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Fun in the Sun at Fort Myers Beach
Fishing at sunset on Fort Myers Beach. Sweet lobster rolls at The Sandbar Grill.
Fort Myers Beach is a great area for fun and sun. Some people make it a day trip. Others stay for a weekend to enjoy everything it has to offer.
People who frequent this area to enjoy the beach will be happy to know that the Estero Boulevard Expansion project is in its final year. This stretch of seven miles runs from the north end at Times Square to the south end at Carlos Pass. View Fort Myers Beach Real Estate
In addition, there are four main parks: Bowditch Point (north end), Lynn Hal Memorial Park and Crescent Beach Family Park (near Times Square) and Newton Park (south end).
If you’ve ever been to one of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville locations, you’ll understand how exciting this news is: A huge Margaritaville is coming to Fort Myers Beach at the north end of the island at the base of Matanzas Bridge. The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2023.
Margaritaville will be a 254-room resort with four buildings: the resort, the Land Shark Bar & Grill, the Somewhere Bar and a Pool Concession area. Their tagline is “Laid Back Luxury with a Caribbean Twist!” (www.margaritavilleresorts.com/margaritaville-beach-resort-fort-myers-beach).
Sadly, one of the iconic plazas at the beach, Helmerich Plaza, had to be demolished to make way for the resort. The plaza was home to over 100 public beach parking spaces and to a host of shops including a bike rental, liquor store and previously the Lee County Sheriff’s Outreach Center.
More construction is ongoing at the south end as new condos are going in on the Bay Side where the Bay Beach Executive golf course was located.
You’ll never want for great seafood and other choices on the beach. Some restaurants, such as the Sandbar Grill, has been in the Santini Marina Plaza for years serving up great lunches, like sweet lobster rolls, as well as dinners. Visit Leanis shopping where the locals go!
The north end of the beach boasts favorites like Doc Ford’s, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Pierside Grill, Nervous Nellie’s and the Salty Crab.