Visit Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach, on Estero Island, is easily one of the region’s best beaches, sharing a name with the city itself. This beautiful seven mile stretch of sand and water has many public access points, while others are private, belonging only to hotels. The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center showcases local marine life. To the east, trails run through Matanzas Pass Preserve nature sanctuary. Built on an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound, the 1900s Mound House has archaeological exhibits. Times Square shopping center has stores and restaurants.
To get here, head north of Matanzas Bridge on Estero Boulevard; between Lynn Hall and Bowditch Point, you’ll start to see banners flying from poles with the access numbers. These mark the entrances from the road and are replicated by signs on the Gulf side. Many of these access points have parking nearby.
Stretching along the northernmost point of Florida’s Estero Island, Bowditch Point Park is one of the best beaches in Fort Myers, if only for its perfect location. Stand at the tip and stare at the boats heading into the Gulf of Mexico—there’s nothing in your line of vision, except perhaps some driftwood or a bird.
In fact, this beach in Fort Myers is part of a 10-acre preserve that’s on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available here, as are restrooms and a concession stand. In addition, this Fort Myers beach is accessible from the parking lot for people with disabilities.
Enjoyable Matanzas Pass Preserve is a 60-acre sanctuary that earns its spot on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. It’s also part of the Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail. Whether you intend to hike the trails through the mangrove and oak hammocks or launch from the landing, take time to explore the Gulf beach that provides picture-perfect views of Estero Bay.