Sand, Beach and Good Food
Marinas in Ft. Myers and the surrounding area are family friendly, home to 1.8 million tourists annually with many things you can do. Enjoy the beaches, fishing, shopping, dinning, golf, tennis, and entertainment on the sandy shores. The beach is known as the world safest beach because of no undertow and shadow water. People could walk the 7 mile long island along its sandy shores.
South of Fort Myers Beach there is alot of upscale residential development, but Fort Myers Beach, located on Estero Island's northernmost tip at Matanzas Pass, is an example of the perfect American seaside resort. Fort Myers Beach has lots of beachwear, good food, ice cream stands, and an all around good atmosphere.
What to Do
If you want to check out some of nature's wildlife be sure to go to Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve (239-533-7500), a 2,500 acre wetland in Fort Myers that is home to a diverse population of plants and animals, and some that are considered endangered. See nature up close with birdwatching, hands on experiences, or explore on your own. Also be sure not to miss full moon night walks.
Bonita Beach Park (239-949-4615), a 2.5 acre beachfront features a boardwalk and swimming area. Enjoy many activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, a playground for the kids, and shelling.
If you're feel like doing some golfing head on over to the Bay Beach Golf Club (239-463-2064) on the southern part of the island. Not only is there golfing but you can also do parasailing, rental watercraft, or hop aboard the Big M (239-765-7529) for a cruise.
What to Eat
Overlooking the Hickory Bay Island enjoy the beautiful view at Big Hickory Seafood Grille and Marina (239-992-0991) in Bonita Springs. Come enjoy delicious seafood, and what are guest believe is the best grouper sandwich on the beach. Or grab a hot dog or grilled cheese sandwich at the Doc's Beach House Restaurant (239-992-6444) located on the Gulf beach and is open from 7 a.m. to midnight.
One of the popular places on Estero Boulevard is the Gulfshore Grill and Cottage (239-765-5440), a historic beach-front that was originally built in 1921 as a gambling casino with a restaurant and bathhouses. The Matanzas Inn (239-463-3838), nestled on the bay, is in the dock and dine catagory, as does Snug Harbor Restaurant (239-463-8077).