Best Beaches For Winter Sun

Fort Myers: Five best beaches for winter sun


Fort Myers Islands, Beaches and Neighbourhoods, situated on Florida’s southwest coast, boast pristine white-sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and is abundant in wildlife – and all just within a couple of hours from the bustling cities of Miami and Orlando. With more than 271 days of sunshine and 590 miles of shoreline across Lee County, it is the ultimate destination to escape the UK and embrace a touch of winter sun.



Exploring the Fort Myers area's live webcams is the next best thing to being there. Catch a sunset in downtown Fort Myers, see butterflies in Cape Coral or watch the tide roll in off Pine Island. Offering everything from relaxation to adventure, here are five unmissable beaches.


Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Fort Myers

Lynn Hall Memorial Park is a firm favourite due to its convenient placement of being near Times Square, the unofficial centre of town. Visitors are never far from a shop or restaurant. For a birds-eye view of this stretch of coastline, beachgoers can break the day up with a parasail experience of Estero Island. Close by is the Jimmy Buffet-inspired Margaritaville Resort Fort Myers Beach, which opened its doors to visitors in December 2023 and announced the opening of its Fins Up! Beach Club in January 2024. The “action-packed oasis” and latest addition to the new 254-room resort features a sprawling 15,000 square foot pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and has direct access to the beach as well.


Dog Beach Park, Bonita Springs

Dog lovers should make a visit to Dog Beach Park, as it welcomes fury friends to run off the lead, making for perfect dog spotting opportunities. Visitors can also enjoy exploring beyond the coastline by picking up a Bonita Boat Rentals and discovering the bay water of southwest Florida, which is home to a fascinating variety of fish, birds, dolphins and manatees.


Tarpon Bay Beach, Sanibel Island

Tarpon Bay Beach is a local favourite on Sanibel and is conveniently located in the south centre of the island. Tarpon Beach Tarpon is widely accessible and is a renowned spot for picking up seashells – making it a key contributor as to why Sanibel has earned the title of Shelling Capital of the World. In the spirit of its well-earned shelling title, visitors should embrace the opportunity of searching for many of the rare shells found on the sandy shores, from the junonia to the Scotch bonnet shell.


Blind Pass Beach Park, Sanibel Island

Blind Pass Beach Park is positioned on the straight that separates Sanibel Island from Captiva Island and is perfect spot for fishing and shelling. Blind Pass is conveniently located off the Sanibel and Captiva Island Road for those wanting to explore the island with ease. Visitors seeking adventure are invited to rent a vintage electric Moke for an exciting way to experience the islands making Blind Pass Beach Park the perfect stop for a picnic before heading towards Captiva.


Turner Beach, Captiva Island

The secluded island of Captiva has been nominated for the Best Restored Beach in three separate categories. Turner Beach is known for hosting spectacular sunsets, making it the ultimate evening beach location. To end the day on the beach, visitors to head to the infamous Mucky Duck -hailed as a “British pub” by locals- sampling fresh shrimp and sipping cocktails as the sun drops behind the ocean. Visitors can stay abreast with the latest views from the Mucky Duck by checking out its always-on BeachCam.


Those planning a visit to Fort Myers Islands, Beaches, and Neighbourhoods should check out the new 2024 Visitor Guide.

Posted on: 07/03/2024

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