Fort Myers Beach is a small beach town on Estero Island that was only incorporated in 1995. However, the town and the island on which it sits have had a long history, dating back to the Calusa Indian tribe that used to inhabit the rich and wonderful barrier island.
Located 20 miles down south from downtown Fort Myers, this old-school beach town has long been a favored tourist spot ever since Florida became famous as a vacation destination in the 1920s. Its main draw is its wide beach, which is beloved by all for its powdery sand, stunning sunsets, and warm water. The town itself can easily be accessed via the Matanzas Pass Bridge west from Fort Myers or via the Bonita Beach Causeway from the south. It’s also a great access point to many neighboring destinations such as Lovers Key State Park, Sanibel Island, and Bonito Springs.
Apart from its natural beauty and its laid-back beach town vibe, Fort Myers Beach is a great spot to visit if you’re into any type of water sports. Come here first for the swimming and sunbathing, then discover the joys of kayaking and parasailing, marvel at the wildlife that the area attracts and nurtures, and then finish off your water-based trip by taking advantage of the many fishing opportunities you can have on the island itself and its neighbors. This is Florida, after all, and no trip to the Sunshine State is complete without fishing.