This under-the-radar Florida resort is a one-stop-shop for families

Florida has long been a destination for family travel and Fort Myers in particular attracts visitors due to its shell-covered beaches, well-preserved natural environment and many attractions.

When it comes to choosing a beach resort for families, there are several checkboxes. Great place; lots of kid-friendly activities; and a warm and hospitable staff tops the list. the Rose Shell Beach Resort & Marina is one of those one stop resorts that ticks all the boxes. The property is located on the beach in Fort Myers, on the southwest coast of Florida, close to the Southwest Florida International Airport.

Activities and Spa

The resort features three gulf-facing pools in addition to a 12-acre private white sand beach. There are plenty of lounge chairs and beach umbrellas to spread around the property. There are also free kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, all in a “swim/no wake up” area just offshore, which is great for kids. Fresh water and an abundance of equipment make kayaking and SUPing an easy and enjoyable experience.

The resort’s naturalist, Ranger Rob, is a big hit with families. He organizes free nature walks and shelling tours (after all, this area is considered the shellfish capital of the world) and gets top marks from the kids (and their parents). He also runs kayak tours which take place daily and are very popular with guests. It is possible to see a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, rays, turtles and even manatees. He has a vast knowledge of the area and the ecosystem and is very approachable and patient with children of all ages (and personalities). Families often book both a kayak tour and one of Rob’s nature walks during their stay.

The property also offers a variety of on-site activities, including beach volleyball, seaside campfires, movie nights at the Octopool (plus free popcorn), and arts and entertainment. ‘craft. Visitors can also book bike rentals, wave runners, dolphin tours, a sailing school, and fishing expeditions through the resort.

The resort also has a popular on-site spa, the 6,000-square-foot Aquagene Spa. Signature treatments include hot stone massages and salt scrubs. The Fijian Hair and Scalp Massage is a fan favorite, as well as the Sun Undone Vitamin C Facial. The After Sun Rescue treatment is a good option for those who have spent a little too much time in the sun; it helps soothe sunburn and sensitive skin. There is also a manicure/pedicure area and a long list of treatments targeting the hands and feet.

Food and drink

Pink Shells has several on-site restaurants, including Bongo’s Bar & Grill which offers fresh seafood dishes, tropical drinks (the pristine variety for kids), and popular sandwiches and burgers. Fan favorites include grouper, seared beef tenderloin medallions and lobster mac and cheese. There is also a variety of salads (the chicken cutlet is popular), pizzas and desserts.

Rae’s Real Italian, located on the beach, offers panoramic views of the Gulf. There are many Italian specialties, including Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Bolognese and Pappardelle. Seafood lovers also have plenty of options, including puttanesca grouper, wild prawn, Florida grouper, mahi mahi, and cedar roast salmon. The kids’ menu includes chicken fillets, penne pasta, spaghetti, and meatballs.

Jack’s Restaurant is the location for on-site breakfast (included each morning of your stay) and serves a variety of favorites in a waterfront environment. Think fresh waffles, eggs, omelettes, oatmeal, fruit, and breakfast beverages.

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