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It only took two weeks on the picturesque shores of Tahiti and Moorea to send Craig Stewart into a tailspin. He and wife Evelyn fell in love with the South Pacific’s crystalline waters and beachy breezes, so much so that the prospect of remaining in their native Oklahoma turned gloomy. Six years after the Stewarts’ Pacific vacation, they stumbled upon Sanibel Island. With a love for the waters still coursing through their veins, they uprooted and moved there, making it home base for Adventures in Paradise. In 1986, they started out with one boat—Miss Paradise—and one tour, the sunset dolphin cruise. Today, the Stewart family maintains a much larger operation. Their tour topics range from fishing and shelling to dolphin watching to historical sightseeing on a trolley.

14341 Port Comfort Rd.
Fort Myers,
FL
US

Marina Mike's Boat Club helps get people out on the water with a variety of vessels. Motorized pontoons steer out onto the bay, with a Bimini shade to keep passengers cool and optional fishing equipment so they can cast lines out into the water to catch fresh fish or old boots. Kayaks and other paddle-powered watercraft are also available for those who aim to take a quieter jaunt into the surrounding waterways.

18650 San Carlos Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach,
FL
US

Situated in the midst of a wildlife-rich preserve on the Lee County coast, Kayak Excursions, based at Bunche Beach, doles out an arsenal of paddleboards and kayaks for fishing, sightseeing, or motorized water-skimming. Guides lead sightseers out on three-hour tours that pass by lush mangrove forests, salt flats, sandy beaches, and sirens holding band practice in secluded coves. The densely populated waters of southwest Florida open their cache of sea candies to wide-eyed fishermen, who can paddle out to cast lines for snapper, cobia, and sea trout with or without a professional guide. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available by the half-day, full-day, or week.

17950 John Morris Road
Fort Myers,
FL
US