Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Fort Myers Beach Vacation Guide

Fort Myers Beach Vacation Guide


The main attraction at Fort Myers Beach is, of course, the beach. Here you can parasail, jetski, rent a canoe or kayak or just take the sun in. At the Tours Information Center near the pier, you can book many different activities, from a Segway tour to a kayak adventure. Check out the Getaway Marina for a fishing expedition or rent bikes to get around the island while avoiding the traffic! If you’ve had too much sun, you can catch a movie and lunch or dinner at the Beach Theatre. 

Map of Fort Myers Attractions & Tours


 Fort Myers Beach is located on Estero Island, which runs along the Gulf of Mexico southwest of Fort Myers and north of Naples. Visitors fly into Southwest Florida International Airport. The island is southwest of the airport.


Fort Myers Beach is the perfect spot for a beach-lover’s vacation. Here you will enjoy the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico for family-friendly swimming and water activities, soft sandy beaches, and lots of sunshine. The beach runs all along the island, from Bowditch Point Regional Park at the north end to Lover’s Key State Park at the south end.


While you won’t find a major mall or department store on the island, you will find a variety of shopping choices for your souvenir purchases, beach gear, men’s and women’s apparel and more. At the southern end of the island, you’ll want to stop in at the Book Nook, where new and used books are sold and you can exchange your used books for store credit toward your purchases. Nearby Sanibel Island is a boutique shopper’s paradise, and you’ll want to stop at the Sanibel Outlets on the way.


Fort Myers Beach offers a variety of dining options, from fast food to ethnic specialties to fine dining. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating — one good choice for a casual, moderately priced lunch or dinner is the Beached Whale, where you can dine rooftop with a beautiful view of the island and the gulf or enjoy live entertainment on the first floor. Another is the Beach Pierside Grill, which offers outdoor seating right at the beach and live entertainment. A personal favorite for breakfast is the Gulfshore Grill, which is also located on the beach and offers a panoramic gulf view. For an upscale meal with a nice view, try the Bayfront Bistro.


Those looking for lots of activity will want to stay at the north portion of the island just over the bridge (also known as Times Square), where you’ll find shopping, dining, beach activities and nightlife all within walking distance of the hotels and resorts. Those looking for a more relaxing vacation will want to stay south of the Times Square area.

Fort Myers Beach Hotels Map


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