Have you been craving a relaxing getaway? Ditch the notoriously expensive airline tickets and week-long vacations and explore the beauty of the stay-cation. We put together a list of local spots that will give you every excuse to treat yo’ self and your family without having to leave Southwest Florida–because let’s be honest; we live in paradise after all.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort
This beautiful resort is surrounded by mangroves and spectacular ocean views; making it the perfect destination for a family day trip or a weekend of unwinding. Spend the day on the water renting kayaks from Tarpon Point Marina to explore over 400 miles of waterways, or rent one of their unique Donut Boats to enjoy a barbecue picnic on the water! If you want a more relaxing mini vacay, or just want to wind down after a day on the water, grab a bite from Marker 92 and take in the ocean views.
The Everglades Wonder Gardens
This 80-year-old roadside attraction was created to nurture the beauty of the property and rehabilitate the animals that inhabit it. Take in sights of flowers and greenery and learn about the Garden’s rescued reptiles and birds. Stroll through the site’s preserved buildings turned art gallery to enjoy the incredible work of artist, John Brady while the kids admire the wildlife. Then, head over to Twisted Tangle Cafe for some down home barbecue and a cozy atmosphere.
Only have one day? Pine Island has a unique character and is chock full of family daycation activities. Rent a paddle board from Gulf Coast Kayak and explore the mangrove forests of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve while getting a full body workout. Not looking to break a sweat on your staycation? We don’t blame you, in that case, take your family on a stroll through Pine Island Botanicals. Learn about sustainably grown produce while taking in the marvelous greenery. Top off your day with a visit to Tropical Point Park. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite meal and enjoy it at one of the park’s many picnic tables lining the water.
Spend the day in the heart of Old Naples, wandering from store to store to discover timeless knick knacks. Stop by Naples Winery for a free wine tasting adventure. Take your taste buds for a ride with unique flavors such as Key Lime wine and tomato wine. If wacky wine isn’t your thing you can take in views of Naples from the water. Aboard Naples Sightseeing Cruise, you are sure to see a dolphin or two while learning the history of Naples Bay and Gordon Pass Waterway. Afterward, head to Riverwalk Restaurant for a waterside view and delicious cocktails.
South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort is sure to make your staycation dreams come true. Enjoy the beauty of Captiva Island with a day of dolphin-watching or relaxing on the beach. Then, be sure to stop by Harbourside Bar & Grill for locally caught seafood and fishing village inspired ambiance. For on-water entertainment, take a ride on Captiva Cruises Shelling cruise to Cayo Costa State Park to discover shells galore. Complete your day with a spectacular sunset at Sunset Beach Bar.