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Yes! I've heard the Bellaserra mentioned on here. Have you been to Naples or AMI before? I've now got Fort Myers in the mix too! I'm thinking that this is becoming another holiday for next year!
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Yes! I've heard the Bellaserra mentioned on here. Have you been to Naples or AMI before? I've now got Fort Myers in the mix too! I'm thinking that this is becoming another holiday for next year!
We have done the following for the last 9 years, Anna Maria Island usually for a week-10 days (always use annamaria/ to book a home, cant fault them) and then we do Naples for 5-7 nights the Bellasera is our favourite, I cannot fault it!

We dont always do Orlando but we do always go to Anna Maria, its like home for us ❤️ And Naples is just lovely too, but significantly more expensive than Orlando
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Anna Maria Island is my happy place .. hoping to head back again this year if we can find good priced flights x
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I know that this is subjective, but any opinions or insights would be great.
Either:
6 nights Pink Shell resort (Fort Myers)
Pros: walking distance of chain restaurants for DS1, on beach, huge pool.
Cons: maybe not as scenic as Anna Maria, not sure what else is within an hours drive.

Rental condo on Anna Maria Island:
Pros: scenic, easy to walk around, less commercialised, lovely beaches, nearby shopping.
Cons: might be too niche to find DS food. He likes Five Guys, Bahama Breeze, Perkins and Millers, smaller pools in rentals.
What would you do? Are there any aspects i overlooked that make one more suitable than another?

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Originally Posted by HermioneFuzzle View Post
I know that this is subjective, but any opinions or insights would be great.
Either:
6 nights Pink Shell resort (Fort Myers)
Pros: walking distance of chain restaurants for DS1, on beach, huge pool.
Cons: maybe not as scenic as Anna Maria, not sure what else is within an hours drive.

Rental condo on Anna Maria Island:
Pros: scenic, easy to walk around, less commercialised, lovely beaches, nearby shopping.
Cons: might be too niche to find DS food. He likes Five Guys, Bahama Breeze, Perkins and Millers, smaller pools in rentals.
What would you do? Are there any aspects i overlooked that make one more suitable than another?
So very difficult as they are 2 very different resorts. Ive not been to Fort Myers but I researched it to death when we were booked to go to Cape Coral. Cancelled it in the end as we found and fell in love with AMI.
In my opinion AMI would win hands down, purely for the fact it is far more relaxing, no chain restaurants and has such a chilled vibe I never want to leave.
I promise you youll find plenty of restaurants that will cater for your DS, have a look online as theyll all have their menus on there.
It really is down to what you think will suit your family best. If you want a break from the madness of Orlando then I dont think you can go wrong with AMI.
Have a wonderful time whatever you decide.
Oh and my 2 are like fish in water and never found the pool size to be an issue
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The Pink Shell Hotel on Ft Myers beach is lovely. Its in a great location and loads to do within walking distance.
We owned a villa in Cape Coral (20 mins from Ft. Myers) until earlier this year and a friend asked us if we would visit the hotel and take some photos last year as they had booked this hotel later in the year. We happily did and the valet guys and the hotel staff were lovely, showing us around the hotel and answering questions. Our friends had a brill time!
Ft Myers beach is a great spot as its laid back, you can indulge in various water sports, and there are loads of other beaches nearby (Bowditch beach, Lovers Key, Bonita beach) and has both chain and independent restaurants and bars. As well as beach life stuff, there are the huge Malls, shopping outlets (Miromar Outlet, Sanibel Outlets), as well as historical buildings in downtown Ft Myers and 30 mins from Naples and all their attractions (zoo, etc). Its also minutes from the gorgeous Sanibel and Captiva Islands where you can hire bikes and explore beautiful tropical island (no high rises allowed).
We have stayed on AMI too and its also lovely but for location and choice of things to do - my vote is further south, just my opinion. Wherever you choice its a win win.
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Thank you both. That is invaluable information. Ive been to Clearwater as a child, but as a family weve been to Miami Beach, which the kids loved, but hated the hotel and the pool as it was tiny. Id overlooked that aspect, thinking theyd be happy with the beach, but in reality they wanted the pool too. Food was hit and miss for them, we had some lovely meals in some chain and independent restaurants, and some terrible ones in some very expensive parts of town. Im just worried that were going to end up driving every night to that only place my son will eat!
Im going to have a good look at AMI restaurants- its somewhere Ive always wanted to visit- and weigh up the best all-rounder.
All of your input has really helped. Thank you!
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Another thought- if you are in Cape Coral area, do you fly from Tampa? Were returning from Tampa at 6pm, and wondering whether to break the drive up by staying somewhere en route for 1 night. Is the drive manageable in 1 day before a long flight?
I prefer to be in 1 place and not break it up with lots of stop overs as it unsettles my son. But, if the return flight plus drive to the airport is too long-winded, I may factor a final night in nearer to Tampa.
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