Your Fort Myers Beach Guide
Fort Myers Beach offers something for everyone. The white beaches on Estero Island off the coast of Fort Myers invite you to relax or take part in the excitement. From Bowditch Point to Lover's Key, be prepared to frolic in the surf, sand and sun.
Those who enjoy the buzzing beach life may like the small boutiques and restaurants at the lively pier. Here, you can rent a waverunner to cruise along the shore or watch the hustle and bustle at the beach from above while parasailing.
Just a few yards from the pier, the beach is uncrowded and invites you to take a leisurely stroll and to enjoy sun and sea. At sundown, you can watch the most mesmerizing sunsets on the mile-long white sand beaches. Watching the setting sun from the pier or from one of the beach restaurants is an unforgettable memory.
Use this guide to help you choose what to do on your island adventure.
The Fort Myers Beach Pier area is a hotspot for residents and visitors alike. The 560-foot pier offers a memorable experience to watch locals fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities at Lynn Hall Park beach include: outside showers, bathrooms, a playground, covered picnic areas and a nature kiosk.
Times Square/Lynn Hall Memorial Park
This area is located just north of the foot of Matanzas Pass Bridge, at the heart of the downtown “Times Square.” Strike out among the shops and restaurants to grab a gelato, lunch or cold beverage and shop for unique local gifts, sundries, tie-dyes, bathing suits and more. There are nearby water sport rentals south of the pier.
Parking: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., every day. $2/hour.
Location: 950 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
The 17-acre Bowditch Point Regional Park is located at the northern tip of Estero Island. With a shoreline on both the Gulf of Mexico and Matanzas Pass, the 10 acres of the park are set aside for restoration/preservation with walking trails and panoramic water views. The other 7 acres feature a beautiful beach, shaded shelters, tables and grills, benches, a food and gift concession, restrooms and changing facilities, butterfly gardens, amphitheater-style seating for enjoying the vistas. It’s a serene location for taking in the sun or a sunset.
Bowditch Point Regional Park
Hours: 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week; $2/hour for parking
Location: 50 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
The Town of Fort Myers Beach maintains 25 public beach accesses on the Gulf side of island. These are marked and easily accessed from Estero Boulevard. Many of the accesses also have public parking. You will see the bright orange and blue access signs along the boulevard. Parking is not allowed at resorts unless you are a paid guest so these accesses are designed for daytime visitors.
Mid-way on the island headed south, Newton Park is a beach front property and historic 1953 cottage that offers convenient parking, picnic tables and outdoor showers and restrooms. Take quarters to feed the parking meter.
Newton Beach Cottage
Location: 4650 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
If you want to get out on the water on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, a jet ski or waverunner, or even try a guided fishing or dolphin-watching cruise, there are several companies that offer these rentals and services. To find exactly what you are looking for, visit Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Matanzas Pass PreserveStep back in time at the 60-acre Matanzas Pass Preserve featuring 1.25 miles of trails with interpretive signs that explain the importance of the ecosystem—the last maritime tropical hammock on Estero Island. The site, open dawn to dusk, is also home to the Estero Island Historical Society, headquartered in the 1921 Davison Cottage.
Location: 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Learn about the island’s evolution during the past 2,000 years at the Mound House, where you can go inside an immersive Calusa exhibit built into a mound, as well as the island’s oldest home, built in 1921. The cultural center recently unveiled new exhibits and renovated the home to help visitors better understand how Calusa Indians, Cubans and pioneers lived off the rich estuary.
Location: 451 Connecticut St., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931