For some, Sanibel and Captiva Islands’ beach scene may be too sedate. When you’re in the mood for a classic, lively Florida beach destination, Fort Myers Beach won’t disappoint – except if you get caught in high-season, high-bridge traffic backup on the way. Tip: Go early or take the beach trolley.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park is the central beach in a pedestrian area known as Times Square. A popular fishing pier, playground, nightly sunset celebration, and cluster of shops and restaurants keep things pleasantly chaotic here. To the north, Bowditch Point Park is a quieter beach scene, but you came for the action – right?
From Lynn Hall, it’s easy walking distance along Old San Carlos Boulevard to surf shops, hotels, bars, and seafood restaurants. At spring break, the party goes day and night. In summer, it’s more of a family scene, but still with the live music, bar-hopping, and rowdy crowds come nightfall.
There are a couple of educational attractions, but most come here to sun, swim, catch a parasail ride, drink, go fishing, party… you get the idea.
Its beach sand is recognized as among the best for sandsculpting and an annual national competition takes place in November. It also has a reputation for the shrimp that comes into its harbor by the ton; this it celebrates each March at Shrimp Festival.
20-minute drive from Sanibel Causeway