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Water, Dining and Sports: The Best Resorts in Fort Myers



If you plan to be in the Fort Myers area for more than a night and want to stay somewhere that you can also play, then one of these 10Best resorts is sure to have a reservation with your name on it.

A place like South Seas Island Resort can keep you occupied for days, with its miles of beach, boat rentals, golf, tennis, restaurants and more. Sitting on the most northern end of Captiva Island, you’ll feel like you’ve found paradise.

If you’re looking for a resort that's a little closer to action and activities off property, consider the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa on Fort Myers Beach. Here you will be nearer to the island's hub for entertainment, while still having access to a wide range of resort amenities and activities.

Then there is the more sophisticated AND fun, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero. The grounds are beautiful and your beach is a private island, accessible only by boat. The resort welcomes pets, kids of all ages and has a spectacular restaurant on site. 

Many of these resorts offer great packages when deals, so be sure to explore your options before booking. Rates tend to be higher from the middle of December through Easter.


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The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
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The 19-story resort at Tarpon Point Marina offers beautiful views of both the Caloosahatchee River as it winds into the Gulf of Mexico. Under new management, accommodations include traditional rooms as well as fully furnished condo style with full kitchens. You'll feel like your staying at a friends house rather than a resort. If your family includes a dog, some rooms are also pet-friendly. There is a Kids Club Discovery Room on site with craft tables and other amenities. One of the favorite offerings for parents is Kids Night Out on Fridays so mom and dad have a dinner date in the resort or at one of the neighboring waterfront spots. Bike riding adventures and nature trail activities are also available. Don't miss the fitness center and spa for a little pampering.


Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
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Famous for being the site of the American Sand Sculpting Championship competition, the Wyndham Garden also enjoys one of the prettiest stretches of Estero Island beachfront. The wide beach is a prime spot for national beach volleyball tournaments as well. There is something about this end of the island where you'll find more soft and powdery white sand and more room to roam. Sunset is a major event, whether enjoyed from the pool bar, the pool or the beach. It's easy to get to the action at the heart of Fort Myers Beach, simply take a trolley to Times Square. You can also find enjoyable dining, a weekly farmers market, and shopping across the street at Santini Plaza.


Tween Waters Inn


A historic Captiva Island property and a longtime favorite of multiple generations, Tween Waters Inn and Resort stretches from beach to bay with basic rooms and historic cottages. There's no need to leave this resort as it has beaches, restaurants, bars, entertainment, tennis courts, a spa, and a pool big enough to accommodate not only resort guests but also locals who often arrive by boat to drink and dine. The Crow's nest has a fresh coat of paint, a new chef and features live music and the legendary NASCRAB Crab Races. The beach is a short stroll across the islands main road, but traffic almost always moves slowly, as driver's strain to see the blue water and bright white sand of the hotel's beach. It's a fabulous spot to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.


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Diamondhead Beach Resort and Spa
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Located in the heart of Fort Myers Beach and on the Gulf of Mexico, Diamondhead offers a variety of water sports and fantastic sunset views. Cabana's Beach Bar & Grille has flat screened TV's under a thatch roof and lots of beach seating under colorful umbrellas. Shoes are not required to dine here. More upscale dining is found indoors at Chloe's, along with a lounge and piano bar. Diamondhead loves kids and has numerous activities to keep them occupied including an activity room, art projects and exciting Hermit Crab Races. Families can also play volleyball and corn hole on the beach. If staring at the waves from the balcony of your well-maintained room is not enough relaxation, the hotel has a full-service spa to make sure even that last little bit of stress gets left behind.


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Casa Ybel Resort
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Sprawling along 23 acres of beachfront property, this resort offers wondrous views of the Gulf of Mexico, along with well-appointed rooms. These one and two-bedroom condos come fully equipped, including WiFi if you just have to stay connected. A full kitchen allows you to make your favorite family dinners. Spa services can be booked privately in your room as well as the seaside. The bar at the Thistle Lodge restaurant offers a great vantage point for sunset. The active guest can enjoy any one of five tennis courts, a heated swimming pool and even shuffleboard. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and although the resort is slightly off the beaten path, it is still a quick bike ride to shopping, dining and nature preserves.


Sundial Beach Resort & Spa


Located along beautifully maintained beachfront acreage, the Sundial Beach Resort offers an inviting environment in which to relax and soak up the Florida sun. A longtime favorite for locals and tourists, the Sundial recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation project that touched almost every aspect of the resort. Stay in your choice of well-maintained condominium suites, many with beach views. Rooms offer full kitchens, dining and living area so you'll never have to leave your island paradise once you arrive, and the kids can have their own room to boot. Children can also participate in a wide variety of activities poolside, enjoy eco programs or get lost in the game room. The spa has beautiful beach views from the pedi chairs and the dining here is topnotch.


Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina


This full-service resort on Fort Myers Beach has a little something for everyone with wide beaches, a bayfront marina, bike and boat rentals, restaurants, kids programs and a rejuvenating spa. Among other things, the Pink Shell is famous for its giant Octopool, a refreshing water experience for both kids and adults. There are a plethora of water sports offered here and once you've had enough, you can retreat to the Aquagene Spa for some TLC and delicious smelling body products. Regardless of whether you stay in a studio, villa or condo, you'll have a view of the white sandy, beach. The Pink Shell perfectly situated on Fort Myers Beach, a short trolley ride to the Town Square where people-watching is unparalleled and entertainment is plentiful, yet just far enough away to give you a peaceful nights sleep.




This stately resort is situated just off Sanibel Island, on 80 acres with a view of San Carlos Bay. Sporting both indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as children's programs, babysitting, 13 tennis courts, and full spa activities, you shouldn't have a hard time finding something to do here. Walk to the spa on a shady boardwalk through the mangroves where you can spot all kinds of native plants and wildlife. Enjoy yoga on the beach in the morning, and at night cocktails on "Charley's" terrace, or a sunset dinner cruise leaving from the resort's dock. The 320 rooms come with all of the amenities one might expect from a sophisticated resort. There are even suites and condos on the property if you desire more space.


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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This award-winning resort is much more than just a beach destination near Fort Myers, its secluded location and wealth of amenities accommodate almost every need. The beautifully manicured grounds come alive at night with tiki torches and twinkling lights. You can also enjoy one of two fire pits, listening to jazz, or making Smores. The Sunday Jazz Brunch is renowned for its abundance of food and drink. Rejuvenate at the luxurious, full-service Stillwater Spa or enjoy yoga on the lawn. Want to beach it? Hop aboard the water taxi to the hotel's private island. The new waterpark offers exhilarating slides and a lazy river and plenty of chairs for sunning. Stylish suites and guest rooms overlook gardens and the breathtaking Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. Whether for romance, business or family vacation, you'll find everything you need here.


South Seas Island Resort
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This luxurious, beautifully manicured beach-to-bay resort is situated on the northernmost two and a half miles of the exclusive Captiva Island. After check in, ditch your car keys and take a trolley, rent a golf cart or bicycle to get from point to point. There are multiple lodging options including hotel rooms facing the bay and the marina where you often see manatees. Enjoy villas facing the Gulf of Mexico for spectacular sunsets or tennis villas close to the court with private swimming pools. Other cottages have nature views and some are situated around the nine-hole golf course, skimmed by the pristine gulf waters. There are lots of activities for the kids, sunset cruises and private excursions to nearby islands to keep the entire family entertained.


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