Close to the Most Beautiful Beaches
The west coast of Florida, with its white sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, has been attracting a growing number of Canadian tourists in the past few years. The Fort Myers area, located in the southern part of the state and blessed with a lush subtropical vegetation, is no exception to this trend.
Just across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers, you will find one of the places where visitors from up north are best represented in the vicinity: Pioneer Village RV Resort. This popularity should come as no surprise, since at only 25 minutes from the renowned beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, guests of this vast resort can unwind in a relaxed and friendly venue – which comprises over 500 RV sites and is home to more than 200 permanent residents. Any time of the year, fun is always there!
Two Islands Where Nature Prevails
Hands down the real stars of the area, the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are famous not only for their stunning beaches, wild and pristine, but also for the amazing variety of seashells covering their shores. This abundance is particularly striking along the 15 miles of beaches of Sanibel, a barrier island that runs east-west, unlike most coastal islands of its kind, which run north-south. As a result, currents from both the north and south drop shells by the millions, and seekers come from around the world to find the rarest specimens!
Seashells are not your cup of tea? It won’t be an issue, because Sanibel offers much more than this. While strolling around this narrow stretch of land, which only has 7,000 residents and is separated from the mainland by a 3-mile bridge, you will be able to contemplate its unique wildlife. The J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife National Refuge covers a quarter of the surface area of Sanibel, making it a true paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. Over 220 species of birds nest in this large mangrove ecosystem, which you can explore on foot, by bike or even by kayak.
Plenty of Action in Town
If the islands are well worth a visit, there is no shortage of highlights on the mainland too. Know as the “City of Palms” due to the thousands of trees that line its streets, Fort Myers has a wide range of great restaurants, along with numerous art galleries, antiques shops, and a variety of entertainment on its banks.
It’s also worth noting that the shopping options, in the heart of the city as in the suburbs, cater to all tastes – from the small stores along the beach to the giant malls near Highway 75. Here are three places that are especially popular and interesting: the huge Fleamasters Flea Market, with its 900 stores; the Ortiz Avenue Flea Market, an outdoor market with an emphasis on locally grown produce and Mexican food; and Miromar Outlets, the largest outlet mall in the area, located a few miles south of the city.
Finally, a holiday in Fort Myers would not be complete without a visit to the winter homes of two famous American inventors, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who both played a crucial role in the city’s history. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a historical museum and a 21-acre botanical garden featuring more than a thousand varieties of plants. A number of tours and activities are offered to explore this magnificent tropical site.
A Day Trip to Sarasota
For those who wish to venture a little further and discover a neighboring region, the city of Sarasota, approximately one hour from Pioneer Village RV Resort, is the perfect choice. Regarded as Florida’s cultural hub, Sarasota was greatly influenced by its most prominent citizen, circus magnate John Ringling, who built his residence there in the early 1920s. He wiled to the city what has become its chief attraction: the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which includes 21 galleries of European paintings and contemporary art, as well as a circus museum and one of the largest historical mansion in North America.
An RV Resort with a Wide Array of Activities
With so many things going on at Pioneer Village, chances are you will wish to spend quite a lot of time on site, even if it means putting off a few outings! The resort has its own Social Committee, formed to manage various activities and to make sure that guests will always find something interesting to do. Without having to worry about the planning, visitors can simply focus on their next activity!
Furthermore, the RV park features spacious campgrounds, hiking trails, and unparalleled sports and recreational facilities, such as a pool, a spa, a fitness center, two tennis courts, and multiple shuffleboard courts. Not to mention the dog park and pet stations – so no need to board anyone before visiting!
And if you plan on traveling “light”, so to speak, and leave your RV behind, Pioneer Village is the ideal place to do so, with many park models and travel trailers available at all times.
No matter the type of lodging you choose, you can rest assured that the very best of Florida is waiting for you at Pioneer Village RV Resort!
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