Fort Myers Beach: A perfect piece of paradise
With 7 miles of white sand spanning Estero Island and dozens of public beach accesses, there’s room for everyone to find their perfect piece of paradise on Fort Myers Beach.
On the north side of the island is the walkable and laid-back Times Square. The area is lined with palm trees, colorful sidewalks, unique boutiques and casual-fare eateries. Every Friday and Saturday, Times Square holds a sunset celebration. The area comes alive during the celebration – no matter what time of year it is. The celebration has live music, delicious food, street performers and street artists.
If you want to get away from the crowd and find some seclusion on Fort Myers Beach, you can head south where it gets more residential and much quieter.
Fort Myers Beach is full of outstanding restaurants for all tastes and budgets. The area is famous for its fresh Gulf seafood. There’s no shortage of late-night spots, many of which have live music nightly.
The weather is idyllic year-round. Whether you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to relax Gulf side, go on an outdoor adventure, immerse yourself in the small-town island culture, or just find the best happy hour on the beach you’ve come to the right place.
‘Must Do’s’ on Fort Myers Beach
Watch the sunset. If you’ve never seen the sunset on the Gulf, prepare to be awe-struck. There’s good reason that sunsets have inspired writers and romantics for centuries, they’re timelessly beautiful and never exactly the same. Mother Nature is arguably the finest artist. Watching the sunset allows you to be present and appreciate the moment.
Wander. There are enough shops on Fort Myers Beach to fill an afternoon or a full day with an abundance of eclectic items that you can only find on the island.
Visit one of the many casual bars/restaurants, order yourself a frozen cocktail and some delicious local seafood. Then, you can finish up your day with some live music at any number of establishments. You can check out the beach’s live music schedule in the Fort Myers Beach Bulletin.
Go fishing. Fort Myers Beach offers inshore and offshore fishing. Anglers can choose to fish from the shoreline, bridges and piers, or to go on a fishing charter. Inshore fishing supplies year-round opportunities to catch snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper and other species. Offshore fishing is a great way to find shark, grouper, bonito, barracuda, permit, black fin tuna, cobia, and Spanish and king mackerel.
The area is considered a fisherman’s paradise for a reason. Southwest Florida has some of the best grouper grounds in the state.
Sport-fishing for tarpon has been a longtime favorite among visitors and residents alike and brings anglers from all over the world to Fort Myers Beach. One of the largest tarpon migrations in the world takes place annually off the shores of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. Some tarpon reside here year-round, but the best time to catch them is during their migration season which is April-June.
Be adventurous and try some watersports. Enthralling activities for all ages are available on Fort Myers Beach from a myriad of outfitters. Take a joy ride on a personal watercraft or take a personal watercraft dolphin tour to combine adventure and nature.
If you want to include the entire family, go on a banana boat ride. The banana boats typically fit up to six people, and yes, they do look like bananas. The banana boat is pulled behind a personal watercraft through waves and has been compared to the thrill of white water rafting.
See the island from above while parasailing. Get an aerial view of Fort Myers Beach while soaring above the Gulf. Parasailing is surprisingly tranquil, and the views are unbeatable. It’s an experience that will surely be a highlight of your vacation.
Go on an eco-tour. Learn about the area’s ecology and marine life on a guided boat tour. The tours will take you to islands that are only accessible by boat. You’ll certainly see dolphins and possibly even an elusive manatee.
Travel back in time. Visit the Mound House and see how one of the oldest cultures, the Calusa Indians, lived on Estero Island. Go underground to view the 2,000-year-old shell mound that the Calusa Indians built their homes on, that the museum is currently built on. Visit moundhouse.org for ticket prices and hours of operation for the historic home and museum at 451 Connecticut Street, Fort Myers Beach.
Or consider a kayak tour and paddle the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail that the Calusa Indians once fished.