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Tips for a Perfect Southwest Florida Beach Day

If you are dreaming of a perfect beach day in Southwest Florida, look no further. From golden sands to crystal-clear waters, this paradise offers a haven for beach lovers. Whether you are a local resident planning a weekend escape or a visitor eager to explore the coastline, these tips will ensure your day is nothing short of spectacular!

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Beach Essentials

Before you hit the sandy shores, remember to pack your beach bag with essentials. Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, a beach towel, chair and a good book to unwind under the Florida sun. Hydration is key, so pack plenty of water to stay refreshed throughout the day.

Here are three best-selling beachy reads for 2024 that are perfect for a relaxing day by the shore:

  1. Funny Story by Emily Henry

  2. Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

  3. This Summer Will Be Different by Carly Fortune

Choosing the Perfect Spot

With miles of coastline to explore, selecting the ideal beach spot can make or break your day. For a more secluded experience, head to Lovers Key State Park, where tranquility meets nature. Fort Myers Beach is your go-to destination if you prefer a vibrant atmosphere with beachside amenities. Visit Sanibel Beach, Naples Beach, Bonita Beach Park, or Causeway Islands for stunning views and a serene environment.

We love spending time at the beach but appreciate having a shady spot available for when we need a break from the sun. Here are some top local cabana rental spots in the Sanibel Island, Naples, and Bonita Beach areas:

Sanibel Island

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

  • Amenities: Luxury cabanas include two loungers, a table, a cooler with four water bottles, and a fruit and cookie platter. Poolside drinks and refreshments are available from onsite restaurants.

  • Cost: $100 daily.

  • Contact: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

The Moke & Cabana Club

  • Amenities: Vintage-style cabanas with retractable beach chairs, picnic table, and cooler. They offer single and double cabana packages.

  • Cost: Starts at $99 for a single cabana.

  • Contact: The Moke & Cabana Club


Naples Beach Cabana Rentals

  • Amenities: All packages include a cabana, chairs, towels, beach blanket, side table, Bluetooth speaker, cooler with ice, souvenir cups, trash bin, mini sunscreen, and lockbox. Concierge delivery, setup, and takedown are included.

  • Cost: Packages vary, with solo packages starting at $315.

  • Contact: Naples Beach Cabana Rentals

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

  • Amenities: Deluxe cabanas include luxurious seating, ceiling fans, personal speakers, reserved poolside chaises, complimentary WiFi, and daily fresh fruit and sorbet. Exclusive Plus packages are available for larger groups.

  • Cost: $150-$200 for deluxe cabanas; $350-$500 for Exclusive Plus packages.

  • Contact: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Bonita Beach

The Moke & Cabana Club

  • Amenities: Same as their Sanibel offerings, including vintage-style cabanas and convenient setup.

  • Contact: The Moke & Cabana Club

These spots offer a range of amenities and services to ensure a relaxing and luxurious beach day. Be sure to book in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure your perfect beach setup.

Water Adventures

Make the most of your beach day by embarking on water adventures. From kayaking through mangrove tunnels to paddleboarding along the coast, Southwest Florida offers a myriad of activities to suit every water enthusiast.

Local Delicacies

No beach day is complete without savoring local delicacies. Indulge in fresh seafood at beachfront restaurants or set up a picnic with delectable treats from nearby markets. Some must-visit eateries include Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Sanibel Island, The Turtle Club Restaurant in Naples, and The Fish House in Bonita Springs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste the flavors of Southwest Florida.

Sunset Spectacular

As the day winds down, prepare for a spectacular sunset show. Here are the best spots to catch a breathtaking sunset at each beach:

  • Sanibel Beach: Head to the Sanibel Lighthouse for a panoramic view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Naples Beach: The Naples Pier is a favorite spot for sunset watchers, offering an unobstructed view of the sun dipping below the horizon.

  • Bonita Beach Park: The northern end of Bonita Beach Park provides a tranquil setting to watch the sunset.

  • Causeway Islands: The Causeway Islands between Sanibel and the mainland offer stunning sunset views over the water.

Wrapping Up Your Beach Day

Before leaving, clean up your spot and dispose of any trash responsibly. Let's all do our part to preserve these beautiful beaches for future generations.

Planning a Southwest Florida beach day is an experience like no other. Soak in the sun, breathe in the salty air, and let the calming waves wash away your worries. Your perfect beach day awaits in Southwest Florida!

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