Fort Myers Beach
By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 16, 2015
Fort Myers Beach is one of North America’s most alluring beach-side destinations, located on Florida's south-western Gulf coast. This small and vibrant beach town on Estero Island is home to a fabulous beach culture that rivals any getaway along Florida's coastline.
Fort Myers Beach's population of just over 6,000 people blossoms over the winter and spring months, as thousands of sun-seekers migrate to the city’s sunny shores. Fort Myers Beach is just a short drive from Fort Myers, and is a convenient location for beachgoers who want to also visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
Things To Do
Fort Myers Beach is a haven for outdoor activities, such as parasailing and kayaking, not to mention natural parks like Lynn Hall Memorial Park in Fort Myers Beach, Cayo Costa State Park to the north of Captiva Island, and Lovers Key State Park at the south end of Fort Myers Beach.
Fishing and boating charters are great fun if you like to fish, or want an enjoyable day on the water watching dolphins and visiting nearby islands. Beautiful Captiva and Sanibel Islands are close by, and easily accessible by car or boat, giving you more options for eco-adventures, with the ability to find your own private stretch of sand, especially as you move northward.
Fort Myers Beach stretches for more than four miles, and because it has no drop-offs or heavy waves, it is considered one of Southwest Florida’s most family-friendly beach spots.
Famous for its beautiful beach and tropical water, Fort Myers Beach features several different beach access points, which lead to both more developed and more secluded areas of the island’s beach. Umbrellas and equipment rental is found near the main resorts. However, venturing to the more private areas of the beach is advantageous if you are seeking a more relaxing time. And the surf is relatively light, so swimming is safe along the entire beach.
The beach is well maintained, and thanks to the famous sugar-like sand that encompasses the beach, sandcastle-building becomes an art form for many people here.
Beachgoers are also just a stone’s throw from the delectable restaurants and cafés which line the shores of Fort Myers Beach, making it apparent why the city was ranked in the top 10 of Fodor’s and USA Today’s winter destinations list. And part of the city, namely Lovers Key State Park, was also voted Florida’s most romantic beach.
Fort Myers Beach is located just 20 minutes from the Southwest Florida Regional Airport, the area’s busiest and most important gateway. Visitors can take Highway 865 from the Fort Myers Metropolitan Area to travel directly to Fort Myers Beach and the island of Estero.
Driving around Fort Myers Beach is convenient, with biking on the beach and area trails, including local parks, a popular way of exploring Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island.
Fort Myers Beach has short, warm winters, and hot summers that are exceptionally pleasant, with rainy months stretching from about June to September.
Even though the winter months draw the largest crowds, this period is still the best time to visit Fort Myers Beach with warm and sunny skies. The Spring and Fall are also very pleasant, with Summer being the off season when accommodations are less expensive.