If a beautiful beach vacation in Southwest Florida is on your mind, then no doubt you’ve been considering the Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Islands. In this post, we share our experience at the Sandpiper Gulf Resort Fort Myers Beach.
That moment when you open the door to your hotel room can make or break your vacation. At Sandpiper Gulf Resort, I walked inside and saw the blue water outside the back window, and I just knew this was the start of an excellent vacation.
Getting to Fort Myers Beach Florida
Fort Myers Beach Through Southwest Florida Airport
From Toronto, it was a short 3-hour flight into Southwest Florida International Airport. You will have plenty of opportunities to fly direct or through connecting flights.
Drive to Fort Myers Beach
You can drive to Florida and connect to I-10 and 1-95 from the I-75 for the best Southwest Florida route.
Read more: Things to do in Fort Myers Beach Florida.
The Sandpiper Hotel Fort Myers Beach
Situated on 515 feet of white sand beaches on Fort Myers Beach, the Sandpiper Gulf Resort is a smaller resort with a total of 63 suites.
This resort can be considered a no-frills hotel with two small pools, plenty of beach chairs, watersport rentals and a few communal BBQs. However, what it may lack in resort amenities, the hotel features in its rooms and its laid back vibe.
The Sandpiper Hotel Oceanview Suite
Sandpiper Hotel Suite Bedroom
The door to my suite opened to the bedroom. Here there was a king-size bed, lots of closet and wardrobe space and a flat-screen TV. Within the bedroom was the bathroom, which included a sink and a separate room for the toilet and bathtub.
There were plenty of free toiletry products at the Sandpiper Gulf Resort, which included these citrusy smelling bath products by Tarocco.
Suite Livingroom and Kitchen
Separated by a sliding door, the living room had a couch and coffee table. There was a second TV in the living room as well. The living room opened to a full kitchen with granite countertops, a full-size refrigerator, a stove, microwave and a table with chairs.
The kitchen included plenty of plates, cups and cookware, and on the table was a little hotel gift which included two complimentary bottles of water and a handy beach bag.
Sandpiper Gulf Resort Beach
My room was located in the second building, overlooking the adult pool with an incredible view of the beach. The beach is vast, and there are plenty of comfortable chairs and loungers available, all with umbrellas.
These beach chairs are not uncomfortable plastic chairs either. There is a bit of seaweed accumulated on the beach, but not to worry, it did not get in the way of a comfortable swim in the warm ocean water.
Each morning I made my way out to the beach for a walk to this fantastic view. There was little traffic on this end of the beach, and it felt like I had the whole beach to myself. See more reviews on the Sandpiper Gulf Resort.
Read about the Sandpiper’s sister property, the Pink Shell Resort.
Planning a trip to Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel? Here are some more great posts with things to do in the area:
Read more: Things to do on Sanibel Island Florida
Travel assistance provided by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Visitor & Convention Bureau, and the Sandpiper Gulf Resort, on a media hosted press trip, however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.