga in Lehigh Acres, which involves practising the mindful art in the presence of goats. For other ways to interact with wildlife, tourists come to the region for shelling and for loggerhead sea turtle nesting and hatching season. Between May and October, the endangered animals travel hundreds of miles to return to the Florida coastline – and visitors can witness this.

HOSPITALITY NEWS:

THE LUMINARY HOTEL & CO. TO OPEN IN 2020, DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS

The 237-room, 12-story hotel along the waterfront of downtown Fort Myers plans to open in Q3 2020 with 8,000 square feet of function space. It will be connected to the neighbouring Harborside Event Center. A signature restaurant, rooftop lounge, culinary theatre, indoor and outdoor fitness facility, and spacious pool area on the fourth oor overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, as well as a local diner and retail space at street level will be included. Outlets: Silver King, Ella Mae’s Diner, The Workshop, Beacon Social Drinkery. The hotel will be a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

MARGARITAVILLE RESORT SET TO OPEN IN 2021

Playing off the brand and laid-back beach lifestyle made famous by singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffet, the resort will be built near the Times Square area of Fort Myers Beach with opening planned for 2021.


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