Beyond the ‘Burg: One of the most beautiful places in the world is in Florida, according to US News & World Report

We love the Sunshine City, but there are so many wildly beautiful places to explore in this sprawling state. If you’re ever looking for a dose of inspiration, I encourage you to follow Florida State Parks on Instagram for stunning photos of FL’s natural beauty.

Recently, US News and World Report created a list of the most beautiful places around the world, and two islands off the coast of Florida made the cut. Am I surprised Bok Tower Gardens didn’t get mentioned? A little, but the inclusion of these islands has given me drive to get out and explore this weekend.

Welcome to Sanibel and Captiva

Sanibel and Captiva Islands caught the site’s attention.

“The Sanibel and Captiva islands boast 15 miles of beautiful white sand beaches and zero stoplights, making this destination truly feel like an oasis. Plus, with 50 different types of fish that call these local waters home, this area is no doubt a snorkeler’s paradise.”

Sanibel features the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The 5,200 acre refuge was established in 1976 to protect one of the country’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems.

Enter The Bubble Room 

Captiva is frequently held in conversation with its neighbor, Sanibel. The island is home the restaurant where its Christmas year-round, I’m talking about The Bubble Room Restaurant.

The funky food and drink hub was founded in 1979. When you visit, make sure to grab a slice of the White Christmas Cake, and be sure to admire the array of old school toys decorating the space. Make sure to shop at the Emporium too, in case you’re in the market for a new ornament or dessert pattered socks.

Just a quick trip from Ft. Myers 

Both islands offer unrivaled shell beach experiences, boating excursions, and quiet spots to unwind. Sanibel and Captiva are connected by a small bridge, and located along the Gulf of Mexico, just a short drive from Fort Myers.

 

 

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.