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Lovers Key State Park

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By Water 26.387479, -81.876761

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LVK-WalkingtheBeach-MaynardMoyerFor years, Lovers Key was accessible only by boat and it was said that only lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach. Today, it is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. Black Island has over five miles of multiuse trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park's boat ramp. The park's concession offers boat and fishing tours, as well as bicycle, canoe, and kayak rentals. For tour reservations, call (239)765-7788. Located on County Road 865 between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach in Lee County.

With over 2 ½ miles of shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico, Lovers Key State Park has some of the best shelling opportunities on the Lee Island Coast. Just remember that the taking of live shells is prohibited.

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Cayo Costa State Park

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By Water 26.688352, -82.260279

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DSCF3678With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks, and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise. The park is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Visitors may see manatees and pods of dolphins in the waters around the park, as well as a spectacular assortment of birds. On the island, visitors can swim or snorkel in the surf, enjoy the sun, and picnic in the shade. Shelling is especially good during the winter months. Nature trails provide opportunities for hiking and off-road bicycling. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. An amphitheater provides educational programs about the islands ecology and history. For overnight stays, the park offers primitive cabins and tent camping.

Our bayside docks offer ten boat slips where boaters may camp onboard their boats with our bayside restroom facilities conveniently located for their use.

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Local Information: Go to the Gulf Side for Shelling.

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Dropping Anchor at Lani Kai Island Resort

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By Water 26.449852, -81.953341

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The Lani Kai Island Resort is at the center of all that is happening on Fort Myers Beach. It is definitely the hotspot for music, dancing, entertainment and is geared for the young at heart. The Lani Kai is a typical example of Florida fantasy and guarantees fun in the sun, and the most happening place to be!

 

 

 

 

287_IMGP4693Local Information: I am sure you have heard of the Lani Kai on Fort Myers Beach. What a great place to take the boat and anchor off the beach and swim and hang out. Like to people watch? This is the place to be. You will see all different kinds of people. Go up to the beach and listen to the live band or dance your heart out. There are two Tiki Bars with ice cold beverages and Restaurants on site and much more. Walk the beach or throw the ball along the beach. The beach is pet friendly, but your animal much be on a leash.

Local information and pictures provided by, Shane Waterfront Wilson

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Local Boating Locations

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112_8_Big_Shell_Island_Sand_BarBIG SHELL ISLAND SAND BAR

By Water: 26.522684, -82.010175

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This is a fun place to go to if you are short on time and do not have time to run further out. This is a great place to grill out and meet friends and family. Pull right up on the beach. Remember pull up on the rear of the beach (the NE side) as long as you run on close to the island you will have good water. I would not bring a large boat around the rear side. This sand bar is not as nice as say a real beach, the sand bar does have rocks and some oyster shells, however, the kids can still play and have a great time and dad can still fish from shore. Depending on the time of year, you can catch, Sheeps Head, Red Fish, Trout, Snook and snapper right from the Sand bar. If you get to hot and want a treat, hop in the boat and go get an ice cream from Bearon’s Water Weenie Taxi across the Channel ( you cannot miss it, it is the only floating ice cream boat you will see.) to Shell Point Cove also known as Cocktail Cove. This is a quick location to get to and if the weather gets nasty as it often storms in the summer time, you will be close to your home port.

 

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By Water: 26.465557, -81.967885

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I have another really great boating guide tip that is often overlooked. Have you heard of Bow Ditch Point? It is on the far north tip of Ft. Myers Beach. The really neat thing about this area of the beach is that there are not a ton of people this far up the beach. Now here is the cool thing, this location is great for everyone. If the Gulf is choppy or rough you can pull around the rear side (bayside) of the point and get out of the choppy waves. The beach here is really nice and offers the good sand if you know what I mean.

 

 

 

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By Water: 26.569078, -82.206436

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It is located on North Captiva Island. Charlie's pass is an unofficial name for it, but everyone calls it Charlie's Pass. Years ago when Hurricane Charlie came through, it literally blew a hole right through the island, hence the name Charlie's Pass. It was plenty deep to bring larger boats through it. In a short time, the pass began to close up to where it looked like a little creek that only skinny water boats could get through. A very short time later the creek closed up. Now it is an amazing place to go to.

 

 

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