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Fort Myers/Captiva

Fort Myers/Captiva

Local Boating Locations

112_8_Big_Shell_Island_Sand_BarBIG SHELL ISLAND SAND BAR

By Water: 26.522684, -82.010175

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.


117_IMGP9872shanewilsonBOW DITCH POINT

By Water: 26.465557, -81.967885

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.




173_IMGP1900shanewilsonCHARLIE'S PASS

By Water: 26.569078, -82.206436

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.



Local information and pictures provided by, Shane Waterfront Wilson



Lovers Key State Park

By Water 26.387479, -81.876761


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.

Shelling Information

Cayo Costa State Park

By Water 26.688352, -82.260279


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.

Only Accessible By Water

Local Information: Go to the Gulf Side for Shelling.

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa

Screen_shot_2011-02-20_at_7.01.53_PM275 Estero Boulevard

Fort Myers Beach , Florida



By Water 26.461335, -81.964321

Situated on 1,500 feet of sugary white sand at the tip of Estero Island, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa offers four-star Fort Myers Beach hotel accommodations in a playful and friendly atmosphere. Located along the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, with sweeping gulf and bay views, Pink Shell is the premier choice of Fort Myers hotels for guests seeking adventure, relaxation, and fun.



The Resort at Marina Village

Screen_shot_2009-12-05_at_1.34.41_PM5951 Silver Kind Boulevard

Cape Coral, Florida 33914



By Water 26.539172, -81.999406

A  luxurious full-service condominium resort located at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral with 19 stories of sweeping views of the Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Richly-appointed furnishings and accommodations, concierge and spa services, an upscale restaurant and bar, fitness center, sundecks, outdoor pools and spas. Enjoy a variety of the finest shops at MarinaVillage with waterfront restaurants, cafés and a clean deep-water marina with 175 boat slips.

The Resort at MarinaVillage offers luxurious accommodations featuring sophisticated décor and impeccable service. As an environmentally friendly resort, all of our guest suites are designed to make a positive impact on Florida’s natural resources. If you travel with your pets, please inquire about our pet friendly accommodations.

Santa Maria Harbour Resort

santa_maria_hotel7317 Estero Boulevard

Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931



By Water  26.412599, -81.898700

Santa Maria makes for a great getaway. Nestled across from Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay, Santa Maria Harbour Resort offers it all. Take a fishing trip, have a family reunion, take a dip in the Gulf, barbecue on the deck or watch the dolphins and manatees from the docks. And if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, take a kayak trip along the Great Calusa Blueway Paddle Trail. Here you'll paddle through bays, rivers and backwaters, see a whole variety of wildlife and explore the land the way it used to be. Whatever it is you enjoy, you'll find it here at Santa Maria.

Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages

Screen_shot_2009-10-12_at_4.32.22_PM6460 Sanibel-Captiva Road

Sanibel Island, FL  33957



By Water  26.481732, -82.180343

Waterview cottages, efficiences, or motel units are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and beautiful Sunset Bay. Discover miles of sandy beaches, shelling, fishing, swimming, or just relaxing Island style. The Castaways is a touch of paradise you're sure to remember.

Jensen's Twin Palm Resort and Marina

page3-1P.O. Box 191

Captiva FL 33924

(239) 472-5800


By Water 26.520881, -82.188260

Just imagine numerous palm, pine, and sea grape trees; a shady canopy fanning a cooling breeze carrying the fragrance of flowering jasmine,hibiscus, and orchid, to name but a few of the many established tropical flora growing outside your cottage door.

South Seas Island Resort

south-seas5400 Plantation Road

Captiva Island, FL 33924

(239) 472-5111 


By Water 26.548433, -82.196066

Positioned at the end of a small isle, rich in family recreation and wondrous natural beauty, a secluded haven awaits – South Seas Island Resort. As a quiet retreat thoroughly embraced by the splendor of the Florida Gulf Coast, this breathtaking Captiva Island resort provides families with the reassuring comfort of a safe, natural island destination, peacefully enclosed and surrounded by warm, crystal blue waters. Named number three on Parents Magazine’s Top Ten Best Beach Resorts for Families, our exceptionally private, thoughtful accommodations inhabit a distinct coastal setting, signature to this truly iconic Captiva resort. Here, kids are free to board the island’s trolley and explore, with supervised activities that range from family fishing to guided shell walks, kayak adventures, and beyond. Uncover the infinite possibilities that exist within this newly redefined island getaway, poised to inspire and delight both the young, and the young at heart.

Manatee Bay Inn (Bed and Breakfast)

Screen_shot_2009-10-12_at_8.44.27_AM932 Third Street

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

(239) 463 - 6906


By Water  26.455389, -81.956210

Located on Estero Island right next to colorful "Old San Carlos Boulevard/Times Square" shopping and dining district and just 1.5 blocks to Gulf beaches. Stroll out our front door and around the corner you'll find all the shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, bars with live music , and Casino-Cruise-Ships. Charter fishing boats, fishing pier and the most beautiful white sandy beach with all the water-sport activities are just steps away. In addition you will be just minutes away from the surrounding areas of Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Pine Island and Bonita Beach. Not to forget the "key-West-Express" is just a short ride away.

* Boat Docks Available.