Life slows down when you’re on Fort Myers Beach. The island lifestyle washes over you and the only thing that matters is relaxing and spending time with friends and family. It truly is a beach paradise.
If you are a newcomer to Fort Myers Beach or would like to know what the best activities on Fort Myers Beach are, we have created a list of our top 5 things to do while visiting the area. Beaches, boating, sunsets, seafood, and fishing—how do you want to spend your vacation? Hopefully this list will help you plan your vacation so that you’ll take advantage of everything Southwest Florida has to offer.
Top 5 Things To Do On Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach is a shelling heaven! Thanks to the island’s geography and the gentle Gulf waves, seashells of all shapes and sizes are washed up on the beaches. They arrive daily, mostly fully intact and ready for you to take home as souvenirs. Some shells you might come across include; fighting conchs, horse conchs, corkscrew-shaped augers, calico scallops, starfish, banded tulips, sand dollars and many many more. Here is a great story from Pam of iLoveShelling.com about her shelling experience on the beach behind GullWing Beach Resort and Pointe Estero Beach Resort. All you have to do is grab a shell bag, hit the beach and keep your eyes on the sand!
#4 Get On The Water
Fort Myers Beach is an island, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Estero Bay to the east. All this water offers great opportunities for visitors to enjoy the island lifestyle and everything that goes with it. Some of the great things to do on the water include:
- Big M Casino Boat
- Rent a pontoon boat
- Dolphin Sightseeing
- Pirate Cruise
- Kayak & Jet Ski Rentals
- Sunset Cruise
#3 Do The Beach Bounce – Restaurants & Bars
Fantastic seafood, waterfront dining, open-air tiki bars, live music and famous rum runners—Fort Myers Beach is home to some great food and lively nightlife. Most of the top spots are located on the north end of the island and it’s easy to walk from one spot to the next.
Your journey could start on the eastern side of the bridge at Parrot Key and Doc Fords. Then take a nice walk over the Fort Myers Beach Bridge and continue your tour at Nervous Nellies, Smokin Oyster Brewery, Yucatan Beach Stand, the Lighthouse Tiki Bar, The Cottage, the Beached Whale and of course Cabanas Beach Bar & Grille for sunset. Have fun!
#2 Explore Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park is a cluster of four barrier islands located just south of Fort Myers Beach. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The park and beaches are consistently ranked in the top 10 for best beach in the United States. Lovers Key offers a wide range of activities including over 5 miles of bike trails, canoe and kayak rentals, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking trails, nature tours, picnic areas with grills, playground for the kids, wildlife viewing, excellent shelling and 2.5 miles of beautiful untouched beach. It’s a beach paradise that should not be missed.
#1 Beaches, Beaches, Beaches!
And the number one “must do” if you’re visiting Fort Myers Beach is of course…relax on the beach! Fort Myers beach is approximately 7 miles of soft white sand that draws over 1.8 million visitors each year. Currently there are 25 public access points on the Gulf side of Estero Boulevard, many offering metered parking. Fort Myers Beach also offers several waterfront parks including Bowditch Pointe Park, Lynn Hall Beach Park, Crescent Beach Family Park and Newton Park. The west/southwest facing beach sets the stage for a nightly performance as the setting sun dips into the Gulf of Mexico. Each night visitors and locals alike flock to the beach to watch the famous sunsets. Wouldn’t you like to experience a magical beach day here?
Click here for a list of other great activities you can do on and around Fort Myers Beach.
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See you under the sun!
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