If you are looking for a place to stay in the Fort Myers area, be sure to choose something with direct beach access that is located close to some of the main attractions. Our stay at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina was the perfect grounding point for a family beach vacation!
The Pink Shell is fixated on the northern end of Estero Island and we felt it was a prime location for families to stay in the Fort Myers area! Beautiful views emerged from nearly everywhere we turned. With a sprawling waterfront access that looks to Sanibel Island on one side and the marina on the other, the best part was the white-sand beaches are only steps away from your room!
The Pink Shell is within walking distance of Bowditch Point Park and we loved walking there once a day to see if we could find sea turtles. Ferry access is also just blocks away, which comes in handy when maneuvering throughout the island. Being close enough to use a ferry was incredibly helpful when traveling with our young family – as parking lots near the beaches are often full and parking usually costs extra, this helps save both time and money!
There is a ton to do at the Pink Shell, so we didn’t need to go far to be active. From umbrellas readily available at the beach to paddle boards and kayaks to bike rentals over by the marina, there are so many options for your family to utilize, and most are included in the resort fee. The employees were more than happy to help us out with anything we needed. The resort also provides day camps or activities for kids and at night it had fun things to do, like stargazing on the beach. Be sure to check what is available that day. You will most likely find activities that fit your family’s lifestyle! I highly suggest staying up one night for s’mores on the beach; it was such a fun scene! We loved the community feel and welcoming environment of all the activities we tried out.
We enjoyed waking up to the warm sunshine and walking over to Jack’s Breakfast in the morning, and the kids loved being able to pile up their plates – the waffles were a favorite. Jack’s also has a farm-to-fork dinner that is a beautiful array of locally caught and prepared foods. We personally like to support locally grown food sources, so I was happy to see that it offered this!
Bongo’s was great for poolside service. It had a light lunch menu for the days we wanted to just hang out at the resort. Whatever it added to its ketchup was delicious; who knew ketchup would taste better by the pool?! We also loved getting the pizza and walking it down to the beach for sunset. Can you tell that we don’t like things to be too fussy? It is so nice to just hang out some days, especially when traveling with kids!
The gift shop also had perfect snack options for those quick-grab moments to tide you over between meals. It also came in handy if you forgot anything like sunscreen or a deck of cards! We have already talked about heading back to Fort Myers and staying at the Pink Shell again. Our kids never got bored and there were tons of games and activities going on at all times. We often didn’t feel the need to leave the resort, and the kids felt they had some freedom to move around, which is important to us when traveling! The beach was one of our favorites, and we were sure to get back there every night for the amazing sunset views. It was a wonderful family-friendly place that had every convenience you’d want when staying in the area.
Shayna Dodge, Sun Country Explorer:
I received airfare, hotel accommodations, and a stipend from Sun Country Airlines as compensation for the post, and Sun Country Airlines did not influence my opinion of this experience. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided.
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