Unplug or Party On at Ft. Myers' Best Beaches

Gina Birch

By , Local Expert, Fort Myers
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If you’re looking for fun in the sun, there is plenty to be had on the beaches surrounding the Fort Myers area. From the peaceful and secluded, natural habitats on Cayo Costa to the action packed shores at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, there is sure to be a place that has your name written in the sand. Lynn Hall is right in the heart of Fort Myers Beach, where you'll find more action than any other sandy destination; restaurants, bars and lots of water sports.

The area's barrier islands of Captiva and Sanibel are world renowned for shelling. There are rules about taking live shells so be sure to check the signs posted along the...  Read more »

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    Lovers Key State Park

    This beach really does have it all. From nature trails and water sports, to beach umbrellas and concessions, even event facilities.

    Local Expert Tip: "The perfect address for a wedding or anniversary party; there is an event planner on site to help make dreams come true."

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    Tarpon Bay Beach

    • Type: Beaches
    • Neighborhood: Sanibel Island

    This beautiful beach sits in the middle of Sanibel, however, there is neither any hustle or bustle. The water is calm and clear.

    Local Expert Tip: "Parking is across the street. Although the walk isn't too far, a cooler without wheels gets heavy fast"

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    Barefoot Beach Preserve

    The water is clear and blue, the sand white and powdery. The dolphins love it here and so will you. It's truly paradise.

    Local Expert Tip: "It might appear as if you've taken a wrong turn to the road to the beach winds through an affluent seaside neighborhood. Enjoy the impressive manmade scenery."

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    Lighthouse Beach Park

    • Type: Beaches
    • Neighborhood: Sanibel Island

    Situated at the eastern tip of Sanibel, the beach is wide and almost always breezy. The often times swift currents wash up lots of shells.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring a bucket of bait and try your luck fishing off of the pier. No luck? Use the bucket for shells."

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    Lynn Hall Memorial Park

    Located in the hub of activity for Fort Myers Beach, you'll be close to restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment.

    Local Expert Tip: "The parking lot opens at 7am. Arrive early to score one of the few shaded spots."

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    Captiva Beach

    You can walk for miles on its sandy shores and find some of the best shells. The water is brilliant; a great sunset spot.

    Local Expert Tip: "For best chance at parking, arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon"

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    Cayo Costa State Park

    This beautiful state park is a rustic island paradise, accessible only by boat.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pack a tent or rent a rustic cabin and wake up to the soothing sound of the surf crashing"

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    Bowman's Beach

    • Type: Beaches
    • Neighborhood: Sanibel Island

    You can walk for miles on the white sand. The beach is full of shells, the water is clear; it's a peaceful paradise.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be ready to walk, it's about a five minute hike from the parking lot to a choice beach spot"

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    Bowditch Point Park

    It's a peaceful stretch of beach surrounded by an extensive preserve area. Find concessions, lots of shade...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Great spot for sunset photos in and amongst the driftwood on the typically calm shore"

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    Causeway Islands

    The Causeway is a great spot for water sports and sunning with easy access to the water. Drive your car right up to the shoreline

    Local Expert Tip: "Remnants of the old causeway bridge provide a good spot for fishing"



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