Posted by on June 14, 2015

Fort Myers Beach is a popular tourist destination year-round thanks to its sandy white beaches, pristine blue water, and beautiful palm trees. Families and groups of friends alike flock to this quaint seaside town to enjoy weekend getaways and summer vacations. Some of the most popular things to do in Fort Myers Beach are swimming and boating. If you’re in the mood to rent a boat and explore the Gulf of Mexico, you may want to venture to a nearby town to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Here are some of the best cities to visit while boating near Fort Myers Beach:

Estero Island: Located less than three miles from Fort Myers Beach, Estero Island is a small island with lots of things to do. Be sure to relax on the beaches, check out Bowditch Point Regional Park, and visit the Koreshan State Historic Site. Whether you love history, nature, or beaches, there’s something for everyone on Estero Island!

Cape Coral: This picturesque seaside town is less than 15 miles from Fort Myers Beach, so it’s the perfect place to go for an afternoon getaway. If you love spirits, you’ll want to check out the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery, which offers distillery tours and samples of their current rum selections. If you’re in the mood for some local produce, you’ll want to check out the Cape Coral Farmer’s Market. And if you want to see some gorgeous local scenery, be sure to head over to the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. The best part is, you’ll be back in Fort Myers Beach in time for dinner at a boat up restaurant!

Naples: On down the coast is Naples, home to a beautiful botanical garden, the Naples pier, a swampland sanctuary, several incredible beaches, and plenty of great shops and restaurants. Whether you want to enjoy a serene sunset on the beach, hike at a local recreational area, or try one of the popular water sports like parasailing or jet skiing, you’ll enjoy your trip to Naples.

Looking for even more great places to visit? Here’s another list of some other excellent places to try out once you’ve already checked out the great destinations in Fort Myers Beach!

Each of these cities are family friendly, within a short distance of Fort Myers Beach, and perfect for an afternoon or weekend getaway. For some tips on how to enjoy an affordable Florida vacation, check out this article. And if you want to rent a boat so you can easily access each of these cities, to stop by our marina or contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find a boat that is right for you. We hope to see you in Fort Myers Beach soon!