Unplug or Party On at Fort Myers' Best Beaches

If you’re looking for fun in the sun, there is plenty to be had on the beaches surrounding Fort Myers. 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 dunes. The islands also provide prime nesting grounds for Loggerhead Turtles and they are fiercely protected by locals. Turtle nesting season runs from May 1st through October 31st.

While it's not hard finding a great beach to lounge on, parking can be a problem in high season; January through March. Most county parks have a park and pay system that will cost you two dollars an hour. There are private lots that charge a flat rate and a trolley runs from Fort Myers Beach to Bonita. Leave you car for free at Summerlin Square and hop on board for a cheap ride over the scenic Matanzas Pass Bridge. 

Here are some of the top spots to put up your umbrella and enjoy the water.



While the "Causeway" may not have the most beautiful sand or the bluest water of the Fort Myers area beaches, it is the most popular for extreme sports. The constant wind makes the Causeway most appealing for wind surfing, kite surfing, fishing,...  Read More

Captiva Beach


Sitting at the entrance to South Seas Resort, on the northern tip of the island, this is the last possible bit of public beach on Captiva. The parking is limited but it is worth the effort if you can find a spot. There are miles of shoreline and...  Read More



It was hard to see the Sanibel Lighthouse through the summer of 2013 as it underwent a rehabilitation project. This is the most photographed site on Sanibel Island. While visitors are unable to go inside the 120 year old structure, they can read...  Read More

Bowditch Point Park
Photo courtesy of GIna Birch


This is the last possible stretch of beach on Estero Island, sitting on the Northern tip of Fort Myers Beach. It's a great place to watch all kinds of watercraft, make their way into the Gulf of Mexico. The park includes walking trails, guided...  Read More

Sanibel Island


Located on Sanibel Island's southern coast, this small beach area may not attract the crowds that other stretches see, but those willing to find Tarpon Bay Road are in for quite a sight when they get here. Calm, clear water that's ideal for...  Read More



This popular family destination boasts one of the area's most well known attractions: Fort Myers Beach Pier. The park's beach area appeals to sunbathers, swimmers, volley-ballers and fisherman. It's adjacent to "Times Square", a pedestrian area...  Read More

Cayo Costa State Park
Photo courtesy of Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau


Cayo Costa is a barrier island with nine miles of beautiful beach, mangrove swamps and acres of shady pine trees. A fabulous spot for shelling, also keep your eyes open for wildlife including dolphins, manatees and an array of birds. For a...  Read More

Sanibel Island


This quiet county park is home to one of the most popular beaches on Sanibel. Situated well off a long stretch on Sanibel-Captiva Road, the beach presents a certain "undiscovered" feel when you arrive. This also translates into excellent...  Read More

Barefoot Beach Preserve
Photo courtesy of Gina Birch


Occupying some 300-plus acres, Barefoot offers a varied natural landscape that can seduce and captivate everyone from sun worshippers to hikers and animal-lovers. You may even run across a Loggerhead Turtle. Shielded from surrounding development...  Read More

Lovers Key State Park


Lover's Key is made up of four barrier islands between Fort Myers and Bonita Beaches. For years it was only accessible by boat so "lovers" would travel there for solitude. These days, trams and boardwalks help you to navigate the two miles of...  Read More


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