There is nothing more romantic than spending a day on the water off the coast of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island with the one you love. Follow our guide to planning the perfect Valentine’s Day lunch on the water experience and you will win points for planning the perfect gift.
Use Air-Tight Containers for Lunch
If you are planning a surprise picnic, make sure you pack your lunch in air-tight containers to keep your lunch safe from the elements you may encounter during your boat trip.
Trade Glassware for Plasticware
If you are renting a boat for your excursion, rental boat operators will likely ask you to avoid using glassware to prevent accidents on your boat. Bring plastic cups or plastic champagne flutes so your lunch plans don’t miss a beat.
Bring a Good Cooler
Making sure your food and beverages is critical to a successful lunch on the water. Choose a cooler that can keep ice intact for several hours.
Bring Along No-Heat Portable Dishes
You likely won’t have the means to heat up dishes on your boating lunch. Here are some no-heat portable dish options to consider:
- Chicken salad
- Pasta salad
- German potato salad
- Cold sesame noodles
- Fruit skewers
Fresh iced tea and some chocolates help complement a romantic meal on the water.
Bring Some Champagne
This is a Valentine’s Day lunch on the water after all, so don’t forget the champagne or a nice bottle of wine. Make sure you pop the bottles before you leave or make sure you bring a corkscrew with you so you are not left high and dry in the water with no way to open your bottles.
The sea breeze can make it chilly on the water, especially when the boat is moving. Bring some blankets for you and your loved one and a nice blanket to act as your tablecloth for your picnic lunch.
Plan a Valentine’s Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Are you looking to plan a Valentine’s Day sunset cruise? Port Sanibel Marina’s charter partner, Adventures in Paradise, is offering a Valentine’s Sunset Dolphin Cruise 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The 90-minute cruise features a relaxing boat ride through the waters surrounding Sanibel Island. The price is $29 per passenger and includes complimentary soft drinks, bottled water and cupcakes. You can also bring your own alcoholic beverages. There is nothing more romantic than watching dolphins jump out of the water as the sun set on a cruise.
Book a Seashell Eco Tour
Did you know you can book a leisure eco-tour to explore islands off the coast of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island that are only accessible by boat? Take advantage of some shelling and make your partner swoon when she spots a heart made out of seashells along the shoreline just for you.
Rent a Kayak or a Canoe
After lunch, rent a kayak or a canoe and traverse one of the most beautiful mangrove ecosystems in the world up close with your partner in a two-person canoe or kayak.
Follow our kayak and canoe guide so you look like a watersports pro and impress your significant other.
Book Your Sanibel Island Valentine’s Day Visit
Make your Valentine’s Day plans now to enjoy your weekend with your loved one. Rent a fully furnished condominium at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals or Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.
Sundial guests that stray two nights get a third night for free and a free half-day boat rental from Port Sanibel Marina.
Rent a Boat for Your Valentine’s Day Lunch on the Water
Celebrate your vacation in style on Sanibel Island by renting a boat today at Port Sanibel Marina. Call us at (239) 437-1660 to book your boat activity needs today!