rt Myers Beaches are located on Estero Island, just west of the city of Fort Myers. The beaches face San Carlos Bay, which itself is wide open to the Gulf of Mexico. Across the bay you can see Sanibel Island.
The beaches are flat, the sand is white, and the water is shallow, but not super-clear because of the tannin stained rivers emptying into the bay. The water on Fort Myers beaches is some of the calmest and safest Gulf swimming available in Florida.
Traffic congestion is a major problem on Fort Myers Beach and the city is trying to ease the problems by providing off-island parking and trolley service for beachgoers. The greatest congestion is between January and May, especially on weekends.