Hello Hello! I’m back again with another post, albeit a few weeks behind because I’m the worst at consistency. I’m working on it! To be fair though, I was a little busy laying on the beach and burning my feet. But I’m going to do a little rundown, guide if you will, to beaches in SW Florida. I’m not an expert, but I have visited quite a few of them!
I spent 8 days in sunny South Western Florida with my family exploring all the beaches and just enjoying the warmth. There are so many to enjoy in the area, but I thought I would share with you all the 6 beaches that I visited. The good, the bad, and pictures! I mean, there’s really not a whole lot that seems bad about a beach when you’ve come from the freezing midwest though.
The Yacht Club
First up is The Yacht Club on Cape Coral Island. Cape Coral is actually where we stayed during our trip and this beach was only like 5 minutes from our place. Our first night there we had dinner at The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill which is right next to the pier. We also had breakfast and drinks there as well and it was good food for a reasonable price.
While this beach is really small, it’s only a little bigger than what you can see in the picture, it was actually a pretty nice beach. It wasn’t super crowded, there is a restaurant, pier, and bathrooms all extremely close. There’s actually a public pool there as well if you’re not into ocean swimming, and the parking was free! Because this beach is more off of the river the water was super calm and actually green tinted. So it would be a great spot if you have little ones and you don’t want to worry about waves, plus an added bonus of a playground.
The only downside of this beach was it’s size. For those of you who enjoy walking along the beach this one’s probably not for you.
Fort Myers Beach
I’d have to say that Fort Myers Beach was probably my least favorite of the beaches. Fort Meyers is definitely the major tourist hub so it was absolutely packed with people. There’s not just the beach, but the pier and all of the tourist shops along the boardwalk so that draws a ton of people there. I will say that the beach itself it actually pretty nice. If you were staying at one of the hotels on the beach that had a private area it would actually be really nice. The day we went it was super windy too so that didn’t help. I had a mouth full of sand and that was the day I burned my feet, so I’m a bit salty about it haha.
Parking is quite pricey for all of the lots. There may be free street parking on side streets, but don’t quote me on that. Ideally this beach would be good if you were staying in walking distance.
Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach
The first day we visited Sanibel Island was pretty chilly so it wasn’t a proper beach day, but it was still a really cool beach! There’s obviously a lighthouse, but this is also a good shelling beach. We went out the day after a storm so there were a lot of people out shelling and even some starfish that had washed up on shore. We also saw a handful of dolphins and a little shark, which was way too close to shore for my comfort, but still cool to see!
On the same chilly day we drove out to the very tip of Captiva Island where the waves were really crashing. This would probably be nice beach for swimming in the waves if it was sunny and warm. There aren’t really any amenities at the public entrance. I think there might have been a porto potty but that’s about it. Captiva Island is mostly private residences and resorts so a lot of the beach is private.
Another beach on Sanibel Island. Bowman’s is a really great shelling spot and also very large so although there were a lot of people it didn’t feel crowded. It’s a little bit of a walk from the parking lot and bathhouses, but not bad at all. I didn’t take any pictures at this beach, but I did take some video which you can see in my video that is at the end of this post.
Lover’s Key was definitely my favorite out of all the beaches. It was quite the trek from where we were staying with all of the traffic, but it was worth it. The water was warm, the sand was soft, and there were so many pretty shells. Also a ton of birds! We walked the beach up and down for shells and found some really great ones that we hadn’t seen at the other beaches. There weren’t nearly as many people as the other beaches, which was really nice, and it was quiet except for the sound of the crashing waves and the birds. So so relaxing. In fact I think I fell asleep for spell while I was laying out. I’ve got some nice tan lines on my back now. Whoops!
With the other beaches you pay to park by hour, but since it is a park you actually just pay a flat fee for the day. Way cheaper. The parking lot is a bit of a walk, but they do offer a free trolly ride down to the beach.
Well there you have it! Hopefully this helps you if you are visiting the area so you don’t have to have a bad beach experience. If you’ve been, what is your favorite beach? If you’re going, which beach sounds best to you? Let me know in the comments!