Gina Birch, Fort Myers Local Expert

About Gina

Gina carries the rare title of "Native Floridian". Living in Southwest Florida for 22 years, she is a well known, award winning radio and TV personality. 

Besides brandishing a microphone, Gina is good with a camera and computer, publishing a restaurant guide for Lee County called FLAVOR.

Gina is a self-proclaimed Oenophile, traveling to wine regions all over the world to sip what she calls "the nectar of the Gods." When not in the vineyards she loves to explore beautiful beaches and new restaurants.

You can find more of her musings in her blog "The Birch Beat" (

Special Interests

Gina knows a lot about:

  • Wine travel
  • packing light
  • beaches

Gina's Special Recommendations for Fort Myers

Gina says, "Don't leave Fort Myers without getting a Maple Bacon Donut and a cup of fresh ground coffee at Bennett's Fresh Roast."

Keep up with Gina

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Gina's City Guides

10Best Lists by Gina Birch

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If you’re looking for fun in the sun, there is plenty to be had on the beaches surrounding Fort Myers. From the peaceful and secluded, natural habitats on Cayo Costa to the action packed shores at Lynn Hall...


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Best Restaurants

The foodie movement is a growing one in Fort Myers, and the number of high-quality restaurants in the area is increasing to match. While there are plenty of tried and true, long-standing favorites around Fort...


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Romantic Dining

A fantastic way to begin a night of romance is with a great meal. Not just mouthwatering food, but also an enticing atmosphere that ignites all of the senses. Perhaps romance to you includes historical settings or...


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There is something about Italian food that warms a person’s soul. It’s comforting, it’s full of flavor and the restaurants that serve it are usually full of life. Italian food is more than spaghetti, meatballs and...


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Outdoor Activities

The Fort Myers area is surrounded by water, wildlife and warmth, making it ideal for outdoor activities. The only question is, where to start? The beach may feel like an obvious choice and for most visitors it...


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Best Shopping

No matter what your shopping preference, the Fort Myers area has the perfect spot just for you. From one-of-a-kind artwork and novelty gifts, to iconic and world-renowned luxury brands at retail and outlet prices....