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Tourist in Your Own Backyard: Wonderful getaway choices in Southwest Florida

Oct 25, 2017 12:04PM ● Published by Mandy Carter

Sometimes you just need to get away―but then realize you can’t. Luckily we live in a popular tourist destination making for a wonderful local vacation!            

Here is a great 3-day itinerary for being a tourist in your hometown.

Friday evening

p.m.

Check into The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Head to The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill to grab a drink, listen to some live music and watch a perfect sunset over the water.

Saturday

a.m.

Start the morning with a coffee and a croissant sandwich at the cute bar or an outdoor table at Perk & Brew. This local coffee shop is a great way to start your day. Head back to the hotel to enjoy some relaxing time at the pool.

Noon

Enjoy a fun day out on the water with a BBQ Donut Boat rental. These boats are a barbecue, picnic table and a boat all in one, a unique way to have lunch while enjoying the water!

p.m.

Head to Nauti Mermaid, a casual dockside restaurant at your hotel. You will get to watch another beautiful sunset while enjoying a light meal on the water with live music in the background.

 

Sunday

a.m.

Head to Matalacha for breakfast just over the drawbridge at the Perfect Cup Roastery & Cafe. Take a stroll around all the beautiful art galleries.

noon

Photo courtesy of The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.

 

Spend the last few hours of your staycation seeing the best of nature Southwest Florida offers with an ecological dolphin/lunch cruise through Banana Bay Tour Company. During this 3-hour tour see dolphins, a variety of birds and other wildlife, have lunch on Picnic Island and see the natural mangrove creek forest. 

Mandy Carter is a local mom with a passion for family travel, a popular travel blogger including her own family blog at Acupful.com and the Digital Content & Engagement Editor for TOTI Media.

At a Glance

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Cape Coral

The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill, Cape Coral

Perk & Brew, Cape Coral

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BBQ Party Boat, Cape Coral

Perfect Cup Roastery & Café, Matlacha

Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill, Cape Coral

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Banana Bay Tour Company, Cape Coral


During this three-hour tour see dolphins, a variety of birds and other wildlife, have lunch on Picnic Island and see the natural mangrove creek forest. Photo courtesy of Banana Bay Tour Company.

 

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