Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers BeachFort Myers Beach, Florida on Estero Island is a popular family resort. While crowded and traffic-choked during the prime winter months (February and March), it is more laid back at other times. The nerve center for young people is the “Times Square” area, which sports shops, restaurants and such nightlife as the island offers. There is a large public beach here, but the entire island is a beach and there are a number of public beach access paths up and down the main road, Estero Blvd.

Little blue heronAt the north end of the island is Bowditch park, a lovely place to fish, watch the local ospreys or just relax. The park has limited parking so it is best to arrive early in the day. If you’re staying at a nearby accommodation, walking to Bowditch is probably the best idea.

Fort Myers Beach has many hotels and condo rentals to choose from. The prime area in my opinion is between Times Square and Bowditch park. Both are conveniently within walking distance; at the same time, you should be far enough from Times Square to avoid most of the noise. The beachfront here is fairly uncrowded and invites strolling and surf fishing among the gentle waves.

We enjoyed kayaking in Estero Bay while we stayed here. The Calusa Blueway, a 190-mile long Lee County water trail runs through the bay. Maps, including put-in spots and other information are available at the blueway web site. Fort Myers Beach makes a convenient headquarters for visiting other worthwhile Florida destinations, such as Sanibel Island and Corkscrew swamp.

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