Fort Myers Beach Florida Travel Guide
Fort Myers Beach Florida
Fort Myers Beach is waiting for you! This sugary white sandy beach is the ultimate beach destination for peace and relaxation. For the family, Fort Myers Beach has a reputation of being the safest beach without undertow and with a comfortable shallowness to accommodate children of all ages.
Fort Myers Beach is a town situated on the barrier island of Estero Island. The town is about seven miles long, has an approximate population of 7,000, and has about 1.8 million visitors annually. An added bonus: it's just off the coast and in easy reach of the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
This beach town offers the best of both worlds-fun nightlife, good shopping and food, and the quiet set apart respite needed from the business of life. Ask around. People call Fort Myers their slice of paradise.
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Map of Fort Myers Beach Florida
Things To Do in Fort Myers Beach Florida
Travelers visit Fort Myers Beach for its beautifully soft, white sand and warm, calm, sparkling waters-without the crazy waves of the Atlantic side. The town is full of all ages of people to share some good conversation with while perusing the cafes, pubs or shops in Times Square. There is plenty to do whether parasailing, boating, fishing, or bird watching. Keep an eye out for the pipers, gulls, heron, pelican, sanderling, roseate spoonbill, wood stork, and egret.
The Matanzas Pass Wildlife Preserve will appeal to history buffs as well as nature-lovers. Being the first aquatic preserve in Florida, it’s also home to almost 60 acres of local plants and animals, including a mangrove forest and a fully restored historic cottage. Bowditch Point Park is an excellent choice for walks and a packed lunch- it covers 16 acres and provides numerous hiking trails and picnic areas.
Another place that outdoor enthusiasts enjoy is Lovers Key State Park, where back bays and mangrove forests make for great kayaking and wildlife watching. Renting a powerboat, wave runner, or taking a fishing charter or a dolphin eco-tour: these are just a few of the more popular activities that visitors have said are their favorite things to do in Fort Myers Beach. Most of all, the consensus is-don't forget to stop to feel the soft white sand between the toes while catching the Fort Meyers sunset over the Gulf.
History of Fort Myers Beach Florida
In 1914, Leroy Lamoreaux, one of the last known homesteaders to settle onto the island, cleared his land and survived by growing vegetables and fishing. In 1921, a wooden swing toll bridge was the first bridge built, with a toll of 10 cents a person to cross. The hurricane of 1926 destroyed the bridge and severed the slim neck of land attaching San Carlos to the mainland making it an island. Today, it is called Hurricane Pass.
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