Beach Vacation Blog - A blog about vacations in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs along with things to do and places to stay in Southwest Florida.

Beach Vacation Blog

A blog about vacations in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs along with things to do and places to stay in Southwest Florida.

In a little over a week, the 3 day Fort Myers Beach Pollo Tropical Pirate Fest will start and  it’s going to be a great time here on the beach!

As we reviewed in our last blog post, it’s a family friendly event, too! icon wink Fort Myers Beach   Pollo Tropical Pirate Fest is almost here!

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The 8th Annual Pirate Fest is sponsored by Pollo Tropical and will be featuring:

  • The Pub N Grub Pirate Stroll – Friday (10/11) evening stroll with the pirate musicians along Old San Carlos Blvd and Estero Blvd.  It starts at the Cottage at 6pm sharp, and will hit many pubs throughout the evening.
  • The Pirates’ Ball at Nervous Nellie’s – Local favorite band Celtic Stew will be playing while prizes are won for best pirate, best wench and best couple.
  • And so many more events!

We still have availability for our Fort Myers Beach Home Rentals and our Fort Myers Beach Condo Rentals.  If you’d like more assistance, please feel free to give our wonderful staff a call at (866) 218-1709 – we’re here for you!

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, if you haven’t already – we’ll keep on sharing the fun of Florida with you!

Remember – it’s always beachtime at Lahaina, too!

Enjoy,

-Barb

Boating on Fort Myers Beach2 #11: Best Places on the Islands of Southwest Florida for Boating

This is the eleventh installment of Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

A vacation to the islands of Southwest Florida isn’t complete without a day on the water! Ahh…just imagine the breeze through your hair and the sun on your face, as you cruise along the Gulf of Mexico. The calm waters of the Gulf and back bays are ideal for boating enthusiasts! Here are a few of the best boating destinations you may want to consider stopping at:

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#9 Pet Friendly Areas – A Renter’s Guide!

Posted by Barb On August 31st

Dog Beach #9 Pet Friendly Areas   A Renters Guide!

This is the ninth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

You don’t have to choose between spending time with man’s best friend and a getaway vacation to Southwest Florida. You can do both from your vacation rental on Fort Myers Beach or Bonita Beach! There are many pet friendly vacation rentals that welcome you AND your pet. One of the most popular spots for dogs and their humans (or any dog lover), is Dog Beach.

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#8 Barefoot Beach – A Renters Guide!

Posted by Barb On August 17th

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This is the eighth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

If you are staying in one of the beautiful vacation rentals on Bonita Beach, you may want to consider taking a short drive south to visit Barefoot Beach.

Barefoot Beach is actually on the same land mass – Little Hickory Island – as Bonita Beach. However, the south end of the island is home to a preserve known as Barefoot Beach. This preserve consists of 342 acres of natural land, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast.

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#7 Bonita Beach

Posted by Barb On July 27th

Shells on Bonita Beach #7 Bonita Beach

This is the seventh installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Bonita Beach may be one of the best places in Southwest Florida to catch the sunset. Although the beach does not have the same “sugar sand” as Fort Myers Beach, which is heaven to walk in, the shell bits that make up the sand at Bonita Beach have their own lure.

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#6 Little Hickory Island

Posted by Barb On July 6th

Little Hickory Island FL Sunset #6 Little Hickory Island

This is the sixth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Little Hickory Island boasts the barrier island community of Bonita Beach.

The beach facing the Gulf on the west side of Little Hickory Boulevard is very picturesque with soft white sand, natural coastal dunes, sea oats and an abundance of surf. Visitors and residents enjoy walking, shelling, swimming, surf fishing, and taking in the breathtaking sunsets at the end of each day.

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#5 South End of Estero Island

Posted by Barb On June 20th

Dog Beach #5 South End of Estero Island

This is the fifth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

The South end of Estero Island is the perfect place to go for a quiet getaway. With white, sugar sand beaches spanning for miles, you will enjoy the private tranquility of the Gulf shores, yet still be only a short drive from the town center.

The south end of Estero island sits just north of Black Island, which is home to the beautiful Lover’s Key State Park.

Lover’s Key is the perfect getaway…whether you’re lovers or just a lover of peace, tranquility, and beauty. For years, this island was only accessible by boat. It was said that lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach.

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#4 Estero Mid-Island

Posted by Barb On May 26th

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This is the fourth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

The area of Estero Island known as Mid Island generally spans from 4,000 to 6,000 Estero Blvd. This area of the island is a little quieter and more private than the areas near Times Square.

This area is also a popular launching point for boating, leaving from Mid-Island Marina. Or, many also like to take advantage of the dolphin tours from Mid- Island Water Sports.

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#3 North End of the Island

Posted by Barb On May 4th

Sunset at the North End of Fort Myers Beach #3 North End of the Island

This is the third installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

The North end of Estero Island is a very popular destination for those visiting Fort Myers Beach. It is home to what is commonly referred to as Times Square (though without the neon lights, skyscrapers, or huge, bustling crowds).

However, Times Square is considered the heart of Estero Island’s downtown. It is full of shops and restaurants. It features outdoor dining, street performers, restaurants and bars with live entertainment, and plenty of beautiful spots to just sit down and relax.

This area also boasts the Fort Myers Beach Sunset and Fishing Pier, the best place to watch the Gulf Coast’s astounding sunsets!

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Short Walk to Fort Myers Beach #1 The Island Life of Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach

This is the first installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Southwest Florida is a region located along Florida’s Gulf coast, extending from south of the Tampa Bay area, west of Lake Okeechobee and mostly north of the Everglades.

Southwest Florida generally refers to the coastal geographic areas including the counties of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota, and Manatee.

The area is world famous for its outlying barrier islands and the beautiful Gulf beaches, which lure millions of tourists to the shorelines each year. Some of these beautiful beaches include the world renowned Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach.

The beaches of Southwest Florida are some of the finest in all of Florida. This is because of their fine, white, sugar sand, gradual slopes, and gentle surf, making them some of the safest beaches in the world, and an ideal location for fun in the sun.

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