Fort Myers Florida Beaches

Fort Myers Florida is a popular tourist destination located on the Gulf of Mexico about 120 miles south of Tampa. With an average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit, Fort Myers is a great tourist destination and the main attraction is the beaches.

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a community made up of Estero Island and San Carlos Island, just south of Fort Myers. The main attraction is miles and miles of white, sandy beaches located on the shores of Estero Island. There are over 30 beach access points where tourist can soak up the sun, swim or relax. For people who want a more adventurous vacation, activities such as parasailing, canoeing, or kayaking, are available.

Boat cruises and charter fishing expeditions are popular activities, also. Fort Myers Beach is a designated location for one company that offers boat tours of the Florida Everglades. Instead of a leisurely stroll on the island, renting a bike and touring around is another way to enjoy sightseeing.

Marco Island

Marco Island sits in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Fort Myers and offers three miles of white, sandy beaches. Water sports are a main attraction for this island. Things to do include, parasailing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, and fishing. Some of the public beaches are Tigertail Beach, South Beach, Hideaway Beach, and Coconut Island. Tours are conducted for sightseeing and shelling.

Bonita Beach

Bonita Beach is sandwiched between Fort Myers and Naples. Enjoy a day at the beach or take a walk through the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which is owned by the National Audubon Society. The sanctuary has a two-mile boardwalk that wanders through the wilderness.  Koreshan State Park offers hiking the nature trail, picnicking, canoeing and camping. A stroll along the beach or through the sanctuary can be relaxing.

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island sits in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 30 miles southwest of Fort Myers. Sanibel Island is a top travel destination in Florida because of the 12 miles of pristine beach. It is truly a tropical setting, with white sand, palm trees, and beautiful blue water. Some activities to be enjoyed on this island paradise are golfing, tennis, fishing, boating, shopping, biking, canoeing, and bird watching. Bowman’s Beach and Sanibel Causeway Beach are favorites for dolphin watching. Lighthouse Park Beach is where the Sanibel Lighthouse stands sentry over the island.

Shelling is a favorite activity on Sanibel Island. Collecting seashells is only one portion of the activity. Many children and adults, alike, enjoy trying to identify the type of shells they find on the white, sandy beaches. The “Sanibel Stoop” refers to the stance people take when collecting seashells from the beach. For some people, the highlight of a vacation to Sanibel Island is finding a perfect sand dollar or seashell to take home as a souvenir.     .  

Captiva Island

Captiva Island is secluded and sparsely populated and is accessible via the Sanibel Causeway. Captiva offers five miles of beaches that stretch from the northern tip of Captiva Island to Redfish Pass. Whether fishing at Turner Beach or shelling, a visit to Captiva is a special treat.

The beaches in and near Fort Myers are great for relaxing vacations or adventurous ones. Sun and fun are in abundance; however, the beaches offer plenty of water sports, such as parasailing, canoeing or kayaking. Shelling is a favorite activity for children and adults. Whatever the interest, Fort Myers beaches has plenty to offer as a vacation paradise.