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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.

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    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.

    With whimsical pink buildings—adorned with black-and-white striped canopies—and lush landscaping, the Bell Tower Shops is a vibrant shopping center where you can find all of your clothing must-haves, in addition to some beautiful boutiques you can only find here! Whether you’re stopping by in the afternoon or evening, refuel at one of the many delicious eateries—shopping is hard work, you know. At night, you’ll love the modern lights and contemporary feel of this upscale community gathering place. With so many selections to choose from, why not spend the rest of your vacation in style? The new wardrobe you bring back home will be a warm reminder of your Fort Myers vacation.

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    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.

    On the third Friday of the month, the streets of the River District come to life with local and regional artists covering a wide range of genres at the Music Walk. No matter what gets your foot tapping, you’re sure to find it here. Beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 10, join in on the fun as you get to know the distinct sights and sounds of Fort Myers’ music community. But this event isn’t only musical entertainment, the district’s other popular venues offer special attractions and features to keep the party going. Whether you can stay for a few hours or just catch a glimpse as you head down the street to eat, the district’s Music Walk will put some rhythm in your step to last the whole night.

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    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.

    Join in on the fun for the Sunset Celebration in Times Square on Fridays and Saturdays. The Square’s public festivities go from 5 – 10 p.m. to not only kick-off the stunning views, but to also cheers to the beginning of the weekend. With live music, street performers, and tons of vendors, the Square captures the exciting atmosphere of visitors and locals celebrating the Fort Myers' beach life. Stroll through the shops and entertainment while you leisurely make your way to the pier for optimum sunset viewing. There’s no better way to wind down the week than with friends, family, and unforgettable view to cheers to. Now that’s how you vacation.

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    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.

    The Fenway South park has been home to the Boston team’s spring training for the past seven years and was constructed as a subtle nod to the Fenway Park home base. Here, you’ll find the “Green Monster” and manual scoreboard, resembling the original park, but also characteristics unique to southwest Florida including seashells and a white roof to resemble cypress trees. With a total capacity of 11,000, six practice fields, and other state-of-the-art facilities, a visit to the park will give you an inside look into baseball beyond the game.

    Tour Prices:

    Non-Game Day $7

    Game Day $40 adults, $15 children 12 and under

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    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.

    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. So we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots to catch some rays—but don’t forget your SPF!

    Poolside: Love the water, but could do without the sand? Set up your lounging spot alongside our beachfront, heated pool. All you need is a good book (and cold drink!)

    Beachside: Bring your sandcastle buckets and dig your toes into the warm, white sand. As the sun shines down, you can watch your worries drift away with the ocean breeze.

    On the Water: There’s nothing like enjoying warm breezes while being surrounded by deep blue waters. Take your sun-soaking out on the waves with kayaking, paddle boarding, and more.

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    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.

    Joining us in March? You’ve come at the right time! The weekend of March 10 and 11 will bring the community together with the annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. To welcome the spring weather—did it ever leave?—join the festivities for a cause that raises thousands of dollars for local educational and medical charities. The weekend’s events will include an art fair and food expo featuring artisanal arts and crafts, a kids shrimp run and adults’ 5k, a lively parade, and of course: lots of shrimp. Both locals and visitors alike can get in on the Fort Myers fun with shrimp eating contests and a good ol’ southern shrimp boil from the Fort Myers Beach Lions. But this festival isn’t just for foodies, with so many vendors and activities, this is one of the best ways to feel a part of the inviting, fun community here at Fort Myers Beach.

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    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.

    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. In 1974, nature photographer and local resident John Dunning purchased the land and donated 22 acres to Nature Conservancy, and in 1994 the rest of the land was also donated. Avoid the usual tourist hubs and quietly escape onto one of the many trails that wind through forests and lead to a pavilion alongside Estero Bay. On one of these trails, see if you can spot the maritime oak hammock—one of the last still standing in the area. Looking to make this trip a real adventure? There’s a paddlecraft landing beside the pavilion, offering visitors the option to see the preserve from a whole new perspective.

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    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!

    After a long day of exploring, we know that planning for another night out can be just too tiring. Why don’t you take the evening off from planning by sharing a night in with us. Swing by Chloës Lounge, our evening cocktail bar, for nightly happy hour specials, tasty treats, and a fun, spirited atmosphere. Serving up a menu of light appetizers, fresh garden salads, and artisan pizza, there’s a little something for everyone at Chloës. Stop in for Margarita Monday, Martini Tuesday, or our personal favorite: Karaoke Wednesday’s! Show off your singing chops with your go-to tune, or watch us embarrass ourselves singing ours (for better or worse, we commit). Come on by for a drink, a laugh, or both, because Chloës Lounge is guaranteed to reenergize you for another day of adventure. We can’t wait to see you!

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    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.

    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. What makes Sanibel so special is the incredibly unique barrier islands orientated east and west (most islands are situated north and south). This makes for long, winding beaches ideal for uncovering the island’s famous—and award-winning—seashells. And while there aren’t any coral reefs, multiple artificial reefs and ship wrecks provide fun fishing and diving opportunities. Stop in for lunch at a local restaurant or look into a handful of coastal boutiques carrying unique and beach-inspired gifts to bring back home. Long after your trip has passed, you can cherish the delicate seashells and remember a dreamy afternoon enjoyed in paradise.

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