Before beaches blanketed themselves with sand, they had to use actual blankets, which were stolen by sand-covered swimmers not wanting to dirty their flip-flops. Watch sand in the medium for which it was intended with today's Groupon: for $10 you get a four-day entry pass to Sand Bash from March 31-April 3 outside the Holiday Inn of Fort Myers Beach (a $20 value).
Sand Bash showcases the shaggy sculptures of eighteen master sand sculptors from across the globe competing for sun-drenched glory. Enjoy good eats and drinks while surveying towering sand sculptures ranging from traditional castles to entire fiefdoms erupting from the flat surrounding beach. Sculptors, working in teams of two, will dig, dust, pat, and smooth sandy creations throughout the festival, with a final judging on Sunday afternoon by a celebrity panel. While not making scale replicas of the entire Andromeda galaxy, sculptors can participate in Friday and Saturday night "Quick Sand" competitions, in which beach covering works of art are whipped up in a mere 10 minutes.
In addition to the sculpture contest, a jam-packed schedule allows beach-roamers to learn from the pros during free demonstrations and lessons, peruse local arts and crafts selections, and participate in kid-friendly activities such as waterslides, bounce houses, and recitations of the Declaration of Independence in Latin. Sand sculpture supporters can bop to the tune of reggae and rock music, as well as other live bands, throughout the four-day sand fiesta.
Fort Myers Beach
6890 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida 33931Get Directions