The sidewalk sizzles with excitement as throngs of people bounce around between tiki bars and ice cream bars. And, since this is the Gulf Coast of Florida, there are plenty of exquisite seafood restaurants, of course.
Some 150 miles south of the very busy Tampa Bay/Clearwater area, Fort Myers Beach has become a revitalized area attracting more and more tourists every year.
It’s kind of like Cocoa Beach but new and clean, cool and hip. Obviously this makes Fort Myers Beach a top destination during Spring Break, but it’s popular all summer long.
The beach, well kept by the city, is pristine and clean. The sand is powdery white and sparkles when the sun hits it just right. The pier is open to everyone and is usually a hub of activity because it adjoins a wide open promenade filled with eateries and shops. Across the street is the boulevard featuring many fine restaurants and bars such as the Gulfshore Grill and the Yucatan Beach Stand.
The beach area is also family friendly, so don’t expect a raucous party all the time—just during Spring Break, but the kids are much better behaved here than at Daytona, for instance. And don’t forget that this is home to two MLB teams. The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins hold spring training in Fort Myers every year.
Another popular event is the sand sculpting festival known as Sand Bash. Held every spring, Sand Bash is an organized event that features professional and amateur sculptors. Plus there are entertaining classes teaching the basics and spectacular demonstrations such as chain saw art! Carving up the sand with a chainsaw is something to see.
There are many other attractions nearby such as the winter homes of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers, lovely Sanibel Island, and the fine dining and shopping of Naples is only 25 miles to the south. Simply put, Fort Myers Beach is a lovely destination.
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