• Pathway to the Gulf of Mexico and white sand beach on Sanibel Island, Florida with plenty of room to play, relax, or gather shells. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
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  • MustDo.com | Sanibel Island, Florida Lighthouse Beach. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.
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Best Beaches in the Fort Myers Area

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Warm Gulf waters, white sand, and shell-filled beaches are an alluring part of vacationing in Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva Island, Florida. You will find award-winning Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, and Captiva Islands’ beaches provide an excellent opportunity to lie around and soak up the Florida sun!

Fort Myers area beaches also provide a bounty of fishing opportunities. Whether you choose to fish from shore or aboard a charter, you’ll have plenty of possibilities for a big catch. Local inshore species include grouper, snook, sea trout, mackerel, amberjack, snapper, shark, and tarpon. In fact, tarpon migrate to the Sanibel-Captiva area from April through June, making it the Tarpon capital of the world!

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Best Beaches in the Fort Myers Area

There are more than 30 public beach access points to Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Fort Myers Beach Public Access Points

There are more than 30 public beach access points to Fort Myers Beach. All public beach access streets have a designated sign on Estero Blvd. Bowditch Point Park and Lynn Hall Memorial Park also offer beach access and metered parking. The following list of Fort Myers Beach access points includes the access number and corresponding street; each location with... Read More

Sanibel Causeway Beaches

San Carlos Bay and Gulf of Mexico Access Two very popular beaches located just after the toll booth on the spoil islands used to link Sanibel Island to the mainland. The causeway bisects San Carols Bay close to the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River allowing bay and Gulf access. The first of the two islands is referred to as Causeway A, the second Causeway... Read More
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Gulfside City Park (Algiers Beach)

Located off Casa Ybel Road on Sanibel Island, Florida this beach is known as Algiers Beach to the locals because of a steamboat by the same name that once pulled ashore.  Shaded picnic tables and barbecue grills at Gulfside City Park/Algiers Beach makes it a great spot for picnics. There is comfortable access to the beach via... Read More
Bowman's Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida USA

Bowman's Beach Park in Sanibel Island

Sanibel's Award-winning Bowman's Beach Several miles of secluded white sandy beach with plenty of room to play, relax, or gather shells. U.S. News Travel Recognizes Bowman's Beach in the Top 10 Best Beaches in the World and was recognized by Travelocity as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States! Bowman’s Beach is located off Sanibel-Captiva Road just past J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife... Read More
Sanibel Lighthouse. The lighthouse and beach are located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, wrapping around to the bay side offering both Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay views. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Sanibel Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier

A Fun and Historic Sanibel Attraction The historic, working Sanibel Lighthouse, Lighthouse Beach, t-dock fishing pier, and a boardwalk nature trail that winds through native wetlands. The lighthouse and beach are located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, wrapping around to the bay side offering both Gulf of Mexico and San Carlos Bay views. Sanibel Lighthouse History Sanibel Lighthouse is 98 feet tall and was... Read More
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Cayo Costa State Park

Pristine Cayo Costa Island Cayo Costa (“key by the coast”) looks much like it did 500 years ago when European settlers arrived. The park is one of Florida’s most underdeveloped islands where visitors are rewarded with acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks, mangrove swamps, nature trails, and shady picnic areas. In addition, once you arrive at Cayo Costa State Park you’ll be rewarded... Read More

Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park in Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach Beachfront Park Lynn Hall Memorial Park is a beachfront park located on Fort Myers Beach, just north of the foot of the Matanzas Pass Bridge, next to Times Square. You can enjoy a full day of activities at Lynn Hall Memorial Park. This busy Gulf front park located on Fort Myers Beach is great for families! It features picnic shelters with... Read More

Lovers Key State Park & Beach

Things to Do at Lovers Key State Park Lovers Keys State Park covers 712 acres and includes tidal lagoons, canals, and four barrier islands. It remains an unspoiled area for many types of birds and wildlife. Manatees, dolphins, coastal birds and even bald eagles can be seen on the islands and in the waters surrounding them. Lovers Key is the main barrier island, with... Read More
Captiva Beach. Alison Hagerup Beach Park Captiva Island, Florida USA. Photo by Nita Ettinger

Alison Hagerup Beach Park in Captiva Island

Alison Hagerup Beach Park AKA as Captiva Beach is a wide, sandy stretch of beach located at the northern tip of Captiva Island off San-Cap Road adjacent to South Seas Island Resort. Captiva Beach is located within easy walking distance to several Captiva Island casual restaurants and cafes. Take a short walk from the beach to cool off with some ice cream, a... Read More

Bowditch Point Park & Beach

Bowditch Point Park encompasses the entire end of Estero Island (17 acres) and has shoreline on both the Gulf of Mexico and the back-bay, or Matanzas Pass. Beach Access at Bowditch Point Park Bowditch Point Park beach is access is open year-round from sunrise to ½ hour past sunset. The beach is accessible for individuals with disabilities from the parking area to the Gulf of Mexico. There is... Read More

Bonita Beach Dog Beach Park

Fort Myers Pet-Friendly Beach Give your pet an off-the-leash run at the only county-owned beach where pets are allowed. Dog Beach is a coastal tideland; therefore, the size of the beach varies on the water level and tide. Disposal stations are available and owners are required to clean up after their pets. There is a maximum of two dogs per person allowed. No restrooms but... Read More
Capiva Island, Florida, USA

Turner Beach on Captiva Island

Popular Southern Captiva Island Beach Turner Beach which is located on the southern tip of Captiva Island is popular for fishing from the beach and rock jetty, shelling, and admiring beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunsets. It is located on Sanibel-Captiva Road, on the Captiva side (right at the "Welcome to Captiva" sign) of the Blind Pass Bridge. Swimmers should exercise caution when swimming near the... Read More