Any day is the right day to visit the captivating coastline of Fort Myers Beach. After a brief and scenic (less than an hour) drive, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lively beach bars, waterfront activities, shopping and dining venues and more. Check out this sunrise-to-sunset schedule for a classic adventure in one of the most charming areas in Southwest Florida.
When morning hunger hits, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Tuckaway Café or the Heavenly Biscuit. Otherwise, if you just need a little something to keep you up and on the go, treat yourself to a breakfast sandwich and cappuccino at MoJoe’s Coffee Bar.
Since you’re only here for a day, dive right in with an epic adventure on the water. Ride the tide on a WaveRunner. Take to the Gulf on a cruise to see dolphins at play. For a greater, high-flying thrill, try parasailing over the open waves for literal breathtaking views of the beach and sea. If all that sounds a little too intense, by all means, take it easy. Stretch out on the extra-wide white-sand beaches or splash in the calm Gulf waves.
If one thing’s for certain, there’s no shortage of shopping on Fort Myers Beach. Spend an hour or a few seeking that special something to remind you of your journey. Beach gear, shell keepsakes and other tourist-centric items can be purchased in local shops all throughout the area. If you’re looking for a longer, more complete shopping experience, hit up the Sanibel Outlets on your drive in from Captiva.
Extending out into the Gulf of Mexico, the Fort Myers Beach Pier is a serene way to top off the day. Any visitor looking to enjoy the view will also find a prime fishing spot. Take to the boardwalk at dusk and venture out above the waves to get a little closer to the sunset or fish to your heart’s content. Poles and supplies can be rented on-site.
Since you’re already at the pier, consider dinner at one of the authentic oceanfront restaurants nearby. At the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar, guests can dine on a variety of specialties such as stuffed mushroom caps or their original famous beach bread.
And if you’re still not ready to head back to Captiva, stick around after dark and live up the night at any number of beachside bars and grills. Stroll into the Lani Kai or The Cottage for an electric atmosphere of dancing, live music and drinks. For a more casual good time, there’s always Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill, where guests can indulge in craft brews and signature drinks mixed with classic Caribbean and South American flavors.
After an entire day of oceanfront fun, sleep well on Captiva and rest assured knowing you experienced the best of Fort Myers Beach in a single day.