Siesta Bay is a RESORT! 2 heated swimming pools, 2 fishing lakes, tennis, shuffleboard, bocce ball and pickle ball courts besides shuffleboard and horseshoe! The streets are paved and well lit and although the sites are not huge, they are adequate and most have palm trees and grass! There are over 900 well-kept sites of either park models, old trailers that have been covered up and added onto, motor homes, a spattering of fifth wheels and a few trailers. Everyone speaks to everyone else! The park is well located – right between the two bridges to the islands of Sanibel and also Ft Myers/Estero Beach. Wide sidewalks allow for safe bike riding to and from the bridges, shopping and the wifi and McDonalds!.
As on Anna Marie Island, there is a trolley system that runs out onto Ft Myers Beach. This one costs a whopping 25c per (old) person! The first trolley heads to the very north of the island to beautiful Bowditch Park and Beach. H attempted to herd a flock of wary seagulls, which we all know, doesn’t work. Neither does herding cats! As we kicked up sand on the beach, a cruise ship headed out towards the Gulf with its load of prospective gamblers on board. The channel was just feet from the edge of the beach! Back down at the junction of the bridge and Estero Beach Rd is the extremely busy touristy area, aptly named “Times Square” with its balconies, patio restaurants and multitude of tee shirt shops. The fishing pier, complete with fishermen and an accompanying pelican, gave great views of the expansive beach full of colorful umbrellas and the millions of folks attempting to perfect their winter tans. With the deep blue sky and temps up in the mid 80’s – they had an easy task! At the other end of the island is Lover’s Key State Park. The trolley pulls right in the entrance area but we realized that we had already been to their beach – so we stayed on the trolley and enjoyed the reverse ride back down to Times Square. On another daytrip we did stop at a beach just past Lovers Key and found out it was a dog beach! Folks unleashed their four footed furry friends and let them romp and play on the beach and in the water. As we watched, 4 little Dachshunds commandeered their area and chased all the bigger dogs away. Yippy yappy little Napoleons! The key looks like it has great kayaking areas and we saw the fabulous views of the Gulf! The south end of the roadway takes you off the island and into the fancier areas of Barefoot Beach, Vanderbilt Beach and Bonita Beach. Silly H! Thought that since we were driving thru Barefoot “Beach” that we would be able to see some beach! For $8 parking - a block away – you could. Not us! But we did end up in a rather well to do area of red bricked roadways lined with Royal Palms and gracefully dotted with expansively large mansions, almost hidden behind expertly manicured trees and lawns. I felt way more comfortable back at our humble “condo”!
Since the fee for just driving over the bridge to Sanibel Island is $6 and parking is even more – we parked on the causeway beach area and watched a group of kite boarders fly across the choppy waves with their bright U shaped kites pulling them with amazing speed. That was before the cold front came thru last evening and brought the rain and cooler albeit still windy weather! Thursday morning arrived with clouds and rain – a perfect time to do laundry and our usual household chores! The morning weather and traffic reports were full of the terrible weather up north and the consequence of the small amount of rain down here - 16 traffic accidents before 9am just because it had rained and folks forgot how to drive on wet roads.
Friday is the last day of month and our last day in Siesta Bay. The road in front of us is leading east but where we’ll end up for night is up for grabs yet. LaBelle or Moore Haven? Our winter adventure is half over, but we are not at our destination yet!