Casual and Entertaining Nightlife on Fort Myers Beach

The party on Fort Myers Beach changes with the seasons. While it is almost always warm here, Fort Myers Beach does have its ‘seasons.’ They just look different from most of the rest of the world. The seasons here revolve around the tourists and so does the nightlife.

The nightlife is casual. Although people dress fresh for the evening hours, there is generally no requirement for stilettos or even collared shirts. Take for instance the Lani Kai Island Resort, party headquarters on Fort Myers Beach. It’s not fancy, always sandy and always great for people watching.

The neighboring Cottage at the GUlfshore Grill is found on a second story deck, has a lot less grit, great live music and still offers a view of the beach, as well as the shenanigans at the Lani Kai.

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille also has a waterfront view, of the Estero Bay. Resembling a giant beach house, this two story bar and grill has several bars, a stage and a large outdoor dance floor.

Restaurants and bars are almost constantly being renovated to offer even more options for beach loving, nighttime partygoers. It never hurts to double check hours of operation. In the meantime, check out these 10Best spots.



The Yucatan Beach Stand is much more than a "stand." It is a massive, open-air restaurant and bar with bamboo, nautical design and an island themed menu. There are lots of TV's to catch a game and almost as many taps for trying beers from around...  Read More

Smokin Oyster Brewery, SOB
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Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach, the Smokin' Oyster Brewery, or S.O.B., has been shucking oysters since 1997. The beach cottage has live entertainment on the open, front patio almost every night, with a...  Read More

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill
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Off the beaten path of the beach Parrot Key is on the bay side of the island, before you cross the so-called "big bridge" to the beach. Channeling the spirit of the Caribbean with both it's cuisine and it's atmosphere, Parrot Key delivers a...  Read More



Sitting at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge on Fort Myers Beach, Nervous Nellies has three levels of food and fun, all with views of the Estero Bay. Two out of three levels also boast live music. Uglies Rooftop Bar gets crowded quickly, with...  Read More



The Mermaid is an old school bar. Don't expect food or even fresh air for that matter as smoking inside is allowed here. This friendly beach bar is popular with all walks of life, from bikers to college kids, and everyone in between. It can get...  Read More

Beached Whale


It's downright impossible to miss the turn for this time-tested establishment on Fort Myers Beach with signage that boasts a pink-skinned beachcomber, frothy ale held aloof, sitting atop a purple whale. Such good-natured quirkiness is what has...  Read More



Most beach goers spot Doc Ford's from the big bridge (Matanzas Pass) while crossing over Estero Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Resembling a sprawling stilt house, Doc's has a cool (as in temperature) inside bar as well as ample dining space....  Read More



The Lani Kai is a legendary party spot on Fort Myers Beach. People come by car and boat to see what is going on, and there is always something. It's not fancy but it's fun, at times downright raucous, with live music, games lots of skin and lots...  Read More



The Cottage is cool, a favorite spot for locals year round. As part of the more civilized and recently renovated Gulfshore Grill, the Cottage is a casual, outdoor beach bar with an unobstructed view of the water. People come by car, by boat and...  Read More

Fort Myers Beach Sunset Celebration
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Beaches in the Fort Myers area are full at sunset. Some people watch in reverence as the sun slips away into the great Gulf of Mexico. However others like to celebrate, like victory in a sporting event, the conclusion of another day. These are...  Read More


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