Fort Myers Beach Travel Guide

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Fort Myers Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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    AnnS says…

     Beautiful beach, abundant wildlife, great accommodation, friendly people, good restaurants, perfect weather. 

  • Con
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    hnwbeachbum says…

     not much nightlife, tends to be a lot of seaweed toward the shore 

  • In a nutshell
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    fisherbray says…

     Go in the fall before the snowbirds arrive. 

Fort Myers Beach Things to Do

  • Times Square

    Most of Fort Myers Beach is laid back, with quiet beaches, small cottages, motels, and come condos. However, the intersection of San Carlos Boulevard and Estero Boulevard is so busy, with its nightlife, shopping, and entertainment, that it has come to be known as Times Square. This is the heart of the town and the busiest area for tourists. Fort...

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  • The Beach

    Not the prettiest beaches in Florida, but will full fill the basic beach bum needs. A nice pier in the busiest part of the beach. More of a younger crowd, if that is your thing. So have fun, look at the hotties and use plenty of sun screen.

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  • The Sunsets

    There is a splendid sunset almost every evening on Fort Myers Beach. People come out onto the beach just to watch it. You can say "a sunset is a sunset" but that's really not the case. Depending on cloud formation and weather conditions, some are more spectacular than others... but they are all very beautiful.

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  • Ft. Myers Beach Air Show

    The Fort Myers Beach Air Show takes place in May every year. We always get to see the planes coming over the beach at the quiet end of the island, on their way to and from SW Florida International Airport, but last year we decided to go to the centre of the action. We took the Island Trolley to the Lani Kai Hotel where the event was based. We...

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  • Fort Myers Beach version of Times Square

    Most of Fort Myers Beach is laid back, with quiet beaches, small cottages, motels, and come condos. However, the intersection of San Carlos Boulevard and Estero Boulevard is so busy, with its nightlife, shopping, and entertainment, that it has come to be known as Times Square. This is the heart of the town and the busiest area for tourists. Fort...

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  • Visit Dog Beach

    If you're traveler with a dog, check out Dog Beach, just south of Estero Island on Lovers Key next to the state park where you can take your dog to the beach, let them run off leash and swim to their heart's content with other beach bum dogs.

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Fort Myers Beach Hotels

Fort Myers Beach Restaurants

  • Snug Harbor

    Well we just got back from this place and I can tell you that we should have went to the place next to it. So we gave Snug Harbor a shot...The lady at the front counter acted and looked like her life was about to end and why are we wanting to eat there? The food started out average and soon became like a trip to Red Lobster. I was not expecting...

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  • Smokin' Oyster Brewery (SOB)

    Smokin' Oyster Brewery, or SOB for short, is about three blocks off the beach, so perhaps not quite as touristy as some of the places overlooking the water. We arrived on a Thursday evening about 9:30 or 9:45, just before the kitchen closed, and we left the restaurant and bar at about 11pm on the dot, and I think they locked the doors behind us on...

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  • Pleasant Waterside Dining

    We have a meal at The Bridge every time we visit Fort Myers Beach and always enjoy it. You can sit outside and enjoy views of Back Bay while you dine and if you're lucky, you'll see some dolphins.Although it is clearly visible from the bridge, it can be a bit tricky to get to because of a right-turn restriction but it's easy once you know how.The...

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  • Big Game has no game

    The place was only about half full. We were seated to our table, and waited and waited.I have very short patience for poor service, So after about 10 minutes we moved tothe bar. We got our drinks and menues fairly quick. We asked our bartender if we could order food and she said sure, and turned and walked away making drinks and washed afew...

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  • GREAT VIEWS OF THE BEACH

    After a lovely walk on the beach, our friend suggested to Hans and I, to have something to drink at the LANI KAI'S GLIDER LOUNGE. What a great idea that was. You go to the very top of the Lani Kai Island Resort and go out to the balcony where they have a long row of glider tables, where you can have a bite to eat or as we did, just have a drink and...

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  • FRESH FLORIDA SEAFOOD & MUCH MORE

    I will highlight some of the restaurants in FORT MYERS BEACH. Restaurants in the area offer diversified cuisine. Many highlight Florida's freshest, finest seafood "straight from the docks" - jumbo shrimp, sweet scallops, crabs and great grouper.The Beached Whale(239) 463-5505Charley Brown's Steakhouse6225 Estero Blvd.(239) 463-6660Fish House...

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Fort Myers Beach Nightlife

  • Sunsets

    Here's a few more sunset photos, we made it to several sunsets and I tried to get a little artsy with the shots to add some subject. After the sun goes down everone claps and starts off on the nights adventure, be it shopping, drinking, eating, fishing or watching the entertainers in Time Square. This place really gets going at night, around time...

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  • Neat bar

    Cool laidback bar just off the beach on Estero Blvd. No food, booze only. Clean lots oflocal color. Realy neat t-shirt! very casual. whatever.

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  • beach bar

    the yucatan bar and grill is a typical south florida beach bar. this indoor/outdoor bar is located a couple of blocks from the beach in downtown fort myers beach. a fun place to eat and drink downtown. casual.

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Fort Myers Beach Transportation

  • Boating

    The Key West Express is a Catamaran to Key West. It is the Best way to get to Key West! The tickets are resonable and it is definately cheaper and faster than driving there. I went last month with my mother and my friend and we had a BLAST. Everyone was very nice and the crew were very accommodating. The boat exeeded my expectations.... very clean...

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  • Ferry to Key West

    The Key West Ferry, more formally known as the Key West Express, is the ferry from Fort Myers Beach to the old harbor at Key West. The Ferry costs about $146 round trip for adults, and only $81 for children. The boat departs Fort Myers Beach at 8:30 am, once per day, with schedules varying based on the seasons. The return trip from Key west departs...

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  • Key West Express Fort Myers Beach to Key...

    The Key West Express is a Catamaran to Key West. It is the Best way to get to Key West! The tickets are resonable and it is definately cheaper and faster than driving there. I went last month with my mother and my friend and we had a BLAST. Everyone was very nice and the crew were very accommodating. The boat exeeded my expectations.... very clean...

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Fort Myers Beach Shopping

  • Miromar Outlets

    Miromar Outlets is a nice experience for leisurely shopping. It's set out like a Mediterranean-style village with cafes, seats and fountains amongst the shops. There are over 100 shops, selling well-known brands at factory prices. Open Monday to Friday: 10:00am - 9:00 pm; Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

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  • MARKET & RESTAURANT

    Our friend Dana took us to BEACH SEAFOOD MARKET to get some jumbo shrimp for an appetizer before dinner. What a neat place. On one side (right) is the Market where all sorts of fresh fish and seafood is displayed. On the other is the restarant part where you can pick out your own fish and have it cooked for you. Behind the glass wall at the...

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  • Edison Mall

    Edison Mall is 14 miles north of Fort Myers Beach, towards the city of Fort Myers, but it's well worth the trip. It's the largest shopping mall in SW Florida, housing 4 department stores and 160 smaller shops, and you will find anything you need there. It's like an Aladdin's cave for a British tourist and I always come back with bag-loads of...

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Fort Myers Beach Local Customs

  • The Beach

    Now we love to hunt for sea shells no matter where we go, but the Gulf always provide a good booty. the best island is Sanibel by far, then Captiva and Fort Myers Beach is not far behind. So bring your water shoes and look carefully along the waterline and you're bound to find some jems of your own. Happy hunting!

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  • The Shrimping Industry

    Estero Island, home of Fort Myers Beach, has always had a fishing industry. 2,000 years ago, Calusa Indians constructed shell mounds from the oysters they harvested the bay. Around the 1600s, Cuban fishermen established a fishing village called a rancho on Estero Island, with similar fishing ranchos at other locations in Florida. By 1914 the island...

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  • Sea Shell!!

    Now we love to hunt for sea shells no matter where we go, but the Gulf always provide a good booty. the best island is Sanibel by far, then Captiva and Fort Myers Beach is not far behind. So bring your water shoes and look carefully along the waterline and you're bound to find some jems of your own. Happy hunting!

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Fort Myers Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Sea Critters

    The ocean at Fort Myers Beach is very safe and very clean but you do need to be aware of possible dangers under foot. Stingrays are not always easy to see as they can bury themselves in the sand on the seabed. They don't take kindly to being stepped on and will sting if they are. The stings are not dangerous but are very painful. Also, there can...

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  • The beach

    Lived in Tampa/Clearwater area and absolutely loved it....Thought all of Florida Gulf coast would be as nice. Then I moved to Ft. Misery, what a disappointment. The beach waters are murkey due to the close proximity of the Coloosahachee River. And for some god forsaken reason the town leaders think they should not clean the beach of all the seaweed...

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  • Fun in the Sun Rentals Fort Myers - be...

    We have some serious problems with Fun in the Sun Rentals. After done a pre-payment of >8000 USD, we try to contact Erik by email, phone an fax - but now answer from him. I tried to cancel our reservation - no answer. The house we booked is no longer in Eriks portfolio......We still fight for money!

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Fort Myers Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Cleveand Browns Fans Unite!

    Dockside Sports Pub is THE place to be if you need to catch your Cleveland Browns in a more public atmosphere. Catch all your favorite sports games on their many tv's, have some munchies and enjoy nice drink specials.Located near Times Square, at 1130 First Street, Dockside Sports Pub is is a nice place to unwind.(NOTE: Martini glass graphic is a...

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  • TAKE A DRIVE TO NAPLES

    While in Fort Meyers, our friend suggested we take a drive to Naples, which is further south from Fort Meyers. What a beautiful town and posh. Everything there just shouts out money. From the beautiful, expensive homes to the ritzy downtown stores and restaurants. All streets are palm lined with manicured lawns and spectacular landscaping. The...

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  • Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park

    Barefoot Beach is well worth a visit if you like nature. It's about a 20 minute drive from Fort Myers Beach, towards Naples, and the best time to go is early evening, when there's hardly anyone around and the wildlife is more active.To get to it, you drive through an exclusive gated community of luxurious dwellings and you are not allowed to stop...

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Fort Myers Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Fort Myers Beach Pier

    Fort Myers Beach has a great fishing pier. This pier is lighted, free, tackle shop, ice, bait, public phone and has shelter in case of a rain storm. It stretches over the Gulf for some great fishing, Alot of night fishing too. The parking lot is metered and there is plenty of shopping and food places at the beginning of the pier and the boardwalk...

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  • Grab your skim boards!

    These two kids were having big fun skim boarding on the calm waters of the gulf. The tide was perfect for boarding and smooth as glass. The sun was setting so they were trying to get as much time in as they could before dark.

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Fort Myers Beach Favorites

  • The Beach

    There really is not dunes to speak of here but they do have dune grass that helps to protect the beaches so please obey the law. This does help and maybe our grandkids can enjoy the beach when they have kids too. Thank you!

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  • SHRIMP BOATS

    Along the intercoastal side of Fort Meyers, you will find the SHRIMP BOATS. We went to a Seafood store to get some fresh jumbo shrimp and just behind the store were the boats. They were huge. Most were docked for the day already as they usually go out very early in the morning to get the day's catch.

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  • TIMES SQUARE

    A great place to people watch and have a bite to eat is TIMES SQUARE. It used to be a street but is now blocked off to make it more user friendly. You would never know it was winter and January, as it was very busy here. Lots of folks out and about enjoying the warm sunshine. There are also a few beach shops here and I would think it would be a...

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Parasailing
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J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
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Private Charters, Dolphins, Manatees & Shelling
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taking a stroll in the little downtown area
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Times Square, totally over rated
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Classic Florida West Coast sunsets
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Well, it is a beach town, so the BEACH of course.
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Waverunner Dolphin Tours
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smokin oyster brewery
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times square
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the pier
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downtown
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the beach
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Sea Rocket USA thrill ride
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fort myers beach -- what a dump!
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BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
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Stay Away if you want good food
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Dine Early
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Just Relax
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Relaxed Shopping
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Sanibel & Captiva Islands
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Shuffle Your Feet in the Sea
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HUGE Portions
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Nice Location
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Delicious Seafood
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Excellent Meals & Open Late
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Matanzas Pass Wilderness Preserve
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Lovers Key State Park
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Great Afternoon at the Air Show
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Wonderful Wildlife
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Really As Spectacular As They Say
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Pure Relaxation
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When it rains it pours
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Please take care of the dune grass!
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Find the coupons!
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Happenin' Place at night
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Bird watching at Sanibel
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Go to see the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
Off The Beaten Path
Horny little lizzards!
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