Beach Boardwalk at sunset

fort myers beach

Community Overview

Before bridges connected Estero Island to the mainland, Fort Myers Beach was seven miles of coastline known for shallow water and little else. Safe beaches remain, joined now by family-friendly resorts, Gulf-side seafood restaurants and energetic nightlife.

Fort Myers Beach sits on Estero Island, a seven-mile coastline that has captivated the imaginations of visitors from near and far. Add family-friendly resorts, quaint cottages, Old Florida charm, fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and the annual Shrimp Festival, and it's a beach vacation paradise.

Explore truly wild surroundings at Lovers Key State Park with a refreshing bike ride or a hike flanked by broadleaf forest. Try fishing in quiet waterways or kayaking alongside gentle manatees. Drive up Estero Island and across to San Carlos Island for a closer look at the boats of the local Shrimp FleetFor lunch, stop at Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, and relish the mouthwatering seafood and intriguing memorabilia.

Later, settle in at the Outrigger Beach Resort’s Tiki Bar or atop The Beached Whale for front-row seats of the sunset. End the day by unwinding under the stars at Times Square, a pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining area.