Staff Picks


Discover exciting area attractions, explore the island on an eco-adventure, or plan ahead for upcoming annual events. Our Staff Picks blog will help you make the most of your stay on Estero Island.

  • #TravelKindly To DiamondHead Beach Resort!

    The islands, beaches, & neighborhoods of Fort Myers welcome over 5 million visitors each year. As a resort, that’s a statistic we’re proud and grateful to be a part of.... Read more
  • Take a Day Trip to Sanibel Island

    Boasting 15 miles of sandy beaches, 230 species of birds, and thousands of seashells to sift through, Sanibel Island is a fun, laid-back day trip worth taking.... Read more
  • Rediscover the Natural Beauty of Florida at the Everglades Wonder Garden

    If you want to explore the natural beauty and ecosystem of the Everglades (without getting too close to a wild alligator), make a stop at the Everglades Wonder Garden.... Read more
  • Get Your Fill at the Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival

    Throw another shrimp on the barbie, it’s time for the 62nd Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival!... Read more
  • Toast to the Perfect Valentine's in Fort Myers Beach

    We’ve got your ideal Valentine’s Day plans covered! This year, you and your special someone can take advantage of the very best Fort Myers has to offer without straying too far from our hotel doors.... Read more
  • Join the American Revolution at Hamilton

    Cheers to the revolution! The American Revolution, that is. This year brings a new decade and an opportunity to see one of the musicals that defined the 2010s: Hamilton.... Read more
  • Meet Us By the Water for the Holiday Boat Parade

    When it comes time for the holidays in Fort Myers Beach, we much prefer sand to snow!... Read more
  • Head Down to the Beach for the Annual Sandsculpting Contest

    We may not see any snow here in Fort Myers, but we have plenty of sand, and that’s close enough for us!... Read more
  • Feel the Rush of Excitement at Roar Offshore

    Experience the excitement of powerboat racing at the annual Roar Offshore!... Read more
  • Play a Round of Golf on These Nearby Courses

    If the green is calling your name, check out a few golf courses to vacation your way.... Read more
  • Explore Fort Myers Artistic Side at Monthly Art Walk

    Get in touch with your creative side during the Fort Myers Beach Art Walk.... Read more
  • Experience Independence Day the Fort Myers Beach Way

    Maybe we’re a little bias, but there’s just no beating the Fourth of July celebrations in Fort Myers Beach!... Read more
  • Tour the Historic Surroundings of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

    Make time for a visit that will lead you through 20 acres of lush botanical gardens, two historical homes and more, all at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.... Read more
  • Make a Day Trip to the Everglades

    A day trip to the Everglades is simply a must on your agenda. This U.S. National Park protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades and provides ample outdoor activities to partake in while exploring over the 1.5 million-acre wetlands.... Read more
  • Uncover Scientific Discoveries at the IMAG Science Center

    Less than a thirty-minute drive from the property, close to downtown Fort Myers, a fun afternoon awaits at the IMAG History & Science Center. ... Read more
  • Enjoy Live Music, Art Vendors and Delicious Food at This Year's Shrimp Fest

    Thanks to the largest shrimp boat fleet in the country calling our town its home base, we’re no stranger to fresh, buttery shrimp cooked to perfection.... Read more
  • Your Evening Valentine's Plans at Cōste Island Cuisine

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve got your special day covered!... Read more
  • Taste Your Way Through the Annual Gumbo Fest

    We hope you have an appetite because you’ll want to come hungry—really hungry—to the 17th annual Gumbo Fest on Sunday, January 27!... Read more
  • Enjoy Your Holiday Beachside

    Whether you’re here to beat the weather or to visit family, visiting Fort Myers during the month of December puts a warm touch on an otherwise chilly season.... Read more
  • Check Out the Amazing Creations at the Annual Sandsculpting Contest

    Fort Myers Beach may not see any snow, but there’s always a bounty of sand to do the trick. Join the community in one of the year’s most popular events—the 32nd Annual American Sandsculpting Beach Festival!... Read more
  • Welcome the Fall Season at the Southern Fresh Farms Fall Festival

    It’s fall, y’all! With October comes Halloween candy, cooler weather, and tons of fall festivities to join in on.... Read more
  • Catch Incredible Singing and Songwriting

    Get ready to hear the next big thing, the 5th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is making its way back to Fort Myers.... Read more
  • Splurge on Some Retail Therapy at Bell Tower Shops

    In between all of the beach fun, great eats, and poolside relaxation, you’re going to want to fit in some retail therapy. Luckily, Fort Myers’ Bell Tower Shops are perfect for setting the scene for your glamorous shopping outing.... Read more
  • Groove to the Sounds of the Music Walk

    Looking to catch some live music? The Fort Myers Beach River District is home to a monthly event featuring some of the region’s very best musicians.... Read more
  • Join in on Times Square's Sunset Celebrations

    Maybe it’s just us, but we think Florida’s summer sunsets are simply unbeatable. And on your next trip to our Diamondhead resort, you can celebrate the summer’s most extravagant sky-creations with the rest of the Fort Myers Beach community.... Read more
  • Get a Taste of Fenway Park Right Here in Southwest Florida

    Ever wanted to catch the Red Sox, but never made it out to Boston? You can get a taste of the famous baseball team right here in Fort Myers. Stop by JetBlue Park for an exclusive peek into the Red Sox training place.... Read more
  • Our Favorite Spots to Soak Up the Sun

    In between the exploring, eating, and adventures, it’s important to kick your feet up and enjoy what you really came for: all that sunshine. And with our dreamy beachfront location, there are so many ways to soak up all that Floridian sun.... Read more
  • The Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

    Joining us in March? You’ve come at the right time! The weekend of March 10 and 11 will bring the Fort Myers community together with the annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival.... Read more
  • A Call to Nature at the Matanzas Pass Preserve

    Just a brief fifteen-minute walk from our property grounds is the sanctuary of Matanzas Pass Preserve. One of the few natural habitats remaining on the island, the preserve is a 60-acre property of diverse wildlife, tidal swamps, and shady mangrove forests.... Read more
  • A Fun Night In At Chloës Lounge

    Swing by Chloës Lounge, our evening cocktail bar, for nightly happy hour specials, tasty treats, and a fun, spirited atmosphere. Stop in for Margarita Monday, Martini Tuesday, or our personal favorite: Karaoke Wednesday’s!... Read more
  • Uncover Sanibel's Famous Seashells

    Sanibel Island, just a short drive away, is the kind of stunning tropical oasis that will give you that extra slice of paradise on an already relaxing vacation. With 15 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, 230 kinds of birds to spot, and thousands of seashells to sift through, Sanibel is a fun, laid-back day trip worth taking.... Read more