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Fort Myers Beach

Florida

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Famous Fort Myers

Fort Myers Beach is a bit overwhelming. Not in a bad way, of course. It’s just that this beach is overflowing with options for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, foodies, shopaholics and anyone who can appreciate the kitschy Florida beach town aesthetic. While it’s bustling these days, around 100 years ago, this Gulf Coast escape was nothing more than an undeveloped strip of land.

Vacationers love this spot because there’s so much to explore, not only on Estero Island, the strip of land on which Fort Myers Beach is located, but on surrounding barrier islands and in nearby parks, preserves and towns.

Activities Galore

Adventurous and active types, rejoice: Fort Myers Beach is a prime spot for aquatic activities. The list seems to go on forever; boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing, parasailing and swimming are just a few beach pastimes.

Head to the Great Calusa Blueway to coast through its many miles of canoe and kayak trails, or check out the sandy arc that forms Sanibel and Captiva islands. Cayo Costa State Park boasts a wide, tranquil beachfront that acts as a natural habitat for area wildlife.

For awesome coastal views, walk to the end of the Fort Myers fishing pier, which offers a small bait shop and benches.

Dining, Shopping…and Parking

For a little more excitement, make your way to Fort Myers Beach Times Square, Estero Island’s buzzing downtown area, where visitors and locals enjoy a mix of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Parking in Fort Myers can be tough. Only early birds will have their choice of spots at county parks, and there are hourly or daily fees at most parking lots. However, you can avoid the hassle of parking and forgo the town’s notoriously bad traffic by hopping on the trolley, just $.50 per ride.

Fort Myers Beach at a Glance

City:Fort Myers Beach

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:7 miles

Access:By car, public bus or trolley

Best time to visit:Late spring, early summer

High Season:November to May

Low Season:June to October

Facilities:

  • Chairs and umbrellas, water sports equipment rental
  • Restaurants, bars, shops in walking distance
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

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