A Guide To The Best Fort Myers Islands And Beaches

What are the best Fort Myers Islands that's worth visiting?

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The beautiful Fort Myers islands are blessed with tranquil beach parks, outstanding restaurants and tons of things to do. So, are you looking for a wonderful island vacation with less crowd and more peace and quiet beaches?

The islands connected to Ft Fort Myers main town by causeways are the best places to go for a relaxing and fun fill time in Florida. 

Fort Myers FL is a beautiful beach town situated on San Carlos Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, approximately seventy miles southwest of Tampa and thirty miles northeast of Naples.

For visitors who love beach getaways, pack your swimsuits and snorkeling goggles, get set and go enjoy Fort Meyers’ most spectacular islands vacation.

Nevertheless, before trying a few cannonball splashes into your backyard pool, here’re the scoop of everything you need to know about Fort Myers FL.

Getting to Fort Myers

Fort Myers FL is actually located on the Estero island which is linked to several gorgeous islands via causeways. Driving across these islands are the simplest way to reach them.

Fort Myers Beach is relatively a small coastal town making it difficult to get around without transportation. There are several transportation options such as ridesharing apps or taking a cab. 

Flights booking to Fort Myers, Florida

In addition to many other airlines, such as JetBlue, Southwest Airlines fly to Southwest Florida International Airport, and you can directly book flights from the airline’s website.

Best place to stay in downtown Ft Fort Meyers

The Luminary Hotel and Co. Autograph Collection is in the heart of downtown Fort Myers along the picturesque Caloosahatchee River and easy to get to popular attractions.

The hotel offers its guests free bikes to cycle around town, a fitness center for fitness enthusiasts, and 24-hour front desk service. This unique Fort Myers hotel is a couple-favorites since it earned high ratings for a two-person stay package.

Best time to visit Fort Myers

Winter was thought as just a cold month. Luckily, Florida is located on the Southwest coast, which makes winter in Fort Myers pretty ‘mild’ and even warm.

So, if you want to enjoy a cooler climate without having to dress up in multiple layers of clothes or bundle up your partner with jacket and earmuffs, this might be the perfect beach vacation that you are looking for.

Often described as a “winterless wonderland,” the average temperature in December to
January in Fort Myers is around 25 °C. The ideal months to go are November through February since the temperature and humidity are mild.

Touring Fort Myers islands

Boats tours are a great option to explore the stunning islands close by Fort Myers. For instance, the sunset and sunrise cruises runs year-round from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island to Key West.

Whether you’re looking for sunny shores or if you’re more into deep-sea fishing or kayaking, the islands offers it all with crystal-clear waters to unique cruises such as dinner and dancing cruise as well as Tiki bar hopping tour.

Considering you’ve got all things figured out, it’s time for your island getaways with your partner. Here’re the best Ft Fort Myers island vacations to check out for your next big holiday including secluded beaches, great activities and top places to stay.

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Sanibel and Cativa Islands

Sanibel and Captiva islands are connected to Fort Myers town via a causeway. Known as “The Shell Capital of the World,” it’s larger and more populated than Captiva Island, yet both are popular with couples.

Talking about “shelling”, the island has a large number of shells and has won recognition as Fort Meyers, Florida’s premier shelling beach.

Sanibel is also noted for its top tourist activities, while Captiva features a quieter atmosphere. Both islands are noted for clean waters, pristine white beaches and tranquil ambiance.

Activities on Sanibel and Captiva islands

Sanibel and Captiva islands are the best place to engage fun water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling. Other fun activities are:

  • Kayaking tour
  • Snorkel tour
  • Standing paddle board lesson

Besides shelling, there are tons of beaches on Sanibel island for relaxing, bird watching and its fantastic fishing spots. Here’re the best beaches to visit on Sanibel island.

Gulfside City Park 

  • Plenty of picnic benches and tranquility
  • BBQ grill provided
  • Free Bike parking rack
  • Toilets and showers available

Tarpon Beach

  • Huge carpark for vehicles
  • Free Bike parking 
  • Free Handicap parking zone
  • Toilets and showers near entrance to beach

Bowman’s Beach 

  • Peaceful and quiet beach
  • No nearby accommodations
  • Toilets and showers available
  • Picnic benches and BBQ grills available
  • Huge parking area
  • Fitness and Nature trails

Blind Pass Beach 

  • Beware of strong currents
  • Popular spots for fisherman and shellers
  • Toilets/Showers only available on Captiva’s side separated by Blind Pass bridge  
  • Parking available on both stretch of beach

Captiva Island beach

  • Beautiful sunrise and sunset
  • Paid parking
  • Mobile toilets, no showers

There are all types of accommodations to stay around Sanibel and Captiva. Choose your pick with direct beach access, Tiki poolside bars, dinning and even pretty gardens on the beach. 

  • Inns and Cottages
  • Condotel
  • A-listed resorts and hotels
  • Camping/RVs  
  • Pet-friendly and handicap accommodations 

Where to stay near Captiva Island: Marriott Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa is an excellent hotel that has something for everyone. The resort features four swimming pools, furnished balconies and a spa offering facial and body wrap.

If you have the cash to splash for a hefty price tag on accommodations and Food & Beverage, Marriott Sanibel is totally perfect for romantic couples.

With a commanding view of the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, guests are delighted with lush green and breathtaking views. 

Note: Check with the hotel before making bookings

Lovers Key Fort Myers

lovers key beach

Lovers Key Park is actually an independent island separated from the mainland and can be reached via the causeway (Big Carlos Pass) from Estero Boulevard road.

You can get around the two-mile-stretch of sandy beach by tram or boardwalk, and with the Gulf of Mexico serving as a backdrop, it’s a fantastic location for seaside entertainment.

Lovers Key is a well-liked getaway for couples, and it frequently plays host to lovely beachside weddings.

Couples visit the beach throughout the summer to swim, snorkel, and splash about in the calm waters. Go for romantic picnic, look for shells and observe wildlife during the winter.

Walking Trails: Lovers Key Park features more than five miles of multi-use trails including the Black Island Trail, which most vacationers are unaware off. 

The trail offers almost complete seclusion, with only some of the park’s wonderful wildlife as company. Along the trail, you’ll come across a pretty impressive butterfly garden.

Three shortcuts on the Black Island Trail allow hikers to cut the 5-mile distance in half. Further up the trail you can experience Alligators sunbathe and swim in a freshwater pond.

Other cool things to do:

  • Kayak, canoe, and paddle board tours with local guides
  • Rent a bike and explore wooden trails
  • Get married on Lovers Key beach

Campgrounds: Camping and RVs are also a pretty awesome choice for couples who embrace nature, but remember to pack essentials such as a pair of comfortable shoes, hats, sunglasses and bug spray.

I know some couples loves getaway cabins to stay for the weekend. Sadly, it’s not available at Lovers Key beach. You can download the Florida Sate Parks camping guide (in PDF file) for tons of other camping sites and cabins to stay.

Where to stay: Lovers Key Resort along Estero Boulevard is one of the best hotels in Fort Myers, Florida. Situated on a beautiful waterfront with a stunning beach view of the Gulf Coast. The hotel provides heated pools, a Marina, shopping arcade, restaurants and bars.

It’s also close to restaurants and shopping areas such as Fort Myers Beach’s Times Square. The
resort boasts rooms that offer splendid ocean view and a variety of accommodation options
suited to all guests’ needs.

Note: Check with the hotel before making bookings

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