More than 6,200 people call Fort Myers Beach home. This town located on Estero Island wasn't officially incorporated until December 1995, making it a newer Floridian hotspot. Although Fort Myers Beach may be small, more than 1.8 million visitors flock there every year to enjoy the beaches, fishing, shopping, dining, golf and entertainment along the Gulf.
There's no undertow in Fort Myers Beach, making it the "World's Safest Beach" and perfect for families who want to get their toes wet. The entire island is 7 miles long, a nice walk or jog for those who want to work in a little exercise on their trip.
The area that was once home to Native Americans and Spaniards is a favorite among tourists who dine on "pink gold" shrimp and celebrate the fishing industry with the week-long Shrimp Festival held in March.
Fort Myers Beach Attractions
There's a lot to do on the tiny island of Estero including water sports, beach activities and outdoor and indoor attractions. There are 25 public beach accesses on the Gulf side of Estero Island that are marked for easy spotting.
You can stop by one of several playgrounds and parks in Fort Myers Beach. Head to Lynn Hall Memorial Park, where you can fish off of a 600-foot pier. Sports lovers can venture over to Bay Oaks Recreation Center for basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.
There are 17 acres of fun on the northern tip of Estero Island at Bowditch Point Regional Park. For more protected wildlife areas, check out the Matanzas Pass Wildlife Preserve with a restored cottage, 42 acres of wilderness and a sanctuary for native plants and animals. Seven acres are developed for a park and the rest remains part of a preservation. There are boardwalks that allow visitors to Estero Back Bay access to observe ospreys and pelicans as they fish for food. Kayaks and canoes are available at Oyster Bay and Lovers Key Barrier Island.
Things to Do in Fort Myers Beach
Lovers Key State Park: Lovers Key is one of four barrier islands that make up the park. Bottlenose dolphins, West Indian manatees, marsh rabbits, roseate spoonbills and bald eagles call these waters and land home. The 2-mile-long beach is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking and sunning. Over at Black Island you can enjoy 5 miles of hiking and bicycling.
Shopping: Plenty of shopping is available in Fort Myers Beach and Estero Island including antiques, custom-made souvenirs, clothing and jewelry. Tanger Outlet Center features more than 40 brands including Nike, Coach, Coldwater Creek, Gap and more.
Water sports: If you want to get out and channel your inner thrillseeker, try any of the many watersports available in Fort Myers Beach. You can see the town from the sky with a helicopter sightseeing tour or Paradise Parasail Inc. Go on exciting tours with Good Time Charters, Fort Myers Fishing Adventures and FishSkinner Charters.