Private Beach Bungalows on Island Off Florida Coast
When #1 Island Hideaway Luxury Suites owner Rhonda Wyatt first came to Fort Myers Beach in 1994, she decided she had found paradise. The town is set on the 6-mile-long Estero Island, just off Florida's mainland on the gulf side. The strip of land is no wider than a block in most parts, meaning that the beach is never more than a short walk away.
Inside one-bedroom units, glass doors open onto lanai porches, where you can soak in the ocean breeze from a comfy chair hammock. Both the Sunset and Starfish units feature full kitchens stocked with appliances, dishes, and utensils. Visit the resort's seasonal herb garden and you’ll find a fresh supply of rosemary, grapefruit, and pink pineapples. It’s also worth it to venture to nearby restaurants for dinner, or you can opt to stay close to home and have a cookout on one of the courtyard's barbecue grills.
There's a private beach just steps from the resort where you can paddle a kayak or simply lounge beneath the shade of a wide beach umbrella. Beach cruisers are also available for rental, so you can explore the island’s coast at your own pace.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida: Barrier-Island Town with Wide, Sandy Beaches
Two bridges connect Estero Island to Florida's mainland, but you just might find yourself opting to stay put. One of the biggest draws at Fort Myers Beach is its wide, sandy coastline, which is fronted by a boardwalk filled with tourist shops and restaurants. A popular way to take in the scenery is to board a kayak and paddle your way through Estero Bay's inlets, where you can get glimpses of mangroves and dolphins.
Lovers Key State Park, located, at the southern tip of the island, was once only accessible via boat; today you can get to it by car or tram. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife in the region, such as west indian manatees, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.