Florida's Fort Myers Beach
Written by Chuck BaierWhile your friends and family up north are shoveling snow, you could be sitting on the beach with warm sun on your face, sand between your toes and gulf breezes in your hair. Fort Myers Beach is the answer to your winter woes.
What To Do
Fort Myers Beach has a wide variety of activities for every age, all year round. Celebrations include sand-sculpting contests, offshore powerboat races, a shrimp festival and a “cruisers appreciation” week. Great restaurants and shopping also abound. Get out on the water with a boat rental or fishing charter or simply hang out along the seven miles of sandy beach. For more information go to: visitfortmyersbeach.co.
Where To Dock
There are a number of excellent marinas.The first one in from San Carlos Bay is Moss Marine (239-765-6677, mossmarine.com), which runs a popular casino boat and is easily accessed from the downtown area. Just beyond the bridge to the left is Olsen Marine Service (239-463-6750, olsenmarineservice.com), one of the most trusted boatyards in the area. Salty Sam's Marina (239-463-7333, saltysamsmarina.com) has floating piers and lots of activities. Set along a quiet stretch overlooking the mangroves of Estero Bay is the Snook Bight Marina & Yacht Club (239-765-4371, snookbightmarina.com). Keep an eye out for manatees and dolphins. At the far end of Fort Myers Beach is Fish Tale Marina (239-463-3600, thefishtalemarina.com) with kayak rentals, sightseeing excursions and dry or wet storage.
Where To Eat
Tie up at the dinghy dock at the Matanzas Inn (239-463-3838, matanzas.com/restaurant/home) for crabmeat-stuffed grouper and jerk-seasoned pork. Snook Bight’s elegant Bayfront Bistro (239-463- 3663, bayfrontbistro.com) has a terrific early-bird special that includes a bottle of wine. Salty Sam’s lively Parrot Key Caribbean Grill (239-463-7333, myparrotkey.com) serves up sesame-crusted tuna and killer frozen drinks.