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Outdoor Meeting Venues on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

March 15, 2021
Kayaking in The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Located in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is home to more than 100 islands and natural environments like mangrove forests, calm waterways and over 50 miles of white-sand beaches. This natural beauty is easy to enjoy at meetings, thanks to open-air venues and a variety of outdoor group activities like kayaking, yoga and more. 

Benefits of Meeting Outdoors

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel enjoys pleasant weather year-round, making it an attractive location for outdoor meetings when other parts of the country grow cold. And, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many attendees may feel more comfortable meeting outdoors. 

Meeting outside in a setting like The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel can improve the attendee experience and wellness. Jill Vance, director of sales at The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, said her team has learned that natural settings can improve meeting performance by:

  • Boosting memory
  • Overcoming creative blocks
  • Increasing brain function
  • Improving mental health

“Bottom line, nature has qualities that improve the success of a conference by helping attendees with focus and clarity. When in a natural setting, one can quiet the mind from the noise of emails and looming deadlines,” Vance explained. “As a result, nature can spark new ideas, new connections and an affinity for inspiration.”

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Outdoor Venues on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Most of the destination’s hotels, venues and restaurants have outdoor spaces that are designed to accommodate a variety of groups. Here are just a few examples that planners may want to consider.

1. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village 

This popular resort is located on a full-service marina and hosts outdoor group events on their Tarpon Terrace rooftop, spacious Gazebo Lawn and Lower Promenade, which all have scenic coastal views.

Outdoor meeting space at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
Outdoor meeting space at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

2. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa 

Two airy event lawns and two multipurpose pool decks are the main outdoor event spaces at this waterfront resort. Also, just a short boat ride away, planners can organize special events on the beach of the resort’s own private island.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

3. Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa 

Located a short distance from the famed beaches of Sanibel Island, the outdoor event space here doesn’t disappoint, which includes poolside areas and a riverside beach. For a special excursion, you can take your group on a dinner cruise aboard the resort’s own Sanibel Harbour Princess Yacht.

Exterior of Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

4. The Luminary Hotel & Co.

The newest convention hotel in downtown Fort Myers, which opened in September 2020, is a part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott and comes with a host of outdoor spaces to take advantage of the area’s pleasant weather. Al fresco dining areas at the property’s signature restaurants, plus a rooftop lounge and a large pool deck, all overlook the waterfront River District of downtown Fort Myers.

The Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers
The Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers

Additionally, The Luminary provides all services for the adjacent 42,000-square-foot Caloosa Sound Convention Center—and coming this summer, an outdoor amphitheater. 

5. Beachfront Properties

A visit to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel would not be complete without a trip to the beach, and fortunately beachfront properties abound in the area, including:

While Vance noted that waterfront properties are in high demand on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the destination’s inland properties boast outdoor spaces that are also impressive.

“Our inland meeting hotels like the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, Embassy Suites Fort Myers/Estero and Holiday Inn Ft Myers Airport Town Center also have gorgeous covered patios and outdoor courtyards,” Vance added.

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Danielle LeBreck | Lead Destinations Content Strategist

Danielle started at Meetings Today in March 2019 after seven years of editorial experience in the travel and food industries. She oversees all of the destination content for Meetings Today and collaborates with the team on digital content strategy and content marketing initiatives.