Southwest Florida is no stranger to celebrations. Whether your friend’s getting hitched or a weekend with the fellas is long overdue, use this itinerary as your go-to guide (and let everyone else think you did all the legwork).
No matter how you get here, the shift in atmosphere alone will let you know you've arrived. Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach are among the liveliest areas – and staying here will ensure that your weekend is going to be one big bash from start to finish.
Dodge the crowds and really make yourselves at home with your own private place on Fort Myers Beach. Some beach houses come with ready-to-use equipment like fishing poles, jet skis and stand-up paddleboards. If you’re lucky, your rental may even include a boat.
Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza or Ford’s Garage
You know a place is bound to be interesting when tommy gun handles greet you at the door. This is Capone’s, a Prohibition era–themed pizzeria with a speakeasy ambience. Located in the River District (also known as Downtown Fort Myers), Capone’s is a can’t-miss dining experience.
For another dining option that’s sure to fit into your celebratory weekend, pull into Ford’s Garage, a burger and beer joint with a drink menu longer than an assembly line. Grab a chair at the bar, where a classic Ford car hangs from the ceiling above you.
Bury Me Brewing
Finish off your first night with a couple cold ones at Southwest Florida’s only micro brewery. Located in Fort Myers, this bar offers more than brews. You can also enjoy a round of shuffleboard, pinball or Jenga with your group of friends.
Your day can start any number of ways. One option is to tee off on world-famous courses for a round of friendly competition, made better by a drink in hand between drives.
For the adrenaline junkie in all of us, start the day by taking to the sky. Local parasailing excursions are incredibly popular. See what all the hype’s about and get a unique look at your stomping ground for the weekend.
Fishing or a Charter Trip
Because it would be a crime not to cast a line while you’re in Southwest Florida, fishing is always a big draw. Find your spot on Matlacha Pass Bridge for legendary on-land fishing. Or charter a boat and enjoy the ride without worrying about bringing your own gear.
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
On your way to Fort Myers Beach for the rest of the day, stop for a hearty bite before the real fun begins. Sit dockside as boats make their way into port, and dig into some of the best seafood around.
Bar Hopping on Fort Myers Beach
Known for its iconic nightlife scene, this area’s main stretch of road is home to bar after tropical bar. You’ll definitely need an early start if you plan on hitting them all. (And even then, you may be attempting the impossible.)
Take things down a notch and recoup on the coast, where your choice of white-sand beaches call for hours of lounging.
Spring Training Game
If you’re in Fort Myers during spring training season, hang out at a Red Sox or Twins game and devour a ballpark brat. There’s no better way to relax and recover after a night of partying.
Ready for the bachelor party of all bachelor parties? Take these ideas in stride and start planning your weekend on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
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