Staff Picks

Check out our monthly Staff Picks to discover the most exciting attractions, upcoming events, and in-the-know advice on how to make the most of your time on Estero Island.

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Explore Key West Via the Key West Express

04/02/2018

Arrive at Key West in style by taking the Key West Express. A voyage with the ferry will have you cruising through the quiet Gulf waters, heading right for the exciting and lively Key West...

With two southwest departure locations—Ft Myers Beach and Marco Island—the Key West Express is a close gateway to all that Key West offers. Once in the keys, take advantage of the charming shops, historic sites, and warm sandy beaches it’s best known for. Start off your day of exploration at the Ernest Hemingway Home, where you can get an inside look at the famous author’s getaway, and make your way down to the water to get in on the fun with water sport activities like jet skis and kayaks. The perfect end to your day? A filling meal and a relaxing ride as the Express escorts you back to your home away from home.

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A Few Places Perfect For Your Seafood Fix

03/05/2018

Looking for some mouthwatering seafood? You’ve come to the right place. With our prime proximity to Fort Myers’ pristine beaches and the Gulf of Mexico, we’re lucky enough to be just steps away from some of the best seafood eateries in town...

And whether you’re looking for a local hidden gem, a perfect upscale date night, or a laid-back dive bar, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite local dine-ins.

Charley’s Boathouse Grill: This local hotspot is stocked with steak, seafood and a salad bar fit to tackle your beach-day appetite.

Bayfront Bistro: From the waterfront view of Estero Bay to the fresh seafood and wine pairings, there’s no better place to celebrate an intimate night out with someone special.

The Beached Whale: Enjoy live music and a casual, fun atmosphere while digging into tasty tacos, sandwiches, and a raw seafood bar.

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GullWing Beach Resort Receives A Fresh New Look

02/09/2018

SunStream Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce that GullWing Beach Resort has completed a $1.4 million renovation of their suites. The newly renovated suites feature an updated modern décor that combines casual island elements with a comfortable touch...

GullWing’s contemporary enhancements include new living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, upgraded bed frames, new window coverings throughout, and modern artwork. These newly renovated suites are strategically designed to enhance the guest experience by creating a comfortable, welcoming environment, while also embracing a tropical, beachfront air.

“We are committed to enhancing our guest experience at every opportunity and recognize the importance of continuously investing in property upgrades to maintain GullWing’s image as a world-class destination. At GullWing, we are consistently recognized for our personalized service. Our newly renovated suites are strategically designed to re ect our genuine hospitality and enhance the guest experience,” says GullWing Beach Resort’s General Manager, Curt Brenner. “Our Gulf front oasis is better than ever and we invite you to see for yourself.”

Ready to experience GullWing’s newly renovated suites?  Book now or call 866-820-7146.

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Uncover the History Behind the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge

02/01/2018

On the tropical Sanibel Island, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge is a nature lover’s paradise. Famous for its many breathtaking migratory bird populations, the refuge boasts a habitat to over 245 species of birds. ..

In 1967, the refuge got its name from conservationist Jay Norwood Darling, often called “Ding,” who played a vital role in blocking the sale of the precious land to developers on Sanibel. Because of Darling’s persistence, in 1945 President Truman signed an order to create the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Today, the land is a sanctuary of over 6400 acres of mangrove forest, marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks and is one of the U.S.’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems. On your visit, stop at the Visitor & Education center to learn more about the refuge’s history and take a tour of the trails on the Wildlife Drive, to spot some of the beautiful wildlife that call this land home.

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Treat Yourself to Total Relaxation at Esterra Spa & Salon

01/01/2018

The best kind of vacation is one where you treat yourself to some much needed r&r, and there’s no better way to do that than with a stop at the Esterra Spa. Choose from restoring treatments like deep tissue massages, holistic therapies, and soothing facials, while their skilled, friendly practitioners create the perfect, peaceful environment for you to forget about the world for a little bit...

Breathe in calm, breathe out (and keep out) stress. The best kind of vacation is one where you treat yourself to some much needed r&r, and there’s no better way to do that than with a stop at the Esterra Spa. Put yourself first—you deserve it—and allow their many spa services to help rejuvenate and refresh your mind and body. Choose from restoring treatments like deep tissue massages, holistic therapies, and soothing facials, while their skilled, friendly practitioners create the perfect, peaceful environment for you to forget about the world for a little bit. Should you have any questions, their knowledgeable staff is ready and willing to help find the ideal spa treatment made for you. No matter what you come in for, you’re sure to leave in a relaxed, serene state of mind. Now that sounds like peace to us. Ready, set, …ohm.

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Enjoying Your Vacation By the Sea

12/01/2017

We don’t like to brag, but it’s hard not to when the views of the water are as stunning as ours. And should you be the type to jump right in, or hang back and relax on the sand, there’s nothing like a day spent enjoying all the water has to offer with friends and family...

We don’t like to brag, but it’s hard not to when the views of the Gulf are as stunning as ours. And should you be the type to jump right in, or hang back and relax on the sand, there’s nothing like a day spent enjoying all the water has to offer with friends and family. If you’re a thrill-seeker, tackle the waves with fun activities like parasailing or kayaking. Love the water from a distance? We’ve got you covered. Kick back with a good book and soak up the sun on land and beneath a bright umbrella. At the end of the day, you all can come together to take in the beautiful sunset and even spot some dolphins swimming in the distance. The oceans always a good call, but especially when the warm white sand and bright blue water are there for you to enjoy just the way you want.

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