The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

where to eat
To leave Fort Myers or Sanibel and not have a heaping plate of shrimp—whatever way it’s cooked—should be a sin punishable by law. Talk about mouth-watering, divine, melt-in-your-mouth sumptuousness. Some of our top recommendations for eating out are Doc Ford’s on Fort Myers Beach (—order the buffalo shrimp and the penne with rock shrimp. Besides great food, this place is ideal for kids (there’s a kid’s menu with mac & cheese, grouper fingers and the like) and its waterfront locale offers a picturesque view of the shrimp boats parked along the pier. In Sanibel, the Island Cow ( is not only an eclectic dining spot that the kids will love, but is perfect after an afternoon at the Sanibel Historical Village—it’s right around the corner. Oh, and did we say how delicious the food is? Try one of the items from the “Pick a Basket, Please” section—they’re huge. For a more sedate environment, there’s the Antebellum-style Veranda eatery ( in downtown Fort Myers. For lunch, the sandwiches are a treat, including the turkey and roast beef Veranda carpetbagger.