Fort Myers Beach, part of Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coasts, has been calling visitors to her shores for many generations. Families return year after year, returning to a place of beauty and fun, knowing they’re in for a wonderful vacation. For others, a visit to Fort Myers Beach is a new adventure. For everyone, enjoying all the beaches, restaurants, lodging, shopping and recreational opportunities is the chief goal. So how can you know everything there is to know and spend your money wisely?
Check out the Fort Myers Beach Guide, a website dedicated to an unbiased, but informed view of all things Fort Myers Beach. From restaurant and hotel reviews to their blog, the Fort Myers Beach Guide is designed to help you get the most out of your area vacation.
Author of the Fort Myers Beach Guide, Gene, and I exchanged emails so that I could understand a little better what its all about, starting with, why do you keep your identity a secret? I want to keep the site private because I want to be as honest and unbiased as possible based on my own experiences. If someone knows who I am at a restaurant or other business they may be tempted to treat me better (or worse!) than any random visitor.
That means that when you read a review, you know you’re getting an honest opinion from someone who was there just as you would be. Additionally, none of the businesses have to pay to be on the site. No business has to pay to be listed and any payment would not affect their reviews or ratings so I hope visitors will find an unbiased, comprehensive guide to help plan their trip.
The idea here is to provide you with the best guide available: My mission is to build the most comprehensive guide to Fort Myers Beach available.
I asked Gene to explain where Fort Myers Beach is and how it’s different from other towns in the area: Fort Myers Beach is located about a 20 minute drive south of downtown Fort Myers. We are near Sanibel Island and for those who drive here (as opposed to boat here) Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach are close enough that one could easily visit both. Fort Myers Beach, in my opinion, is “the” beach town for Fort Myers. We are on Estero Island, a 7 mile long barrier island facing west into the Gulf of Mexico but connected by a main road through the entire island from the North to the South and offer driving access to both Fort Myers and Naples in a reasonable amount of time. We are about a 40 minute drive from the Regional SW Florida (RSW) airport. What makes Fort Myers Beach unique from the other parts of the area is our white, powdery soft beach stretching the
entire length of the island with a very gradual slope into the normally calm Gulf waters making our beach very safe to visit, especially for children. We are also a very popular spring break destination and in contrast to Sanibel we have many beach front and bay front restaurants (Sanibel maybe has 1 or so due to environmental building restrictions) and a much more lively atmosphere. We also have a ferry boat to Key West that gets you there in 3.5 hours for $120 round-trip.
And for someone coming to Fort Myers Beach, what is your favorite piece of advice?
My favorite pieces (I have 2) of advice for our friends and family who visit from out of state are: a) No, you won’t save money by flying into Miami instead of RSW by the time you rent a car, pay for fuel, etc. b) stay at least 7 days. We have so many different things to do and see that we can’t possibly show you even a small portion in only a few days. When you visit here, you can go to Key West, Sanibel, Captiva, Naples, Marco Island, Boca Grande and a number of other nearby places within an hour or less drive, all which are unique and worth visiting.
For more on Fort Myers Beach and to get all the insider information to help you plan an area visit including hotels or rentals, restaurants and what to do, visit the Fort Myers Beach Guide.