There are many beaches in the Cape Coral area to enjoy the sun and get a beautiful tan. What fun to go shelling along the surf and beaches of Sanibel & Captiva Island. Here is a list some near by beaches.
Cape Coral Beaches
There are many beaches in the state of Florida for people to enjoy, two of which can be found in the City of Cape Coral. The main beach is located within the Yacht Club Community Park on the southeast corner of Cape Coral at the end of Driftwood Pkwy. In addition to the Yacht Club public beach, visitors to the Yacht Club Community Park can enjoy a covered playground with equipment for children ages 2-12 that can accommodate persons with disabilities, as well as picnic tables and BBQ grills, the adjacent Yacht Club Pier, a public boat ramp and free vehicle parking.
Cape Coral’s newest beach is located at Four Freedoms Park on the banks of Bimini Basin just south of Cape Coral Pkwy. Visitors to four Freedoms Park can enjoy fenced in playground equipment for children ages 2-12, picnic tables and BBQ grills. Alcohol is not permitted in either of the parks and animals are not allowed on the beach. Both the Yacht Club public beach and Four Freedoms beach are open from dawn to dusk daily; however, there are no lifeguards on duty. Those who wish to go in the water should understand that they are both non-swimming beaches so going in the water is at their own risk.
For people who wish to swim, the Yacht Club Community Pool is located just a few feet from the Yacht club beach and features a heated Olympic Size pool and a kiddy pool with interactive Dewdrop fountain and underwater bubblers. A daily fee is required to use the Yacht Club Pool, but fully trained lifeguards are on duty at the pool during all operating hours.
Fort Myers Beach
The area known as “Lynn Hall Memorial Park” is a popular family destination and boasts one of the area’s most well known attractions: Fort Myers Beach Pier. The park’s beach area appeals to sunbathers, swimmers, volley-ballers and fisherman. It’s adjacent to “Times Square”, a pedestrian area full of restaurants and shops. Indeed, Lynn Hall is the place to head if you are looking for a fun, activity-filled day at the beach and good people watching. The park offers public restroom facilities and bathhouses. Parking is two dollars an hour, credit cards accepted.
A little further south you’ll get to “Lovers Key State Park”, it is made up of four barrier islands between Fort Myers and Bonita Beaches. For years it was only accessible by boat so “lovers” would travel there for solitude. These days, trams and boardwalks help you to navigate the two miles of white sand. Even with so many visitors, the land is mostly unspoiled, with an abundance of wildlife not to mention great shelling. Black Island has hiking and biking trails or you can explore the well-known Calusa Indian site of Mound Key by kayak. This beach has something for everyone. And if you are hungry or sandy, find concessions and showers for comfort.
“Bowman’s Beach” is a quiet county park and is one of the most popular beaches on Sanibel. Situated well off a long stretch on Sanibel-Captiva Road, the beach presents a certain “undiscovered” feel when you arrive. This also translates into excellent shelling and great photo opportunities, especially at sunset. The sand is white and there are miles of it for you to walk, unobstructed. The water is calm, great for swimming or floating. It’s also stunningly clear and it will wash all your cares away. The walk from the parking lot to the beach will take you a good five minutes but it’s worth it. The park features shady picnic tables, grills and public restrooms.
“Tarpon Bay Beach” is located on Sanibel Island’s southern coast. This small beach area may not attract the crowds that other stretches see, but those willing to find Tarpon Bay Road are in for quite a sight when they get here. Calm, clear water that’s ideal for swimming, wide expanses of soft white sand, and great opportunities for shelling help make this beach a true diamond in the rough. It’s not uncommon to see dolphins in the surf as well. There are no concessions so be sure to pack your own. But there are public restrooms and plenty of paid parking, at the typical Lee County rate of $2 an hour.
“Lighthouse Beach Park” with its historic lighthouse is the most photographed site on Sanibel Island. While visitors are unable to go inside the 120 year old structure, they can read about its history and sun on it’s beaches. The shelling is good here as the current can sometimes be swift, washing up all kinds of treasures. Explore the wetlands around the lighthouse using the designated nature trails and boardwalks. There are a number of shady parking spaces, a small pier for fishing and indoor restroom facilities for your comfort.
“Captiva Beach” sits at the entrance to South Seas Resort, on the northern tip of the island. This is the last possible bit of public beach on Captiva. The parking is limited but it is worth the effort if you can find a spot. There are miles of shoreline and it is widely regarded as one of the most romantic beaches. The sand is full of shells and the dolphins love to play in the clear blue water. This is one of the few beaches along the Southwest Florida coast that actually has a drop off as you wade into the water. A pontoon boat sells beverages and snacks from the shallow water in case you run out of sustenance.