Beaches

The Beaches of Estero Island


Fort Myers Beach is a favorite destination of many locals, snowbirds and vacationers. The island boasts miles of white, sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, where the ocean floor slopes gently towards the horizon with no sudden drop-offs or big waves. These beaches are the perfect place to spend the day, and the breathtaking sunsets are known over the world.  
Check out The Great Calusa Blueway which is a paddling trail throughout Southwest Florida.
  

Parks & Beaches

Bowditch Point Regional Park

Bowditch Point Regional Park is 17 acres that is located at the northern tip of Estero Island. It is actually a dual use facility in which approx. 7 acres are a developed park for passive recreational use and the remaining 10 acres a restoration/preserve area. The gulf front is more active while still providing a relaxed atmosphere for walkers, swimmers and sunbathers. Walking trails, through the restoration/preserve area, carry you through varied environments and offers an excellent opportunity for bird watching while being highlighted by panoramic views of Estero Bay. The park area also features tables and grills, available on a first come first served basis, in a shaded tropical setting sure to please any picnicker. A concession area offers visitors a place to rest, a variety of food items, gifts and souvenirs. Restroom and changing facilities are available as well. For more about Bowditch Point Regional Park, including parking information, please follow the link above.

Lovers Key State Park


Lovers Key State Park is between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach. Please follow the link above for more information.

The Pier & Lynn Hall Memorial Park

 


Lynn Hall Memorial Park and the Pier are owned, operated and maintained by Lee County. The park features various amenities to serve its guests:
  • Outside showers
  • Bathrooms
  • New playground for children
  • Covered picnic areas
  • Nature kiosk with information about local plants, animals, and land formations
  • The 560-foot pier offers a fantastic spot for fishing and viewing the Gulf of Mexico.
To find out more about Lynn Hall Memorial Park and the Fort Myers Beach Pier, follow the link above. 

Public Beach Accesses


The Town of Fort Myers Beach maintains 26 public beach accesses on Estero Island. These are marked and easily accessed from Estero Boulevard. Many of the accesses also have public parking. View the list of public beach accesses which is maintained by the Town of Fort Myers Beach by following the link above.
 

Newton Park & Seven Seas


Newton Park is a historical site located at 4650 Estero Boulevard, near Publix. Newton Park offers Cheeki Hut shade structures, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, parking, drinking fountains and a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico from dusk to dawn. Newton Park is also available for rentals such as weddings, parties or other special events.
Newton Park is a beach front property and historic home rich in island history associated with Jim and Ellie Newton whose extensive friendships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Charles Lindbergh, and others are recorded in Jim Newton’s book, “Uncommon Friends”. Outside sources have provided funding for acquisition, development, and maintenance making is community resource possible at little expense to the Town of Fort Myers Beach.

History

of Newton Park & Seven Seas


Island resident Jim Newton (1905-1999) gained notoriety through the publication of his book, “Uncommon Friends” where he details personal relationships with key figures of the twentieth century including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Charles Lindbergh, and Dr. Alexis Carrel. While these relationships were forged largely in Fort Myers beginning in the early 1930s, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and their children regularly visited the Newton’s at Seven Seas – their beachfront home on Fort Myers Beach built in 1953. Charles was the best man at Jim’s marriage to Eleanor (Ellie) Forde (1899-2003) in 1943 and the Beach served as the launch for joint sailing ventures on the sailboat Aldebaran.
Seven Seas served as a major focus of Jim and Ellie’s lives on our island as they lived, worked, and entertained. Through their involvement in the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) movement internationally known persons visited Seven Seas including British tennis player “Bunny” Austin, Cardinal Konig, Frits Phillips former chairman of the Philips electronics company, King Michael of Romania and Queen Anne, among others. Many islanders remember fondly the opportunities to meet the Newton’s visitors and some became involved in the MRA.

While some of the above named historical figures and movements are controversial, the Newton’s associations represent a unique facet of the history of Fort Myers Beach. Jim Newton’s book, later documented on film, and two of Ellie Newton’s published works, “Echoes from the Heart” and “I always wanted adventure” were penned at Seven Seas. Ellie was honored in 1998 by Florida Secretary of State Sandra B. Mortham with an Outstanding Women’s Achievement Award for her accomplishments in Florida and beyond. Local businesswoman Fran Myers and then County Commissioner John Albion honored Jim Newton through the creation of the nonprofit Uncommon Friends Foundation in 1993 with a mission to “instill ethics, moral values and a sense of purpose in tomorrow’s leaders”.

By virtue of the Newton’s personal associations and the gatherings that took place at Seven Seas, the Town of Fort Myers Beach successfully obtained $2.3 million in grant funds from the state of Florida's Florida Communities Trust program and Lee County to acquire the estate in 2003. Additional funds from the Lee County Tourist Development Council and Town park impact fees have been made available to develop the property into a passive park and community gathering place for all to enjoy.

Rent Newton Park! Enjoy the beautifully restored Seven Seas beach cottage at Newton Park, once home to James and Eleanor Newton. Jim, most well known for authoring the book, “Uncommon Friends” and his wife, Eleanor, who published two books herself, hosted large tea parties with upwards of 50 distinguished people. Now you can host your own event at Seven Seas too.Please print and complete the rental agreement below and return all required materials by mail or in person to:

Town of Fort Myers Beach
Attention: Cultural Resources
2523 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Seven Seas at Newton Park Rental Agreement

Questions? Call 239-765-0865

Beach Renourishment

Current Water Conditions for Area Beaches and the Caloosahatchee River
Florida Department of Health's Florida Healthy Beaches Program 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Red Tide Status  
Department of Environmental Protection Algal Blooms Monitoring and Response For Florida   
South Florida Water Management District Lake Okeechobee Water Level   
Lee County Environmental Laboratory Water Testing FAQ   

What does the Blue-Green Algae State of Emergency mean for Fort Myers Beach?
On June 30th 2016 Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order for Lee County on the west coast related to blue-green algae. That set in motion a series of events including limiting the flow of water into Lake Okeechobee and reducing discharges to the west from the Lake. The inclusion of Lee County in the Executive Order ensures that the Town of Fort Myers Beach will receive fair treatment and trigger additional resources to help combat poor water quality if such conditions occur.
 
Blue-Green Algae State of Emergency Fact Sheet 
Blue-Green Algae Information (Florida Department of Environmental Protection)
Blue Green Algae Facts & Safety Tips (Florida Department of Health) 
June 29, 2016 State of Emergency Executive Order (Office of the Governor) 
June 30, 2016 State of Emergency Executive Order Amended to Include Lee and Palm Beach Counties (Office of the Governor)