This past weekend, Shrimp Festival and spring break were in full swing. Shrimp Fest is always a great time to be on our little island of Fort Myers Beach. It’s festive, fun and crazy with spring break happening at the same time. Last year we missed Shrimp Fest because I had just had surgery on my foot but we’ve attended it the 3 previous years and it never disappoints.
Shrimp Festival has been sponsored by the Lions Club since 1959 as a way to raise money for the local Lions Club charities. The event has it’s own parade, Shrimp Festival Queen and court, arts & crafts expo and food booths with pink gulf shrimp (of course). We had heard that during this time of year you can tour the shrimp boats in our fleet, so this year we took the dinghy over to Trico Shrimp Co. first to see if we could take a tour. Unfortunately, they were closed on Saturdays and we were told by friends that you have to go on Sunday or during the week leading up to the festival. Since we were already there, we decided to walk the docks and get a closer look at the shrimp boats. While walking past one boat, a very nice man stopped us and handed Corey a beautiful, large lightening whelk. He told us he was from Texas and they were getting ready to shove off in a day or two to head that way and shrimp. He said they gather a lot of these large and beautiful shells in their nets while fishing. After we thanked him for the shell, we headed back to the dinghy to cruise on over to the beach to attend Shrimp Fest.
Once on the beach, we met up with a few friends for drink at the Beached Whale. After that, we headed to the food tents so the boys could get their fill of gulf shrimp. I was the arts and crafts booths and ended up with a new collar and leash for Sophie and a blue turtle bracelet (of course!).
After checking out Shrimp Fest, we made way to the Lani Kai where spring break was in full swing. The beach is was packed and the water was lined with boats. We went up to the second floor bar to get a rum runner and do some people watching. While hanging out there we saw the tug-of-war contest, one of the many contests that the Lani Kai puts on during spring break. After the contest was over, we headed upstairs to Island View (one of our favorite dining spots) for some dinner before heading home.