Tipsy Tarpon Seafood Shack celebrates some of the ocean’s finest catches, not only in their hearty surf ‘n’ turf menu but also in a 16-foot saltwater aquarium that wide-eyed guests are free to investigate upon arrival. A culinary siren song of snow crab legs, oysters, and flaky whitefish rolled in macadamia nuts and panko breadcrumbs lure seafood lovers to the surf section of the menu, and the turf section vies for palate popularity with its Angus burger and pork loin slathered in island-style barbecue sauce. All dishes inspired by both land and sea assemble an artful arrangement of fresh ingredients—all of which were handpicked by the kitchen staff and have earned the squeal of approval from the kitchen dolphin.
The 35 flavors of wing sauces at Hurricane Grill & Wings don't just show up on the house's lauded boneless and jumbo buffalo wings. They also add a splash of flavor to a diverse range of dishes on their menu, from the grilled mahi-mahi made with an ancho-chile-lime sauce to the barbecue-bacon cheeseburger made with mango-barbecue sauce. This adds a touch of uniqueness to every dish, with most dishes coming in a choice of a complementary sauces. Chefs pair their dishes with a full list of domestic and craft beers, which cool the fire of the spicy sauces.
Amidst the clatter of pans and hiss of bubbling pots, head chef Antonio Enriquez spends days laboring over his renowned marinara sauce, squeezing tomatoes by hand to painstakingly removing seeds, water, and skin. Hernandez ladles this and other homemade sauces onto pastas, gourmet thin-crust pizzas, and chicken, veal, and seafood specialties. He only uses fresh produce and herbs to concoct his menu of made-from-scratch regional Italian fare, ensuring that every dish boasts bold, robust flavors.
In the dining room, bartenders whip up their signature pink Luna Rossa martinis—a nod to the restaurant's name, which translates as "pink moon" in English—or dole out international wines by the glass, bottle, or trough. Diners can also seek shade beneath vibrant umbrellas on the outdoor patio, or bust out their antique ear trumpets to enjoy the songs of local crooners Perfect Gentlemen, who serenade guests every Saturday afternoon.
Sand Bash showcases the shaggy sculptures of eighteen master sand sculptors from across the globe competing for sun-drenched glory. Enjoy good eats and drinks while surveying towering sand sculptures ranging from traditional castles to entire fiefdoms erupting from the flat surrounding beach. Sculptors, working in teams of two, will dig, dust, pat, and smooth sandy creations throughout the festival, with a final judging on Sunday afternoon by a celebrity panel. While not making scale replicas of the entire Andromeda galaxy, sculptors can participate in Friday and Saturday night "Quick Sand" competitions, in which beach covering works of art are whipped up in a mere 10 minutes.
When you stay at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach in Fort Myers Beach, you'll be on the beach and convenient to Lovers Key State Park. This beach hotel is within the region of Congo River Golf - Bonita Springs and San Carlos Golf Club.
Make yourself at home in one of the 103 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Conveniences include direct-dial phones, as well as safes and desks.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
When John Ritter thinks back to 1948, he can almost taste the frozen treats he churned out during his after-school job at the local ice-cream parlor. Now, after a 35-year career as a film animator, he helps others to enjoy similarly sweet memories at Ritter's Frozen Custard. Here, friendly staffers handcraft each batch of frozen custard, an ultrapremium ice cream as smooth as a jazz record dipped in chocolate. At the counter, guests can sample the flavors of the day, which range from tart blueberry to gooey, crunchy mocha-almond fudge. Scoops of classic vanilla—along with more than 25 toppings—fill specialty creations such as brownie sundaes, hand-dipped malts, and freezer-ready ice-cream sandwiches.