Before bridges connected Estero Island to the mainland, Fort Myers Beach was seven miles of coastline known for shallow water and little else. Safe beaches remain, joined now by family-friendly resorts, Gulf-side seafood restaurants and energetic nightlife.
Heaped with sugar-sand, Fort Myers Beach is a popular destination for visitors eager to engage in water sports such as parasailing and kayaking – or just as eager to simply relax on the inviting beach. Fort Myers Beach sits on a little barrier island, about seven miles long, and the beach is fabulous – wide, gradually sloping, and thick with the area’s justifiably famed sugar-sand. Fort Myers Beach has accommodations in all price ranges and lots to do. You can go parasailing or on a dolphin eco-tour via wave runner, or on a fishing charter. Special bonus: Just off the coast of Fort Myers Beach and easy to reach are the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.