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Boat on Water

Get an Up-Close Encounter With the Critters of the Sea!

Boat on WaterIf you are looking for a great way to get out with the family and discover some amazing sea creatures, simply throw on your swimsuits and boat shoes, and head out to experience the Sea Life Encounter Excursion.

What to Expect

The Sea Life Encounter Excursion provides a hands-on adventure for family members of all ages. A boat tour will take you out to an uninhabited island where you can go scoop netting and find all kinds of amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

While you are on the boat, heading to the island just off Sanibel Island and Fort Myers shores, you can enjoy the touch tanks on deck and learn about native sea life. You can also catch a few dolphins playing at sea and get a simply amazing view of the scenery.

Once you get to the island, a marine biologist will take you on the excursion where you will use the scoop nets to discover all different kinds of sea life. You could come across a seahorse family, or perhaps make friends with a pufferfish or starfish. As you find these animals, along with shrimp, blowfish, and more, the marine biologist will teach you all about each animal’s habits, diet, and many other fascinating facts. Kiddos and adults alike will have an absolute blast learning about all of the creatures they come across during the excursion.

While there are many other ways to have fun with the family in Fort Meyers, the Sea Life Encounter Excursion will provide your family with a learning experience that allows you to get up close and personal with animals in their natural, unbothered habitat. You will have a great time that no one will ever be able to forget.

Enjoying Fort Myers

The Sea Life Encounter Excursion is just one of the many ways to enjoy Fort Myers, Florida. From fishing to shopping to beautiful weather year-round, the city is a great place to call home. Whether you are moving to Fort Myers or looking for a new place to call home, you can come home from amazing adventures to one our apartments in Fort Myers. Call us today to ask about available floor plans.

Cocktail on the Beach

Top Five Best Beach Bars to Visit in Fort Myers

Cocktail on the BeachThere’s a lot to love about living in the sunshine state, and those of us blessed to live in Fort Myers apartments know well, one of them is getting to enjoy the world-class nightlife without ever having to leave the beach. In fact, there are almost too many great spots to choose from, but when you’re in the mood for a guaranteed great time enjoying drinks and an ocean breeze simultaneously, here are our five favorite spots.

The Five Top Beach Bars in Fort Myers

  1. When you literally want to put your feet in the sand, you can’t go wrong with Pincher’s Tiki Bar at Fort Myers Beach. In addition to picnic tables right on the beach, the tiki bar offers two-for-one drinks all night.
  2. If beach bars are hallowed ground for you, don’t miss the Bloody Marys at the Mermaid Liquors and Lounge.
  3. To truly take full advantage of Fort Myers legendary nightlife, then a visit to the Lani Kai Island Resort can’t be missed. An integral part of the fun times to be had in Fort Myers, between the games and the people watching, you won’t run out of things to do or sights to see. At Lani Kai Island Resort, make a stop at the Sun Deck Restaurant, Island View Restaurant, or Sabal Palm Patio Bar & Grill for yummy drinks during happy hour!
  4. For the true, low-key local experience, and a good shot of hearing some live music as well, hit up The Cottage Beach Bar & Gulfshore Grill.
  5. When you’re in the mood to boogie down beachside, check out Junkanoo On the Beach. This hot spot for grabbing an afternoon drink and bite to eat is the perfect place for a taste of the tropics. Enjoy sipping libations whileoverlooking the Gulf of Mexico out on Junkanoo’s open air or covered seating on the beach.

When you’re in the mood to enjoy a drink without the nightlife and not have to leave home, why not enjoy a night in. Relax by one of our sparkling pools, take advantage of our grilling and picnic area or just enjoy the evening breeze from your open patio or balcony. Get in touch with us to learn more about our amenities and available floor plans.

Fresh Watermelon

How to Host the Perfect Spring Picnic

Fresh WatermelonAre you planning a spring picnic and want to make sure the event goes smoothly? Following are five ways that residents of apartments in Fort Myers can ensure their picnics are successful.

Pick a Good Spot

Location is one of the major keys to hosting a successful picnic. Choose a spot that’s relatively easy for all of your guests to access, as well as one that is neither too crowded nor too isolated. If children are to be part of the festivities, choose a park or other location that features an open area with some play equipment. Make certain that any trails or paths leading to the spot are easy to navigate if you’ve got senior citizens or very small children in your party.

Pack Two Coolers

Pack one cooler with cold drinks while reserving the other one for salads, sandwiches, meats, and other perishable foods. This prevents the perishable items from potentially getting too warm as a result of the cooler being opened frequently when people grab drinks.

Consider the Classics

There’s a reason why certain foods such as fried chicken, deli-style sandwiches, and watermelon are considered picnic classics—because they work extremely well for casual al fresco dining. They’re easy to keep cool until the time comes to dine, and they can be eaten with a minimal amount of utensils. For dessert, consider cupcakes, brownies, or other easily handheld sweet treets.

Plan an Activity

Plan an activity that everyone can enjoy before or after the meal. Activity ideas include scavenger hunts, volleyball games, swimming, board games, old-fashioned charades, croquet, badminton, or anything else that appeals to your group. If you’re picnicking near water, remember to appoint one adult to act as a general lookout and lifeguard, and remember to wait at least an hour after eating to take that first dip in the water.

Have a Backup Plan

Decide in advance where your group will go in the event that the area chosen for the picnic somehow becomes unavailable at the last minute due to rain or some other unforeseen circumstance. Having an impromptu picnic in your apartment can be great fun.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our apartments in Fort Myers!

Small Puppy in Cup

Did You Bring Fido to Yappy Hour?

Small Puppy in CupDid you grab your furry four-legged friend’s leash and head out to Bell Tower Shops to take part in Yappy Hour? This pet-friendly event sponsored by the local mall provides residents of our apartments in Fort Myers, FL with the opportunity to enjoy an evening out with their dog.

Find a Dog That Needs a New Forever Home

Yappy Hour is a great time for pet owners or anyone looking to get a pet to find a dog in need of a forever home. During this mall event, The Gulf Coast Humane Society was in attendance and had various adoptable dogs. Each of these dogs was looking for a new forever home.

Exciting Family-Friendly Activities for Kids and Furry Four-Legged Friends

Various local vendors were at Yappy Hour. The vendors set up activity stations where kids and furry four-legged friends could gather and take part in fun games. For the adults, the vendors had various information packets and product samples.

Shop and Dine at the Various Pet-Friendly Restaurants and Shops

The Bell Tower Shops make finding restaurants and shops that welcome your furry four-legged friend easy. Any shop or restaurant that accommodates pet owners and allows them to bring their dogs will have a window decal. The window decal indicates that that particular shop or restaurant is dog-friendly.

There are over 30 different establishments that are dog-friendly. Some examples include:

  • EO Burgers
  • Brookstone
  • Banana Republic
  • Bistro 41
  • Chico’s
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
  • Talbot’s
  • Williams-Sonoma

New dog-friendly shops and restaurants are being added on a regular basis. You can visit the Bell Tower Shops website or talk to mall guest services to get a full list of dog-friendly establishments.

Yappy Hour Event Details

Yappy Hour was held on April 14, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The event was held at Bell Tower Shop, which is located at 13499 S Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers, Florida.

Gulfstream Isles is the perfect place for dog owners to call home. We are located a short distance away from many pet-friendly shops and restaurants. We also have 2 dog parks that are equipped with agility equipment. Call us today to schedule a private tour of our apartments in Fort Myers.

Outdoor Garden

Don’t Miss the Art in the Gardens Exhibit!

Outdoor GardenWhen you live at Gulfstream Isles, you already have an appreciation for beauty and art. However, in Fort Myers, Florida, you have many areas of beauty and art to explore throughout the city. If you have not yet done so, a good place to start is with Art in the Gardens, an exhibit at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. When you rent our apartments in Fort Myers, you gain access to many incredible opportunities like this.

What is Art in the Gardens?

Bring the whole family to this exhibit. They’ll love it. This year marks the 9th anniversary of the Art in the Gardens exhibit. It takes place now through April 23. And, it is completely free to the public.

The theme of this year’s event will be to create bird-related outdoor sculptures. Teachers and students will work together to use interesting materials including recycled items and other unusual items to create these one-of-a-kind creations.

You may have already heard from your loved ones about this interesting event. Many area elementary schools and high schools in the area will come together to be a part of the event. And, it all takes place at the Edison Ford Museum Heritage Gardens, a fantastic place to explore.

Looking to Explore the Museum?

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a fantastic property that offers both self-guided and guided tours to those visiting. Visitors can tour over 20 acres of botanical gardens as well as nine historical buildings. This includes the Edison Ford Museum with its numerous displays of inventions and artifacts. The gardens themselves are quite stunning and well-maintained. The area is perfectly suited for a good history lesson or just some down time enjoying all that the garden has to offer you.

Live Nearby and Enjoy it all of the Time

For those who choose to live in our Fort Myers apartments, having these types of attractions nearby is a given. For those who may be looking for a new place to live, Gulfstream Isles can be the ideal home in a beautiful setting and close to numerous area attractions. To learn more about our community and available floor plans, contact our office today.

Beach and Palm Trees

What Will You Eat at Taste of the Beach?

Beach and Palm TreesGet your taste buds ready for the Annual Taste of the Beach at Fort Myers Beach! If you live in the Fort Myers apartments at Gulfstream Isles, you’ll be virtually steps away from this tantalizing event.

The 22nd Annual Taste of the Beach at Fort Myers Beach takes place this May 7, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. just down the street from Times Square on Old San Carlos Boulevard. You’ll have the opportunity to sample a range of cuisines and offerings from local restaurants located in the area. There will also be live entertainment on site while you dine.

Broaden Your Palette Just Outside Fort Myers Apartments

What better way to branch out from your usual dining and restaurant habits than to attend an event with such variety? In addition to offering numerous delicious food samples, these restaurants will also compete for prizes in areas like Best Seafood Dish, Best Chicken Dish, Best Beef Dish, Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, People’s Choice, and Best Decorated Booth.

Gates open at 11:00 a.m. on May 7, and the event will run until 4:00 p.m. or whenever food runs out. Admission to the event will be $5 for people ages 12 and up. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Food tickets at the event will be available for $1.00 each, with average food prices at the event around $5 per sample. Attendees can enjoy live music by Jo List and Friends during the event from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free Admission and Food Tickets for Volunteers

There are also volunteer opportunities in exchange for admission in the areas of setup, cleanup, ticket sales and water sales. Volunteers will receive free admission, free water and 10 complimentary food tickets. If interested in volunteering, contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce for more details at 239-454-7500.

The Annual Taste of the Beach at Fort Myers Beach is a way for residents to explore new appetites and expand their palettes, and it takes place just steps from our Fort Myers apartments at Gulfstream Isles. If you want the very best in beachside living, a wealth of appealing amenities and close access to fun beach events like Taste of the Beach, consider making Gulfstream Isles apartments in Fort Myers your new home!


Watch the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins During Spring Training!

BaseballIt’s the event that people in the Fort Myers, FL area wait for every year. Spring training is coming, and Floridians get a front row seat for two of their favorite teams!

What’s the Deal?

One of the biggest draws to the area this time of year is that two American League (AL) teams train in the Fort Myers area. The Minnesota Twins call Hammond Stadium — located in the South Fort Myers’ CenturyLink Sports Complex — home.

Meanwhile, at nearby JetBlue Park in Fort Myers’ Fenway South facility, you’ll find the training ground for the Boston Red Sox.

From the teams’ point of view, spring training is all about getting in real-time practice and assessing players for various positions. But for fans, spring training also serves as an appetizer for the main season. At both Hammond Stadium and JetBlue Park, the Sox and Twins will be playing exhibition games against other teams, most of which are open to the ticket-buying public.

Batter Up!

You’re sure to catch a great exhibition game any time you head out to either Hammond Stadium or JetBlue Park. Along with playing one another at each other’s training facilities, both the Sox and the Twins will be hosting such teams as the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Houston Oilers.

Check your schedule for the latest spring training events, slated to run through early April. Tickets start at $5.

The Good Life — On and Off the Field

Many baseball fans are drawn to Fort Myers during the spring fall in love with our way of life. Looking for a one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartment just minutes from US 41, I-75 and area schools? Gulfstream Isles apartments in Fort Myers is a family-friendly, pet-welcoming community that provides recreational opportunities such as swimming pools, barbecue grills, tennis courts, and a fitness center. Our fully-stocked clubhouse comes equipped with places to study, get online, watch TV, grab some coffee or even convene a conference!

Each of our Gulfstream Isles floor plans offers a fully-stocked kitchen, air conditioning, patio or balcony, washer-dryers and spacious closets. Call us today at 866-521-1728  to see them for yourself!

St. Patrick's Day Cookie

The St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Has Arrived!

St. Patrick's Day CookieForget overdone parades and food festivals! Instead, spend this St. Patrick’s Day celebrating at the Block Party in downtown Fort Myers for something unique. As a resident of one of the apartments in Fort Myers, FL, you won’t have to worry about cold air or snow wrecking this outdoor event. Instead, you’ll get to enjoy live Irish music, fresh food, plenty of beer and multiple vendors. When it’s all put together, it makes for a rollicking good time for you and all of your friends.

What to Expect

The party starts at just 4 P.M., so you don’t have to wait until nightfall to start the celebration. It runs until 10 P.M., so you won’t have to worry about everything shutting down before you’re ready. This makes it easy to fit in as much fun as you can handle. Go all day if you love the atmosphere, or check it out for a couple of hours to add some pop to your St. Patrick’s Day.

Bands that will be playing include Marty Stokes, Electric Mudd, Hypnoticals and others. One of the sponsors is Budweiser, so you can bet that this beer will be flowing freely as well.

Basic admission to the Block Party is free and open to all ages. However, there will be plenty of vendors with food and souvenirs, so be sure to bring your wallet! Note that children may be restricted from areas serving alcoholic drinks.

Not all of the entertainment will be on stages. Pictures of prior events show people in the streets in costume, so at least some performers will likely be out on the streets this year as well. This will help bring the energy of a party to the event as well as make it memorable!

Once you’re finally tired of partying, head on home to one of our apartments in Fort Myers. Here at Gulfstream Isles, you’ll be able to stretch tired muscles and rest your feet by swimming in one of our four pools or enjoying the other amenities. If you don’t have a home here, it’s easy to change that. Just stop by our office to see our available apartments.


Will You Be Attending the Annual Sanibel Shell Fair and Show?

ShellIf you live in the apartments in Fort Myers, you probably already have a special love of the waters that surround it. The Sanibel Shell Festival is an annual event that’s given people a very special way to celebrate the shells that grace their shores. This year marks the 80th annual Shell Show, and it is being held on March 2 and 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Find out more about it, and how you can enter for next year.

Shell Art

Shells are naturally decorative, and an excellent way to express yourself in an artistic way. People who enter into this contest may dress up their cars, create their own jewelry or arrange the shells for wall hangings that can brighten up any corner. It’s a great way to get inspiration for projects or show off your own ideas and execution when it comes to transforming random or broken shells into a masterpiece. You’ll meet fellow ocean lovers of all kinds should you attend this festival, from fisherman to stay-at-home moms. Everyone is brought together by their love of these beautiful objects, and how they can be transformed to make a real statement.

Around the World in 80 Shells

This is the theme for this year, and all contestants are asked to use only 80 shells to convey their ideas (regardless of what category they entered in.) The reception ceremony is being held on March 1 at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, and those who attend can see the first peak at what’s to come at the show. If you’re interested in entering next year, you will need to get your forms in by around mid-February of 2018. The shell fair is for everyone who wants to discover more about the art and the talent of Fort Meyers. You can expect plenty of surprises, and maybe find the perfect piece to spice up your home.

Gulfstream Isles has been helping residents in Fort Meyers apartments attend the events they love, and we can help you do it too. For more information about our floorplans, community, or amenities, give us a call today!

Tax Forms

4 Handy Tips for Tax Season!

Tax FormsTax season is right around the corner, but it does not have to be a burden to you. Here are some tips to ensure that you have peace of mind this tax season, but you also handle business.

Start Now

No matter when you read this, get up and start putting your tax records together. If you take on a little bit every day, you will not have to experience the dread and worry that comes with the early April rush. Tax professionals begin taking appointments and reservations in January. Take advantage, especially because getting a tax pro when everyone is trying to get one is like needlessly going out to buy groceries during rush hour!

Keep a Spreadsheet

Paper and pen record keeping is a thing of the past. You can save yourself a great deal of work by simply keeping track of your expenses on a spreadsheet. Although this may seem like extra work, keep in mind that you are potentially paying yourself every time you put down a new expense. It may be a deduction!

Separate Your Bank Accounts

If you have a side business, you are an independent contractor or you are a full time business person, it helps to fully separate your bank accounts. Personal and business accounts should be held under different names, and you should never mix the finances. This keeps you safe even if you are audited by the Internal Revenue Service, because you can easily prove your deductions.

Set Aside More Than You Think You Need

It is always better to have more money for the government than less money. If you set aside too much, you can consider the overflow an instant refund. If you do not have enough no matter what you do, you can extend your payment. However, you cannot extend your filing. Make sure that you get in your paperwork by the April deadline in order to stay in compliance with the law!

Reserve your luxury apartments in Fort Myers today with nothing more than a phone call. Our dedicated and experienced staff stands ready to make sure that your reservation process is easy and straightforward. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

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