aerial view of beach with palms and a turquoise ocean at fort myers sanibel island beaches
close up of shells on the beach with a seagull at fort myers sanibel island beaches
mom picks up shell and shows to daughter at fort myers sanibel island beaches

Overview

The beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island are located on the south west coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The area is home to over 400 varieties of shells which wash up on their shores unharmed. Fort Myers and Sanibel are known for its popular shell collecting. The best shelling locations are Sanibel and Captiva Islands due to their optimal geography. With over two dozen man-made artificial reef and many sunken ship sites just off the shore and up to 30 miles off shore, the area is a divers paradise. At Lover’s Key State Park, you can have a romantic escape and enjoy time with your loved one. If you’re bringing your dog, Bonita Beach is the area’s only off leash dog beach, but dogs are also welcome on a leash at Dog Beach Park area of Fort Myers Beach. Boating, fishing, and kayaking on the ocean are all popular water activities as well.

A discount and/or military offer may be available. Please contact Fort Myers / Sanibel Island directly for current details, hours, promotions, admission tickets, and to verify visitor travel information as things may change. Check out our See & Do Page for other fun things to do in Florida and our Deals Page for offers and coupons for Florida attractions, restaurants, shops and more.

Photos courtesy of Lee County Convention and Visitors Bureau / The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.