Southwest Florida Summer Staycation
So the kids are back in school and maybe you never got the chance to take a long Summer vacation. Not to worry! You live in Southwest Florida, and there are some great vacation spots just a short drive from home.
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Where To Staycation in SWFL
An end of Summer Staycation might be just what you need. Vacationers come to Southwest Florida every year, so why not enjoy your hometown for yourself? The end of Summer is usually a quieter time for visitors and tourism, so now’s the time to a mini getaway.
South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island
You can drive or boat to the very tip of Captiva Island and stay at one of the areas most beautiful beach resorts, South Seas. They have a marina where you can keep your boat for easy access to the Gulf and bay, and a 9-hole golf course surrounded by lush palm trees and lovely greenery. Best of all, regardless of where you stay within the resort, you are walking distance to the beach! Check out South Seas Resort by clicking here.
Visit Babcock Ranch
Here’s something a little different. Instead of heading towards the shoreline, head out to explore the countryside of Florida. Babcock Ranch is the first solar-powered town in the country, located north of Fort Myers. While the town does not have an official hotel, you might be able to score a vacation rental on VRBO, or stay just outside the town in a nearby hotel. Enjoy horseback riding, eco-tours, and simple living, just like the early days of SWFL. Click here to read more about Babcock Ranch.
Speaking of unplugged, if you really want to get away, take the ferry out to Cabbage Key and stay off-the-grid for the weekend. Cabbage Key is a tiny island up past North Captiva, near Cayo Costa. Book a cottage from the Cabbage Key Inn, and enjoy a hike up to the water tower and along the island trail. You won’t be checking your email, so leave the laptop behind. Instead, bring some lettuce to feed the resident gopher tortoises. Learn more about Cabbage Key by clicking here.
Sanibel, Naples, Fort Myers Beach
If you don’t want too much hassle, keep your plans simple and book a local vacation rental home. Wouldn’t it be nice to be walking distance to the beach? Check out the Naples area, Sanibel Island or Fort Myers Beach. Each city has it’s own charm and personality, as you very well know, and the Summertime prices and availability should be easier to swing than during peak season. Check your local vacation rental management company or websites like VRBO.com and AirBnB for places to stay.
Even if it’s just for the weekend, escaping to a slice of paradise in your own backyard is a great perk of living in SWFL.