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Fort Myers + Naples Hotels

$200-$299
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Bokeelia Tarpon Inn
8241 Main Street
Pine Island , Florida
Tel: 239 283 8961
Tel: 866 827 7662
www.tarponinn.com

After staying at this upscale five-bedroom B&B that caters to fishing enthusiasts, you'll hopefully get to tell a tale about the big fish you caught instead of the one that got away. On the northern tip of a barrier island, this 1914-built home has a covered porch, a Knot Room filled with old fishing gear and charts, a private pier, and the feeling of living within an old-style Florida fishing village. There's deepwater fishing for grouper, tarpon, or shark just off-shore, and you can catch redfish, snook, ladyfish, trout, snapper, and more right from the pier. Breakfast is the only meal served here, but you can take a golf cart to lunch or dinner.

$400 or more
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Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island , Florida
Tel: 239 472 3145
Tel: 800 276 4753
casa@casaybelresort.com
www.casaybelresort.com

This charming island getaway sits on a white sand beach blanketed with thousands of seashells. Each of the 114 one- and two-bedroom suites includes a living room, full kitchen, and ocean views from a private terrace or balcony. When you don't want to cook, you can get burgers, sandwiches (try the grouper), steamed shrimp, and salads at Coconuts Poolside Café & Bar or choose from a full menu at the Thistle Lodge, a copy of an 1890s Victorian home once on the property. The resort is just five miles away from J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (70 percent of Sanibel Island is taken up by nature preserves), where you can hike with a naturalist, kayak through the mangrove swamps, and watch for wildlife.

$300-$399
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Inn on Fifth
699 Fifth Avenue South
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 403 8777
fifth@naplesinn.com
www.innonfifth.com

You can't get any closer to the action than this boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district, near Naples's swanky shopping, bistros, sidewalk cafés, and art galleries. Next door, the Sugden Community Theatre hosts dramas, comedies, and musicals (701 Fifth Ave. South; 239-263-7990; www.naplesplayers.org); the beach is just six blocks away. The inn has Spanish-style arches, fountains, and balconies or private terraces off the 87 rooms and suites—10 of the downstairs rooms open onto a courtyard swimming pool. For live entertainment and Irish comfort food, dine in-house or on the patio at the inn's own McCabe's Irish Pub & Grill; the building's newest addition is a seafood restaurant, Truluck's, accessible only from the street.

$199 or less
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Ivey House Bed & Breakfast
107 Camellia Street
Everglades City , Florida
34139
Tel: 239 695 3299
info@iveyhouse.com
www.iveyhouse.com

This eco-conscious little B&B in the fishing town of Everglades City makes a great base camp for exploring Everglades National Park, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, or Big Cypress National Preserve, all less than 15 minutes' drive away. The property includes a 2-bedroom cottage and an 11-room boarding house, both built in the 1920s, and a more modern adjacent inn (2001) with larger rooms, air-conditioning, and full baths with tubs. You'll want to opt for the cottage or inn, as rooms in the boarding house have only shared bathrooms. The decor leaves much to be desired—think '70s-style tropical prints and the occasional flourish of wood paneling—but you're really here to experience the great outdoors. Owner Dave Harraden, an accomplished naturalist, makes an ideal guide. He can arrange kayak and canoe trips down Turner River or take you through the backcountry muck in search of the mythic ghost orchids. Ivey House also walks the walk, with energy conservation and recycling programs that have earned it the state's "Green Lodge" environmental designation. Guests get free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and a 20 percent discount on canoe and kayak rentals and guided day trips.

$400 or more
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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
9891 Gulf Shore Drive
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 597 3123
Tel: 800 237 6883
www.laplayaresort.com

If you'd rather dress down than up, you'll feel at home here amid a combo of Old World style (crystal chandeliers, French doors) and tropical flair (botanical prints, plush rattan furniture). Add in the amenities, and this unstuffy 189-room luxury hotel north of town is the best of all worlds: It has a white sand beach, a Balinese-inspired spa, four gorgeous swimming pools, a nearby 18-hole Robert Cupp–designed golf course with its swing-enhancing David Leadbetter Golf Academy, and one of the area's best seafood restaurants. Both romantic and playful, Baleen has a candlelit terrace as well as a formal dining room done in whimsical monkey-motif fabrics.

$200-$299
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Marco Beach Ocean Resort
480 S. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island , Florida
Tel: 239 393 1400
Tel: 800 715 8517
mborreservations@gulfbay.com
www.marcoresort.com

Can't afford the Ritz-Carlton? Consider this elegant all-suite boutique hotel on a white crescent of sand 30 minutes from Naples. Often called "the baby Ritz," it's done with marble floors, hand-painted murals, and antiques. The 83 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom accommodations have kitchens, great views, and either a balcony or terrace. Many overlook the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to poolside dining and a beachfront grill, the hotel's Sale e Pepe serves upscale Italian cuisine. Plus, Marco Beach has terrific activity programs such as guided tours of the Everglades and Corkscrew Swamp, tee times at the Golf Club at Fiddler's Creek—exclusive to resort guests and club members—and charter fishing trips.

$400 or more
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Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort
400 S. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island , Florida
Tel: 239 394 2511
Tel: 800 438 4373
www.marcoislandmarriott.com

Even adults can go back to summer camp at this 732-room monster resort that's a destination in itself. It sits on a three-and-a-half-mile white sand beach, and while its decor isn't anything to write home about, it does have six restaurants, including beachfront Quinn's, casual Tropiks, and sophisticated steak and seafood dinner spot Kurrents. There are guided WaveRunner excursions to the Ten Thousand Islands mangrove estuary, half-day Everglades adventures, manatee-watching charters, shelling cruises on a six-passenger catamaran, kayaking, and Saturday night movies at the swimming pool. A $187-million face-lift in 2007 added a 24,000-square-foot spa, poolside cabanas, and a new clubhouse for the hotel's golf course, the Rookery at Marco (which is seven miles away on the mainland).

$300-$399
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Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa
275 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers , Florida
Tel: 239 463 6181
Tel: 888 222 7465
www.pinkshell.com

Families and couples happily coexist at this resort on the white-sand northern tip of Estero Island (Fort Myers Beach). There's nothing fancy about Pink Shell, but the 180 rooms (including studios and one- and two-bedroom villas) have homey comforts such as kitchenettes or full kitchens and are a great value for the money. In 2007, 43 new luxury villas will be completed. For the kids, the lagoon-style Octopool is an underwater fantasy of sea grasses, coral reefs, seahorses, and colorful fish. Dining is casual at Bongo's, a poolside bar and grill and the seafood-centric JoJo's at the Beach.

$300-$399
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Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 598 3300
www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples/

This hotel makes it onto all the world's best-hotel lists for a few reasons: It's divine, with imported marble floors, antiques, Waterford crystal chandeliers, Oriental rugs, 19th-century European oil paintings, Frette linens, and polished service to match. Located 15 miles north of downtown Naples, the 14-story tower has 450 guest rooms with Gulf views, including 25 suites with balconies. The beachside hotel staff hands out chairs, towels, and ice water; you can rent cabanas, Hobie Cats, kayaks, paddleboats, and catamarans. There are also surfside pursuits, tennis, sports clinics, and eco-walks with the Ritz's own Ranger Randy. Golfers have to head three miles inland to Naples's second Ritz, the newer, less fussy Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, where there's a 36-hole Greg Norman–designed course (2600 Tiburón Dr.; 239-593-2000). But when it comes to spa-going, the tables are turned and it's the golf resort's guests who come here for an impressive regimen of treatments in the 50,000-square-foot spa. (The spa is open only to guests of the two Ritz-Carltons in Naples). Guests can travel between the two resorts by shuttle.

$400 or more
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Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
2600 Tiburon Drive
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 593 2000
Fax: 239 254 3300
www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples_golf_resort/

As the name implies, this Mediterranean-style resort is located next to a golf course, in this case the Tiburon Golf Club. Along with goose-down comforters and marble baths, rooms in greens, golds, and reds have "lovely private balconies." The Bella Vista Lounge overlooks the eighteenth hole, has a fire pit, and serves sushi on weekends. Kids learn about the universe during the recently introduced Eye Wonders program.

(333 rooms)

$200-$299
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Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
17260 Harbour Point Drive
Fort Myers , Florida
Tel: 239 466 4000
Tel: 800 767 7777
www.sanibel-resort.com

We'd venture to say that this is the only resort in the world that shows outdoor movies to guests who munch on popcorn while floating on inner tubes in the pool. There's no shortage of fun at this luxury resort, which overlooks Sanibel Island from the spot where the Caloosahatchee River meets the Gulf of Mexico. Not only is there a wide choice of accommodation (240 rooms and suites, 107 VIP residences, plus 38 two-bedroom, 1,400-square-foot waterfront condos with full kitchens, living rooms, and screened lanais overlooking the bay) but there are so many restaurants that you can dine in a different one almost every day for a week. There are six options, including the Palm Court Bakery for on-the-run muffins, pastries, coffee, and gelato; Tarpon House, a seafood restaurant that's family-friendly; Courtside Steakhouse; and the Banyan Room, a formal restaurant with plantation-style-library ambience.

$200-$299
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South Seas Island Resort
5400 Plantation Road
Captiva Island , Florida
33924
Tel: 866 565 5089 (toll-free)
Tel: 239 472 5111
www.southseas.com

Set on an old Key lime plantation on the northern tip of Captiva Island, this exclusive, lushly landscaped resort is far removed from the mainland strip-mall hurly-burly. A $140-million renovation in 2008 brought the 330-acre property all the way back (and then some) from the widespread damage inflicted by 2004's Hurricane Charley. The resort has 105 water-view hotel rooms (second-floor corner units 1850 and 1852 overlook the manatees and dolphins swimming through Pine Island Sound and North Point Marina) and rooms on the beach; larger, kitchen-equipped condo units and trophy homes are also available for rent. This is a one-stop-shop kind of resort, with two miles of fine, white sand beaches, two busy marinas, 19 tennis courts, a gulf-side nine-hole golf course, and a pair of cabana-rimmed lagoonlike swimming pools overlooking the sound. An arcade, water park, and children/teen activity program boost the family-friendliness quotient (more than half the guests are repeaters), while on-site cafés and stores like Starbucks and Lilly Pulitzer eliminate the retail commute. And everyone will enjoy "Don't Stop the Carnival'' on Saturday nights, a festival featuring live music, fire eaters, and local artisans. A drive-market family destination in the summer, during the winter the resort fills with snowbirds from the Northeast, Midwest, and Europe, especially Britain and Germany.

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