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  • SUN SPLASH FAMILY WATERPARK :




    Cape Coral's warm weather is a perfect companion for one of its most popular attractions, the SunSplash Family Waterpark.400 Santa Barbara blvd
    Price: 14.95$ adultes/12.95$ kids.
    After 3 PM reduction price 8.95$ http://www.sunsplashwaterpark.com/'




  • RENT A BOAT:



    Rent a boat and discover the nearby islands. Enjoy a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico and watch the antics of dolphins on this trip. Sit back, relax and watch dolphins frolicking in the water.Discover the beautiful Gulf Coast's Sandy Beaches for Shelling, Sightseeing, Fishing or Superb Restaurants by Water!
    For boat rentals you only must be 21 years of age and have a valid drivers license.
    No permit needed.



  • ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE :



    S.E 23rd Terrace Featuring 365 acres of unspoiled wetlands and mangrove swamps on the Caloosahatchee River, this preserve also features a 4,500 foot walking nature trail, a visitor's center, a quiet picnic area, and pristine canoe and kayak waterways. The Kayak Shack Outpost at Eco Preserve is open to the public on weekends from October through May. The last rental departs at 2:00pm, so make plans to arrive early if you want to spend some serious time exploring the park.Located 1 mile from the villa.



  • FORT MYERS BEACH :



    "Have fun in the sun" could very well be the motto of Fort Myers Beach. The wide sparkling beaches are alive with activity and numerous watersports are available. Whether it is jetskiing, parasailing or just plain golfing, Fort Myers Beach has the ingredients for a long-remembered vacation.Fort Myers Beach is a Gulf coast getaway. The Town Square near the pier is a popular attraction.





  • EDISON - FORD HOME:


    In 1885, Thomas Edison first visited Florida. He purchased property along the Caloosahatchee River and built a vacation home, it is one of the greatest historic treasures within Lee County. Edison´s good friend Henry Ford followed close behind and purchased the neighboring property in 1915. Thomas Edison made his winter home in Fort Myers and invited his close friends. Today, you can visit the Edison/Ford Estates and see their homes. http://www.efwefla.org/'





  • SANIBEL and CAPTIVA:

    The islands are famous for their beautiful beaches and the incredible variety of shells on their shores.Sanibel and Captiva are nature havens where the pace of life is a slower. You will find no fast food chains or high rise buildings on the Islands. Just a unique tropical relaxed feel with miles of unspoilt beaches and beautiful restaurants to choose from.
    Order Free Visitors Guide:
    http://www.sunnydayguide.com/sanibel_captiva/sc_free_guide.php '
    http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/guide/'
    http://www.southwestfloridatravelguide.com/travel-guide'



  • LOVER'S KEY STATE PARK:

    Lover's Key is a small group of mangrove islands located between Ft. Myers Beach and Bonita Beach. Inland backwaters full of fish, birds, and marine life, separate the islands from each other. There is abundant wildlife, which includes manatees, dolphins, various herons and roseate spoonbills, ospreys, bald eagles, raccoons, rays, and a large variety of shellfish. There is a snack bar in the Park and bicycle, canoe, and kayak rentals are available. If you go on a weekday it is easy to find a quiet beach to enjoy. The entrance fee to the Park is $5 per car with up to 8 people. I like it because there is so much nature here and it’s not hard to find a quiet spot during the week.



  • J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge:


    Located on Sanibel Island, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,000-acre mangrove estuary, which is home to southwest Florida’s wildlife, including over 200 species of birds, alligators, raccoons and more. Here you can take a 5-mile drive through the refuge (by car, bike or foot). There are also a number of walking trails, as well as canoe trails.. http://www.fws.gov/dingdarling/'


  • EVERGLADES DAY SAFARI :


    An educated guide leads adventurers on an Everglades Day Safari Eco-Tour starting as early as 7:45 a.m. daily from Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach and Naples. This all-day adventure includes a riverboat ride into the mangrove estuaries, a nature walk in a Cypress swamp and a complete lunch with native appetizers. Also, enjoy an airboat ride into the sawgrass prairie and a search for birds, alligators, snakes and butterflies. $99.95, adults; $89.95, seniors 60 years and older; $79.95, children. Reservations requested. 472-1559 or (800) 472-3069. http://www.ecosafari.com/'



  • NAPLES:



    Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida -- nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is known for world class shopping, dining and abundant, challenging golf courses. It is also, only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers and recreationists. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities.



  • KEY WEST:




    Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States, is a tropical blend of beautiful waters, exotic foliage, wonderful restaurants and history-enriched attractions and activities. Visitors immediately enjoy the Caribbean feel of this island nation called the Conch Republic.Take the ferry to Key West. http://www.seakeywestexpress.com/'




  • MIAMI:


    Miami is one of the nation’s most wellrounded metropolitan destinations due to its arts scene, shopping, family attractions, and hotspot Miami Beach.
    Vibrant and charged with the energy of Caribbean rhythms, Miami means big-city sophistication and seductive beaches to those who plug into its unique brand of electric charge. A railroad into the old Indian trading post started Miami down its path as Florida’s most dynamic city and a few works of modern engineering made Miami Beach a sudden hotspot of the 1920s.




  • FISHING:



    The pristine waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva Islands provide excellent opportunities for fishermen of all skill levels…from the novice to the World Record seeker. Whether offshore, inshore, back bay, pier, beach or wade fishing, fish can be found here year round.A new voyage awaits anyone daring to go Deep Sea Fishing. It is a favorite among Anglers and this vacation destination will have many opportunities available to charter a deep sea boat for a day and reel in a big one.




  • SHOPPING:



    -Edison Mall:15 min away http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=129'

    -Gulf Coast Town Center:20min away http://www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com/shop/gulf.nsf/index'

    -Miromar Outlets: 25 min away http://www.miromaroutlets.com/'

    -Tanger Outlet: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/fortmyers'

    -Coastland Center Mall:55min away: http://www.coastlandcenter.com/html/index20.asp'

    -Coconut point Mall: 35 away: http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1202'

    -Port Charlotte Mall: 1h away: http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=134'

    -Sawgrass Mills Mall: 2h away: Florida's largest retail & entertainment center,more than 350 name-brand stores and outlets.A must for bargain hunters and professional shoppers. http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1262'


  • RESTAURANTS:



    The Waterfront :Awesome food. Located at the southern tip of Pine Island , a local favorite and sought out by savvy travelers who have heard of its delicious food and casual atmosphere.
    Can be reached by boat as well as by car http://waterfrontrestaurant.com/'

    Rumrunners in Cape Harbour:Casual waterfront dining at it best.Lovely waterfront outdoor dining area.
    Can be reached by boat as well as by car http://www.capeharbourdining.com/'

    Joe's Crab Shack:Joe’s Crab Shack serves a varied menu that includes seafood, salads, burgers and sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pastas and a wide assortment of beverages in a carefree, beach and waterside atmosphere.It's a great place for the whole family http://www.joescrabshack.com/'

    Pinchers Crab Shack:Serving fresh seafood in a casual, Floridian atmosphere, the restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood including grouper, oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams and crab.Great view of the Caloosahatchee River. Can be reached by car and by boat. http://www.pincherscrabshack.com/index.html'

    Ruby Tuesday:Ruby Tuesday specializes in “simple, fresh, American dining.” A huge salad bar greets visitors as they enter the restaurant and the menu features more than a dozen burger options, expanding beyond beef to include turkey, chicken, crab and vegetarian versions. http://www.rubytuesday.com/'

    TGI Fridays:The Jack Daniels sauce is the main featured sauce,and is tasty on everything; chicken, ribs, burgers, and steak. They also have a health conscious menu, for those trying to eat healthily. TGI Fridays is an excellent American restaurant which we'll return to time and time again. http://www.fridays.com/index.htm '

    Daves Famous BBQ:Famous for ribs and chopped pord sandwich. http://www.famousdaves.com/'

    Olive Garden:Authentic Italian cuisine.Olive Garden´s chefs learn the secrets of great foods in Italy, they create authentic Italian foods that you´ll enjoy sharing with your family and friends. http://www.olivegarden.com/ '

    Cheddars casual café: Neighborhood-style restaurant serve steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, salads and desserts http://www.cheddars.com/ '



  • TENNIS :
    Cape Coral Yacht & Racquet Club (public) 5819 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral 239-574-0808

  • GOLF COURSES :
    -Cape Coral Executive Golf Club (Public, executive) 1006 SE 4th Pl., Cape Coral 239-574-4454
    -The Golf Club (Semi-private) 4003 Palm Tree Blvd., Cape Coral 239-542-3191 1-800-648-1475
    -Coral Oaks Golf Course (Public) 1800 NW 28th Ave., Cape Coral 239-283-4100
    -El Rio Golf Club (Public, executive) 1801 Skyline Dr., North Fort Myers 239-995-2204
    -Lochmoor Country Club (Semi-private) 3911 Orange Grove Blvd.,North Fort Myers 239-995-0501
    -Palmetto Pine Country Club (Private) 1940 SW 9th Ct., Cape Coral 239-574-2141
    -Royal Tee Country Club (Semi-private) 11460 Royal Tee Cr. NW, Cape Coral 239-283-5522


  • RENT A HARLEY DAVIDSON :
    The nearest shop where you can rent a Harley Davidson is in Fort Myers. http://www.rentcycles.com/'



  • LOCAL BEACHES:


    1. Turner Beach, Captiva:Sanibel Captiva Road to Blind Pass. It's just over the bridge to Captiva, on the left. Parking is 75 cents an hour, outstanding shelling.
    2. Bowmans Beach, Sanibel:Right on Periwinkle Way to Tarpon Bay Road. Turn right, head north to Sanibel Captiva Road. From this road, turn left to Bowman Beach Road. A popular spot with great shelling. Picnic Tables, bathrooms, bike racks.
    3. Tarpon Bay Road Beach, Sanibel:Right on Periwinkle Way, Left on TarponBay Road. Plenty of Parking, bathrooms. Good shelling.
    4. Algiers Beach, Sanibel :Right on Periwinkle Way, left on to Casa Ybel Road to West Gulf Road. Turn left on Algiers Lane. Great place to picnic, Boardwalks to the Beach. Bathrooms, Paid parking.
    5. Lighthouse Park Beach, Sanibel:Left on Periwinkle Way and go all the way to the end. Look for beach signs. Good Shelling, narrow beach, paid parking area, view of the Gulf, bathrooms, wheelchair accessible nature trail, small fishing pier
    6. Sanibel Causeway Beaches, Sanibel :Either side of the causeway. Fishing's good, bathrooms, free parking, good area to see dolphins.
    7. Bunche Beach, Between Sanibel & Fort Myers Beach :Take Summerlin Road toward Sanibel, turn left on John Morris Road at the Circle K and follow to the end. No bathrooms, free parking.
    8. Bowditch Point Regional Park, Fort Myers :Take Matanzas Pass Bridge onto the Beach. Turn right at foot of Bridge, follow Estero Blvd. to the end. Wide Beach, 17 acre park, bathrooms, showers, changing rooms, picnic tables, grills, hiking paths, handicap accessible boardwalk, free admission. Par in Times Square and walk or take a trolley for 25 cents from Main Street Park and ride lot.
    9. Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Fort Myers Beach:Turn right at foot of Matanzas Pass Bridge. Left off North Estero Blvd., 24 hour big parking lot (25 cents 20 minutes), playground, fishing pier, picnic huts, shops and restaurants, bathrooms.
    13. Marco Island Beaches - Tigertail & South Marco Beach/Tigertail - US 41 south to SR 951. Head to Marco Island. Follow 951 into town , follow the signs and turn right on to Tigertail Court, then a left on Hernando Drive. The beach is at the end. Great beach, $3.00 parking, bathrooms, snack bar, playground, volleyball.

    Distances from Villa The Rivièra to:

    -Captiva : 31ml-50km-1:02h
    -Clearwater Beach : 147ml-237km-2:30h
    -Estero, Miromar Outlets: 27ml-43km-0:34h
    -Fort Myers Beach : 14ml-23km-0:23h
    -Fort Myers, SW Intl Airport : 19ml-31km-0:34h
    -Fort Lauderdale : 145ml-235km-2:30h
    -Jacksonville : 335ml-539km-5:20h
    -Key West : 307ml-494km-5:25h
    -Miami International Airport : 159ml-256km-2:30h
    -Naples : 48ml-77km-0:58h
    -Orlando Intl Airport : 177ml-285km-3:20h
    -Palm Beach : 136ml-219km-2:40h
    -Sanibel Island : 22ml-35km-0:40h
    -St. Augustine : 280ml-451km-5:00h
    -St. Petersburg : 125ml-201km-2:05h
    -Sarasota : 91ml-146km-2:05h
    -Tampa : 141ml-227km-2:15h



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