Fort Myers Beach

This small town is located on Estero Island, just off the coast of Southwest Florida.


Welcome to Fort Myers Beach

This island town is having a renaissance

Welcome to bustling Fort Myers Beach, where every day is filled with sand and surf. This small town is located on Estero Island, just off the coast of Southwest Florida. Once a seasonal fishing village, the town wasn’t officially incorporated until 1995. In recent years, the community has witnessed new developments and a general revamping. A number of small bars and upbeat restaurants have taken up residence, signaling the town’s transformation. 

Though located on an island, Fort Myers Beach is quite accessible — no boats required. State Road 865 runs from Bonita Beach in the South all the way up to the top part of Estero Island, where it connects back to Florida’s mainland. 


What to Love

  • Island living with easy mainland access
  • An eclectic selection of food and drink
  • Year-round watersports
  • Frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins

Local Lifestyle

Fort Myers Beach has a population of just over 7,000. The town is home to both seasonal and year-round residents. The median age in Fort Myers Beach is 67, with those seeking an active and relaxing retirement making up the majority of the population. The quality public schools in the area do attract families, as well, though. 

Like the island’s diverse hotel options, Fort Myers Beach also has a variety of housing options. Residents can choose between zero maintenance condos, beachy cottages and bungalows, and beachfront luxury properties.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Dining options are seemingly never-ending on Fort Myers Beach. You might start your day with a beachy smoothie, Vegan bowl, or fruit-covered waffle at Little Palm. For lunch, it’s hard to beat family-owned Edelweiss Burger, famous for its create-your-own burgers and cheerful, lime-green exterior. Heidi’s Island Bistro was awarded a 2021 Traveler’s Choice on TripAdvisor for its selection of authentic German cuisine. Have a Nurnberger bratwurst or Black Forest Schnitzel, then finish things off with a delicious apple strudel. When it comes to waterfront dining, Salty Sam’s Marina is a tropical experience you can not miss with its two waterfront onsite restaurants Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and the Original Shrimp Dock Bar and Grill. The hidden gem called Parrot Key Caribbean Grill offers delicious Caribbean inspired seafood, live entertainment, Florida favorites and tropical cocktails in an open air, waterfront atmosphere.  Next door the historic shrimping shanty transformed into the Original Shrimp Dock boasts some of the best sunset views around until the dueling pianos and other popular acts get the dock rocking!

A major shopping destination on the island town is Times Square, located in downtown Fort Myers Beach. Walk on colorful, painted brick roads through palm-lined shops and restaurants.

The largest shopping plaza in Fort Myers Beach is Santini Marina Shopping Plaza, which hosts over 30 retailers, as well as a seasonal farmer’s market.


Things to Do

Fort Myers Beach isn’t a tourist and residential destination for no reason. When you live in a town like Fort Myers Beach, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you entertained. In addition to sunbathing and splashing in the surf, you can fish for cobia off Fort Myers’ Beach Fishing pier. Take a dolphin-spotting tour aboard the Sight Sea-r Cruises, take out a pair of jet skis or even set sail on a pirate ship. If you love watersports, you’ve come to the right place. 

Fort Myers Beach is also home to the Key West Express, a daily hi-speed ferry to Key West, the home of pirates, poets, and party-goers.  Escape for a day or more to America’s southernmost point aboard the Key West Express where getting there is half the fun.

For more outdoor fun, Bowditch Point Park, a nature preserve and recreational area located at the Northern tip of Estero Island, offers swimming and hiking amongst stunning scenery. Another popular site on Fort Myers is
Moundhouse, a museum that sits atop a 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian shell mound. Visitors can book guided walking or kayak tours of the archeological site. 

Fort Myers Beach also hosts a number of annual festivals and fairs, including a Pirate Festival, Sandsculpting Championship,
Roar Offshore Championship Powerboat Races, and a Christmas Boat Parade.


Fort Myers Beach is served by the School District of Lee County. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Pinewoods Elementary School, PK-5, highly-rated public school
  • Three Oaks Elementary School, PK-5, public school with high test scores
  • Fort Myers Beach Elementary School, PK-5, public school with 11:1 student-teacher ratio


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