Beaches here deserve the highest praise; they really are that good. The sand is gloriously soft and the sea is bright aquamarine, comfortably warm and clear enough to see your feet in. The beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel really are the stuff of which dreams are made Ė mile and miles of mostly undisturbed soft, sandy coastline enveloped in a subtropical climate with the warm Gulf waters gently lapping at the shore. Bowmanís Beach on Sanibel Island is thickly wooded and pristine with no resorts or homes nearby, so is a very private and romantic spot in which to sit for an al fresco picnic and watch the sunset, while over on Captiva Island, Blind Pass is brilliant for kids, with crystal clear waters for snorkeling and a happy, family vibe. And, of course, thereís the regionís famous shell haul: hundreds and hundreds of different shapes, sizes and colours, they glint beautifully under the hot Florida sun casting a magical, shining glow as far as the eye can see. But best to leave there here for the next lucky travellers to admire.