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."

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Gina's City Guides

10Best Lists by Gina Birch

10Best List

Restaurants near JetBlue Park

In 2010 the Boston Red Sox moved their Spring Training home from the quant, old City of Palms Park in the well populated downtown Fort Myers, to JetBlue Park. The new facility has more space and better dining...


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Bicycle Shops

One of the best ways to explore the Fort Myers area is on a bicycle. There are numerous trails, nature preserves and the many beaches. If you travel with a bike and find yourself in need of repairs, there are a...


Featured Article

Count on Cru for Outstanding Cuisine in Fort Myers

While some locals think of Cru as a place to see and be seen, those who appreciate good food, wine and service have also found a home here. Cru has many personalities: a casual outdoor bar, a trendy indoor bar and...


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Budget Hotels

Sometimes a posh hotel offering lots of amenities is just what the doctor ordered for a getaway. But most often, travelers spend more time exploring where they are than hanging out in their hotel. If that is you,...


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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...