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General information about the beaches in the vicinity of Cape Coral can be found under: Southwest Florida Travel

 

Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Park

The Yacht Club Community Park is located directly on the Caloosahatchee River in a beautifully landscaped setting. The public beach offers visitors 634 feet of pristine beach with picnic shelters, BBQ grills, restrooms, fishing pier, playground area and restaurant. Other on site amenities include free racquetball courts, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and public boat ramp. Address: Dolphin Drive Approximately 5 miles – 10 minutes driving time from our house.

 

Bowditch Point Regional Park

This lovely 17-acre park fronts both the beach and the bay, welcoming the visitor with an unspoiled wide sandy beach and beautiful views of nearby barrier islands. There is parking available behind the pavilion. Beach lovers can also catch the trolley from the Main Street Park and Ride parking lot, which runs every 15 minutes. Address: Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach Approximately 13 miles – 20 minutes driving time from our house Further info: Bowditch Point Regional Park

 

Lynn Hall Memorial Park

A great family beach, Lynn Hall Memorial Park at Fort Myers Beach is also a favorite among teenagers and young people. The centerpiece of the park, Fort Myers Beach Pier, is awash with fishermen and local waterfowl. The pelicans especially enjoy the pier, and every post seems to have its prerequisite occupant perched on top. The proximity of the beach to shops and restaurants gives it added appeal. Address: Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach Approximately 13 miles – 20 minutes driving time from our house Further info: Lynn Hall Memorial Park

 

Bunche Beach

While not located along the gulf, Fort Myers does possess a wonderful bay side beach known as Bunche Beach. Few tourists find their way here, although it's fairly well known to locals. The wide sand beach attracts families and young people, who bring their dogs, fishing poles and picnics, then spend the day. Address: John Morris Road in Punta Rasse Approximately 14 miles – 25 minutes driving time from our house Further info: Bunche Beach

 

Lover’s Key

Acres of nature trails and pristine beaches make Lover's Key one of Florida's best beachfront parks. Here you can canoe along mangrove lined estuaries, walk miles of secluded, white sand beaches, hike along miles of wetland trails, and enjoy hours of nature study. Many species of waterfowl call the park home, and sightings of the endangered manatee are frequent along the shore and in the nearby waterways. Located in southern Lee County just south of Fort Myers Beach, the park also offers some of the area's best fishing. Tip: Never forget to bring mosquito spray! Address: Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach Approximately 18 miles – 30 minutes driving time from our house Further info: Lover's Key

 

Causeway Beaches

Great for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and picnicking. Pull your vehicle right to waters edge. There is no fee when you park on the causeway beach. Located along both sides of the road. Restrooms are available. Address: Sanibel Causeway Approximately 18 miles – 30 minutes driving time from our house. Causeway Beaches

 


Sanibel and Captiva

These two islands, off-shore Cape Coral and Fort Myers, impart the real Caribic – Feeling. Therefore we want to dedicate a separate chapter for them. Sanibel is one of the unique barrier islands of the world, having an east-west orientation when most islands are north south. Hence, the island is gifted with great sandy beaches and an abundance of shells. Basic restrooms are located at all public beach accesses. Some have picnic tables, all have handicap parking. Mobile food stands sell snack at a couple of the picnic tables, all have handicap parking. Parking at Sanibel and Captiva public beaches costs $2.00 an hour.

The best thing to do on these islands is shelling, where low tide will yield the best results on any given day. The best times of the year to shell are after winter storms and tropical disturbances. When winds and waves stir up the Gulf of Mexico shelling can uncover all sorts of seashore surprises. Shellers on Sanibel and Captiva sometimes shell at night for the best opportunity Very helpful is to check the tide charts. Further info:Sanibel and Captiva Beaches

SANIBEL Approximately 20 – 25 miles – 40 – 50 minutes driving time from our house.

 

Lighthouse Beach & Fishing Pier

This is the site of our historic functioning lighthouse. Located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, wrapping around to the bay side. This is where the t-dock-fishing pier is and a boardwalk nature trail winding through native wetlands. Address: Periwinkle Way

 

Gulfside City Park

Picnic tables and shady pines welcome you. Address: Algiers Lane

 

Tarpon Bay Beach

Easy parking even for recreational vehicles, and nevertheless a short hike from the parking lot to the beach. Address: West Gulf Drive

 

Bowman's Beach

Pristine and quiet, you won't find any hotels here. Park and walk over a bridge to secluded white beach. There is an outdoor shower located at this beach. This is the only beach with barbecue grills. Address: Bowman's Beach Road

CAPTIVA Approximately 30 miles – 60 minutes driving time from our house

 

Turner Beach (Blind Pass)

Located on both the Sanibel and Captiva side of the Blind Pass Bridge, this beach is popular with shellers and fishermen. Signs warn against swimming because of the swift currents. Address: Blind Pass Bridge

 

Captiva Beach

A great place to watch the sunset. There are no restroom facilities here and parking is very limited. Located at the end of Captiva Drive. Parking is free. Address: Sanibel-Captiva Road

 

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