Part of a series of spectacular beaches along the southwest coast of Florida. It has seven miles of white sand, warm and tranquil waters, palm trees and casual Florida ambience. If this is not enough, there are Sanibel Island and Captiva to the north and Lovers Key to the south with equally spectacular waterfronts.
It is considered a comparatively safe as a the result of a gentle slope into the sea, little wave action and the absence of undertows and currents. Family-friendly, it is a great place for kids. There are a lot of shells, which make for great sea-shelling, but one may also consider water shoes.
Like many on the west coast of Florida, it is located on a barrier island. San Carlos Blvd is the main access from the mainland.
Many public access points can be identified by the blue and white signs that indicate access. Parking is limited at many of these points, but some of the most secluded spots can be found at these access points.
There are a couple of parks on the north end. Bowditch Point Regional Park offers access to both the Gulf and bayside (Intracoastal). It has picnic tables, grills, restrooms, hiking trails, and of course, beaches. Lynn Hall Memorial Park is another excellent park with covered picnic areas, restrooms, a playground for kids, a fishing pier, good parking, nearby shops and restaurants.
Jet skiing, kayaks and parasailing are available. Cabanas, chairs and umbrella are also available in selected locations. Various tours and excursions are available including boat rentals, dinner cruises, Everglades tours, fishing and eco/nature tours.
The central point for many activities at Fort Myers Beach is "Times Square" - the small downtown area. It has restaurants and shops, booths for arranging excursions and rentals, outdoor dining and occasionally, street performers.
For more information about the general Fort Myers area, see our Fort Myers page.