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By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 30, 2019
Sunset in Fort Myers
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Florida beach lover? While many have journeyed to popular Sunshine State enclaves like Palm Beach and the Florida Keys, on the Southwest side of the state two lesser-known jewels await: Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, a nearby barrier island.

In a recent sponsored article posted on Smithsonian.com titled "Why the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Is a Photographer's Paradise," photographer Britt Maxwell, who has lived in the Fort Myers area for more than a decade, says the marvelous vistas never get old: "There's just so much diversity to be found. Every location's a little different, but still a little bit the same, and all easily accessible."

The sunsets, in particular, are viewfinder's gold. "Nothing can really put a damper on your evening watching the sunset—even getting caught in the rain just feels good—and for a few hours you have no worries," Maxwell says. "I try to share those moments in my photography, to give people a little peace and an escape in their lives."

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These hidden gems of the Lee Island Coast are no strangers to us. Whether you're after boutique hopping or catching shade under the mangroves of Lovers Key State Park, there's something to delight every man, woman, and iPhone.

So go ahead and mobilize the photography enthusiasts in your life — those salty ocean waves cresting into the streaky orange sunset aren't going to capture themselves.