Naples Day Trips Part 5 – Fort Myers Beach is Back!

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Fort Myers Beach, a charming coastal town nestled along the sun-drenched shores of Southwest Florida, was devastated by Hurricane Ian in September of 2022. A year and a half later many familiar establishments are beginning to open their doors and welcome locals and there’s a newcomer on the shoreline: the Margaritaville Hotel.

The flooding from Hurricane Ian impacted much of Southwest Florida, but Fort Myers Beach was one of the most impacted areas. Entire blocks where beach bungalows once stood are still empty. Fort Myers Beach is beginning to buzz again, however, and we often encourage guests in our luxury Naples Florida rentals to explore the Fort Myers Beach area and support local businesses.

So, with our continued respect and support for Fort Myers Beach, here are a few things you can do on a day trip.

Morning Bliss: Beachfront Stroll and Breakfast

Kickstart your day with a leisurely stroll along the pristine sands of Fort Myers Beach. Feel the soft grains beneath your feet as you breathe in the salty sea air and listen to the soothing sounds of the waves. Whether you're an early riser catching the sunrise or prefer a more relaxed start, the beach offers the perfect backdrop for your morning wanderings.

After working up an appetite, head to one of the many charming cafes or beachfront restaurants lining Estero Boulevard for a delicious breakfast. Try Mom’s Restaurant! From their famous egg sandwich to fresh cinnamon rolls, you'll find plenty of options to satisfy your cravings and fuel up for the adventures ahead.

Midday Adventures: Water Sports and Island Exploration

With the morning sun shining brightly overhead, it's time to dive into the array of water sports and recreational activities that Fort Myers Beach has to offer. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a laid-back explorer, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Close to the iconic Doc’s Beach House is Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail a place to rent jet skis,

Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the tranquil waters of Estero Bay, keeping an eye out for dolphins and manatees that frequent the area. For those craving adrenaline-pumping excitement, parasailing adventures await, offering unparalleled views of the coastline from above.

If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, embark on a bike ride along the island's scenic paths or explore the charming boutiques and galleries of Times Square, the vibrant heart of Fort Myers Beach.

Afternoon Indulgence: Beachfront Relaxation and Seafood Feasts

As the sun reaches its peak, retreat to the shores of Fort Myers Beach for an afternoon of relaxation and indulgence. Spread out your towel, lather on the sunscreen, and bask in the warmth of the Florida sunshine as you listen to the gentle lapping of the waves.

For lunch, treat yourself to a taste of the Gulf Coast's freshest seafood at Flipper’s on the Bay. From succulent shrimp ceviche to their excellent Grouper Sandwich, you'll savor every bite as you dine with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Evening Delights: Sunset Views and Island Cuisine

As evening approaches, make your way to the beachfront to witness one of Fort Myers Beach's most iconic spectacles – the sunset. Find a cozy spot in the sand or on the pier and watch in awe as the sky ignites with hues of pink, orange, and gold, casting a magical glow over the horizon.

After the sun dips below the horizon, continue your culinary adventure with dinner at one of Fort Myers Beach's acclaimed restaurants. Indulge in fresh-caught seafood, savor tropical-inspired cocktails, and toast to another day in paradise as you relish the island ambiance.

We recommend recently-reopened Doc's Beach House, a favorite local establishment, as a place to grab your favorite beverage and sit at the provided tables on the beach.

With its breathtaking scenery, vibrant atmosphere, and endless opportunities for adventure, Fort Myers Beach offers a day trip experience like no other. So, the next time you book a trip with Naples Florida Rentals, make sure to save an afternoon for an adventure in Fort Myers Beach.