For crystal clear, warm waters, Fort Myers beach on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast simply cannot be beat. Seven miles of sandy beaches with shallow water and no undercurrent make it one of the safest beaches in the world. Share the waters with bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles, while you explore via eco-tour, kayak or bicycle.
Kayaking in Fort Myers
The Hell Pickney Bay Canoe and Kayak Trail leads visitors through pristine, untouched areas where wild osprey, bald eagles, bottlenose dolphins and even manatees play, nest and eat. The serene waters are host to two trails, one 3.5 miles and the other over 5 miles, each clearly marked and only accessible by canoe or kayak. Water is extremely shallow, averaging 12 inches deep and the grasses and mangrove shelter turtles, eels and fish in clear, glassy waters. Archeological remains of early European immigrant fisherman abound on shell mound, accessible by a path from the kayak trail.
An abundance of kayak rental facilities are located throughout Fort Myers beach and the surrounding areas. Guided tours through this area are popular, and self-guided trips are allowed.
Rent a Beach Cruiser
Cruise the 7 miles of sandy shores on a beach cruiser. Several rental houses offer bicycles for adults and children. For over 20 years, Fun Rentals has provided rental equipment at Fort Myers beach. They offer bicycles, motor scooters, baby equipment, motorcycles and wave-runners.
1901 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
Eco-Safari Tour of the Everglades
Hop onto an Everglades Day Safari tour bus and visit all 4 of the ecosystems that make up the everglades on a safari that takes you through a mangrove estuary, sawgrass prairie, pine savannah and cypress swamps. Reservations are required.
Everglades Day Safari
Fort Myers Pickup
14900 South Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, Florida 33912
Article Written By Lisa Russell
Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.