Mangrove Beach Cottage is close to all the action. You can walk to the sugary beach and the Gulf of Mexico in five minutes; a stop for the trolley that runs the length of the island in even closer. What’s more, the restaurants, shops, and nightspots of Times Square are only a 15-minute walk away. At the same time, because the cottage is located on a side road, you won’t have to contend with noise and crowds. And since it is a house rather than a condo in a high-rise, you’ll enjoy peace and privacy.
A one-bedroom home, Mangrove Beach Cottage is ideal for a couple, though it can sleep up to four people—and a small dog (under 25 pounds) as well. The bedroom with en-suite features a queen-size bed as well as a 42” HDTV with cable and DVD player. And if you have additional guests, the living area’s leather couch opens into a bed for two more. After a day of swimming, paddleboarding, or parasailing in the gulf, you’ll relish sprawling out on the sofa to surf the web courtesy of the free WiFi.
Or perhaps you’d rather relax outdoors amid the salt-kissed breezes and the lush palm trees. Mangrove Beach Cottage has a private backyard furnished with a patio table, chairs, and umbrella to provide shade on sunny days (and in Florida, that’s most days!). Start your morning out here sipping coffee as seabirds swoop and soar across the sky; end your evening here as well, nursing a nightcap while tracing the constellations in the star-studded sky. And when you’re not dining at the numerous nearby restaurants, you’ll probably want to eat alfresco every chance you get.
You can cook as well as dine in the backyard, thanks to the gas grill. Should you prefer to work your culinary magic indoors, you’ll find just about everything you need in Mangrove Beach Cottage’s kitchen: stainless-steel appliances, pots and pans, gadgets, tableware. If your dream vacation means no cooking at all, you’ll still be happy to have a refrigerator to keep juice and milk cold, a microwave for heating up restaurant leftovers, and a blender for mixing milkshakes or margaritas.
Mangrove Beach Cottage’s en-suite bathroom includes a combination shower/tub, so you can wake yourself up with a bracing shower in the morning, then wind down with a long, lazy bath at night. In addition, a second bathroom featuring a shower ensures there are no lines in the morning! We’ll provide plenty of clean towels and bedding (and of course the queen-size bed will be beautifully made up prior to your arrival). All you have to think about is how you’re going to spend your days in the sun.
Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, bodysurfing, and fishing in the turquoise Gulf of Mexico will no doubt occupy much of your time. Because the cottage is so close to the beach, you can stroll back and forth anytime and as often as you want. Others may have to load up their car with a day’s worth of gear, battle traffic, and hunt for parking before they can dip their toes in the water, but not you! When you’re not in the water, you can laze on the sand, hunting for seashells and watching for dolphins and manatees in the surf.
A trolley runs the length of Fort Myers Beach, which makes it easy to explore the rest of the island—especially as there is a stop just a few blocks from the cottage. Just across from the southern tip is Lovers Key State Park, a must-visit for nature-lovers: It’s home to dolphins, manatees, turtles, bald eagles, and more, as well as estuaries for canoeing and kayaking plus trails for hiking and biking. For more-urbane pleasures, head to the Times Square area, with its outdoor dining, cool shops, live bands, street performers, and plenty of people-watching.
When you stay at Mangrove Beach Cottage, you don’t have to choose between surfing and nightclubbing, beachcombing and boutique hopping. You can enjoy them all--and much more besides. So book your stay today, and get ready for your best vacation yet!
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