New Year's Eve on Sanibel and Captiva is a special time! Whether you're watching fireworks on the beach or enjoying a party at one of the many island venues, you'll never forget ringing in the new year in paradise. Here are a few of our favorite new years activities to explore:
CAPTIVA AND SANIBEL ISLANDS
•New Year's Eve Party Food and drink specials, toast at midnight and live music by the Rex Bongo Blues Band. 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover. George and Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille, 2499 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. 395-1263 or sanibelseafoodgrille.com
•Traditions on the Beach Party Festivities include a five-course dinner, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, a balloon drop, a Champagne toast and live music from piano man Joe McCormick. Formal attire. 7 p.m. $175. Traditions on the Beach, 3111 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island. Reservations required. 472-4559 or traditionsonthebeach.com
•South Fork Grille Gala A four-course gourmet dinner, live music by Generation Gap, party hats and noisemakers and a toast at midnight. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $75. South Forke Grille, 23161 Village Shops Way at Coconut Point Mall, Estero. Reservations required. 992-5040 or southforkgrille.com
•Bar Louie Entertainment, Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and breakfast buffet. 9 p.m. to midnight. $50. Bar Louie, 10035 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. barlouie.com 432- 0389.
•Downtown Countdown The huge annual party features live bands on five stages (including Hypnoticals, Vinyl Countdown, Marty Stokes, Smack Daddy, KROC & The Link, B103, 99.3 ESPN, and Sunny 106.), family-friendly with junior balloon drop at 9 p.m. and fireworks on the river and ball drop at midnight. 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. Downtown Fort Myers. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com or facebook.com/RiverDistrictAlliance
•New Years Eve Dinner Cruise Aboard the Capt. JP Celebrate the New Year during a 3 ½ hour cruise on the Caloosahatchee River. The cruise leaves at 9 p.m. and includes a buffet dinner, music for dancing, party favors, a Champagne toast and cash bars. $70 plus taxes. JP/JC Cruises, 1300 Hendry St., downtown Fort Myers. 334-7474 or jccruises.com
•New Year’s Eve Party with Harry Cassano and Boomerang 8 p.m.-Jan. 1, midnight The Hut at the Peace Tropical Gardens, 5150 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers.
•New Year’s Eve at Groove Street Grille Admission includes hats, noisemakers and a Champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m. $10. Groove Street Grille, 8595 College Parkway #300, Fort Myers.
•New Year’s Eve at Laugh In Comedy Cafe Scott White and Rico Sita perform. 7:30 p.m.show is $15; 10 p.m. show is $20 and includes hats, noisemakers, Champagne toast and admission to Groove Street. Laugh-In Comedy Club, 8595 College Parkway, Unit 300, Fort Myers. Reservations: 479-5233 for ticket sales
•The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon Hats, horns and music. Drink specials. DJ Ivy will provide music in the 25,000-square-foot saloon. $5. D 8 p.m. 2158 Colonial Blvd.; theranchfortmyers.com; 985-9839.
•Rooftop views Hotel Indigo will celebrate with live music in the lobby and the rooftop lounge, with a view of downtown and the fireworks show. Champagne toast at midnight and raffle giveaways. Hotel Indigo, 1520 Broadway, Fort Myers. 337-3446 hotelfortmyers.com
•Ter-Tini’s NYE Bash Hello 2016 Say goodbye to 2015 & hello to 2016 with dinner, live band, comedians, DJ, and a champagne toast followed by a continental breakfast. Dinner seating at 8 and 9:30 p.m. $50; for $40 add all-you-can drink. Ter-Tini’s, 7050 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers. Reservations:344-6147.
•Vinyl Countdown 9 p.m. Patio de Leon, Fort Myers.
FORT MYERS BEACH
•Adult Pirate Cruise Hop aboard the Pieces of Eight pirate ship, with Champagne and a view of the Fort Myers Beach fireworks. 10:30 p.m. $40. Salty Sam's, 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. 765-7272. Floridapriatecruise.com
•Birthday Party and New Year's Eve Celebration The New Year's bash goes hand-in-hand with the town's annual birthday celebration. The birthday party takes place from 1-3 p.m. and includes live music and free brownies and cupcakes. The New Year's Eve party starts at 7 p.m.with more live bands, a ball drop and fireworks launched from the pier. Trolleys run to and from Estero Island, transporting party goers to off-island parking lots. Parking is free. Times Square, 1021 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 765-4222
•New Years Eve Gala Cruise Dancing under the stars with DJ Entertainment as you cruise the waters surrounding Sanibel Island, San Carlos Bay, Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Open bar, party favors, noise makers, party hats and more. 9 p.m. $75. Reservations required. Fort Myers Princess, 645 Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. www.fortmyersprincess.net 765-8500
•New Years Eve Family Party Kids will enjoy pirates, face painting, food, entertainment and more, along with a special balloon drop. 5 to 7 p.m. Bootleggers Waterfront Barbecue, 2200 Main St., Fort Myers Beach. Reservations required. 463-3043.
•New Year's Eve at Bootleggers Adults can stay after the kids leave the family party and enjoy the fireworks with a Surf and Turf Special that includes Champagne. Live music by Toucan Do playing from classic rock to Jimmy Buffet. 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. Bootleggers Waterfront Barbecue, 2200 Main St., Fort Myers Beach. Reservations required.463-3043.
•Sight Sea-r cruises Ring in the New Year and enjoy fireworks aboard a 51-foot Catamaran with a Champagne toast at midnight! Great views of the Fort Myers Beach fireworks show as well as some of the surrounding towns. $40. Salty Sam's, 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. 765-7272 Sightseaflorida.com
•Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Four-course dinner, party favors, Champagne toast and entertainment by The Michael Rosa Duo. $125 per couple. 7 p.m. Salty Sam's, 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. Reservations required. myparrotkey.com; 463-3275.