Fort Myers Beach is gaining a reputation as a spring break destination, and it's easy to see why. The beaches in this small, barrier-island town are wide, gently sloping, thick with powdered-sugar sand, and caressed by warm Gulf waters. Fort Myers also has a distinct rural charm unbroken by the resort developments happening within it. You may find yourself falling in love with this town on your holiday there, and you can sustain that affair by staying in a Fort Myers Beach condo rental. The only question is this: Where can you find these vacation rentals?
Fort Myers Beach condos at Town Center
As its name implies, Town Center is the downtown area of Fort Myers Beach. It's where you'll find Times Square, the town's main commercial center and nightlife hub, which is a plaza lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. Town Center is also where you'll find Lynn Hall Memorial Park, the strip of beach that's at the heart of the action during spring break, but that for the rest of the time is a family-friendly beach park with a playground and picnic area. Fort Myers Beach Pier is also in Town Center; it's a great place for a romantic stroll while watching the sun set over the Gulf. There are many mid-rise Fort Myers Beach condos clustered around Town Center. Many of these condos have their own private beaches that you can easily access from your unit. Ranging from studios and 1-bedroom units to multi-bedroom family units, these condos typically have Wi-Fi and screened balconies where you can watch the sunset in private.
Fort Myers Beach condos in North Island
Though only a few short and walkable blocks away from Town Center, the North Island neighborhood is like a different world altogether. Where Town Center is full of bustle and traffic, North Island is quieter and more serene. This neighborhood sits on the northernmost tip of the barrier island that Fort Myers Beach occupies. It's also home to Bowditch Point Park, a 17.5-acre stretch of white sand protected by mangroves. At Bowditch Point Park, you can go kayaking or canoeing, rent a boat to go fishing, or hike its nature trails. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, so you can hang out at the boardwalk or sit down for a picnic while watching birds. The Fort Myers Beach condos you'll find here range from low- to mid-rise properties; the amenities they typically offer include beachfront access, private balconies, hot tubs, tennis courts, swimming pools, and picnic areas.
Mid-Island, Fort Myers Beach condo rentals
The Mid-Island area is, quite literally, the middle of the barrier island on which Fort Myers Beach sits. This neighborhood is more upscale, with a line of higher-end Fort Myers Beach condos standing along the beach. These condos will have rooms with views of either the Gulf of Mexico to the west or the waterway separating Fort Myers Beach from the mainland to the east from a private balcony. They may also provide amenities such as heated swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness centers, and private beach access. When you feel like you're getting beached out, you can have a change of scene by going on a short hike through Matanzas Pass Preserve, a nature park on the northern section of Mid-Island. You can also visit nearby Mound House and learn about the history and culture of the Calusa Indians, the prehistoric occupants of Fort Myers Beach.
South Island, Fort Myers Beach condos
If you want to experience island nightlife at a more sedate pace and away from the Town Center crowd, you can check out the Fort Myers Beach condo rentals on South Island. This southernmost neighborhood of Fort Myers Beach has its own collection of unique shops, bistros, and restaurants. The locals also patronize these establishments, so going there may provide you with opportunities to make new friends and learn more about the community. The condos here are a mix of mid-range and upscale buildings, whose amenities may include sea-view balconies or picture windows, heated swimming pools or hot tubs, and private access to the beach. South Island is also an ideal base for exploring Lovers Key State Park, a group of barrier islands that you can only get to by boat. It's a great place for spotting dolphins, manatees, and seabirds.