Think of Southwest Florida and you probably imagine plentiful beaches, powdery sand, and laid-back lifestyles. And those are all accurate descriptors of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. But there’s so much more here — unadulterated natural spaces, varied and abundant wildlife, a commitment to eco-friendly travel opportunities, historical and cultural connections that will surprise you.

Matador is proud to bring you inspirational stories and images from this unique corner of Florida. Scroll down and see what’s in store.

This series is proudly produced in partnership with The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

The personalities of the islands - Florida vacation destinations

Cayo Costa, Boca Grande, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Lover’s Key...and the list goes on. These islands on the southwest corner of Florida are as diverse as they are beautiful, each with its own distinctive personality.

series articles

Travel guide to 8 of the best beaches in Southwest Florida

7 food and drink experiences to have on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

8 spots on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel every angler should know about

8 reasons Southwest Florida is the perfect family vacation destination

8 adventures on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel that you’ll remember forever

7 of the wildest nature spots on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

8 ways to have the perfect couples’ trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

11 perfect excuses to get outside in Southwest Florida

9 of the most romantic spots on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Beyond the beach: 6 pristine natural areas in Southwest Florida

7 incredible adventures you can have on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

9 places made for kids on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

An angler’s guide to Southwest Florida

17 gorgeous views that define The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

8 travel myths about Southwest Florida that need to be debunked

Taking your kids to Southwest Florida? Here are 13 reasons to think twice.

Southwest Florida’s beaches are as good as it gets. Here’s proof.

Southwest Florida is your gateway to pristine nature. Here’s proof.

9 experiences to have on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel before you die

8 ridiculously romantic experiences you can have on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

8 experiences you can only have on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

9 reasons you need to take your kids shelling on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

11 fishing experiences that define The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

22 images that prove Southwest Florida is one of the most photogenic places in the US

8 reasons you should be spending the holidays on the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

21 images that’ll make you wish you were on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel NOW

Life is better on the beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Here’s why.

13 things you’ll only understand if you’ve been to Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL

Green vacation guide to Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL

14 surprising facts about Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL

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