Your Guide to Fort Myers & Sanibel Beaches

Aerial view of a beach

On The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, every beach is different. Some are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the calm Gulf waters. Others are more ideal for island adventures like Jet Skiing, kayaking or hiking. Whatever they have to offer, they’re all unique in their own way. But which beach is right for your vacation? Read below to find out.

Lighthouse Beach

Located on the east end of Sanibel Island, Lighthouse Beach is where history and adventure come together. Take photos with a century-old lighthouse. Fish along the pier on the bay side and enjoy the views of Sanibel Causeway.

Parking is $5 per hour.

Bowman’s Beach

Looking for shells? Look no further than Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island. After only a few minutes, you’ll have a bucket full of shells, and the Sanibel Stoop mastered. Beyond shells, you’ll find a fun playground, fitness trail, kayak spots and grills.

Parking is $5 per hour.

Bowman's Beach

Bonita Beach

Beautiful and laid-back, Bonita Beach is great for family getaways. Spend the day playing on the volleyball court and riding Jet Skis. Then grab a meal with a view that everyone can enjoy at Doc’s Beach House right on the beach. 

Parking is $2 per hour.

Bonita Beach

Captiva Beach

Romantic picnics, beautiful sunsets, quiet shores – Captiva Beach is the place to go for a beach date. It’s no surprise it’s commonly referred to as, “one of the most romantic beaches.”

Parking is $5 per hour or $20 for 4 hours or more.

Lovers Key State Park

Lovers Key State Park has it all: swimming, picnicking, biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, you name it. If it’s your first trip to Fort Myers, add it to your must-see list. 

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a seven-mile stretch of coastline filled with activities for everyone in the family. You can spend the day jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, or biking alongside the shore. Afterward, stop by a local restaurant for fresh seafood and live music.

Parking is $2 per hour at Lynn Hall Memorial Park and at Bowditch Point Park.

Boca Grande

Come for the legendary lighthouse, stay for the variety of things to do. Located on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande is home to excellent shelling, fishing and snorkeling. Whether you’re on land or in the water, you’ll find plenty of wildlife on this beach.

Pair of water birds near shore

Cayo Costa State Park

Mangroves galore make Cayo Costa State Park a favorite for manatees and dolphins. You’ll need a boat ride to get out to this ultra-secluded spot, but the serene views make the trip part of the fun. When you’re there, enjoy the deserted island vibe by camping surrounded by hiking and biking trails.

Get more info on ferry service to the island here

Of course, these are just a few of the beaches you’ll find on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Click here to explore them all.

Boat near shore

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