FORT MYERS BEACH & THE LEE ISLAND COAST
This Section Updated: December 9, 2011
This part of our website was created as a resource
for ourselves and friends, to promote Fort Myers Beach,
and to recommend the accommodations at
Cane Palm Beach Condominiums
FORT MYERS BEACH
FORT MYERS BEACH ACCOMMODATIONS
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND
STAYING RIGHT ON THE BEACH
AT THE NORTH END OF THE ISLAND
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF
THE 'TIMES SQUARE' AREA
CANE PALM BEACH
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A Look Across Times Square
Toward the Pier and Beach
Fort Myers Beach is located on both Estero, and San Carlos Islands.
Estero Island is about 7 miles long. The sun sets over Sanibel Island.
The center of activity is where the sky bridge comes over onto Estero island.
This area is called 'Times Square'. The public fishing pier is located here.
Times Square has a central area of colorful, tiled, pedestrian-only 'streets'.
and is planted with many lovely, shady, coconut palms. This is an area of
shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants. Many eateries have their tables
spread out in front of their establishments, along the palm-lined walkways.
There's often live 'on-the-street' entertainment, planned and impromptu.
The NW section of Times Square is Lynn Hall County Park, with beach & bathhouse.
Estero Island extends northward for about one half mile from Times Square.
This is a residential area, with condominiums on the Gulf, and houses bayside.
At the north tip of the island is Bowditch Park, with beach and 17 acres of land.
At night it's been safe to walk the beach. And, it's quiet and relaxing for sleeping...
...just the sound of the surf washing onto the beach below your bedroom window.
From Fort Myers Beach, it's just a 20 minute drive to Sanibel Island.
Sanibel is a much larger island. It's different, and is well worth exploring,
as is Captiva Island, to the north of Sanibel, accessible by road via Sanibel.
The heart of NAPLES is a 45 minute drive south from Fort Myers Beach.
Downtown FORT MYERS is just a 20 minute drive east, and the
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL AIRPORT is a 30 minute drive.
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OTHER FAVORITE LEE ISLAND COAST WEBSITES
THE 'DOC FORD' WEBSITE
If you haven't discovered this great mystery series yet, you're in for a treat.
We recommend starting with the first book in the series, SANIBEL FLATS,
which was chosen for The 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century by
The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
We discovered the author, Randy Wayne White, several years ago,
and ever since, we've read each book in the series, plus some, and
we have eagerly awaited the release of new books in the series.
We hope you enjoy reading these books as much as we have.
CABBAGE KEY INN
I've read about, and been attracted to this place for a long time.
It sounds like one of those very special, magical places to escape to.
Not only is the restaurant famous, but lodging is available, too.
Lunch cruises to Cabbage Key are available:
from Captiva Island via CAPTIVA CRUISES, and
from Bokeelia on Pine Island via TROPIC STAR CRUISES.
and NORTH CAPTIVA CHARTERS.
TARPON LODGE on PINE ISLAND
The Tarpon Lodge is the sister resort of the Cabbage Key Inn.
We had lunch there [12/14/2008] and enjoyed it very much.
We really enjoyed the view from our dining room table.
The lodge has an atmosphere that we were drawn to, and
we'd love to stay overnight and soak up more of its charm.
The Tarpon Lodge is located just across the road from both
The Randell Research Center and
The Calusa Heritage Trail..
PINE ISLAND & MATLACHA GALLERIES
We discovered many galleries on our trip to Pine Island, especially
in Matlacha, an island that you cross on the way to Pine Island.
We really liked the Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gradens, and
the Seaweed Gallery, that's located immediately next door.
We purchased some prints and other items at both.
At the north end of Pine Island, near the end of the road,
we were pleased to discover the Crossed Palms Gallery.
I bought a beautiful print of 'Cabbage Key' while there.
There are many galleries in Matlacha and on Pine Island.
We are planning a return trip to explore more of them.
FLORIDA'S CREATIVE COAST
for Pine Island Arts Information, etc.
PS: ART AT FORT MYERS BEACH
At Times Square, we always visit 'Local Color' and 'East Winds'
Toward the south end of the island, in Santini Plaza,
we recommend the 'Island Girl', and 'Discovery Bay'.
We just discovered 'Island Girl', and really like it.
[Island Girl has Leoma Lovegrove prints, too.]
CUT THROAT CLAMS
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