1 . Gullwing Beach Resort

Fort Myers, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 553 - 8981

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Comfy blue-cushioned couch, sparkling clean kitchen, vase of calla lilies, Jacuzzi tub, and the widest stretch of white sand in Estero Island. Sound like your home? Well, it can be when you stay at our No. 1 pick!

GullWing Beach Resort impressed us with its ability to seamlessly blend Fort Myers Beach luxury with all the comforts of home to produce spacious, tasteful suites with convenient amenities that will immediately put you at ease. The leisurely atmosphere follows you to GullWing’s Gulf-side swimming pool, shady beach cabanas, barbeque grills for a delicious dinner and gazebo to enjoy the cool nighttime beach breezes side-by-side with your sweetheart. Apply sunscreen to your kids’ noses, grab the buckets and shovels and build a sandcastle together or go looking for seashells washed up on the shore. Whatever you choose to do, GullWing is there to ensure that the only part of your Florida getaway you have to worry about is relaxing. Still don’t believe us? Just wait until you see the smile spread across your child’s face – or your own face – when flying a kite in clear blue skies or splashing in the warm Gulf of Mexico tide.

Related activities

A mere three blocks north of GullWing is the Esterra Spa and Salon. Pamper yourself with a Dead Sea Mud Souffle with an accompanying scalp and foot massage and Vichy shower.

Fun facts

GullWing Beach Resort is located on Fort Myers Beach, which was ranked The Best Family-friendly Beach in the Southeast U.S. by Family Fun magazine.

Related Onsite Offerings

Elevated tennis court with equipment provided, large outdoor whirlpool spa, fitness room, business center, trolley service, private screened balconies and more.

2 . Pointe Estero Resort

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 537 - 5180

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Everyone needs to escape once in a while. When you envision your retreat from the world, do you see palm trees, white sand, an elegant suite and unlimited vacation funds? Well, while we can’t plan your vacation budget for you, we can show you where your mental retreat becomes a physical reality.

Our No. 2 spot, Pointe Estero Resort, shares something in common with our No. 3 pick. They are both SunStream Resorts – which means you can count on your Florida escape to Fort Myers Beach being a refreshing and rejuvenating experience! Pointe Estero has thought of everything for you already, so all you should be concerned with is spending time at the outdoor pool, waterfall and whirlpool spa. Or, perhaps you have been waiting at the edge of your seat to split and fish the Gulf of Mexico waters from the beach. And for those who find solace in mealtime preparation, Pointe Estero’s suites offer fully-equipped kitchens. At the end of the day, Pointe Estero’s most attractive quality is its consistency. No matter when you return to Fort Myers, you will always get an authentic Florida vacation consisting of fun, sun and sand.

Related activities

Take advantage of Pointe Estero’s Beach and Golf Package. Play a round one-on-one with your sweetie at the Old Corkscrew Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed green and voted Best New Golf Course of 2008 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Getting there

From I-75 North, take Exit 116. Travel west on Bonita Beach Road. Continue on Bonita Beach Road for 15 miles. Pointe Estero Resort will be on your left.

Related Onsite Offerings

For upscale luxury and privacy, stay in Pointe Estero’s penthouse suite, complete with a fireplace and large rooftop sundeck.

3 . DiamondHead Beach Resort

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 683 - 1539

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Paint a picture of your perfect Fort Myers Beach vacation. Ours involved a cocktail in a pineapple, a large beach umbrella in the sand and plates of seafood. We can’t speak for everyone’s illustration, but we’re fairly confident each picture has one thing in common: the resplendent Florida sunshine.

Diamond Head Beach Resort not only sports the warming rays of southern sun, it’s also a SunStream Resort. Our No. 3 resort is the last of the SunStream triplets on our list and that can have its advantages. After all, some of the most valuable lessons are learned from siblings. Diamond Head certainly picked up on the Florida luxury accommodations and home-like comfort aspects. But Diamond Head has also added flavor of its own, like Chloe’s restaurant offering fresh seafood and steaks and vistas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Highlights

To enhance play-time for you and the kids, join R.A.Y.S. (Recreational Activities for Your Stay). Enjoy a poolside party with steel drum music and coconut painting, yoga classes, crafts, including ceramics and tie-dying shirts and more.

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Diamond Head Beach Resort is conveniently within walking distance of Fort Myers Beach’s entertainment district on Main Street. Enjoy unique boutiques, bistros and cultural centers.

Related Onsite Offerings

Complimentary daily newspaper, movie and game rentals, Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, bellman services, efficiency kitchens and more.

4 . Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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Located at the north end of Estero Island, the Lighthouse Resort Inn and Suites is exactly the sort of island getaway you've been looking for! With the beautiful stretch of Fort Myers Beach just minutes away, there's no reason to leave the States for your tropical vacation.

Lighthouse Resort rests just 200 feet from the Gulf of Mexico, making it the perfect place to plan your next Florida vacation. Here, the warm sun will greet you to days on the shores, where you can sink your toes into the beautiful white sand or make a splash as you dive into the cool blue waters. Rent a boat to explore and enjoy a fishing trip, or dry off and build a sandcastle with the kids. When you're ready for a break from the beach, then visit Times Square, the gateway to the pier, where you'll find over 40 restaurants, shops and cafes! If you're just interested in a lazy day without leaving the resort, then that's okay, too! The resort offers a spacious onsite pool where you can unwind easily, plus the Lighthouse Tiki Bar and Grill serves up delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks everyday to satisfy your hunger whenever it hits. Your cozy accommodation features a range of amenities such as kitchenettes and wireless internet for complete comfort and convenience. Plus, the resort is pet-friendly, so don't leave your four-legged family member back at home!

Address

1051 Fifth Avenue Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931

Highlights

The Lighthouse Resort Inn and Suites Yucatan Beach Stand features live entertainment every night! This casual, open air restaurant is the perfect place to catch a great drink or meal and enjoy fun entertainment at the same time!

Related Onsite Offerings

Say "I do" in the beautiful Fort Myers Beach at the Lighthouse Resort Inn and Suites! The resort offers services to help make your dream wedding come true. Let their professional staff assist in guest accommodations and celebrations at the Lighthouse Tiki Bar & Grill!

5 . Casa Playa

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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Sitting atop the highest leaf, you look out and see the Gulf of Mexico stretched out for miles and miles before you. No, we did not put you in a palm tree or tropical plant – you are in a suite on the top floor of our No. 5 spot!

The most striking aspect of Casa Playa is not the view you can see from your room inside – although that is captivating – it is seeing the hotel from the outside. The coral pink stairs are resting places for bronze pots, some with emerald green fronds wrapping around the building, and the background is awash in a buttery yellow. With such a colorful exterior, provided by local artist Angela Savko, you’ll easily find your way back after a day shopping and dining in Fort Myers Beach or just relaxing on Casa Playa’s private beach. Casa Playa will also become a landmark Florida home away from home for your pet. As the only AAA Three-Diamond resort on Fort Myers Beach that is also pet-friendly, this Estero Island resort provides upscale comfort and welcomes the whole family with that warm, Southern hospitality!

Related activities

You can tour more than beach shores when vacationing in Fort Myers Beach. Take the whole group for a day touring the Everglades or looking for manatees and dolphins.

Getting there

From Tampa/St. Petersburg, take I-75 S toward Naples. After approximately 125 miles, exit at 131 for Cape Coral. Keep right at the fork to continue on Daniels Parkway/FL-865 and then turn right onto Daniels Parkway/FL-865. In about 2.5 miles, turn left onto Ben C Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Parkway/FL-865 and follow for another three miles. Continue on Gladiolus Dr. until you can exit left onto Summerlin Rd. Turn left at San Carlos Blvd. and then right onto Estero Blvd. Make a right onto Old San Carlos Blvd. and then your first left onto Estero Blvd. Casa Playa will be on your left.

Related Onsite Offerings

Heated pool, onsite laundry facilities, beach lounge chairs, picnic areas, gas grill and more.

6 . SandPiper Gulf Resort

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (239) 463 - 5721

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We don’t often like getting in the middle of things, but when it comes to a luxury beach resort in the middle of Estero Island, we make an exception. Located on 315 ft. of Fort Myers Beach along the Gulf of Mexico, our No. 6 spot knows a thing or two – or more – about Florida lifestyle.

Picking up on a Florida vacationer’s favorite color, SandPiper Gulf Resort has painted its exterior a golden yellow to reflect the yellow light washing over the sandy beach and two outdoor swimming pools. Relax apart from the noise and unexpected cannonballs in the adults-only pool. Enjoy care-free days with amenities like daily coffee service, concierge and business services, free high-speed wireless Internet and more. Fill your Fort Myers family vacation with fun like a game of shuffleboard at the on site court, parasailing and other water sports. Or, take your sweetheart on a dolphin tour along the Gulf and Bonita Bay. SandPiper’s proximity to natural feeding areas makes it a prime sighting spot.

Related activities

SandPiper Gulf Resort is also in close proximity to challenging golf courses, tennis clubs, marinas with fishing charters and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Within your sunny SandPiper room you will find spacious rooms, satellite TV, DVD players, Sealy posturepedic bedding, dishware and more.

Getting there

From the Southwest Florida International Airport, take Chamberlin Pkwy. northeast and continue on Daniels Pkwy. Turn left at Ben C. Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Pkwy./FL-865. Continue on Gladiolus Dr. Turn left on Summerlin Rd. and then turn left at San Carlos Blvd. Follow San Carlos Blvd. for approximately three miles and then make a slight left onto Estero Blvd. and after three more miles you will arrive at SandPiper Gulf Resort.

7 . Lovers Key Beach Resort

Fort Myers , Florida

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We’ve heard of people trying to unlock another person’s heart and grow closer to them. And while we’re no locksmiths, we think our No. 7 pick has just the tool – and the title – to get the job done.

Lovers Key Beach Resort puts an end to your search for an anniversary, wedding or romantic getaway destination. An oasis in its own right, Lovers Key is situated between Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs and Naples. Removed from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist attractions but still close to the pristine beauty of Florida, you can explore Lovers Key State Park hand-in-hand or travel into Fort Myers for a day of shopping and a night of theater. But if you’re in the mood to just spend time relaxing together, stargaze from the resort’s private beach, swim around in the lagoon-style pool with a cascading waterfall or share a bubble bath in your room’s whirlpool tub. End the day with a romantic dinner at Flippers on the Bay. Watch dolphins play in the water as you dine on award-wining dishes.

Highlights

The love celebrated here doesn’t just have to be for the two of you – bring the whole family for a loving and fun Florida family vacation!

Related Onsite Offerings

For that perfect southern beach wedding, Lovers Key Beach Resort has the Royal Palm Wedding Package. Be married by the bay to the inspirational melody of guitar music and then party the night away with a two-hour open bar, champagne toast, a beautiful wedding cake, decorations and more.

Getting there

From I-75, take Exit 116 onto Bonita Beach Road and travel west. Continue on Bonita Beach Road for about 12 miles. Lovers Key Beach Resort will be on your right side before the draw bridge to the south end of Fort Myers Beach.

8 . Best Western Beach Resort

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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The walls are so white that they look as though they were made from the brilliant sand that surrounds the resort. The newly-renovated rooms are chicly decorated in black and white and outside the windows are breathtaking landscapes of calm turquoise waters.

So, what’s the catch? Do beloved pets have to be left at home? Or maybe there’s nothing to do besides swim in the Gulf? Nope – our No. 8 resort is pet-friendly and has plenty of activities, on site and in the area, to keep your days fun-filled! Best Western already has an earned reputation in style and comfort but the Best Western Beach Resort has an added bonus: it’s location in Fort Myers Beach. Enjoy the waters right outside your door on the private beach. Sunbathe by the outdoor pool or go snorkeling, fishing, boating or sailing on the Gulf of Mexico. Read a novel in a comfortable Adirondack chair in the Tropical Palm Garden with views of the beach or, turn inward to the privacy of your own room and enjoy the view on your balcony. Page through the complimentary newspaper delivered daily or curl up for an afternoon nap in your crisp white bed linens.

Related activities

Some of Best Western Beach Resort’s closest and alluring attractions are the Big M Casino Boat, Hammond Stadium and City of Palm Parks for baseball fans, the homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Picnic areas, gas grills, shuffleboard, multilingual staff, free parking, secretarial services, fishing off the beach, complimentary continental breakfast and more.

Getting there

From I-75, take Exit 131 and follow the signs to Fort Myers Beach. Make your first right over the Mantanzas Pass Bridge. Best Western Beach Resort is another two blocks on your left.

9 . The Outrigger Beach Resort

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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Sand is only welcomed in certain places. Like between your toes. But not in your swimsuit bottom. Sand shouldn’t be used as a cooking ingredient or toothpaste additive, except maybe in a prank. But sand is still a vital component of the perfect Fort Myers Beach vacation.

Luckily, our No. 9 spot has plenty of sand, and they know how to use it. The Outrigger Beach Resort has been a site for Florida fun for more than 40 years. We were first attracted to its quirky and unique suggestions on their list of 101 things to do while staying there. Instead of mountain biking or a moonlit stroll, they suggest beach biking and moonlit kayaking. We may even quit trying to just lay on their stretch of soft sand and catch a tan in exchange for item No. 96: mount a horseshoe crab on a piece of driftwood. If this is not what you had anticipated hanging on your fireplace mantle at home, don’t worry. Though we can’t argue with the appeal of putting a twist on beach activities, Outrigger has a myriad of other activities. Search for sand dollars, fly a kite or lounge in the pool-side Tiki Bar.

Related activities

A shell by any other name would not be as sweet, right? Well, we’re not sure about that but we are sure you’ll enjoy guided shelling. Learn the difference between drills, cones, tulips, wentletraps and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Save on your Florida vacation with the Play the Resort Package. Receive a daily resort credit on your three or seven day stay to use around Outrigger as you wish.

Getting there

From downtown Fort Myers, take U.S. 41 South and turn right onto Cypress Lake Drive. Turn left onto Summerlin Road and continue for about 10 miles. Turn left onto San Carlos Blvd. and travel four miles. Cross over a bridge and continue on to Fort Myers Beach. Turn left and travel another four miles. The Outrigger Beach Resort will be on your right.

10 . Dolphin Inn Resort

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (239) 463 - 6049

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Florida’s two most well-known mascots are Disney’s Mickey Mouse and the Miami Dolphins’ dolphin. Though we find the former adorable in its own right, our No. 10 resort chose to focus on the latter intelligent and gentle creature of the sea.

Dolphin Inn Resort is that pure and quintessential resting place you look for after a day of taking in Florida’s sights. Arriving at Dolphin Inn is like coming back to your Florida vacation home. With the comfort of a B and B but the modern amenities of a hotel, the inn is an intimate beach retreat that allows you to become detached or remain in touch with the world around you as much as you want. Float in the outdoor pool or find a shady corner surrounded by tropical flowers to read your book. Visit the bustling Fort Myers downtown or spend peaceful and solitary hours fishing off of Dolphin Inn’s dock. Or, take your boat, safely moored at the inn’s dock, for a spin on the Gulf of Mexico. No matter how you spend your day, your night will end the same: in the plush bed of your Dolphin Inn room.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pool and beach towels, laundry facilities, gas grills, full or efficiency kitchen, air conditioning and more.

Related activities

Take part in the various Fort Myers festivals and celebrations held throughout the year, like Fourth of July fireworks, the Pirate Festival, the Sandsculpting Festival and more!

Address

6555 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931

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