The Town's Beach Accesses are currently in various stages of repair due to damage sustained from Hurricane Ian which directly hit Estero Island on September 28, 2022.
Ian was a Category 4-plus storm with sustained winds for about nine hours of 150 miles per hour.
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Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island is a favorite destination of many locals, snowbirds and vacationers. The Island boasts seven miles of white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico where the ocean floor slopes gently towards the horizon with no sudden drop-offs or big waves.
The Town of Fort Myers Beach maintains 29 public beach accesses on Estero Island, including Newton Beach Park and Seven Seas Cottage. These are marked and easily accessed from Estero Boulevard, the only thoroughfare through the Island. Many of the accesses also have public parking, and many are ADA accessible either by mobi mat or ramp.
See a map of the accesses.
The Lee County Parks and Recreation Department maintains Bowditch Point Park, Crescent Beach Park, Lynn Hall Pier and Memorial Park, and Matanzas Pass Preserve, which are in the Town of Fort Myers Beach.
The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel is an additional resource for beach information.
Lovers Key State Park (off island on the south end over the Big Carlos Pass Bridge)
Bonfires on the beach are prohibited
- Open fires are prohibited on the beach and Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area.
- Permits may be applied for through Town Hall for small cooking fires (12” x 12”) on the beach, excluding Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area, from November 1 through April 30.
- The permit will require a $30 deposit for cleanup.
- No fires are permitted on the beach during sea turtle nesting season May 1 through October 31.