After the most intense red tide outbreak in nearly half a century along Southwest Florida’s coastlines, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has been in the clear for the past two months.
Red tide, which appears unpredictably on a nearly annual basis, is caused by a naturally occurring algae bloom that discolors the waters and causes wildlife to perish. In 2018, the unusually strong bloom lingered far longer than normal. Fort Myers and its barrier islands are eager to welcome guests back now that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has determined the region’s coastlines are currently free of red tide.
“Last year’s bloom prevented visitors from enjoying our beautiful beaches and took a major toll on our tourism industry,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “I hope we never see what we experienced again. Our local hotels, restaurants and attractions are excited to welcome new and returning visitors during one of the best times of year to visit.”
Beckoning guests with a wealth of outdoor activities, natural adventures and fun educational tours, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel provides a detox from amusement parks and crowded beaches. With over 10,000 acres of dedicated nature preserves, many travelers enjoy boating and cruising to islands, like the remote Cayo Costa, which boasts unspoiled stretches of white sand and a completely undeveloped coastline.
Safe beaches and family-friendly resorts are plentiful on Estero Island, the 7-mile stretch of coastline that defines Fort Myers Beach. Hotels that suit any style of vacation are easy to find on nearby Sanibel and Captiva islands, where small inns provide an intimate experience and grand waterfront properties cater to outdoor enthusiasts.
About The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau represents The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel which also includes Captiva Island, downtown Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande and Outer islands, North Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. Visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com
SOURCE The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel