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For generations, Fort Myers Beach has been a favorite vacation destination for visitors from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Our visitors return often because they love our beautiful beaches. They also love our lifestyle: laid-back, friendly, and fun! Fort Myers Beach is an island destination that offers a Florida vacation experience that is increasingly hard to find. Our beaches are wide, beautiful, and inviting; but our visitors also love our wide variety of owner-operated accommodations, shops, and restaurants. What is your pleasure: full resort, rental condo, small hotel, private home, or bed-and-breakfast? All of our accommodations on the island are either on the beach or a short walk away. Would you enjoy a margarita and grouper sandwich from an open-air restaurant on the water, or would you prefer a well-prepared steak or fresh localcaught shrimp in an elegant restaurant?

FMB has it all! Unwind and chill, or be as active as you like. Explore by kayak our pristine back bay, home to the largest population of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin in the world. Take in one of the many local sightseeing cruises, and enjoy our spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunsets. See the beach from a parasail, hike through shaded mangrove trails, or bike along our beautiful beach. Fishing? We’ve got that! Cast from our pier or along our back bay, hire a local fishing guide, or take a charter fishing boat. Any way you do it, the fishing is great. Explore a Native American civilization thousands of years old at our historical Mound House museum. Get retail therapy in one of our many boutique shops and galleries. Gather treasures from the sea on our wide, sandy beach. There is something here for everyone. Fort Myers Beach is fun, family, and pet-friendly. Fort Myers Beach is also home to a vibrant and growing arts community. Come visit us in November for our “Art Divine” plein-air art festival. During the winter and spring season, we have the Winter Concert Series that showcases top musical talent from around the country. In April, our Fort Myers Beach Film Festival brings new films and filmmakers from all over the world. In the fall, the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest keeps the beach hopping with a celebration of live music performed by talented singer-songwriters. Don’t forget to stop in to our working art gallery and watch art come alive. Our annual island festivals and events keep the beach active throughout the year. The Shrimp Festival in March, Taste of the Beach in May, Fourth of July celebration, American Sandsculpting Championship in November and Christmas Boat Parade attract and entertain locals and guests alike. Getting around is easy. Walk, rent a bike or scooter, or take the trolley. Fort Myers Beach is just seven miles long, so everything you need will be close by. And did we mention the beach? The perfect place to work on your tan! Make sure to stop at our Visitor Center (2450 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931), located in the “Heart of the Island”. We have the latest information on events, restaurants, coupons, accommodations, and attractions. We are happy to assist you in finding all kinds of sightseeing tours and attractions. Browse on your tablet or smartphone. Rest assured you will get “Visitor Information, Caught Daily and Served Fresh”™ all along our “7 Miles of Pure Paradise™!”

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Among the litany of islands throughout Florida, FMB—locals’ shorthand for FORT MYERS BEACH—stands out. Its distinct character combines equal doses of salty, beachy, wild, and family-friendly. FMB is that fun-loving uncle who doesn’t care what the rest of the family thinks about him, even though they love his independence and crazy antics. At the same time vivacious and laid-back, FMB claims a more colorful personality than the mainland and its neighboring barrier islands, yet without a hint of pretense. It’s not easy to put into words, but once you experience the FMB atmosphere and spirit, you’ll “get it” in a flash. You just have to—as we like to say—FMB here.

There’s no trick to finding a spread of seaside sand on FMB. Two dozen or so accesses along Estero Boulevard are open to the public. Look for the elevated signs that mark the accesses. Some have parking lots, others accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. Many of the accesses are handicap accessible with Mobi-Mats® to facilitate wheelchairs.


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Although some describe it as a state of mind, the Greater Fort Myers Beach area occupies a slice of the Southwest Florida coastline that starts on the mainland in the north and spreads across two major islands and some smaller islands to the south. The intersection of Summerlin Road and San Carlos Boulevard marks the northeastern gateway to town. From the mainland, San Carlos Boulevard crosses San Carlos Island, home to the famed shrimping fleet of Fort Myers Beach (see page 50). Upon crossing the Sky Bridge over MATANZAS PASS, you will spot TIMES SQUARE and Old San Carlos Boulevard to the northwest. San Carlos Boulevard flows into Estero Boulevard as it arrives to Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach’s main land mass. The intersection known as Times Square is typically bustling, but otherwise unrelated to New York’s version. Estero Boulevard runs 7 miles onto LOVERS KEY, FMB’s southernmost doorstep.

In addition, four main parks welcome visitors: BOWDITCH POINT PARK at the island’s north end, LYNN HALL MEMORIAL PARK and CRESCENT BEACH FAMILY PARK at Times Square, and Newton Park to the south. At the southernmost end of Estero Boulevard, the road crosses BIG CARLOS PASS onto Black Island and Lovers Key. LOVERS KEY STATE PARK provides a couple more public access points.

WHAT’S ON THE ISLAND’S BAY SIDE? ESTERO BAY, Florida’s first designated aquatic preserve, encompasses 11,000 submerged acres and borders Estero Island on its leeward eastern shore. Its maze of mangrove islands holds bird rookeries and an important Calusa tribe archaeological site. Known for its vital dolphin populations, ESTERO BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE also supports the nesting of many bird species, including several state-listed species such as the wood stork, black skimmer, roseate spoonbill, reddish egret, little blue heron, and tricolored heron.

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At the island’s north end, MATANZAS PASS enters the bay and Matanzas Harbor, home to the FMB Mooring Field – a spread of anchorage balls available for public boat mooring on a first-come basis year-round.

HOW DO I GET AROUND THE ISLAND? To avoid backed-up traffic on the islands during the winterspring season, step out of your car and use LeeTran public transportation. The Beach Tram runs for free seasonally from BOWDITCH POINT PARK to Bay Street, with stops at Times Square and Old San Carlos Road. The Beach Trolley makes stops all the way down the island from BOWDITCH POINT PARK to LOVERS KEY STATE PARK. For daytrippers traveling to FMB from the mainland, LeeTran’s Beach Park & Ride program picks up at its station at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, where parking is free. It drops off at TIMES SQUARE, and passengers can pick up the tram or trolley to continue down island. For fee and schedule information, visit

WHERE CAN I GET VISITORS INFORMATION? The island-style FORT MYERS BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Welcome Center sits prettily at 2450 Estero Boulevard. It opens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Feel free to stop and take advantage of the trained professionals who can refer you to reputable businesses and services. A wealth of brochures, maps, coupons, and publications are also available free of charge. For further information about your vacation destination, call 239-454-7500; or visit us on the Web at

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE? Fort Myers Beach is a 12/365 destination, where sunny skies and warm temperatures mean never having to come in from playing outside. Okay, the occasional rain storm happens, more prevalently on summer afternoons. In the winter months, December through February, high daily temperatures average around 76 degrees. The lows average around a refreshing 55 degrees, and the temperature of the Gulf reads between 66 and 71 degrees average. Summer temps reach into the mid-90s, tempered by sea breezes and evening showers. March, April, October, and November are the most even-temperature months with the cool of spring or fall in the air and typically lower humidity.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK? Dress is extremely casual in FORT MYERS BEACH, so pack accordingly. Your wardrobe most importantly will include a swimsuit (for obvious reasons), a good sun hat (to protect you from the sun’s intense rays), and flip flops (for when you have to wear shoes). Off the beach, you’ll want light clothing—shorts, lightweight trousers, T-shirts, sneakers, collared shirts for golfing, sundresses, and a jacket, sweater, or other wrap for cool mornings and evenings. If you plan on boating in winter, bring an extra layer. For beach time, don’t forget the sunscreen and your favorite toys—snorkel and mask, skim and body boards, standup paddleboards, kites, Frisbees, air mattresses, and other floatables. Don’t worry if you can’t pack all that: A bevy of beach shops keeps it all in stock to buy or rent.

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Protect you and your family from sunburn with high-SPF sunscreen and UPF clothing. Thunderstorms and lightning are common summer occurrences during the late afternoon in Florida. They are lovely to watch–from inside. At the first rumbles of thunder, seek shelter.

Staying hydrated is crucial in subtropical climes. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, drink at least 12 ounces of water before you step out the door. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, even if you’re only walking or sunning on the beach.

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You’ve been longing for months to dig your toes into our sugar sand and scratch that undeniable itch that only a beach can reach. FMB boasts bountiful beaches of many styles and flavors—whether you’re looking for action, family togetherness, fun in the sun, a nature encounter, or a quiet lovers’ getaway. For the energetic, playful beach type, LYNN HALL MEMORIAL PARK pulsates with the proper upbeat. Located in the heart of FORT MYERS BEACH, next to the 600-foot fishing pier at TIMES SQUARE, this kid-friendly park exudes vitality. Here, everyone in the family can fulfill their respective hearts’ desires among a playground, watersports of every description, nearby shopping and dining, and, of course, fishing from the fabled pier. Lynn Hall Memorial Park is a sweet spot for swimming the gentle waves and hanging out into the late afternoon, grabbing a bite for dinner, and mellowing into the sunset. CRESCENT BEACH FAMILY PARK lies adjacent to Lynn Hall. It adds to the beach landscape more volleyball nets, picnic tables ‘neath thatched roofs, and a 400-foot stretch of powder sand. This is a walk-to beach, as parking is restricted to handicapped spaces. When the day calls for less bustle on the beach and more natural and nautical nuances, you can kick back and relax while checking out the scenery at the northern tip of Estero Island. Situated right on MATANZAS PASS, Bowditch Point Park encompasses 17 acres’ worth of activities from Gulf to bay. A boardwalk takes you from its changing rooms, past decking and picnic areas, to the beach’s touted white sands 18 |

and a nature walk. Shrimp trawlers, tour boats, graceful sailboats, and vessels of all makes and models parade past to keep you entertained as you let the sun warm your skin, heart, and soul. Midway down the island, NEWTON PARK pays homage to the late James Newton, a highly esteemed resident and Fort Myers Beach developer. The grounds and its historic Seven Seas Cottage once welcomed influential guests such as Thomas A. Edison and Henry Ford. Today the property offers to the public environmental education signage, bocce ball courts, picnic tables, guided beach walks, restrooms, an outdoor shower, and wheelchair accessibility. Far from TIMES SQUARE, it pleases those looking for a hushed beach experience. If you are looking for a beach where you can leave traffic even farther behind, pack a picnic and drive south off Estero Island across BIG CARLOS PASS to neighboring LOVERS KEY STATE PARK, which actually occupies four isles including also LONG KEY, BLACK ISLAND, and INNER KEY. Acclaimed as one of Florida’s top ten beaches by the Travel Channel and one of Florida’s most popular state parks, Lovers Key provides visitors seclusion, charm, birds galore, and a setting that is as natural as natural gets.


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Against a tropical hardwood hammock backdrop, the long stretch of sands and soothing waters enforce relaxation. Its new, architecturally stunning Welcome and Discovery Center provides an opportunity to cool off, learn about local ecology, and experience nature art.


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Between LOVERS KEY and TIMES SQUARE, 26 designated public accesses line Estero Boulevard, marking beaches where lack of facilities (including parking in many cases) usually means a quiet scene.


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Lovers Key earned its name in the early 1900s when the island was only accessible by boat. Couples seeking seclusion ventured to the beach outpost back in the day. In modern times the park boasts a seaside wedding gazebo, where an estimated 200 couples marry each year.


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Devoted fishermen concur: No place beats the FORT MYERS BEACH FISHING PIER as the quintessential platform from which to cast a line. For the best results, go in the early morning hours, when the sheepshead and persnickety snook are most likely to nibble. This is the place to get the scoop on what’s biting—and where—from the salty islanders who congregate. Nearby, the MATANZAS BRIDGE FISHING PIER stretches into the bay beneath the Sky Bridge at the east end of Old San Carlos Boulevard and yields good catches and views of a different waterfront. If you find yourself dreaming of getting out into the infinite blue to test your angling prowess, check out the various charter captains you can hire and party boats you can board from marinas throughout FORT MYERS BEACH. You will head some 3 miles offshore on a party boat, where you are likely to hook photogenic catches— most often snapper or mackerel. Equipment is usually provided on these excursions. If you book your own private charter, you are assured a more personal and intense experience. Your knowledgeable deep-water charter captain can give you all the pointers you will need to cast for grouper, amberjack, cobia, tuna, or shark. Other charters take you to the backwaters, including fish-fertile ESTERO BAY, for flats and mangrove fishing. Within the maze of mangrove-clotted islands, you are likely to hook a snapper, redfish, sea trout, or perhaps even that trophy tarpon you can snap a picture of before releasing. On most party and charter excursions, you are covered under the boat’s fishing license, meaning you will not have to purchase one for yourself. Many of the marinas also rent boats, for those who wish to chart their own adventure and perhaps build in a little goof-off time and relaxation. For absolute fishing serenity, head out in a kayak, and fish on your own schedule in places powerboats cannot reach. Local outfitters rent kayaks specially designed and equipped for backwater fishing.



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Over the years, FORT MYERS BEACH has earned and touted its reputation along the Southwest Florida coast as the destination of choice for boaters. While the totally barefoot and carefree attitude of other seaside towns may have become gentrified in modern times, FMB still feels like the real thing when it comes to nautical island lifestyles. A number of marinas provide ample boat dockage, rentals, and charters. Choices abound, from in-tune-with-nature kayaking or sailing romance to skiffs and fast boats. If you’re ready to get out on the water in a quiet and serene manner, paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent. Eco-friendly and lowlying close to the water, they are the best way to explore the oft-forgotten backwater bay of Estero Island, where you are almost assured a wow! encounter with marine life—from manatees and dolphins to pelicans and bald eagles. The 190-mile GREAT CALUSA BLUEWAY trail plots GPS points for adventurous paddlers who want to experience the magic of Estero Bay and beyond. The canoe and kayak trail explores the backwaters from BONITA SPRINGS into ESTERO BAY and northward to Sanibel Island and up the Caloosahatchee River. It was inspired by the original inhabitants and paddlers of Southwest Florida—the Calusa tribesmen. The trail takes paddlers to such otherwise missed venues as Hurricane Bay, Hell Peckney Bay, and Mound Key, revered as the manmade capital of the Calusa empire.

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Birders can spot hawks, herons, egrets, ospreys, roseate spoonbills, ibis, and myriad other life-list species along the way. To check out a map detailing the trail and its key destinations, visit You can rent anything from a zippy Waverunner or V-hull fishing boat to a shallow-draft pontoon. Other watersports such as windsurfing and kiteboarding afford adventure of the extreme kind. Parasailing is a sky-high, thrill-seeking way to score a breathtaking overview of Estero Island and its backbay maze of mangroves. For those more interested in going along for the ride, charters range from sunset sails to fast-ferry day cruises to KEY WEST. Various trips also take you out to remote island beaches or in search of dolphins, which love to play in a boat’s wake. From parasailing and windsurfing to Hobie Cats, Sunfish, and 30-foot Morgans: If you yearn to ride the wind, Fort Myers Beach can hook you up. Rent a two-person boat to play in the offshore wind and waves, or sign on for a sailing yacht sunset cruise or a two- to five-day instructional course. Whatever mode you choose for getting into or out on the water, the rewards are bound to be the highlight of your visit to this sea-obsessed destination where the sun + sand + water formula always equals memories that keep.


The express day-trip cruise to Key West takes under four hours. Driving there takes at least six.

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By definition, a FMB vacation should be spontaneous, unstructured. But if you are the can’t-wait, plan-ahead type looking to customize your sunny days to specific needs, personalities, lifestyles, and vacation fantasies, we have designed some guidelines for what to do and see and what not to miss. Feel free to mix and match the itineraries to fit your vision of the perfect vacation.

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Start your family vacation off with some good beach reads from the FORT MYERS BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (239-7658162, Visit the kids rooms for age-appropriate books with a side of fun–a dry-erase table, a caterpillar tunnel, games, colorful sandcastle arches, and outdoor tables. On the second floor (take the elevator to see a cool sea life mural), the kids can ogle collections of seashells and cool art and check out the teen’s wing. The website lists upcoming classes, exhibits, and discussions. Then grab your beach and fishing gear, and set up your day at LYNN HALL MEMORIAL PARK (239-229-1610, Here, the little ones can frolic on the playground; older kids can cast off the 600-foot fishing pier (the bait shop even rents out equipment); and adrenaline junkies can book a jet-ski or parasail ride. Nosh among the pizza and ice cream shops and sidewalk cafes for lunch al fresco. In the afternoon, feed the children’s fascination for sea creatures with a boat tour into ESTERO BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE, where dolphin sightings are practically guaranteed. 28 |

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For a dose of history, visit THE MOUND HOUSE (239765-0865,; see page 34 for more info) to walk the trails, visit the indoor historical exhibits, and step underground to peek into the middle of an authentic, ancient Calusa shell mound. Next, learn about local marine life from OSTEGO BAY FOUNDATION MARINE SCIENCE CENTER’S (239-765-8101, aquariums and interactive exhibits. Ask when feeding time will happen (usually around 11 a.m.), and stick around to see the very hungry reclusive creatures come out of hiding. Don’t forget to ask about a Working Waterfront Tour in season. Learn about the history of the shrimping industry on San Carlos Island, take a tour of a shrimp processing plant, and get up close to the shrimp boats. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet and mingle with some of the crews. Then, feed yourselves with a seafood lunch at one of the nearby restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf. Follow it with a half-day deep-sea fishing excursion or rent your own boat for ultimate adventure. In the evening, tee up at one of the local mini-golf courses.

Day Three


The beach beckons once again. Spend the morning shelling, sunning, enjoying the playground, and exploring the new interactive WELCOME AND DISCOVERY CENTER at LOVERS KEY STATE PARK (239-463-4588, floridastateparks. org/parks-and-trails/lovers-key-state-park). Call ahead or check the website for information about special bike tours, beach walks, butterfly or sea turtle talks, and fishing clinics, and ask about its Junior Ranger Program. Grab lunch and ice cream from the park’s concession stand, then cool down on the slide and in the Kiddie Pool at Fort Myers Beach Pool on the BAY OAKS RECREATIONAL CAMPUS (see page 37). PHOTO CREDIT: SALTY CRAB


Enjoy a tropical drink from the bar or a bite to eat from the galley as you sit back and relax in one of the air conditioned cabins or take in the sun and soft ocean breezes from the sun decks as you travel aboard the high speed ferries of Key West Express. Key West is the vacation spot of pirates, poets, presidents and partygoers, famous for artists, explorers, musicians, fun filled events and the best recreational water activities.

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Day One Today’s your day to make like the local love bugs and spend your time in utter togetherness. Stop at a market for the makings of a picnic brunch and head south of Estero Island to the ultimate romantic beach hideaway–LOVERS KEY STATE PARK (239-463-4588, lovers-key-state-park). Here, the natural surroundings and off-the-flipflop-path seclusion make going to the beach feel like you have discovered your own private love nest.


Devote the rest of the day to splurging: Indulge in a couples massage at one of the island’s spas, take a sunset stroll, and toast your love with a candlelit dinner overlooking the beach and its post-sunset afterglow. Top it all off with barefoot, moonlit dancing on the beach to the boom-swish percussion of breakers.

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Transcend the land-bound with a tandem parasail adventure, and score a bird’s-eye view of the island. Do lunch in a funky, colorful Florida fish house, where the shrimp and fish are off-the-boat fresh. Walk off lunch with a leisurely stroll along the quiet wilderness trails of the island’s last maritime oak hammock in 60-acre MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE (239-2291610, Find space for just the two of you to relax and reflect on a bench away from it all. When you finish your walk through the preserve, stop at the ESTERO ISLAND HISTORIC SOCIETY MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER, housed in the circa-1921 Davison Cottage at 161 Bay Road (239-4630435,; call ahead as opening times are limited). After siesta, don your sailor cap for a sunset cruise into the Gulf. Back on shore, check out one of several restaurants with open-air dining—rooftop, beachfront, or street-side— and live entertainment. Keep the party rolling and go out on the town–check local newspapers for karaoke, jazz, reggae, and rock listings. Or head to a movie and dinner all in the same venue at BEACH THEATER (239-765-3333, fmbtheater. Photo Leein County VCB/ com)—one of the first of itsCredit: kind Southwest Florida.

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Sleep in and wake slowly to the romance of FMB’s no-rush zone. Make it a simple, carefree islander day—do it all at a snail’s pace, on foot. Remember, flipflops and a swimming suit are all you really need. Head to one of the local coffee shops to pick up freshly baked pastries and latte, then stroll down the beach, take some cool-off dips, rent a Hobie Cat for alone-time at sea, and wind up at TIMES SQUARE to shop for sea- and beach-inspired buys and enjoy a leisurely lunch at a sidewalk café within eyeshot of the Gulf. Follow that up with a restoring bout of lounging, lulled by the sea’s song and breezes. As the sun sinks, revel in the celebration at the FORT MYERS BEACH FISHING PIER (239-229-1610, Indulge in frosty drinks and tons of shrimp. Happily exhausted from the sun and day’s activities, stream a romantic movie and slip between the sheets.


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Whether you are planning a betrothal to the love-ofyour-life or celebrating an anniversary renewal, the beach is always the first choice for Fort Myers Beach nuptials. Veil-white sands, sea music, and the goodluck charm of singing birds and smiling dolphins set the scene for a day you and your guests will remember and cherish. Wedding planners and resort staff on Fort Myers Beach can make the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon a seamless series of happy events. They know the ins-andouts of permitting, local musicians, and the perfect island touches to make your wedding photos pop. How about a seashell-lined bridal path? A steeldrum soloist? Personalized sand sculpture? Sunset backdrop? When it comes to FMB beach weddings, magic happens on a regular basis.

FUN FACT: Lovers Key State Park hosts an annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal at its wedding gazebo each year on Feb. 14. Attendance is limited, so reserve early. | 31| 31

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To dip into the local environmental scene and enjoy the natural pleasures of ESTERO BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE, spend a day following waypoints along the GREAT CALUSA BLUEWAY paddling trail ( You will earn a whole new perspective and appreciation of this water-riddled destination. If you’re lucky, you will get a dolphin escort through Estero Bay. A number of outfitters offer canoe and kayak rentals for your adventure. The Blueway trail map (available online and at the kiosk at Matanzas Pass Preserve) plots marina restaurants, where you can take a break and indulge in dockside lunch with a view of masts and hulls. In

the afternoon, feel indigenous and in harmony with the original inhabitants of the area—the Calusa tribe who once plied local waters in dugout canoes and gave their name to our paddling trail. Walk the trails, visit the historic home, and enjoy the gardens and sights at MOUND HOUSE (239-765-0865,; see page 34 for more info), one of the Calusa Blueway’s launch spots on Estero Bay.

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Wake early for a beach walk at NEWTON BEACH PARK (239-765-0865, at the quietest end of the island’s stretch of sand. Join a free (parking fees apply) guided walk on Tuesday or Thursday morning. Then head to MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE (239-229-1610, Its “Smart Trail” takes visitors on a twisty 1.25-mile tour of the 56-acre preserve with QR code interpretation. In various parts muddy, shelly, and boardwalk, the trails lead through mangroves, shady oak trees, cabbage palms, gumbo limbo trees, and teeming bird habitat before reaching a secluded overlook at ESTERO BAY. Afterward, pack up a picnic lunch for LOVERS KEY STATE PARK (239-463-4588, off the south end of Estero Island. It holds one of the area’s most remote, most natural beach, but there’s more to do here than just lie in the sun: Learn nature lessons at the new WELCOME AND DISCOVERY CENTER, bike, hike, bird-watch, kayak, do a paddleboard tour, or go shelling on the beach. Bring along or buy some fishing gear, and try your luck. Rangerled programs teach you about fishing, as well as birding and kayaking.


Day Three Head to BOWDITCH POINT PARK (239-2291610, at the northern tip of Estero Island for a morning hike along the water’s edge both bay-front and Gulf-front. In the summer look for (but do not disturb) marked loggerhead sea turtle nests in the sand. A nature trail crosses the point of land for more exercise and exposure to local flora.


Bring a picnic for lunching as you watch boats floating in and out of the pass. Keep a lookout for manatees and dolphins as well. For your after-lunch snooze, spread out on the soft white sand under the subtropical sun or in the shade of a native seagrape tree. Come nightfall, head to the beach for a stargazing stroll.



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History Above & Below On ESTERO BAY, The MOUND HOUSE engages families, nature-lovers, and couples alike in archaeological, historical, and environmental learning.

Settlers on the Shells exhibit, with a recreated thatched wall of a Cuban fishing ranch hut as centerpiece, chronicles “people of the mound” who followed the Calusa. Human habitation ended in 1994; the town of Fort Myers Beach purchased the property in 2000. Walk through the French doors to overlook Estero Bay from the wrap porch, read about Calusa canoes, and see a re-created fishing net in the making.

Its restored 1921 home—the oldest standing structure on FORT MYERS BEACH—sits atop a much older structure, an ancient Calusa shell mound. The house holds a cultural museum and environmental learning center. Enter through the museum store, housed in a re-creation of the site’s original structure Odd as it may seem, the coolest exhibits, —the 1906 Tudor Kitchen. especially for kids, live in the bathroom. Its white tiled walls encase an exhibit The two-story home, with its original named Digging Deeper. Touchscreen brickwork, circa-1909 living room, and photo albums, excavated pieces of upstairs exhibits, is the centerpiece of a pottery under magnifying glass, and don’t-miss attraction that spans 2,000 oversized puzzles turn kids into young years of local history. archaeologists. On the home’s second floor, the Ancient People exhibit’s hands-on elements include re-created Calusa tools that kids can touch, made from seashells. They can then look at the real artifacts that were excavated on property. Beautiful tableaux explore Calusa life and European encounters. 34 |

The 2.77-acre bayside complex welcomes visitors with recreational opportunities and one of only two native American shell mound cutaways in Florida. (The other is in Sarasota.) The site’s original exhibit, the underground Stories Beneath Our Feet archaeological museum, allows visitors to peek into actual dig explorations. A video interprets the shell mound cutaway, illustrated with LED rope lights to distinguish the various layers of history. A 44-foot mural depicts an artist’s realistic interpretation of the Calusa village that once thrived here.

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Native landscaping, a kayak launch, picnic tables, and a boat dock complete the well-rounded bay-front facilities. A 2,500-square-foot Observation Pier hugs the property’s shoreline with interpretive signage and plenty of room to fish and observe wildlife. Education staff conducts guided boat and kayak tours in season. Visitors can self-tour the museum and grounds Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. January through April; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the year. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Docents are on hand to interpret exhibits and offer special programs. Visit for tour times and other information or call 239-765-0865 for information.

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FUN FACT: In 1995, the Estero Island Historical Society moved the circa-1921 cottage, which serves as a history museum today, from the beach to its current-day location. It opened in 1997.

Day One


Step into the ultra-modern FORT MYERS BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (239-765-8162,, where you will discover so much more than books. Head up to the third-floor café for coffee, a Wi-Fi hookup, pastries, and books for sale. Have a look at the sand sculptures and Footprints in Time map. Ask for a brochure at the front desk to begin your next cultural adventure. With your smart device, scan the brochure’s QR codes before you circle the island to visit some of the 24 historic landmarks the map plots. In the evening, soak up some of the local culture with sunset, cocktails, and dinner at the number 5 spot on the map: THE PIER & TIMES SQUARE. Just like “back in the day,” you can get fresh seafood, pizza, and ice cream all within a few steps of each other.

Day Two

You can’t miss the beach while you’re visiting, and at NEWTON BEACH PARK, you can have your beach and history, too. SEVEN SEAS COTTAGE was the home of city father, Jim Newton, famed for his friendship with Thomas A. Edison, Henry Ford, and other notables of his time. While you’re at it, spend some time at the bocce courts, shaded picnic tables, and fine white-sand beach. May we suggest Newton’s book Uncommon Friends for a beach read? After lunch, stop at the FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION (239-463-3909, to admire the latest exhibit and purchase creative souvenirs of your island visit. Nearby, visit the MOUND HOUSE (239765-0865,; see page 34 for more info), the oldest standing home on Fort Myers Beach, for both culture and recreation.


After celebrating sunset on the beach, enjoy dinner and a movie in one at BEACH THEATER (239-765-9000, fmbtheater. com). The theater hosts the FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL. See page 46 for details. 36 |

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Day Three


Head to MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE (239-229-1610, for a morning hike and a visit to the museum at the HISTORIC COTTAGE & NATURE CENTER that sits at the entrance. If it’s open (check website for current hours), you can visit the historic exhibits inside, maintained by the ESTERO ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY (239-463-0435, Head over the bridge to San Carlos Island for lunch overlooking the historic shrimp docks, a strong part of local heritage. One restaurant occupies an old seafood house from the 1930s shrimping heyday. After lunch, learn more about shrimping, fishing, and local maritime culture and flora and fauna with a walk around the working waterfront and its nature boardwalk. Then visit the OSTEGO BAY FOUNDATION MARINE CENTER (239765-8101,, which conducts weekly tours of the shrimp docks in season. For a taste of history, dine at the restaurants dating back to the 1920s.


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From fitness classes and pickleball to a heated lap pool and kids’ activities, Bay Oaks covers all recreational needs with a wide variety of facilities and programs. It is located next to the Fort Myers Beach School at 2731 Oak St. The Rec Center (239-765-4222) opens Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pool’s (239-463-5759) schedule is as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: CLOSED For more information, please visit | 37

Day Trip to Sanibel & Captiva


Four bridges and 30 minutes get you from FORT MYERS BEACH to SANIBEL ISLAND, the barrier island to the north, known for its superlative seashell-collecting. If you want to plan on spending a day there and its sister island, CAPTIVA, this itinerary hits the high spots. Start your day—where else? —at the beach. Because of the way Sanibel twists east-west at its southern end, it affords a perfect view of sunrise over FORT MYERS BEACH from its LIGHTHOUSE BEACH PARK (239-472-0345, mysanibel. com). That orientation also gets the credit for Sanibel’s shelling reputation, allowing it to roadblock specimens washing in from southern seas. Lighthouse Beach Park is popular, too, with birders, especially during fall and spring migrations, when they watch for migration fall-out as birds drop to the beach for a rest-stop after their long trip overseas. Its fishing pier brings yet another brand of outdoors folk. Second only to the beaches for its popularity with visitors, J.N. “DING” DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (239472-1100, deserves at least a stop at its free Visitor & Education Center (don’t miss the Learning Lavatories, voted America’s Best Restroom in 2018) and a tour along 4-mile Wildlife Drive. You could spend a whole day hiking, biking, paddling, doing boating excursions, and wildlife-watching, but Sanibel has two other excellent nature attractions you might want to consider: BAILEYMATTHEWS NATIONAL SHELL MUSEUM (239-395-2233, and CLINIC FOR THE REHABILITATION OF WILDLIFE (CROW) (239-472-3644,


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Plan on a little shopping, then dinner on CAPTIVA ISLAND, where you can find a table beachside, bayside, or in its quirky little “downtown area.” Watch sunset from the beach (where else can you watch sunrise and sunset from the same destination?!) or book a sunset cruise leaving out of one of Captiva’s many marinas. (Tip: Download the song “Sanibel Sunset” by local crooner Danny Morgan for the occasion.)

Turtle Time:

Lights Out!

Each summer from May to August, mama loggerhead and occasional green sea turtles lumber ashore local beaches to dig nests and lay their eggs. Each turtle lays 100-some leathery white eggs, which incubate for about two months before the hatchlings dig their way free and scurry to the GULF OF MEXICO. During their hatching season, which lasts through October, residents and visitors along the beach should keep their lights off or shielded and drapes pulled at night. Otherwise, the hatchlings can lose their innate navigational abilities and turn inland, where they could be eaten by birds, crushed by vehicles, or suffer heat exhaustion. Beachgoers should avoid carrying flashlights or using flash photography at night. To make the hatchlings’ journey from nest to sea obstacle-free, fill in holes and level sand structures that your family may have created during your beach visit. Remove all furniture from the beach at night. TURTLE TIME, INC. (, a not-for-profit organization, has been monitoring sea turtle activity on Fort Myers Beach since 1998. Volunteers patrol daily during nesting season to check out and mark nests and assist the babies who are unable to dig out on their own. They find up to 130 nests on the beach each season. If you’re lucky, you may happen onto the beach during a morning release of rescued hatchlings who didn’t make it out of the nest.


Adult loggerhead sea turtles, which are believed to swim thousands of miles from feeding grounds to nesting beaches, grow to a length of about 3 feet and weigh from 200 to 350 pounds. Females return to the same beach where they hatched when it comes time to lay their own nests. | 39 | 39

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Jammin’ FMB-Style The beauty of partying in FORT MYERS BEACH? You don’t have to wait until after dark. Whether it’s a rock band under the sun at a poolside bar, or late-night dancing in the sand with moon glow glinting off the waves, the party never dies on FMB. Never even flickers. At practically any given moment of every single day, you can find some party action on or off the beach.

Toasty with Jams Bare feet and bikinis are the preferred style of party attire on sunny FMB, where you can walk the beach and find, every 30 steps or so, a new spot to hear music, kick up some sand on the dance floor, and have a fruity drink with a side of nosh. Most of the action concentrates around TIMES SQUARE, but resorts and clubs the length of the beach and along San Carlos Boulevard and Old San Carlos Boulevard offer everything from weekend bashes and tiki hut bars to rooftop revelry and poolside boogey. When it nears sunset, everyone gravitates toward the fishing pier at TIMES SQUARE, which not only gives you a front-row view of the sun’s dramatic curtain call, but also puts you smack in the middle of the nightly buzz. The action grows especially brisk on Friday and Saturday nights, with free live music at TIMES SQUARE. Take a seat along the row of sidewalk cafes for an afterglow cocktail and pre-party sustenance.


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Now you’re ready to head out on the town for some serious carousing. Pick your party: the after-work locals’ scene, beachfront and beautiful, or tucked-away and intimate. Or mix it all up as you do the pub crawl around TIMES SQUARE from beach to bay. No worries about designated drivers or places to park, you can do it all by foot. (At this point, you may want to upgrade from bare feet, but casual is always in style.)

Purely FMB Sunset cruises present other islandy options for celebrating the end of another glorious vacation day. Cocktails and mingling with fellow vacationers make lively experiences and cherished memories for partyers of the sea-legged variety. If you’re looking for something quieter for your nightly entertainment, Fort Myers Beach claims a movie theater where you can dine and sip as you watch the latest first-run films. There’s more to partying FMB-style than its vibrant nightlife, however. Even by day you can dance your way up and down the beach, stopping to quench your sun-drenched thirst with something chilly and fruit-full. | 43

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Top times to experience the fine art of beach jammin’ is during FMB’s go-nuts festivals. Families, couples, and singles alike discover new and outrageous ways to let loose and live it up throughout the year’s events. Live music, art, film, fireworks, food festivals, twinkling holiday-decorated boats, hometown parades, a singersongwriter festival, and a world-class sandsculpting competition fill the calendar with entertainment as diverse as it is rousing. So have a look at the calendar of events on page 46, and start planning your next high-spirited visit to this land of year-round vibes and around-theclock feisty. In this town known for its clubs, beach bars, and jams, you needn’t fight for your right to party. It’s a given when you’re jammin’ FMB-style.


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The CELEBRATING DOES NOT END with sand-sculpting on the beach. You can find festivities around the calendar. Make note of these opportunities to party along with the locals. Events throughout 2022 bring folks together to rejoice in culture, nature, music, and food, glorious seafood. For more information, visit, or call 239-454-7500. 46 |

Note: Event dates are subject to change because of pandemic conditions or other factors. Please call ahead or check the event’s website for updates.

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Art Divine Holiday Show The Fort Myers Beach Art Association & Gallery hosts this holiday season show for five weeks. It features a free public reception on Dec. 15 and an Open House with ongoing demonstrations and art sales on Jan. 13. Check the web site for a schedule of other happenings during the show. 239-463-3909,

Jan. 15, 2022

Putt & Pub The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club hosts this 11th annual competition, where costumed foursomes golf their way through nine area bars and restaurants. The event benefits nine local nonprofit groups.

Feb. 14, 2022

Lovers Key Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Couples are invited to the 11th annual vow renewal ceremonies at the beach gazebo at Lovers Key State Park. Reserve ahead for the 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. ceremony. Donation is $150 per couple, which includes a picnic basket with an individual wedding cake and champagne to enjoy in the park.

March 12-13, 2022

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival and Parade Two days of festivities celebrate the tasty shrimp harvest of Fort Myers Beach at this 63rd annual event. A parade down Estero Boulevard follows a 5K race on Saturday morning, culminating with the crowning of the Shrimp Queen. Seafood vendors and the Lions Club’s shrimp boil concession set up at Lynn Hall Memorial Park both days. On Sunday, sponsored shrimp lovers compete in a shrimp-eating contest. 239-451-3425,

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May 1, 2022

Taste of the Beach The 26th annual Taste of the Beach dishes up seafood and other Beach specialties from nearly 20 restaurants, along with live music and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The action and tantalizing aromas center around Old San Carlos Boulevard off Estero Boulevard. Admission is $5 for adults, free for kids ages 12 and younger. 239-454-7500,

July 2, 2022

Kids’ Fourth of July Fishing Tournament More than 150 kids ages 3 to 15 participate in this longrunning event the weekend before the Fourth, held at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf. Kids and their families can fish from shore from 9 a.m. to noon. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) There’s free lunch and prizes for everyone. 239-765-8101

July 4, 2022

Fort Myers Beach Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Festivities kick off with a 10 a.m. parade on Estero Boulevard. (The Matanzas Pass Bridge closes to oncoming traffic from approximately 9:30 to noon.) As the sun begins to set, head to Times Square and the Fort Myers Beach Pier for the region’s most spectacular firework displays. Music and festivities begin early around Times Square; the pyrotechnics launch from the fishing pier at 9 p.m. Find your spot anywhere along the beach for an eyeful of sparkly. (Closing time for bridge oncoming traffic is 9-11:30 p.m., but traffic is able to leave the island during that time.)

Enter to win a trophy for the best decoration in three categories: powerboat under 26 feet, powerboat over 26 feet, and sailboat. Participate in the fun by voting for “People’s Choice.” Watch the festive procession from the canal hammerheads in Siesta Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Matanzas on the Bay, Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, Dixie Fish Co., Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, or Parrot Key Caribbean Grill.

Dec. 9-10, 2022

Women’s Club Christmas Tree Festival The festival starts with Fort Myers Beach’s nonprofits each decorating a tree for auctioning. Guests bid on the trees, and the funds go back to each individual organization. The weekend’s events also include live entertainment, a holiday vendor market, a chili cookoff, food trucks, a baked goods sale, and a visit from Santa. The price of admission is one unwrapped toy for distribution to children on the island.

Dec. 31, 2022

Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve Celebration Watch the ball drop at Times Square–without shivering. The town’s 25th annual birthday party starts at noon with free live music and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier and the ball drop at midnight. 239-765-0202,

April 26-May 1, 2022

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival The 16th annual five-day festival will provide moviegoers the opportunity to see quality independent films and be a part of events that include a Grand Opening Party, Film on the Beach, educational workshops with the filmmakers, and an awards ceremony.

Sept. 23-25, 2022

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest As part of an eighth annual, two-week, multi-venue event, Fort Myers Beach hosts four days of music by nationwide songwriters-singers at a number of local bars and clubs.

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Dec. 4, 2022

Christmas Boat Parade More than 30 boats decked out in festive holiday array parade through Matanzas Harbor and past a number of waterside eating and drinking establishments starting from Salty Sam’s Marina at 6 p.m. The 34th annual lighted floating parade proceeds beneath the Sky Bridge and through the first two canals of Siesta Bay in a purely Fort Myers Beach tradition.

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PINK GOLD Foodies Treasure our Local Shrimp It happened in the dark of night, much by accident: the discovery in 1949 of wild pink shrimp—the world’s first nocturnally fished shrimp. The new species changed the course of history for FORT MYERS BEACH back in the 1950s. Today, the harbor at SAN CARLOS ISLAND nets more than $100 million a year for the local economy, second only to tourism. During a good winter, when shrimpers from distant ports dock at San Carlos Island, the port fills with dozens of trawlers, making it the nation’s busiest port for offloading pink shrimp. The discovery of “pink gold” in the nearby DRY TORTUGAS south of the Florida Keys first brought the shrimping industry to Fort Myers Beach, where the shrimpers set up a land base. Harvesting of the coveted pink shrimp (Penaeus duorarum) quickly rose as a top source for area income with as many as 300 boats operating out of the area during shrimping’s heyday. In 1951, the shrimpers held their first Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet ceremony, a full-moon tradition that continued through the years. “By 1953, 17.32 million pounds of shrimp were being caught and brought into the island port. That is enough shrimp to give every resident in 24 towns the size of Miami, a pound of shrimp,” wrote local historian Rolfe F. Schell in 1980. 50 |

Shrimpers ranged as far as Campeche in Mexico in the early days. The boats required heavy provisioning for their strenuous trips of weeks’ duration, during which time they would shrimp by night, sleep by day. Services required by the boats and their crews impacted the local economy tremendously, doubling the size of FORT MYERS BEACH. In later years, productive shrimp grounds were discovered much closer to home, near SANIBEL ISLAND. Today, most of the shrimpers cull their harvests from the DRY TORTUGAS near Key West in winter. For the summer, many migrate to Texas to fish for brown shrimp, but year-round you can see the salty profiles of trawlers against the bay backdrop of SAN CARLOS ISLAND.

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Participants see how the boats are unloaded, trawl doors are built, shrimp nets are hand-sewn, seafood is processed, and other important aspects of the maritime industry.

The Science Center itself occupies a 1970s shrimp packinghouse. Where mammoth freezers once held the tasty shellfish for nationwide trans-shipment, aquariums and other exhibits today introduce local marine life. One display details the processing of wild shrimp from boat to box with samples of sea turtle-friendly netting, the telltale white rubber boots that have become the unofficial uniform of shrimpers, and a model of a shrimp trawler.

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The OSTEGO BAY FOUNDATION takes visitors each Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. (except during summer) on a three-hour Working Waterfront Tour of the San Carlos Island Working Waterfront Trail. Advance reservations are required; call 239-765-8101. The tour includes a 90-minute guided visit at the Science Center and continues with stops at the commercial fishing docks, ERICKSON & JENSEN SUPPLY HOUSE, TRICO SHRIMP loading dock and processing plant, and a net shop.

Another fun way to get a taste of the local shrimping heritage comes the second full weekend in March during the annual FORT MYERS BEACH SHRIMP FESTIVAL. The local Lions Club boils up more than 1,000 pounds of pink shrimp for the weekend’s consumption. Activities include a parade down Estero Boulevard, a 5K race, the longstanding tradition of crowning the year’s shrimp queen, and dozens of seafood and other food concessions on the beach at LYNN HALL MEMORIAL PARK. If you miss the festival, don’t worry. You can find fresh, sweet pink shrimp—considered by connoisseurs to be among the tastiest—on menus at certain restaurants throughout town. To be sure a restaurant is serving local product, ask for wild pink shrimp. | 51

Shrimp 201: Buying & Preparing Look for the “WILD-CAUGHT SHRIMP” label to ascertain you’re buying local. Otherwise, you could end up with farmed shrimp, possibly from Asia and treated with preservatives and antibiotics. Local shrimpers flash-freeze their shrimp onboard during long trips at sea, but freezing preserves rather than compromises the flavor of the shrimp. Packers grade shrimp size-wise, according to how many shrimp come in a pound. This varies from seller to seller but generally goes something like this: fewer than 21 shrimp/pound = jumbo; 21-25 shrimp/pound = large; 26-50 shrimp/ pound = medium; more than 50 shrimp/pound = small. “BOAT GRADE” indicates an assortment of sizes, usually on the small side.



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To make sure you don’t overcook boiled shrimp—a worse transgression than undercooking—drop thawed shrimp into boiling water, cover, and immediately remove from heat. Let the shrimp sit for 2 to 4 minutes, depending upon their size, until they lose their translucency. Drain and eat or refrigerate immediately. Locals relish pink shrimp hot or chilled, with cocktail sauce or just a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning. As Forrest Gump knew, there are endless ways other than boiling to prepare shrimp. Deep-fried, shrimp scampi, stuffed shrimp, and shrimp and grits are just a few local favorites. Seafood markets and restaurants are happy to share tips and recipes for turning your pink gold into a treasured meal.


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Shop. Eat. Repeat.

FMB retail therapy cures the blahs, the blues, and any other ailment you can think of. Whether you need a new sundress or polo shirt to set off your tan, bribes for the dog-sitter back home, some justoff-the-hook seafood, or simply a break from the sun, there’s always a good reason to shop on FORT MYERS BEACH. Most of the reasons have to do with the sunny fashions, sea-themed gifts, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and memorable meals you will find. So, head guiltlessly to the various commercial centers of FMB, which conveniently cluster shops together with take-a-break libation stations, delis, snack bars, fish markets, and sit-down restaurants.

Buys along the Boulevard The opportunities begin as you head toward the beach on SAN CARLOS BOULEVARD, where a couple of shopping centers provide all you need to supply your beach vacation—from snacks and beer to pool “noodles,” a new cover-up, and sunscreen. A string of restaurants along the way satisfies appetites with burgers, pasta, homemade ice cream, ribs, and, of course, seafood. 56 |

Wild-caught pink shrimp is the trademark culinary icon in town, and you can buy it raw or cooked up in a number of ways—simply steamed in the shell, crunchy batter-fried, bathed in garlic butter, or prepared in an endless array of creative dishes. Buy your shrimp packaged to travel from retailers around the shrimp docks on SAN CARLOS ISLAND, just off Main Street south of San Carlos Boulevard on the east side of the Matanzas Pass Sky Bridge. The local commercial fishing industry extends beyond shrimp, however, to grouper, snapper, stone crab, blue crab, mullet, and a number of tasty shell and fin fish served up at restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Good-Time Times Square The heartbeat of Fort Myers Beach, TIMES SQUARE and intersecting Old San Carlos Boulevard throb to the rhythm of island music and the footsteps of young to seasoned seeking (and finding!) the affordable and splurge-worthy in eats and buys.


Clustered around the beach, LYNN HALL MEMORIAL PARK, the FORT MYERS BEACH PIER, the pedestrian plaza, and its side streets, shops are naturally sea-focused. Surfing and beach gear and apparel fill mammoth marts on practically every corner. In between, unique boutiques sell fine resort fashions, jewelry, henna tattoos, art, and other gifts with a sense of place. Sidewalk cafes with merry market umbrellas line the western Gulf-facing side of the plaza. Stop for fortification in the form of an ice cream sundae, homemade fudge, rumrunner cocktail, hand-crafted Greek gyro, or basket of shrimp. Along Old San Carlos, restaurants specializing in pizza, sushi, and fish extend all the way from Gulf front to bay side, where dining with a view is de rigueur.

Now that’s a view! Cheers to cold drinks, great food, beautiful views and warm gulf breezes! Enjoy live music twice a day, plus our daily happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm.

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Easin’ Down Estero


One of Florida’s liveliest streets, ESTERO Boulevard runs 7 miles from Times Square to Big Carlos Pass. At its north end, pedestrians hit tucked-away shops carrying everything from beach towels and sandals to cigars and skim boards. Restaurants run uber-casual to historic and seaside fine.

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Sit down to creative global cuisine or simply grab a Coney dog and run. Dining is never dull on Fort Myers Beach, where choices range from Asian and vegan to Italian and new American. As you head south on the boulevard, shopping strips and plazas offer more reasons to spend—both time and your vacation retail budget.

At Santini Marina Plaza Shops, look for fine beachwear, jewelry, kitschy-cute tropical décor, and good eats. Don’t forget to stop at the FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION for gallery-quality and affordable original paintings as potent souvenirs of your visit. Grocery stores and marts delight with fresh-picked oranges and key limes, juicy sweet mangos, Italian specialties, homemade ice cream, and other taste treats. Some of the best restaurants live in the hotels, marinas, and shopping centers, or seaside along the beach.

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Poke around and discover FMB’s opportunities to cure what ails you with a bout of retail therapy. Find cherished souvenirs for everyone on your list— most importantly you. And don’t forget to also reward yourself with a taste of what’s grown and caught locally.

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DOGS ARE WELCOME ON FORT MYERS BEACH! Vacations are more fun with your furry friend, and Fort Myers Beach is a great dog friendly destination! Here is all the information you need to plan a trip with your pup to our beautiful island. DOG FRIENDLY HOTELS AND DINING Find a place to stay by browsing our Pet Friendly accommodations on Then take a look at our Pet Friendly restaurants for when you want to eat out. TAKING YOUR DOG ON THE BEACH Dogs are welcome on Fort Myers Beach, but there are a few rules. •

Keep your dog leashed at all times on a nonretractable leash. The leash can be no more than six feet long.

Dogs must be kept under control at all times and not allowed to touch or disturb others.

Please pick up after your dog and dispose of their waste in the trash.

DOG FRIENDLY PARKS Lee County Parks has lots of options for a little ‘road trip’ for you and your four legged pal. Remember to always clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste when visiting these parks. 60 | 60 |



Unleashed Parks There are two unleashed areas near Fort Myers Beach where your dog can cut loose and also socialize with other dogs. First, is the famous DOG BEACH in BONITA SPRINGS. Here your dog can run and frolic in the Gulf while making some new friends. Doggie shower stations are provided to rinse your dog afterwards. Then there’s WOOF-A-HATCHEE DOG PARK at the WaKee-Hatchee recreational center. This park features two play areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Shower stations are also provided here as well. Leashed Parks Lee County has lots of dog friendly parks where you can take your pooch for a walk. Visit parks/dog-parks for a complete list of leashed parks as well as dog rules and regulations. Mound House & Newton Park THE MOUND HOUSE and NEWTON PARK are Town of Fort Myers Beach parks. Dogs are permitted on the grounds only and must be leashed at all times. Lovers Key State Park Dogs are permitted on the hiking and biking trails of LOVERS KEY STATE PARK if they are on a leash. However, dogs are not permitted on the sandy beach along the shoreline. | 61


How To Become an Islander


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Has the time come to put your foot down firmly in the sand? Time to proclaim: “There is no way I can leave Fort Myers Beach!” EVER. AGAIN. The island bug has bitten you. Hard. You’ve made up your mind: You will extend your stay—at least for a few more weeks every year, and for a lifetime if you have your way. That, in fact, is how a great many of our residents came to be FMB islanders. They will be happy to share with you the (coco)nuts and (lightning) bolts of living in Southwest Florida, but here is some basic information to get you started.

YOUR ISLAND HOME Whether you plan on renting or buying, FORT MYERS BEACH offers options of all sorts from beachfront condos and bayside homes to properties on the golf course or overlooking a canal. Check for listings of real estate agents who can help you find the new home of your dreams. Buyers may be eligible for a Florida Homestead Exemption: All persons who own and reside on real property in Florida on Jan. 1 and make the property their permanent residence are eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000.

Lee County Property Appraiser, 2480 Thompson St., 4th Floor; P.O. Box 1546, Fort Myers, FL 33902, 239-533-6100 or 888-721-0510,

PAPERWORK To become a Florida resident will require a change in driver’s licenses, car tags, voter’s registration, and other personal papers. The information below will help you with the transition. Lee County Voter Registration, 2480 Thompson St., 3rd Floor; P.O. Box 2545, Fort Myers, FL 33902, 239-533-8683, Lee County Vehicle Registration & Drivers Licenses, 15680 Pine Ridge Rd., Fort Myers FL 33908, 239-533-6000,

Fishing Licenses Florida residents age 16 and older must obtain a saltwater fishing license to cast from shore or any pier or vessel not covered by its own license. (The Fort Myers Beach pier is licensed.) Freshwater fishing licenses are also required. Visit for more information on licenses and other size, bag, and season regulations.

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Parking Permits


Parking permits are available for Fort Myers Beach residents and business owners. You may purchase them from the Town Hall at 2525 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach for $25. A permit is valid for one year.

You can contact Beach Utilities 24 hours a day by phone or in person Monday-Friday during normal office hours.

The annual permit allows residents to park under the Matanzas Pass Bridge or at any of the town-owned beach access areas. It does not allow free parking at any of the beach parks. Vehicles with residential parking permits cannot park free in short-term or metered parking areas; residents are allowed to park in longterm parking areas. Town of Fort Myers Beach, 2525 Estero Blvd. 239-463-5888,

GOVERNMENT Fort Myers Beach became officially incorporated in 1995. The Fort Myers Beach Town Council consists of five elected Council members and selects from its membership a Mayor and Vice Mayor. Members appoint a Town Manager. For more information, visit

UTILITIES & SERVICES Trash Removal Trash, refuse, yard waste, and recycling may not be put out to the curb more than 24 hours before pickup. Regular household trash—40 pounds or less—gets picked up on Thursdays. Recycling and vegetation pick-up day is Wednesdays. Vegetation items must be placed in trash cans or bags or bundled with twine. Bags and bundles should be less than 5 feet long and no more than 40 pounds. Request a recycling bin and special pick-up of large items from Advanced Disposal Services.

Beach Utilities, 2525 Estero Blvd., 239-463-9914 (after hours 866-578-2705),

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Island Banks BB&T, Drive-Thru only, 6061 Estero Blvd., 239-463-7711, Communication Western Union ( services are available at local Publix, Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Walgreens stores. Drop off Federal Express (fedex. com) packages in outside boxes at Indian Creek Plaza (17264 San Carlos Blvd.), Walgreens (17065 Pine Ridge Rd.), Sea Grape Plaza (2801 Estero Blvd.), or Santini Marina Plaza (7205 Estero Blvd.) U.S. Post Office (main), 200 Carolina Ave., 239-463-4852 or 800-275-8777 U.S. Post Office (branch) 17264 San Carlos Blvd. #302 239-466-8878

CIVIC & COMMUNITY PHONES AMERICAN LEGION, 239-463-6591, ESTERO ISLAND HISTORIC SOCIETY, 239-463-0435, Credit: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel FORT MYERS BEACHPhoto ART ASSOCIATION 239-463-3909,

Advanced Disposal Services, 239-334-1224


Emergency Notifications


To receive phone, text, or email alerts about hurricanes, boil water notices, and other emergencies, visit and sign up. The site also has an application form for post-emergency re-entry passes. Residents can apply for and pick up passes at Town Hall. Electricity Florida Power & Light (FPL) provides power to the Fort Myers Beach area. New residents can get service to their home started online or by phone. FPL, 239-334-7754,

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FUN FACT: San Carlos Island’s historic Dixie Fish Company building on Fisherman’s Wharf under the Matanzas Pass Sky Bridge was built in the late 1930s. Local historians fought to preserve the Intracoastal Waterway landmark. It is the only of its kind still standing after more than 70 years of continuous operation. In 2015, a new waterfront restaurant revived its spirit of seafood industry.


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More than a dozen nonprofits have become involved with the Alliance of Nonprofits FMB since its inception in 2018. The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club and the community felt that an alliance of nonprofits should be formed to assist them in fundraising, partnerships, and general support. The nonprofits overwhelmingly approved the idea to work together and educate one another as one voice in serving the community and doing outreach.


The Alliance triggered an online community calendar which is maintained and hosted on the Woman’s Club website. The Alliance has created a program called “Pass the Bag,” where a bag stocked with flyers and brochures from all the nonprofits is handed off to be displayed and shared at each nonprofit’s event.


Current Alliance members are listed below. For more information on the Alliance of Nonprofits FMB, to view the community events calendar, or to get involved, please visit the Woman’s Club website at or email







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Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast Manatee Bay Inn 932 Third Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6906 Accommodations: Condominiums Cane Palm Beach Condominium 600 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3222 management@ Caper Beach Club 2810 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-1423 Fairview Isles Condominium Assoc. 6655 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9538 FICMgmt@fairviewislescondos. com Gulfview Manor Resort 6530 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (800) 606-4853 Island Winds Condominium 6610 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-0688 (800) 463-7055 manager@islandwindsflorida. com Kona Beach Club 478 Estero Blvd., #21 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (419) 332-2242 Marina Village at Snug Harbor 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3949 Pointe South Condominiums 5000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4009

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Seaside an All-Suite Resort 4770 Estero Blvd FMB 33931 (239) 463-4944

Shipwreck Motel 237 Old San Carlos Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4691

Silver Sands Villas 1207 Estero Blvd. Smugglers Cove Condo Assn. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 5100 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-2755 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4128 sunnfun@ PET FRIENDLY The Sea Gypsy Inn 1698 Estero Blvd. Accommodations: Cottages, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Villas & Inns (239)765-0707 Carousel Beach Inn 6230 Estero Blvd. PET FRIENDLY Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6131 Accommodations: Hotel reservations@ Beach Shell Inn 2610 Estero Blvd. PET FRIENDLY Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9193 Cottages of Paradise Point (888) 364-0202 466 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-603-7732 Hampton Inn & Suites info@cottagesofparadisepoint. 11281 Summerlin Square Blvd. com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 437-8888 Hideaway Village PET FRIENDLY 5607 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Holiday Inn Express & Suites (877) 274-5767 11171 Summerlin Square Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 590-0664 Lighthouse Island Resort hie.ftmyersbeach@skylinedma. 1051 Fifth St. com Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9392 ftmyersbeachfl Reservations@ PET FRIENDLY Matanzas Inn Bayside Resort 414 Crescent St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9258 PET FRIENDLY Myerside Resort 145 School St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-765-0297 PET FRIENDLY Outrigger Beach Resort 6200 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 333931 (239) 463-3131

Lovers Key Resort 8771 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-1040 Residence Inn, Fort Myers/ Sanibel 20371 Summerlin Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 415-4150 PET FRIENDLY Tiki on the Beach Hotel 4360 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-9547 reservation@tikionthebeach. com

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TriPower Vacation Rentals 2001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 410-2593 www.tripowervacationrentals. com Vacasa Vacation Rentals 15050 Elderberry Lane Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-9914 Advertising, Marketing and PR 2Suns Consulting Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (608) 577-7507 Barefoot Consulting LLC Call for Appointment (941) 258-5997 com Bike Billboards Call for Appointment (239) 645-2402 Discovery Maps of SW Florida 2710 Del Prado Blvd., S Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 471-7838 Pink House Agency Call for Appointment (239) 222-0129 Airboat Rides & Everglades Tours Everglades Adventure 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 405-2060 Everglades Day Safari 11281 Summerlin Square Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 472-1559 Lake Trafford Airboats & Alligators, Inc. 6001 Lake Trafford Rd. Immokalee, FL 34142 (239) 657-2214 | 69

Airport Transportation Apple Airport Transportation 15501 Old McGregor Blvd. Suite 6 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 482-1200 Majestic Transportation 15501-5 Old McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 489-4473 www.majesticairportservice. com

Sea Gypsy Treasures 1698 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-765-0707 Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel 1300 Estero Blvd., #101 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 330-3388

Automotive AFA/Enterprise Rentals 19003 San Carlos Blvd. Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4900 Awards & Trophy Engravers Crown Trophy of Cape Coral 1333 Lafayette Street Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 823-8048

Posh Baby Equipment Rentals Call for Appointment Order online (941) 500-9260 Sanibel Carts 15050 Elderberry Lane Suite 414 Fort Myers, FL 33907 239.500-2278

Shaded LLC Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Wear the Fund (239) 245-4351 (work) 93 Mildred Drive, Suite B Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 362-2401 Amusement and Water SunShade Made Parks Fred’s Award World, Inc. Call for Appointment 3512 Palm Beach Blvd. (812) 801-7513 Fort Myers Beach Community Art, Culture & Photography Fort Myers, FL 33916 Pool (239) 332-0363 2600 Oak Street Fort Myers Beach Art Business Services Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Association (239) 436-5759 3030 Shell Mound Blvd. 24/7 JMCP Notarial Services Trophy Case by the Beach Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 17195 San Carlos Blvd. #4 239-600-5757 Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park (239) 463-3909 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 35 NE Pine Island Road 239-590-3087 Cape Coral, FL 33909 profile/152446481 (239) 574-4386 Lorna Littrell Photography Baseball A-Economical B&B Income FMB 33931 Tax Inc. 270-860-2119 Roy Hobbs Baseball Call For Appointment FastTrax Entertainment 4300-100 Edison Ave. 810-599-0534 17455 Summerlin Road www.lornalittrellphotography. Fort Myers, FL 33916 Fort Myers, FL 33908 com 330-923-3400 (239) 481-9666 Accent Business Products Wicked & Whimsical 6261 Arc Way Beverage Distributers Photography Finnemore Bikes & Watersports Fort Myers, FL 33906 Call for Appointment 2353 Periwindle Way (239) 939-0077 Captiva Spirits Inc. (239) 478-4385 Sanibel, FL 33957 Call for Appointment www.wickedandwhimsical (239) 472-5577 ww.accentbusinessproducts. (239) 326-2141 com Attractions & Entertainment BAK Bookkeeping & Marketing Sun Splash Family Waterpark Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Florida Native Butterfly Suncoast Beverage Sales 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. (810) 229-8991 Society, Inc. 2996 Hanson St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 1815 Fowler Street Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 574-0558 x1985 Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 334-3520 x116 www.sunsplashwaterpark. (239) 690-2359 com Better Business Bureau Serving West Florida Bike, Scooter, Golf Cart & Apparel 2655 McCormick Drive Beach Rentals Clearwater, FL 33759 Seminole Casino Hotel Local Color FMB Inc. (239) 334-4648 Fun-N-Sun Bike Rentals Immokalee 1021B Estero Blvd. (800) 525-1447 9100 Lady Bug Court 506 S First St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33919 Immokalee, FL 34142 (239) 463-9199 (239) 728-7564 (239) 658-1313 www.seminoleimmokalee Coastline Cottage Home Gulf Coast Slingshot Rentals Watch LLC Sandal Factory 17741 San Carlos Blvd., #10 Wild Ace Entertainment & 15031 Punta Rassa Road 1035 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 333931 Productions, LLC Unit 1204 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-217-6055 (239) 985-5540 Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-463-1989 (239) 771-3125 70 |

Coastal Innkeepers LLC 450 Old San Carlos Blvd., #4 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-0700 www.harbourhouseattheinn. com

Presstige Printing 10940 Harmony Park Drive Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 949-8518

Group Management Services 9001 Daniels Parkway, Ste. 203 Fort Myers, FL 33912

Print Shop Ink of FMB 19041 San Carlos Blvd #3 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7744

Imperial Home Watch & Services 7530 Estero Blvd., #107 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 826-6806 Innova Payroll Call for Appointment (239) 672-1254 Lurie, LLP 10181 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ste. A Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 278-4455 Markham-Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., PA 8961 Conference Drive, Suite 1 Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 433-5554 Massie & Reilly CPAs, PLLC 15671 San Carlos Blvd. Suite 201 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 768-2171 Marco Office Supply 220 Industrial Blvd. Naples, FL 34145 (239) 775-7513 Pac N’ Ship 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 9239) 233-8371 Peopleready 9961 Commerce Station Road Ste. 110 Fort Myers, FL., 33912 (239) 390-2052 / Fax: (239) 390-2067

R & W Gibson Promotional Products 9826 Gladiolus Bulb Loop Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 823-1093 Signs by Crannie 2180 Andrea Lane, #6 Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 482-6800 florida

Charitable & Not- for-Profit Organizations American Legion, Melvin Cowart Post 274 899 Buttonwood Drive Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-6591 Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33990 (239)772-5657 Cape Coral Community Foundation 1405 SE 47th Street Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 542-5594 Community Cooperative 3429 Dr. MLK Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 332-7687 www.communitycooperative. com

Simply Soft Water LLC 17540 Rockefeller Circle Fort Myers, FL 33967 (239) 970-8484

Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. 2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way Fort Myers, FL 33916 239-332-5346

Spot On Call for Appointment (239) 293-3773

Family Initiative, Inc. 730 SW 4th Street, Unit 6 Cape Coral, FL 33931 (239) 910-0712

Staples 7191 Cypress Lake Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 466-5487 Sure Step Non Slip Call for Appointment (239) 264-6650 Wilkinson Title Agency, Inc. 11595 Kelly Rd., Suite 217 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-1600 Zen Business 5900 Balcones Dr., Ste. 5000 Austin, TX 78731 (844) 493-6249

FMB Community Foundation Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600 Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club/Thrift Shop 11050 Summerlin Square Dr. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 850-9293 Fort Myers Beach Lions Foundation PO Box 5019 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 777-3370

Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club 174 Sterling Road FMB 33931 (239) 765-1417 Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 777-4855 Harry Chapin Food Bank 3760 Fowler St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 334-7007 Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. 1415 Colonial Blvd., #2 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 334-3488 www./ Kimmie’s Recovery Zone (239) 872-0017 Kiwanis Fort Myers MetroMcGregor P.O. Box 61104 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 433-1223 / Fax: (239) 433-3151 Moose Lodge 964 19090 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2221 Railroad Museum of South Florida 7330 Gladiolus Drive Fort Myers, FL 33909 (239) 267-1905 Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches, Inc. Fisherman’s Wharf (520) 227-9902 San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron 16048 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-4040 SCORE (Southwest Florida) 3650 Colonial Blvd., Suite 231 Fort Myers, FL 33966 (574) 274-7658 (800) 634-0245 | 71

VFW 10097 17770 Pine Ridge Rd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-6400

Construction, Remodeling & Repair Absolute Best Inc. 7243 Emily Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 482-2225

Wonder Gardens 27180 Old 41 Road Alair Homes - Sanibel Bonita Springs, FL 34135 1700 Medical Lane, Suite 101 (239) 331-6501 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 313-7609 Churches All Phase Electric 2340 Bruner Lane, Suite 100 Beach Baptist Church Fort Myers, FL 33912 130 Connecticut St. (239) 939-7093 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-6452 Beach United Methodist Church 155 Bay Road Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932 (239) 463-9656

Allan Development & Construction Services 10950 Old South Way, #106 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239)594-0213 Alied Air Services 10293 Kellly Road, #11 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (230) 217-4111

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Smiles With Care Dentistry 7130-A Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5433

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Flagler Insurance / The Campbell Group 12331 Towne Lake Drive, Suite 1 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 424-9544 Key West Transportation Key West Express 1200 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5733 Legal Services Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt PA 1715 Monroe Street Fort Myers, FL 33902 (239) 344-1100

Loggerhead Fish Tale Marina 7225 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600 Moss Marina 450 Harbor Court Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-6677 Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7333 Snook Bight Marina 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 756-4371 Media

Jessica Hernstadt, Attorney at Law Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (305) 495-3333

Beach Talk Radio News FMB 33931 (239) 247-3833

Spivey Law Firm, P.A. Personal Injury Attorneys 13400 Parker Commons Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 337-7483

Beasley Media Group 20125 S. Tamiami Trail Estero, FL 33928 (239) 495-2100

Waterman Broadcasting Library NBC2 / ABC7 3719 Central Ave. Fort Myers Beach Library Fort Myers, FL 33901 2755 Estero Blvd. (239) 939-2020 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-8162 Miniature Golf Liquor & Tobacco Store Jungle Golf The Cigar Hut 17710 San Carlos Blvd. 1172 Estero Blvd., Ste 103 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-9797 (239) 765-5550 Hut Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Marina & Boat Rentals Golf 17450 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Freedom Boat Club (239) 466-5855 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 218-0181 Mobile Home & RV Park & Service Gulf Star Marina 708 Fisherman’s Wharf Indian Creek RV Resort Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 17340 San Carlos Blvd. (239) 463-9552 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 466-6060 74 |

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Parks & Recreation Bay Oaks Recreation Center 2731 Oak St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4222

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B I Publishing Contact for Appointment (239) 218-5969 Michelle Duffy, Author Call for Appointment (843) 802-3050 Ocean Avenues Publishing, LLC 14841 Lake Olive Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 470-6277 River Weekly News 1640 Periwinkle Way, Ste. 2 Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 395-1213

S2R Studios 5797 Newfoundland Circle, #4 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 887-1428 Vector & Ink 2164 W First Street Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 337-0999 Welcome Guide Maps 4940 72nd Ave N., Suite 200 Pinellas Park, FL 33781 (727) 521-6277 www.southwestflorida. Realtors Association Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association 2840 Winker Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 936-3537 Real Estate, Commercial & Residential Alyce Hsueh – Lahaina Real Estate 6035 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (917) 513-1668 Barbara Sullivan, John R. Wood 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (230 281-9174 Barefoot Bungalow Realty LLC 9220 Bonita Beach Road Ste. 200-16 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 Century 21 TriPower Realty 2001 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3400

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Team Swanbeck, Keller Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria Williams Realty 320 Old Carlos Blvd. 2450 Estero Blvd. Suite 2146 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 292-6284 (239) 233-8817 (239)463-1080 Restaurants & Bars Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining 7225 Estero Blvd. Bayfront Bistro Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 4761 Estero Blvd. (239) 747-6500 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3663 Fresh Catch Bistro 3040 Estero Blvd. Bayside Sports Bar & Grill Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 17835 San Carlos Blvd. (239) 463-6130 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 689-8775 PET FRIENDLY Island View Restaurant at Lani Kai Bonita Bills Waterfront Café 1400 Estero Blvd. 702 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3111 (239) 463-6119 Junkanoo Restaurant and Beach Bar Cabana’s Beach Bar & Grille at 3040 Estero Blvd. Diamondhead Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 2000 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-6139 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7654 dining Kava Culture 17979 San Carlos Blvd. Cape Cabaret Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 4725 Vincennes Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 549-3000 La Ola Restaurant 1035 Estero Blvd., Unit #3 Charley’s Boathouse Grill & Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Wine Bar 239-765-2222 6241 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 LaOlaSurfsideRestaurant (239) 765-4800 PET FRIENDLY Lighthouse Tiki Bar & Grill 1051 5th Avenue Cold Stone Creamery Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 1028 Fifth Street (239) 463-9392 ext. 355 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 PET FRIENDLY Coste Fine Dining at DiamondHead Mango Rita’s 2000 Estero Blvd. 1021 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0595 (239) 233-8261 dining Matanzas Restaurant on the Bay Dixie Fish Co. 414 Crescent St. 714 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3838 239-233-8837 | 75

MoJoe’s Coffee Cafe 1740 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5575 PET FRIENDLY Nervous Nellie’s 1131 First St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-8077 PET FRIENDLY Oliver’s Place 7205 Estero Blvd., #10 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 444-6627 Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill 2200 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3043 Parrot Key Caribbean Grill 2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3257 PET FRIENDLY Pete’s Time Out 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-463-5900 PET FRIENDLY Pierside Grill & Famous Blowfish Bar 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7800 Pinchers Beach Bar & Grill 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-2909 Pinchers Crab Shack of Ft Myers Beach 18100 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 415-8973 Plaka Restaurant 1001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4707 PlakaGreekRestaurant PET FRIENDLY Ray’s Pizza 118 Crescent St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7437 76 |

Rib City Grill 11561 Majestic Blvd. Ft Myers, FL 33908 (239) 454-0454

The Whale 1249 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-5505

Salty Crab Bar & Grill 1154 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8224 saltycrabbarandgrill@

Tuckaway Café 2301 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33931 (239) 463-5398 PET FRIENDLY

Shuckers at the Gulfshore 1250 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-5440

Yucatan Beach Stand Bar & Grill 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 333-4386 PET FRIENDLY

Skye’s Mexican & More 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 247-2457 Smokin’ Oyster Brewery 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3474 Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-4343 South Beach Grille 7205 Estero Blvd #729 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-7770 Sunset Beach Tropical Grill 1028 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-1028 The Beach Bar 1668 I Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4901 thebeachbarfmb PET FRIENDLY The Island Cow 2163 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 472-0606 PET FRIENDLY The Island’s Pancake House 2801 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 233-8188 Truly Scrumptious 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-2200

Shell Point Retirement Community 15101 Shell Point Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-1131 Seaside at Fort Myers 15800 Beachwalk Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 349-3769 Schools AMI Kids Southwest Florida 1190 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 239-765-9696

Zanzibar Greek & American Food 1400 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Florida Gulf Coast University (239) 747-4511 10501 FGCU Blvd S. Fort Myers, FL 33965 (239) 590-1037 Retail Gilliana Design Gili Anna Seafood Market 858.729.3546 Erickson & Jensen Seafood Packer 1100 Shrimp Boat Lane Island Girl FMB Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 7205 Estero Blvd. (239) 463-4050 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 224-4967 Trico Shrimp Co. Periwinkle Place 1300 Main St. 2075 Periwinkle Way Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Sanibel, FL 33957 (239) 463-8788 (239) 395-1914 www.tricoshrimpco.wixsite. com/2630 Sanibel Outlets Self-Storage 20350 Summerlin Rd., #4145 Fort Myers, FL 33908 Safe-T-Storage (239) 454-1974 17501 Pine Ridge Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-8181 Santini Marina Plaza 7205 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 463-3600 Sightseeing Cruises, Charters & Tours Tropical Jewelry Adventures in Paradise Inc. 401 Old San Carlos Blvd. 14341 Port Comfort Rd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 224-4085 (239) 472-8443 TropicalJewelryFMB All Water Excursions 5001 Coconut Point Road Retirement Community & Bonita Springs, FL 34134 Assisted Living (239) 594-0213 Pacifica Senior Living Fort Myers Beach Walks of SWFL 9461 Health Park Circle Call for Appointment Fort Myers, FL 33908 (617) 314-1311 (239) 437-5511

All Island Watersports 61 Avenue C Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-1284

Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours Call for Appointment (740) 456-7712

Sea Racer Tours 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5304

Estero Island Parasail 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 844-FLY-PARA

FMBeautiful Bay Company 414 Crescent Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 240-7599 fmbeautifulbaycompany@

Southwest Florida Dolphin & Eco Tours 12941 Cherrydale Court Fort Myers, FL 33919 (239) 470-1472

FMB Haunted Pub Crawl Mike Yost PO Box 2475 Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 440-2805 Fort Myers Tiki Tours 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 887-0042 Friendly Waves Boat Charters 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (207) 576-2357 Capt.steve@ Good Time Charters 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 405-2060 Island Runner Tours 18400 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 777-3058 Lagerhead Cycleboats 12870 Trade Way Four Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 312-3137 Sail Bolero Capt. Joe Pastore 2500 Main Street, Pier B 34 FMB 33931 (239) 224-3076

Sundancer Charters 4765 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (305) 330-3598

Fort Myers Beach Sea and Sun Rentals 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 314-5631 www.ftmyersbeachseaandsun. com Holiday Water Sports, Ft Myers Beach 200 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-4386 Mid-Island Watersports, Inc. 5550 and 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-0965

Tarpon Bay Explorers 900 Tarpon Bay Rd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (239) 472-8900 Paradise Parasail 1160 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Theater and Movies (239) 463-7272 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Ranalli Parasail 1380 Colonial Blvd. 4530 Match Pointe Lane Fort Myers, FL 33919 Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 565-5700 (239) 278-4422 FMB Theatre Yacht & Marine Services 6425 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Diversified Yacht Services, Inc. (239) 765-3333 751 Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-8700 Utilities Gulf Marine Ways Yachtworks 1148 Main Street Waste Management Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (Advanced Disposal) (239) 463-6166 17101 Pine Ridge Rd. SW Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 344-1224 Stokes Marine 15955 Pine Ridge Road florida Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 489-3625 Watersports Adventure Water Sports Inc. TowBoat USA 1160 Estero Blvd. 4516 SE 16th Place, #3 Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 849-6342 (239) 945-1664 www.adventure-watersports. com

Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (239) 765-7272

Captiva Cruises 11401 Andy Rosse Lane Captiva, FL 33924 (239) 472-5300 | 77

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