Area Activities – Beaches
There are many beaches in the Cape Coral area to enjoy the sun and get a beautiful tan. Here is a list some near by beaches.
Cape Coral Beach
Yacht Club Community Park, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral, FL
This is a public, no-fee beach that features BBQ grills, a lighted fishing pier, picnic shelters, handicapped accessible playground and a restaurant. This is a small beach which has no commercial venues other then the restaurant.
Fort Myers Beach
Ft. Myers Beach, nearly 8 miles of beach along Estero Blvd, is a very active and exciting beach where one can rent anything under the sun to do with watersports. This includes waverunners, parasailing, boat rentals, plus various places sell fishing needs.
When going to Ft. Myers Beach (Estero Blvd) consider taking the Beach Trolley so you can enjoy the bridge ride and forgo any parking costs and problems. All busses/trolleys are wheelchair accessible.
The trolley service runs from:
- Summerlin Square
- Bowditch Park
- Times Square
- Lani Kai
- Santini Plaza
- Lovers Key
Bowditch Point Regional Park
50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
Bowditch Point Regional Park is 17 acres that is located at the northern tip of Estero Island. It is actually a dual use facility in which approx. 7 acres are a developed park for passive recreational use and the remaining 10 acres a restoration/preserve area. The gulf front is more active while still providing a relaxed atmosphere for walkers, swimmers and sunbathers. Walking trails, through the restoration/preserve area, carry you through varied environments and offers an excellent opportunity for bird watching while being highlighted by panoramic views of Estero Bay. The park area features tables and grills in a shaded tropical setting sure to please any picnicker. Restrooms and showers are available.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park – Fort Myers Beach Pier
950 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
Beach, pier, fishing, playground, covered picnic areas with BBQ grills and restrooms. Fishing bait and tackle are available on the pier. Concession area offers cabana and personal watercraft rentals and parasailing.
Ft. Myers Beach Holiday Inn Area
6890 Estero Blvd, Ft. Myers Beach, FL
Right on the beach, this hotel features cabana rental, water activities, concession pontoon and a bar and restaurant.
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd, Ft. Myers Beach, FL
239-463-4588 or 239-472-6477
This 1616 acre park is open 8 am to sundown. Hiking, jogging, biking, nature trails, beach, boatramp, canoe/kayak rentals, playground, wildlife observation, picnics, restrooms, tramride to beach.
18201 John Morris Road, Fort Myers, FL
This 719-acre facility is a natural tidal wetlands area that is located on San Carlos Bay. It is a pristine, completely natural area that is indicative of the entire area before the introduction of exotic plant species, it is “Old Florida.” This is a living ecosystem that ranges from a sandy beach to Mangrove forests to salt flats and contains a wide variety of wildlife for viewing. It offers great photographic opportunities from the flora & fauna to fantastic sunsets. The new Outdoor Activity Center has two paddle craft launches, two wildlife viewing and fishing piers, a 310 ft. boardwalk and composting restrooms. There is no running water and all electric needs are provided through solar power.
1700 Bowman’s Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL
239-432-2006 or 239-472-6477
Well-known for its shelling, the enchanting and isolated Bowman’s Beach is arguably Sanibel Island’s best beach. It’s truly nature at its best: miles of beautifully open beachfront filled with shells. There are picnic tables, restrooms, showers, and bike racks, so pack a picnic and make a day of it! Don’t let the five-minute walk from the parking area detour you; this is a beach not to be missed.
Barefoot Beach County Park
Lely Beach road, off Bonita Beach Road, North Naples
This 342-acre barrier island is separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangroves. Facilities include showers, restrooms and picnic tables.
Barefoot Beach Recreation Area
Bonita Beach Road
This secluded beach area is ideal for shelling and quiet sunbathing. There are no lifeguards on duty and there are no facilities.
Boca Grande Beach
Between 7th and 19th Streets, Gasparilla lsland
Secluded beach with great views. Free limited parking available.
Bonita Public Beach
27950 Hickory Boulevard, Bonita Springs, FL
This beach is excellent for shelling and picnicking. Facilities include restrooms and picnic areas.
Located at the end of Captiva Drive
This is a great beach for watching sunsets. Parking is limited and there are no restrooms.
Located on both sides of the road as you enter onto Sanibel lsland
Great for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and picnicking. There is no parking fee and you can pull right up to the water.
Cayo Costa State Park
Accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry service
Miles of beaches, pine forest and mangrove swamps. They offer camping, picnicking and nature trails.
Off Seagate Drive by the Registry Resort, Naples
This beach was voted one of the top 20 beaches in the United States with 35-acres of mangroves, dunes and beach trails. Take the trolley ride over 1 mile of scenic boardwalk.
11100 Gulf Shore Drive, North Naples
Miles of pristine shoreline, sea oats and mangroves. Facilities include lifeguards, observation tower, barbeque grills and showers.
Exit 194 west off l-75 to State Route 776, west on Beach Road, Manasota Key
The most popular beach on Manasota Key. There are no lifeguards on duty, but picnic tables, showers and restrooms are provided.
Left on Periwinkle Way from Causeway Road
Located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, it has a historic functioning lighthouse.
Banyon Boulevard and Gulf Shore Boulevard North
1,000 feet of prime beach with restrooms, pavilion and picnic tables.
Sand Spur Beach
Gasparilla lsland, Boca Grande
Offers the best swimming and shelling; facilities include restrooms and picnic tables.
Tarpon Bay Beach
South end of Tarpon Bay Road at West Gulf Drive
Just a short hike from the parking lot to the beach and offers easy parking for RV’s.
Turner Beach (Blind Pass)
Located on Sanibel-Captiva Road at Blind Pass Bridge
Very popular beach for shellers and fishermen, but one should be aware of the swift currents.
The SWFL Gulf Coast offers many many beaches. The above are just some of your options. Rent a boat and discover your beach on one of the small gulf islands.