2022 Southwest Florida Accolades

As your local SWFL Real Estate experts, we look for different ways to familiarize you with not only the local real estate market but also the SWFL lifestyle and area attractions. We think that one of the best ways to learn about a new place is to read its accolades! 

In years past, the Southwest Florida area has received nearly 30 different accolades, mostly touting our beautiful beaches. With Hurricane Ian hitting SWFL hard in 2022, we honestly didn't think we'd end up on the positive side of any news broadcasts. To our surprise, the area received a few accolades, despite the major damage caused by Hurricane Ian. 

2022 SWFL Accolades

The Most Relaxing Vacation Spots in the United States - by Thrillist. "So much of Florida looks like a relaxing destination (white-sand beaches, crystal-clear blue waves, swaying palms) without actually being a relaxing destination (overrun shorelines, high-rise condos, Florida Men). That’s not the case on Sanibel Island, on the state’s Gulf Coast. This is Florida's ultimate leave-your-worries-at-home destination."

Hidden Treasure: The Best Shores For Beachcombing - by TheTravel.com. "Because of the omnipresent current of the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of shells make their way from as far as the Caribbean to the shorelines of Sanibel Island. The region is home to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the only of its kind in the entire country. A stroll along the pristine shore will uncover hundreds of varieties of shells in all different shapes, sizes, and colors."

Travelers Choice - 2022 Best of the Best - by Trip Advisor. Sanibel was listed on the 2022 Trending Destinations — United States list. This link now takes you to the 2023 updated list. "From lesser-known cities to new escapes, these places are on the up and up. You heard it here first."

8 Best Presidents' Day Fishing Locations in the US - by FishingBooker.com. "If you’re more of a saltwater kind of angler, then the Fort Myers area should be up there at the top of your Presidents’ Day fishing list. From quick inshore trips to longer offshore excursions, you have the freedom to find a trip that’s right up your alley. If anything, you’ll be spoiled for choice."

The 12 Best Weekend Beach Getaways across the United States - by Veranda.com. "If you love nature, seashells, warm water, and just about the most breathtaking beach experience in the U.S., then you have to visit Sanibel Island. Visitors to the wildlife refuge along the Gulf of Mexico can see a variety of beach creatures up close and personal, including sea turtles, manatees, and rare birds. That said, you can also accidentally come across gators, so be mindful when you head out to the beach."

The South's Best Beach Towns 2022 - by SouthernLiving.com. "This gem in southwest Florida is quite literally perched on its own enclave of the Gulf of Mexico, which means you get all the views and plenty of opportunities for soaking up the sun. Captiva, along with its sister island Sanibel, make up the perfect warm-weather getaway to explore all year long, but especially in fall and winter months, thanks to mild temperatures. Spend time hunting for seashells, a favorite activity amongst visitors."

The South's Best Cities on the Rise 2022 - By SouthernLiving.com. "While it may be best known for its laid-back beaches and picturesque views, Fort Myers is buzzing. The city is one of the fastest growing in the state, and its River District is reveling in the energy. Bright shops, bars, and restaurants entice vacationers to spend a few hours away from the beach, but it's the arts community that keeps them coming back. With nearly a dozen galleries featuring everything from coastal paintings to locally-crafted jewelry, the city offers endless ways to be inspired on and off the beach."

Click here to read our 2021 SWFL Accolades

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