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Estero Island is one of the best vacation spots in Florida, boasting the white sands of Fort Myers Beach and the beautiful aqua blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The seven miles of beach attracts thousands of visitors from Germany, France, the UK and the USA each year, but this tropical Island still maintains a cheerful relaxed atmosphere that other more commercialised beach strips on the west coast have lost. Fort Myers beach has a reputation as one of the world's safest beach because of no undertow and shallow water; It's ideal for family bathing, swimming, sun bathing, surf fishing, shelling and the the full seven miles can be walked along the shore line. There are many fabulous restaurants serving fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing, boating, sailing and a whole range of other watersports as well as the spectacular Lovers Key State Park make this a beach vacation paradise.

The Times Square area, at the northern end of Estero Island, is considered the heart of downtown (if you can consider the lively beach village as 'town'!). Full of shops and restaurants, the Times Square area features outdoor dining, street performers and plenty of places to sit down and relax. Nearby the island's 560 foot Fishing Pier and a palm tree lined walkway provide a perfect spot to watch the famous sunsets. In the evenings and weekends, live music draws fun loving crowds.

Every Friday between April and November a Fort Myers Beach farmers market is held under Sky Bridge selling Fruit, vegetables, seafood, baked goods and snacks.

There is a good bus service with pick up and drop off locations throughout the Island.

Parks on Estero Island

Lynn Hall Memorial Park is located at the northern end of the island, conveniently in the heart of Ft. Myers Beach Village/town. This lively gulf front 17 acre park features a fishing pier with bait/gift shop, shelters with grills and picnic tables for picnicking (available on a first come first
serve basis only), a ship shaped playground for the youngsters, outdoor freshwater rinse off showers and restrooms with changing facilities.

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The natural environment of the 17- acre Bowditch Point Park at the northern tip of Estero Island is fantastic for nature lovers, walkers and picnickers. A great location where you can
enjoy the serene stillness of the quiet back bay or soak up the atmosphere of the more active gulf front. Superb for bird watching and great panoramic views of Estero Bay. Grills and picnic tables for picnicking available.

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Lover's Key State Recreation Area can be accessed on Black Island, the barrier island just south of Estero Island and with the inclusion of Lovers Key, Inner Key, and Carl E. Johnson County Park, the park has now swelled to 712 acres. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. A two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. It is one of the wildest, secluded and most visually stunning beaches on this part of the coast Black Island has over five miles of multiuse trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park's boat ramp. The park offers picnic areas, a snack bar, boat and fishing tours, as well as bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals.

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The Matanzas Pass Wildlife Preserve, featuring an historical restored cottage, contains nearly 60 acres of natural martime forest. Boardwalks and bridges provide a 1.25 mile trail winding through rare mangrove forest and a paddle craft landing allows you also to paddle in and enjoy the preserve. Take in the beautiful panoramic views of Estero Bay and watch the plentiful wildlife such as ospreys and pelicans.

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