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The Best Beaches in Fort Myers Beach and Estero Island

June 14 2021

In Fort Myers, you'll never find yourself at a loss for foaming waves and sun-soaked beaches. Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the Fort Myers area is home to some of the best stretches of sand in the state. This is especially true on Estero Island. Whether you're in town visiting or making your home here, you'll want to visit each of these local beaches and discover what makes each one special.

Fort Myers Beach and Pier

Home to gorgeous sunsets and powery, white sand, Fort Myers Beach is one of the finest in the area and a great place to relax in the sun, go for a swim, fish off of the pier, kayak, or take a walk down the seven pristine miles of oceanfront. 

Fort Myers Beach is home to an incredible variety of activities from boat tours to dining and shelling, there’s truly something for everyone.

Bowditch Point Park

At Bowditch Point Park, you can enjoy 17 acres of prime beach access on Estero Island.

Because this spot is home to a free day dock with 10 slips, avid boaters will find this beach a wonderful choice for setting sail on the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf.

Of course, you don't have to have a boat to enjoy Bowditch Point Park. Swimmers, walkers, joggers, cyclists, sunbathers, and families all meet here on the course of any given day. 

Best of all, both the beach facilities and the boat dock itself are all fully accessible for people with disabilities.  

Little Hickory Island Beach Park

Although it's a public beach, Little Hickory Island Beach Park offers beach goers a sense of privacy and seclusion. Popular for sunbathing and surf fishing alike, this beach is the perfect spot for those who want a quieter, slower day at a beach that feels a bit off the beaten path.

Still, this spot boasts its share of amenities, including the following:

  • Picnic areas
  • Food/Beverage services
  • Accessibility ramp
  • Restrooms
  • Showers

While you're checking out our local beaches, don't miss this little gem!

Bonita Beach

Complete with a boardwalk, gazebo, and swimming area, Bonita Beach Park is a perennial Gulf Coast favorite. Because this is one of the area's more popular beaches, parking can prove challenging during peak times; however, bus and trolley services are a major benefit. 

If you're not staying out on the island, this beach is one of the closest beaches on this list to access from the downtown hotels. As such, it's a popular beach destination both for locals and for visitors. 

If you're looking for a lively atmosphere that lands you right in the middle of the action, Bonita Beach is definitely the beach for you. 

Bonita Springs Dog Beach

Meanwhile, at the nearby Bonita Springs Dog Beach, you can relax while your pet enjoys some fun in the sun! 

This beach side dog park is designed to allow your pups to do the things they love best.

  • Chasing the waves
  • Splashing around in the surf
  • Digging in the sand
  • Barking at birds
  • Playing fetch

Because this beach is on Florida's Gulf side (as all the beaches in this list are), you don't have to worry about the large waves and undertows that might be of concern for your pet on the Atlantic side.



The only thing better than visiting the beach is living on it. Learn more about how you can achieve the newest level of luxury with a waterfront condominium in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Contact us today to discover your new beachside home.

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