Local Attraction

General Information, Amenities & Transport

Location Map

Shows Gateway and Vacation Villa, Supermarkets, Fort Myers Airport and a local hospital

Food Shopping (see our location map for supermarket locations)

Target, WalMart, Publix, Winn Dixie, Costco and Topps (you may need to enter the Fort Myers Beach zip code: 33931 to find the nearest location)

The American Association of Poison Control Centers

In case you have an accident, especially those of you with children (like us) - in FLORIDA telephone the Poison Control Center on : 1-800-222-1222

Health Park Medical Center

The nearest hospital is the Health Park Medical Center (part of Lee Memorial Health System), 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, off Bass Road, off Summerlin; tel: (239) 433-7799 (see Location Map)

Love Boat Ice Cream

Love Boat Ice Cream - simply the best home made ice cream ever! 16229 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33908; tel: (239) 466-7707


For the best restaurants on Fort Myers Beach, try Trip Advisor - Fort Myers Beach Restaurants We have enjoyed or had good references to:

The Yucatan Beach Stand - right next to the S.O.B (Smokin Oyster Brewery)

Above Matanzas Restaurant is the Upper Deck with great pizza, beer and views of the back bay (we watched several dolphins last time)

I have had good recommendations to The Beached Whale

Doc Ford's (previously The Bridge) has had great food at good price and right on the water

also Parrot Key which is right on the back bay; good food and views over the water

and Fresh Catch Bistro if you love seafood

Lee County

Links to all Lee County government services including:

Local Transport including the Beach Trolley (or tel: 275 8726 for info) includes buses to local shops at Summerlin Square and the airport

Parks and Recreation (includes details of parks, guided walks, public boat ramps, etc)

Public Safety & Hurricane Information - click on Lee County Emergency Operations Center for links to Hurricane tracking, storm surges, evacuation routes, etc; or go to the National Hurricane Center

South West Florida International Airport (also known as Fort Myers Airport; airport code = RSW)

RSW is the nearest major airport to Fort Myers Beach - less than 20 miles away! (see our location map)

The following discount airlines serve Fort Myers or other "local" airports (e.g. Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa or Orlando).


Frontier Airlines


SouthWest Airlines

Spirit Air

If you go to a "local" airport, although they are 130-150 miles away (about 2.5-3 hours drive; Orlando is a bit further at about 220 miles), the roads are good (I-75) and it is typically much cheaper to hire a car and drive than use the local air connection.

Car Hire

Try Florida Rental Car Guide for on-line booking with all the big companies

We have used Ro-lin Rentals, a local Fort Myers company, and had some great rates!

Fort Myers Beach library

(For other Libraries in the area, see the Lee County Library System)

Want to borrow a book to read on the beach, look up some information or log on to their internet service.

Movies and Theatre

What's on at the local movies and other local events!! Courtesy of Fort Myers News Press

Follow the link for "Beach Theater" for Fort Myers Beach movies (zip code 33931); or go direct to the Beach Theater's own website.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers

Some excellent musical productions including regular performances by the South West Florida Symphony

Gulf Coast Symphony, Lee County

Southwest Florida's only non-professional community orchestra - and they are good (our next door neighbor plays for them!). p.s. if you want to buy books from Amazon.com, link through this site as they get up to 15% of your purchase in donations.

The Sarasota Ballet of Florida

We saw them perform "The Nutcracker" at Fort Myers' Barbara B. Mann Theatre and Robert De Warren's production was brilliant! Though most of their productions are further up the Gulf at Sarasota

The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Just down the Gulf in Naples! Some excellent productions.

Parks, Trails, Wildlife and other things to do

Turtles on Fort Myers Beach (May to August)

Turtle Time, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the continued survival of loggerhead sea turtles.

Established in 1989, the group is the Florida state-permitted monitoring organization for sea turtle activity from Fort Myers Beach to the Lee-Collier County line. Daily patrols during the nesting season are conducted to gather important scientific data about population estimates, distribution of nests, nesting patterns and hatching success rates. Dead or injured sea turtles are examined and dealt with as necessary. The information is transmitted to a national sea turtle stranding network.

Manatee World

One of the most unusual of all the aquatic life out there is the manatee. You may also hear them called by the name of sea cows due to the resemblance they have to such land animals. They lead a very solitary life in the water unless they are mating or they are female with young to care for. They are plant eaters so they really don’t bother any other creatures in the water.

Lee County Manatee Park (best Nov to March)

(I am having trouble with this one; so you will have to keep following links for "parks" until you reach "Manatee Park")

Florida's Parks

The first three-time Gold Medal winner honoring the nation's best state park system, the Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 174state parks, state trails spanning nearly 800,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach. From swimming and diving in Florida's rivers and springs to birding and fishing or hiking and riding on natural scenic trails, Florida's state parks offer year-round outdoor activities for all ages. Battle reenactments and Native American festivals celebrate Florida's history, while art shows, museums and lighthouses offer a window into Florida's cultural heritage.

Ford & Edison Winter Homes, Gardens & Museum

"If it wasn't for Edison, we would have to watch tv in the dark!"

Corkscrew Swamp (and the Audubon Society)

It's 43 miles away but well worth the trip if you enjoy watching nature quietly along 2 1/2 miles of board walk.

Imaginarium - Fort Myers' Hands On Museum

2000 Cranford Avenue (off Martin Luther King Blvd), Fort Myers, FL 33916; tel: 239-337-3332

Sun Harvest Citrus

Want to learn all about Florida Citrus, sample some products and maybe send some gift baskets to friends - then go to Sun Harvest Citrus Open year-round:Daily 8 AM to 7 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM

Sun Harvest Citrus

14810 Metro Parkway

Fort Myers, Florida


Phone: 800-743-1480

The Calusa Nature Centre and Planetarium

Another interesting conservation / wildlife centre near Fort Myers Beach

Visit the fascinating Shell Museum on nearby Sanibel Island

I have not been but my visitors say it is good. Situated just before Ding Darling Reserve.

Fun 'N' Sun Beach Bike Rentals

(similar name but no relationship to us) Fort Myers Beach Bike Rentals and other equipment Tel: (239) 728-7564 to arrange free delivery

Free delivery of Bicycles, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Beach Equipment on Fort Myers Beach Tel: (239) 728-7564 to arrange free delivery

Bill's Bike Rentals

1470 Periwinkle Way · Sanibel, Florida 33957; Toll free: (800) 575-8717; Local: (239) 472-5248 Fax: (239) 472-6224

Bikes, Tandems, Tri-cycles, Handicap-adapted tandems, Scooters, Segways - enjoy the Sanibel trails

The Ostego Bay Foundation - Marine Science Education Center

It is not a big place but packed with information about the marine life in the area. Great for kids - and I learn something new every time I take my son. Right under Matanza's Bridge (the main Fort Myers Beach Bridge) on the North East side (San Carlos)

Bonita Bill's

our favourite place for breakfast Right under Matanza's Bridge (the main Fort Myers Beach Bridge) on the North East side (San Carlos) 702 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; (239) 463-6119

I have slipped this one in here as Bonita Bill's is right opposite the Ostego Bay Foundation. Nothing special but it is on the bay, right next to all the boats. And it is more down to earth and friendly than fighting for a seat at the Waffle House.

C.R.O.W. - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Fascinating wild animal treatment centre right opposite the Ding Darling Reserve on Sanibel. Very limited tour times! If you are a fisherman, it is certainly worth a pilgrimage to this place to understand the DOs & DON'Ts of fishing and what to do if you unfortunately hook a bird.

Some information on Florida's Birds, Beasts, Snakes, Flowers, etc

I have only seen 4 varieties of snakes - all non-poisonous!

Caribbean Gardens - The Zoo in Naples

Caribbean Gardens 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd Naples Florida 34102; ZooLine (239) 262-5409 Open Daily 9.30 - 4.30

Florida Everblades Ice Hockey

Florida Everblades Ice Hockey for the professional team; or Junior Everblades for junior teams, recreational and tuition

Just down the road at I-75 junction 123:- Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, Florida 33928; P: (239) 948-7825; info@floridaeverblades.com

Germain Arena

Germain Arena is often the venue for the NARCh finals around July - the world's greatest roller hockey

Home of the Florida Everblades

For other Germain Arena events - Click here 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, Florida 33928; P: (239) 948-7825 (concerts, circus, sports, etc)

Ice-Skating at Fort Myers Skatium

Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway, Fort Myers, 33901; tel: (239) 461-3145

The sky at night (Abrams Planetarium)

Details of stars, comets, meteor showers, etc - lie back on the beach and watch the stars over the Gulf.

Kennedy Space Center and NASA website

Details of the Shuttle launches, predictions for sighting the International Space Centre, Visitor information

You can see the shuttle launches from the Condos if you look in a north-east direction towards Cape Canaveral.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center

Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center on Cape Canaveral and tour along the Space Coast and other parts of Florida

It is about a 4-5 hour drive to Cape Canaveral but well worth it!

On the Water - Cruises, Fishing, Scuba, Windsurf, etc

The Great Calusa Blueway

Lee County Paddling Trails at: GreatCalusaBlueway published by the Lee County Parks Dept.

If you want to see the local area from the water, there are several canoe trails with both private and Parks equipment rentals. We have tried a few and had a fun time. We have also seen many people fishing from their canoes.

Cabbage Key Inn

Stop by the secluded Cabbage Key for a meal, drink or overnight. Access only by boat or helicopter.

Cabbage Key Inc,P.O. Box 200

Pineland, FL 33945

Tel: (239) 283-2278

Fax: (239) 283-1384

Fishing, Sightseeing, Nature, Island and Sunset Cruises

The Kingfisher fleet out of Punta Gorda (just to the north of Fort Myers) have been highly recommended to us by friends so we intend to give them a go soon ourselves

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Brilliant site - almost too big to absorb. Under "saltwater fishing" are pages and links for artificial reef sites, tides, fish identification and loads more in and around the Gulf!!

Fishing (Gulf and Back Bay)- Florida Sportsman

A great magazine for Florida fishing and an excellent website with loads of links!


Half & full day fishing. Evening Shark and Snapper trips. Week-end Tortuga and private charter.

Captain Ken Pearson of SeaTrek sails from next to Bonita Bills, 702 Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Myers Beach (under the bridge on San Carlos Island); Tel: 239-765-7665 Also Capt Tony's and Getaway Marina for half-day, all day and other fishing trips

Deans Dive Center

Deans Dive Center, 15200 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 103, Fort Myers, Florida;

Telephone: (239) 489-0500;

Fax: (239) 489-1141

Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

For Windsurfing - try the SFWA (South Florida Windsurfing Association)

We have used Ace Performer for Kiteboard lessons, and had a great instructor. They also do Windsurf and other watersports. Contact Roy Massey; his shop is at 16842 Mcgregor Blvd , Fort Myers, Florida, 33908 - close to Sanibel Causeway; tel: 239-489-3513

For Wake Boarding - try Revolution Cable Park

Revolution Cable Watersports, 17590 East St, North Fort Myers, FL 33917 (off Bayshore Road); Tel: 239-656-3000

Tide Predictions:

LocalTides.net or San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron - www.scbps.org - give free boat safety checks as well as other training courses. Has some good links to other boating activities For the local active sailing club, try CLMS

Baseball & Golf

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox Spring Training - every year in early Spring at the new JetBlue Park. Ticket sales are very popular

JetBlue Park

11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913



Minnesota Twins Spring Training

Minnesota Twins Spring Training - every year in early Spring at the Lee County Sport Complex, Hammond Stadium

Hammond Stadium, Lee County Sports Complex, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.,

Fort Myers, FL 33912



Miracle Baseball Club

Miracle Baseball Club - the local Fort Myers Baseball team competing in the Florida State League. They are a minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Games held April - Sept.

The Fort Myers Florida State League Team Hammond Stadium, Lee County Sports Complex, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers, FL 33912 239-768-4210

Roy Hobbs Baseball Tournament

We have had several guests attend the Roy Hobbs Baseball Tournament. This is a huge annual amateur baseball tournament held in Fort Myers every year, typically around October / November. Exact dates depend on which division you play in.

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