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Meet Us By the Water for the Holiday Boat Parade

December 02, 2019

While we will always have a beach day on schedule, during the holiday season we love to take our celebrations right out onto the water. December 7, you can experience it all for yourself at the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. For 31 years, this local tradition has wowed crowds with over 30 boats decked out with dazzling lights and mesmerizing displays—we give parade floats a whole new meaning! This year's parade will begin at Salty Sam’s Marina and make its way around the beautiful back bay. For prime viewing spots, check out Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Original Shrimp Dock, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Bonita Bill’s, Dixie Fish Co. and Doc Ford’s to enjoy great food and views during the parade.