ALL IN A DAY

Travel Guide to Florida - - SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -

BRADEN­TON, ANNA MARIA IS­LAND, LONGBOAT KEY

Wake up in your charm­ing beach­front cot­tage and head to Ginny’s and Jane E’s to in­dulge in their fa­mous crème brûlée French toast. Visit Pine Av­enue, the heart of Anna Maria Is­land, and paint a sand dol­lar keep­sake at the Shiny Fish Em­po­rium. Rent a bi­cy­cle from Beach Bums and tour the is­land. Visit Co­quina Beach, voted best “is­land sand” in the US by Condé Nast. En­joy a pic­ture-per­fect sun­set and watch dol­phins at play while din­ing at the Sand­bar Restau­rant.

FORT MY­ERS/SANI­BEL

Be­gin your day even be­fore sun­rise to find the best sea shells along the beach at the 1884 Sani­bel Light­house. Then find out why the USA To­day news­pa­per ranked the J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge on Sani­bel Is­land tops for birdwatching. Af­ter a chilled shrimp and fruit salad lunch at The Is­land Cow, be amazed at one of the US’s most-vis­ited his­toric homes, the Thomas Edi­son & Henry Ford Win­ter Es­tates in Fort My­ers. Won­der at the in­ven­tor’s lab­o­ra­tory and mu­seum.

NAPLES/MARCO IS­LAND

Take an early morn­ing walk along Marco Is­land’s cres­centshaped white sand beach. Search for shells and bird­watch at Tiger­tail Beach on the is­land’s north end, a top spot on the Great Florida Bird­ing & Wildlife Trail. Book a sight­see­ing cruise on board Pure Florida’s Dou­ble Sun­shine depart­ing from Tin City on the Old Naples Waterfront. En­joy a grouper sand­wich and slice of key lime pie at Pinch­ers Crab Shack next to the docks at Tin City. Ex­plore the Chil­dren’s Gar­den and the Naples Botan­i­cal Gar­den.

SARA­SOTA

Start your day with a freshly brewed cup of cof­fee and pas­tries in down­town Sara­sota be­fore head­ing to Bayfront Is­land Park for a stroll along­side Sara­sota Bay. Hop over to St. Ar­mands Cir­cle for re­tail ther­apy and lunch at al fresco din­ing spots. Then grab a pad­dle and kayak the man­grove tun­nels on Lido Beach. Re­serve your evening for a sun­set on Si­esta Beach, where the lux­u­ri­ous quartz-white sand is un­matched. Top off your day with cock­tails and din­ner in Si­esta Key Vil­lage.

OP­PO­SITE: Beach strollers on Sani­bel Is­land. TOP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Parked bikes on Anna Maria Is­land; Edi­son & Ford Win­ter Es­tates; Sight­see­ing cruise in Naples; Si­esta Beach, Sara­sota.

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