Fort Myers and Sanibel is generally a very safe destination, although, as with anywhere, you should exercise the usual precautions – don’t have money on show and always make sure your valuables are secure back at your accommodation.
Alligators love hanging out in the grassy areas near the water of canals, lakes and lagoons, so don’t let anyone – kids especially – approach the edge unless under guided and safe supervision.
Even in wildlife refuges, it’s never a good idea to approach or feed any of the animals.
Sharks have been known to enjoy a swim in Florida’s warm waters – if there’s a sighting the beach will be closed, so never ignore this. A general rule of thumb is not to go in the water between 5pm and 9am between May and September.
Florida is the lightening strike capital of the US and thunderstorms are common. Keep away from the beach and the water during storms and find something to do indoors.