23 Nov 5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Southwest Florida
Out of all of the beaches nation and worldwide, there’s nowhere else quite like Southwest Florida. Other than the obvious reasons of beautiful beaches, mouthwatering seafood, and colorful sunsets, there are many unique things about the area that makes it truly stand out from all other vacation spots. Here are six reasons to be thankful for Southwest Florida.
1. The Ultimate Shelling Experience
Southwest Florida has more shell varieties than any other beach in North America and plenty of these unique shell types can’t be found anywhere else! From the “sculpted lion’s paw” to the “golden tulip,” there is no telling what rare gem you might find to take home as a souvenir. And if you don’t get enough of seashells while doing the “Sanibel Stoop,” Southwest Florida is also home to the only shell museum in the United States!
2. It’s Always Sunny in Southwest Florida
When booking a beach vacation, there’s always a question of, “What if it rains?” Here in Southwest Florida, the odds are in your favor! The city of Fort Myers has the highest average number of sunny days in Florida (that’s right – more than Key West or Miami!). Say goodbye to fickle or cloudy weather. Around here, you can soak up the sun all year long!
Photo credit to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
3. Rich Local Heritage & History
Littered with museums and historical sites, Southwest Florida’s illustrious history makes for the perfect fun and educational escape. Learn more about the Calusa, the indigenous tribe that once populated the area, at Mound Key Archeological State Park or take a visit through the winter home of some of the country’s greatest minds at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. No matter where you decide to go, you’ll never be bored by tales of the area’s interesting beginnings!
4. A Haven for Art & Culture
With our stunning and relaxing environment, it’s no wonder Southwest Florida inspires artists of all genres, from painters and sculptors to musicians and writers and more. Many famous artists have come from or still have studios here. The artistic creativity of the area has blossomed and spread across our cities to form a culturally-enriched population that has beautified the towns that accompany the naturally gorgeous beaches.
5. A Wonderland for Wildlife Conservation and Exploration
Southwest Florida has over 190 miles of canoeing and kayaking trails, numerous state parks, and tons of unique wildlife and land! From jungle creeks and hidden patches to the open ocean and sandy beaches, there’s a favorite landscape for everyone. Florida works hard to preserve and protect our local wildlife so that we can enjoy it for generations to come, so why not start exploring now?
There are unique things about every city across Southwest Florida and each and every one is worth visiting. Whether you’re a local, a seasonal resident, or just passing through, we can all be grateful for everything that this beautiful area has to offer. This Thanksgiving, be thankful for Southwest Florida!