The Lee County Beaches of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Estero span 50 miles from Gasparilla Island State Recreation Area to Bonita Beach Road, and with 18 miles of public parks on the beachfront, there are over 100 beach accesses!
Barefoot Beach State Preserve
On the south end of Little Hickory Island, one will find the natural surrounding of a state preserve. Tours are available as well as guided canoe trips to learn about the various wildlife species in the area. Barefoot Beach is located between Bonita Beach and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and the entrance is at Lely Beach Boulevard.
Bonita Beach Park
Located in the luxurious Bonita area, this five-acre white sand beach park is easily accessible and only 20 feet off Bonita Beach Road and Lely Barefoot Boulevard. Public bathrooms, showers, and concessions are available.
Lover’s Key State Park
Lover’s Key State Park is more than 700 acres and can be accessed between Estero and Bonita Beach. Along with its gorgeous beach, this beautiful state park showcases land, marine ecosystems, and wetlands.
Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island is very popular with the young and old. Right on the beach you will find parasailing, jet-ski, and even paddle boat rentals. The beach is perfect for sun bathing, and many island shops and restaurants are located along the boardwalk. Fishermen and sunset watchers will truly enjoy the Fort Myers Beach Pier, and its famous Times Square with quaint little shops.
Dog Beach in Bonita Springs is one of the only “pets permitted” public beaches. Bonita Beach does not permit pets. Dog Beach is also known as the “Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area.” It is located north of Bonita Beach Road where it curves north and becomes Hickory Boulevard. It is physically located just north of the New Pass bridge and just before Carl Johnson boat ramp and Lover’s Key state park. It’s only a few miles south of Fort Myers Beach and provides parking, plastic bags and dog waste disposal stations.
The Island Beaches of Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Beaches offer more than just a place to soak up the sun. Because of their ease-west orientation, the islands are a haven for undisturbed shells and the water’s current is perfect for adventuresome windsurfers. Of course there’s always time for a picnic.
Sanibel Beach is located on one of the most unique barrier islands in the world. For those who like to go shelling, Sanibel and Captiva beaches are the place to be. Bathrooms are located at most public beach accesses and some have picnic tables.
The historical Sanibel Lighthouse is located on the eastern tip of the island at Causeway Road and Periwinkle Way. Here, one can fish from the Sanibel Pier or take a nature walk on a winding boardwalk through the native wetlands.
Bowman’s Beach located off Sanibel-Captiva Road is a more secluded beach, and amenities include an outdoor shower, public bathrooms, picnic tables, and even barbecue grills.
Captiva Beach is five miles long and located on the north end of Captiva Island. Besides being popular for shelling, many couples enjoy a romantic evening on the beach watching the fabulous sunsets.
Here beach-goers can pull vehicles right up to the water’s edge and there is no parking fee. The Causeway Beaches are a chain of islands that go from Summerlin Road to Sanibel Island. These beaches are located on both sides of the road and bathrooms are available. They’re great for picnicking, fishing, and windsurfing. Warning for swimmers; there can be strong currents, so be sure to watch the little ones.
Tarpon Bay Beach
Located at the south end of Tarpon Bay Road and West Gulf Drive, parking for this beach is easily accessible for recreational vehicles, and it is only a short walk to the white sandy beach.
Turner Beach is great for shelling and fishing, but its swift currents are not for swimmers. This beach is located on the Sanibel/Captiva side of Blind Pass Bridge.
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