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Lovers Key State Park Fort Myers Beach

The official slogan to Lovers key is “Where outdoor adventures are endless,” it is a very fitting slogan. The park is over 1600 acres and comprises actually 4 barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico, Lovers Key, Inner Key, Black Island, and Long Key.

There are 2.5 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and shelling. We took the free tram to the south beach, where there are concessions and restroom facilities. The south beach is a trendy destination for weddings, and the name of the park might suggest. There is a wedding gazebo there and staff that sets it all up, so if you think of a destination wedding on the beach, you might want to check this out.

There are 4.5 miles of hiking and biking trails that follow the inner waterways on the island. Through the mangroves and trees is the opportunity to see Florida wildlife in their natural habitat. Bike rentals are available at the main beach parking area. Canoe rentals are also available, and there are many waterways fed by the Gulf of Mexico where you have the chance to see manatees, alligators, and turtles.

The south beach is where John and I set up for the day, and it was not overcrowded, which John and I really enjoyed. We rented two beach loungers and an umbrella at 30 dollars for the day, and we sat back and just relaxed. Important note: if paying for any rental by credit card, do so at the main parking facility before taking the tram; they can only take cash at the beachside concession area.

A nice touch was the music being played by a musician set up at the gazebo who played relaxing beach songs mixed in with some comical drinking tunes. It was a laid back beach party atmosphere but still appropriate for families as no adult beverages are allowed on the beach. A concession area with tables and chairs is also at the south beach serving hot dogs, sandwiches, hamburgers, drinks, and ice cream. You can also rent paddleboards and kayaks at this concession. Note: There are many areas throughout the park with picnic facilities and grills, but they are not on the beach.

There is also a fishing pier at Lovers Key State Park and you can buy bait and fishing supplies at the main parking concession area. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to fish the waterways of the park.

Lovers Key State Park is located 10.5 miles west of Interstate 75 exit 116 county road 865. The park address is 8700 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach, Fl. The entrance is between New Pass and Big Carlos Pass.

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