Adore by Sea or Shore: 8 Perfect Dates Around Fort Myers
Rekindle your storybook romance in a place that’s pulled from the pages of a fairy tale. In Fort Myers, each day begins with a soft sea breeze and each night ends with a brilliant sunset making it impossible not to fall in love on our shores. And while nearly every moment here has potential for passion, these 8 seaside date ideas are sure to make sparks fly.
1. Couples Who Beach Together Stay Together
Spending quality time together, with no distractions, comes naturally here. Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and tune into island time. With a variety of beaches and islands, you can find your perfect spot to relax. Spread out on secluded white sands, leave your worries behind, and let the sights and sounds let you drift away.
2. Picnic, Shells, and Sunsets
Pack a cooler and head to Captiva Island to discover your own secluded spot in the sand. The northern-most public beach on Captiva, Alison Hagerup Beach Park, is as far from the beaten path that you can get without having to hop on a boat. The sands here are littered with thousands of brightly colored shells ripe for the picking. And the locals know that this tucked-away locale is by far the best place on the island to watch an amazing sunset with your special someone.
3. Dine on an Island
You won’t find any paved roads on the tiny island of Cabbage Key, but you will find winding nature trails and 100 acres of tropical foliage just waiting to be explored. And at the center of it all, the Cabbage Key Inn sits atop a 38’ Indian shell mound. At the inn you’ll find casual dining and a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. With nine private cottages on the island, your date here doesn’t have to end when the sun sets.
4. Rent a Boat
Captain your own ship for an afternoon of affection on the high (yet calm) seas. At Tarpon Point Marina, experienced boaters can rent hurricane deck boats by the day or hour and independently explore the waters of the river and Gulf. However, if you don’t have boating experience – fear not. A few hours’ training with one of the marina’s licensed captains will have your crew sea-worthy in no time.
5. Brunch on a Yacht
Dine like royalty aboard the Sanibel Harbour Princess – a 100-foot private luxury yacht. The ship’s two-hour Sunday brunch cruise takes you from San Carlos Bay out into the open waters of the Gulf. As you indulge in mimosas, bloody marys and an expansive buffet loaded with classic brunch necessities – plus some locally inspired dishes that will surely have you coming back for seconds.
6. Stroll on Lovers Key State Park
Once only accessible by boat, it was said that lovers would make their way to this remote estuary to find seclusion near the sea. These days, a short trolley ride or stroll across the boardwalk will lead you to two and a half miles of pristine beaches where you’ll find dolphins playing in the surf, ospreys and eagles flying overhead, and piles of shells waiting to be collected from the sand.
7. Waterfront Dinner For Two
You’ll feel like you’ve wandered into a Hemingway novel as you share a meal at the massive seaside manor. Set at the edge of Casa Ybel Resort’s sprawling grounds – Thistle Lodge serves an award-winning blend of Floridian, European and Asian flavors that even the pickiest palates won’t be able to resist.
8. Bike the Beach
Pedal the day away on the packed-sand beaches of Fort Myers Beach or on the 25 miles of paved paths around Sanibel Island. Billy's Rentals offers bicycles by the hour or by the day – giving you plenty of time to explore every corner of the island.
And if none of the above ideas tickle you and your lover’s fancy, a walk on the beach is one of the simplest and most beautiful moments to have in Fort Myers. Visit our Beaches page to find the perfect romantic beach for you and your loved one.