Two Major League Baseball teams have spring training in Fort Myers. The Boston Red Sox play at City of Palms Park (2201 Edison Ave., tickets from $10). The Minnesota Twins play at Hammond Stadium at the Lee County Sports Complex (14100 Six Miles Cypress Pkwy., tickets from $12).
After a decade of spring training in their hometown of St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Rays now warm up for the season in Port Charlotte—about 43 miles (an hour’s drive) from Fort Myers—at Charlotte County Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Rd., tickets from $9).
The relatively new course at Shell Point Golf Club (17401 On Par Blvd., Fort Myers, 239/433-9790, from $49) was designed by Gordon Lewis and opened in 2000; the course is a par 72 at 6,546 yards.
Another par-72 Gordon Lewis–designed course is the 6,538-yard Eagle Ridge (14589 Eagle Ridge Dr., Fort Myers, 239/768-1888, from $49); this course is considered one of the more challenging in the area and is known for its beautiful well-maintained greens.
Boating and Fishing
Almost a dozen different boats are available for rental from Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina (4765 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239/765-4371, rentals from $140 per half-day), ranging in size from a 17-foot Aquasport to a leisurely 24-foot pontoon.
Getaway Marina (18400 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239/466-3600, half-day fishing charters from $55 per person, 4-hour boat rentals from $140) provides half-day fishing charters aboard a 90-foot bus-on-the-water called The Great Getaway. For a less-crowded experience you can also book one of several boats that are available for full-day charters. Getaway also offers nighttime fishing trips, sunset tours, and boat rentals.
Beachcomber Tours (708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, 239/443-7456, sightseeing excursions from $30 per person, 4-hour private charters from $450) takes guests out on a 21-passenger catamaran for dolphin and shelling tours, as well as ecotours and sunset cruises. Kayak tours are also available.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition