Fort Myers Journals

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A March 2005 trip to Fort Myers by chicnfngas

Quote: Calling Fort Myers a beautiful area would be an understatement. In the past I've heard it referred to as an "old people retirement community," but that is hardly the case.

Barnacle Phil's Harbor Restaurant

Restaurant | "Barnacle Phil's"

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The only way to reach this restaurant is by boat, unless you are living on the island. It's in the middle of the gulf, and the ride out is amazing. The restaurant itself had delicious food. It had an abundance of fish on the menu (which I don't really like), but also an ample enough variety that I was able to find something that I liked (chicken). The chicken sandwich I ordered was bursting with lettuce, tomatoes, and chicken breast. It was delicious and more than filling enough. You eat outside under umbrellas, and there are friendly sea otters wandering about, probably because people feed them. We didn't let them get close, but we enjoyed watching them wander about - they are so cute....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

Barnacle Phil's Harbor Restaurant
4401 Point House Trail
North Captiva Island 33924
(239) 472-1200

Bahama Breeze

Restaurant | "Bahama Breeze in Fort Myers"

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The restaurant was a little crowded when we got there and there was a 45-minute wait, but there is an outside area with a bar that you can wait in and order appetizers while waiting for your seat. I felt that there was a lot of "different" food on the menu, so if I wanted to order something "familiar," it was hard to do. I opted for the crispy chicken salad, which didn't sound like it would be spicy, but it was. The wait staff was very courteous and attentive to every detail (they refilled my water glass for me five times!).

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

Bahama Breeze
14701 S Tamiami Trl
Fort Myers, Florida 33912
(239) 454-9234

Lazy Flamingo

Restaurant

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We went here for lunch. The food was good, but there was a very small selection of food. I'm not a fish person, or a spicy-food person, so there was only a select few items on the menu that I could get. I got the chicken sandwich, which turned out to be great, and the french fries smothered with vinegar were delicious. My boyfriend got a chicken Caesar salad. The dressing was good, but I felt like the salad was drenched in it, and the garlic bread they gave him with it was not anything great. It was a loud restaurant with lots of chattering and rushing around going on. If you are looking for a place to take kids, I would say this would be well suited for that. It was a good time, but not somew...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

Lazy Flamingo
6250-C Pine Ave
Sanibel, Florida 33957
+1 941 473 5353

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Attraction | "Ding Darling Reservation"

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The different types of greenery and all the different types of animals make this trip more than worthwhile. If you are in the Fort Myers area, this is definitely a must-see attraction. The best way, in my opinion, to get through the reservation and see everything that you can is by bike. It's a little far to walk to on foot, and you might miss a lot by car. Billy's down the street rents bicycles for reasonable prices. For the whole day (they close at 6pm), I believe the price was $12. Because the area doesn't get much rain in the summer, you can still see the devastation that Hurricane Charley has caused. It's really sad to see some of the trees in such rough shape. The abundance of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
One Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, Florida 33957
(239) 472-1100

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Attraction | "Shell Museum"

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I was amazed by how many shells this museum had. I wasn't much of a "shell fan" prior to the visit, but afterwards I couldn't believe how many different types of shells there were. The museum has shell types from all over the world, and it tells you the history of the shells, what they were used for, and a variety of different shell crafts (that were absolutely beautiful). It's a great education experience for anyone interested in shells, and even for those who never even thought twice about them. My recommendation is to visit the museum and then head to the beach afterwards to collect a few shells. You'll be amazed by the amount of different types of shells on the beach.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, Florida 33957
+1 941 395 2233; +1

Paradise Parasailing

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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It's crazy. We went to Paradise Parasailing right on the beach. First off, I'm afraid of heights. We called ahead and booked a reservation for 11am. We got there right around 11am and waited until noon before we were allowed to go out. There were four of us (me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend's brother and his girlfriend). We were going up in doubles. The pricing was expensive ($65/person). They make you sign a waiver saying that they hold no responsibility, regardless if it was their own negligence or not (which I'm sure would hardly hold up in court, but still, it was kind of scary). The way it works is that you take a boat out to the actual boat that is running the parasail and hop onto t...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

Paradise Parasailing
1130 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida 33931
(239) 463-7272

Goumas Chocolates

Attraction | "Gouma's Chocolates"

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Mmmmmmmmm. That's all I have to say. I bought two chocolate truffles, and they were delicious, although they were on the pricey side. They were $20/pound, which made my two truffles cost $4. They have a wide variety of chocolates, including chocolates shaped like local attractions (such as alligators and palm trees), plus chocolates for the season (it was Easter when I was there). The chocolate was great, and I recommend you get yourself a small sample!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2005

Goumas Chocolates
2250 Periwinkle Way
Fort Myers, Florida 33957
(239) 472-9444