The West Coast of Florida is famous for its sugar-spun, shell-filled beaches. Fort Myers Beach, on Estero Island, offers just this sort of iconic beaches with a variety of luxury resorts. Fort Myers Beach resorts deliver beach vacations that don’t skimp on amenities.
Fort Myers Beach Resorts
Some Fort Myers Beach resorts are ideal for families with small children; others are perfect for honeymooners and couples. Many are great for family reunions or large groups of friends who are visiting Fort Myers Beach together. Find the right one for you here:
Best Western Plus Beach Resort
The soft sand beach. The heated, beachside pool. The fact that every room faces the Gulf of Mexico, where the sun breaks like a yolk into the horizon nightly. The rooms may not offer the glam décor of some of the other resorts, but they’re modern and clean, and come with both kitchenettes and private balconies. The front desk staff is also extremely polite and helpful with planning activities and booking tours. In the mornings, guests enjoy complimentary breakfast before venturing out for a day of swimming, shelling, and water sporting. The resort is situated on the northern side of the island, which is a bit quiet, but it’s only a few blocks from Times Square and the majority of the activity. For those who value alone time—and also like free Wi-Fi—welcome to the Best.
Amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast, shuffleboard, barbecue grills, water sports, private balconies, heated pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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Cornerstone Beach Resort
For those seeking privacy, the Cornerstone Beach Resort is the chef’s kiss of Fort Myers Beach resorts: The hotel offers only eight single-bedroom and four two-bedroom suites to house guests. The property is also located in the middle of the island, away from the buzz, where more solitude is available. But don’t let its small stature and quiet nature fool you. It’s big on particulars, including a wall of glass doors that opens to a Gulf-side lanai. The Cornerstone is also close to the local grocery store and fine-dining restaurants.
Amenities: Fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen TVs, HDTV, stereo radio, password-protected internet, king-size bed, tiled walk-in shower, washer/dryer, and heated pool.
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DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa
With 350 feet of Gulf of Mexico shoreline to call its own, this all-suite Fort Myers Beach resort is an iconic beachfront hotel. Parents especially love it for the kitchenettes that make vacationing with kids so convenient, as well as for the private, screened balconies where adults can relax in the evening. There’s also an activities room for kids, and an array of water sports—which a Beach Concierge can arrange—for all ages and levels of experience. If swimming, sunning, and shelling isn’t enough to hold your attention, play volleyball, borrow a guest bicycle, or hop aboard the island trolley to explore the region.
Amenities: Pool, beach seating, beach concierge, water sports, high-speed wireless internet, two LED TVs with cable, private screened balcony, king-size bed in separate bedroom, queen sleeper sofa in living room, daily housekeeping, daily newspaper service, coffee and tea maker, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, walk-in showers, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, handicap-accessible suites available, local and toll-free phone calls, and cribs and high chairs upon request.
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Gullwing Beach Resort
With one-, two- or three-bedroom suites, GullWing Beach Resort is the Fort Myers beach resort that befits large groups and family reunions. Feel like you’re living in a condo with a fully equipped kitchen, a separated living and dining area—and, if you’ve booked a beachfront suite, floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase some of the most fantastic views you’ve seen. On the south end of Estero Island, where locals claim the beaches are a little finer, the Gullwing doesn’t cater to kids or spring breakers with all-day programming. Instead, there’s adult-style entertainment with an elevated tennis court, beach volleyball, a fitness center, a business center for those who need to check in even on vacation, barbecue areas, a heated pool and whirlpool spa, and of course, the main attraction: the beach with chairs and umbrellas for rental.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, cable TV and DVD player, private screened balconies, living room with sleeper sofa, fully-equipped kitchen, breakfast bar and wet bar, dining area with tables & chairs, daily newspaper delivery to suite, housekeeping services available, cribs and high chairs upon request, handicap-accessible suites available, local and toll-free phone calls, hair dryer and plush bath robes, washer and dryer in suite, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, pool towels, heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, elevated tennis court, fitness center, trolley stop, and beach chair and umbrella rentals.
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Lovers Key Resort
Lovely and hospitable, these luxury suites—decorated in pastel tropical prints and high-end wicker furniture—court couples, groups, and extended-stay visitors. This Fort Myers beach resort is adjacent to Lovers Key State Park, which also makes it appealing to those who like the isolation and adventure of boating, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, swimming, and shelling on this two-mile stretch. The property caters to guests with a chic on-site restaurant run by a trained chef, a lagoon-style heated pool and spa, private beach access, a fitness center, a business center, and even nanny or babysitting services for those who want to spend an evening out at the nearby restaurants, or head to the mainland for a day of shopping.
Amenities: On-site restaurant, lagoon-style heated pool and spa, private beach access adjacent to Lovers Key State Park, continental breakfast (weekdays from May 1st through Dec 15th), complimentary fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, business center with guest computer and printer, multilingual staff, nanny/babysitting services, limousine/private car services, on-site laundry facility, complimentary parking, and water and bicycle rental deliveries.
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The Neptune Resort
A touch more reasonably priced and do-it-yourself than most Fort Myers Beach resorts, The Neptune offers roomy accommodations, superb access to the Gulf, and cheerful front desk service. The 71 renovated suites, complete with full kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs, are draws for families looking to make the most out of a week’s vacation. The property includes a contemporary, on-site fitness center and a business center—plus a place to grill some burgers or veggies for those nights you don’t feel like setting out to Times Square or a shopping plaza. While the hotel itself doesn’t plan activities, the staff is always happy to help you find something to do, whether it’s booking a deep-sea fishing trip or finding a spring training baseball game.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, on-site fitness center, free parking, coin-operated laundry machines, grilling area, picnic tables, two heated swimming pools, business center, vending/ice machines, full kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and shuffleboard.
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The Outrigger Beach Resort
From rooms to efficiencies, the Outrigger has you outfitted. Comfortable and decorated in tropical prints, with noon check-out times so you can enjoy your last night of vacation, the resort is located on Estero Boulevard, where the island trolley stops. Climb aboard for delivery to Times Square cafes and Lovers Key State Park. The Outrigger also sits on the largest—and, some say, the silkiest—white sand beach in the region. A tiki bar with live music and two restaurants on premises cater to your drinking and dining needs, whether you want to sit indoors out of the hot sun or have a romantic al fresco evening.
Amenities: Adirondack chairs, two-person cushioned beach cabana rentals, pool towels, indoor and al fresco dining options, board games at front desk, live music, gift shop, heated outdoor pool, beach volleyball, nearby bicycle and water sports rentals, guest service center, and reservations for most area attractions and tours.
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Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Consistently voted number one in travel magazine polls and awards programs, the Pink Shell has a slogan to vacation by: “The only thing we overlook is the beach.” It’s true—it’s almost impossible to find an amenity that this fabulous resort forgets. Originally built in the 1950s as one cottage, the beach rooms, suites and villas now encompass 12 acres, backing an entire shopping plaza. The staff can even fetch you groceries, filling your fridge while you’re off having fun. And that fun is as varied as you want it to be: Learn how to sail at the Offshore Sailing School; rent boards or boats of all kinds; take little ones into the splash pool with fountains and sprayers and bigger ones to the infamous, lagoon-style “Octopool;” or book spa sessions at Aguagene. Then explore your options for dolphin tours or fire pit rentals, because the activities don’t stop until you do.
Amenities: Two breakfasts with room, two drinks with room, two in-suite bottles Voss water, a Pink Shell Resort beach bag, daily beach lounge chair and umbrella, Wi-Fi, valet services, steam room, fitness center, three heated swimming pools, splash pool, sailing school, souvenirs and shopping, grocery delivery, cabana rentals, tours, fire pit rentals, water sports rentals, spa, and dining on premises.
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Pointe Estero Beach Resort
How family friendly can one resort be? The answer lies at Pointe Estero, where the guest services range from a gazebo with a barbecue grilling deck and beachside picnic tiki huts to badminton rackets and cornhole games. In addition, to the 60 fully equipped, one- and two-bedroom condominium-style suites, there are also movies and board games for rental, a kids’ art program, beach watersport rentals, beach chair and umbrella rentals, beach volleyball, a heated pool with a whirlpool spa, and plenty more to keep every single member of the family occupied. Take a guest bicycle out for a spin or hop on the local trolley. There’s also a fitness center and a computer station so you can keep up your daily routines.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, cable TV, DVD and Blu-ray player, private screened balconies, living room with sleeper sofa, fully equipped kitchen, dining table and chairs, wet bar (beachfront suites), rooftop sundeck (penthouse suites), daily newspaper delivery, cribs and high chairs on request, handicap-accessible suites available, local and toll-free phone calls, washer and dryer in suite, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee or tea in the lobby, tennis, heated pool, whirlpool spa, pool deck chairs and umbrella, beach chairs and umbrellas for rental, water sports for rental, beach volleyball, computer station, fitness center, guest services desk, guest bicycles, guest parking, and housekeeping services (extra fee).
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Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
Every hotel claims it has the most gorgeous stretch of sand on the island, but the Wyndham Garden has outside confirmation: The American Sand Sculpting Championship chooses it for its competition, as do national volleyball tournaments. If you want to get in on the action—and yes, there’s action, especially during spring break, as well as every night at sunset—book one of the pleasant, tropically decorated rooms. The resort also specializes in destination weddings, so you can be sure there’s usually something going on despite the fact that this part of the island is less densely populated.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, in-room coffee maker, bar, breakfast available, daily housekeeping, dry-cleaning services, early check-in available, express check-out, fitness center, laundry services, meeting room, multilingual staff, non-smoking hotel, onsite parking, outdoor pool, restaurant, room service, safe deposit box, banquet room, wedding services, and weddings and events.
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– Original reporting by Jen Karetnik