Wherever you live in the world we will help make your vacation a better one. Our beaches are public…that means free to you. You can walk miles of white, soft, sandy beach, watch the tropical birds and sea dolphins, and go shelling all free with your stay. During turtle season you may even be able to watch tiny loggerhead sea turtles hatch on the beach and scramble into the Gulf. And don’t forget, we are notoriously known for our vibrant sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. You can watch the sunset while fishing off the public pier, or barbecuing Lynn Hall public park on the beach, or Bodwich Park on the North end of the island.
The back bays are perfect for kayaking and exploring the diverse ecosystems
Matanzas Pass Preserve – 161 Bay Rd
A maritime preserve of natural vegetation and wildlife open to the public from dawn to dusk and is ADA compliant. Enjoy the boardwalk stroll through nature.
Bay Oaks Recreation Center – 2731 Oak St. (239) 765-4222
Bay Oaks Recreation Center is located on Estero Island. This community based recreation center is heavily used by local children for a variety of after school, recreational & athletic activities. Teenagers from the surrounding middle and high schools spend much of their leisure hours in this constructive environment. Bay Oaks features a climate controlled gymnasium with two full sized basketball courts. The facility is also home for the Bay Oaks Social Seniors or B.O.S.S. This is a relatively new program and has been a great success. It has grown from a handful of members to well over 300.Year round residents, as well as seasonal guests, and visitors enjoy many hours playing in this free facility. Whether the activity is weightlifting, tennis, basketball, ping pong, and more. Bay Oaks has something for all ages and offers a variety of programs and events.
Youth and after-school programsPrograms at the center include:
Youth Flag Football
Youth baseball and softball
Fort Myers Beach Community Pool – 2600 Oak St (239) 765-4222
$4.50 Adult (12 years old and up)
$2.50 Children (11 and under)For Membership Information please see the front desk.
Newton House – 4650 Estero Blvd
Newton Park is a beach front property and a historic home rich in island history associated with Jim and Ellie Newton whose extensive friendships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Charles Lindbergh, and others are recorded in Jim Newton’s book, “Uncommon Friends”. . Through their involvement in the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) movement internationally known persons visited Seven Seas including British tennis player “Bunny” Austin, Cardinal Konig, Frits Phillips former chairman of the Philips electronics company, King Michael of Romania and Queen Anne, among others. Many islanders remember fondly the opportunities to meet the Newton’s visitors and some became involved in the MRA.
Fort Myers Beach Library – 2755 Estero Blvd. (239) 765-8162
Fort Myers Beach Library is located on the Gulf of Mexico in beautiful Fort Myers Beach, FL. The library offers an extensive collection of materials, Wifi and public Internet access, and community classes and events.
Fort Myers Beach Farmers Market
The Fort Myers Beach Farmers Market is a seasonal tradition enjoyed by residents, and visitors. Located under the Sky Bridge, the market operates November – April rain or shine.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park
Located on Ft. Myers Beach, just north of the foot of Matanzas Pass Bridge, next to “Times Square” in the heart of downtown. This lively Gulf-front park is conveniently located adjacent to shopping and restaurants. It features a licensed fishing pier with bait/gift shop, shelters with grills for picnicking (available on a first come first serve basis only), outdoor freshwater rinse off showers and restrooms with changing facilities. There are more than 100, first come first serve, park, pay & display parking spaces available within the park. Payment is accepted in change, bills, as well as most major credit cards. Please note that NO change is given or provided. Maximum vehicle length 20 feet, no trailer parking permitted.
Bowditch Point Regional Park – Very North End of the Island
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 also features tables and grills, available on a first come first served basis, in a shaded tropical setting sure to please any picnicker. A concession area offers visitors a place to rest, a variety of food items, gifts and souvenirs. Restroom and changing facilities are available as well.
Beaches in Fort Myers Beach are Public
The Town of Fort Myers Beach maintains 25 public beach accesses on the Gulf side of Estero Island. These are marked and easily accessed from Estero Boulevard. You can enjoy miles of beach for your pleasure of walking, running, swimming, fishing, or playing in the sand at no extra cost. There are some many enjoyable things to do that are free to the public.