City Tavern is Fort Myers' best kept secret. Celebrated by those who work and live in the Downtown River District, you are now invited to join their party. Enjoy great drink prices, dancing to live music and shooting a game of pool.
Florida Repertory Theatre is an award-winning, fully professional theatre company that The Wall Street Journal has called "Superlative...Profoundly Satisfying...As Good as Broadway...One of America's Top Repertory Companies!"
Located in the heart of the Fort Myers River District, Florida Rep produces a wide variety of comedies, dramas, musicals, and new works. Florida Rep performs in two theater spaces, including the Historic Arcade Theatre, and reaches more than 97,000 audience members annually.
Founded in 1998, Florida Rep is a cultural hub in Southwest Florida that nurtures an ensemble of theatre artists from across the country. As an attraction, Florida Rep is an anchor in the Historic Fort Myers River River District that has helped to garner national attention for Southwest Florida.
Florida Rep also boasts a vibrant Education Department that reaches over 37,000 children in Southwest Florida each year. Florida Rep Education provides classes for youth arts-intensive camps, advanced conservatory programs for students, and a Theatre for Young Audiences tour that brings education theatre to grade schools all over the state of Florida.
2360 West 1st StreetFort Myers, FL 33901Tel: 239-245-7049Get Directions
Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford
Since 1997, Pinchers has operated with a simple mission - Local fishermen fishing local waters for a local restaurant. You can't get a more Southwest Florida experience than that. Each morning, local fishermen and crabbers leave our shores and guide their boats out into the Gulf of Mexico. They return each night with the best that the Gulf has to offer and bring this precious catch to our local seafood facility - The Island Crab Company located on Pine Island. Quality is everything to a seafood restaurant, especially ours, and this is how we deliver the best seafood in town to your table each and every visit.
2214 Bay St. Fort Myers, FL, Florida 33901Tel: 239-333-2225Get Directions
The Barrel Room
The Barrel Room is a new concept brought to you from restauranteurs Steve and Denise Hollister. It’s sits adjacent to their highly successful, award-winning Twisted Vine Bistro. Along with a full bar, the Barrel Room offers a wide variety of hard to find whiskey, bourbon and scotch. The kitchen boasts an exclusive late night menu, which is something the Fort Myers River District has sorely needed. Patrons can expect the same critically acclaimed culinary excellence that they have come to expect next door at Twisted Vine Bistro. The Barrel Room has limited seating and offers an intimate venue for live music. Nationally-known Blues artists have labeled the Barrel Room as an upcoming performance destination on the Southwest coast of Florida. Join us for your next night out and “find your flavor”.
Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic river district, prides itself in an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with over thirty wines by the glass, and Twisted Vine Bistro even grows herbs and spices in our courtyard garden!
Cabañas is a neighborhood favorite with a large menu of signature drinks and beach eats. Indulge in one of our fresh, local dishes and sip on a cold tropical cocktail, with your toes in the sand. We’ve got a laidback island flair to put you at ease, live music to get you singing, and daily food & drink specials that will get you dancing. It’s no wonder Cabañas is a go-to spot for visitors and locals alike. Located at DiamondHead Beach Resort.
1051 Fifth St.Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931Tel: (239) 463-9392Get Directions
Lighthouse Island Resort Inn & Suites
Located in the heart of the Fort Myers Beach - Times Square area, Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites is a surprising, exotic paradise. Beautifully landscaped grounds and colorful decor reflect a tropical island setting while 2 pools; one with a Waterfall, further enhance the theme. Just 200 feet from the pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Lighthouse is an easy walk to shopping, dining, beach bars, the Fishing Pier, charter boats and boat rentals. Ten different room styles accommodate everything from an overnight stay to a long, family vacation.
Don't miss the World Famous Tiki Bar & Grill! Join us for lunch, dinner and drinks poolside and stay for the nightly live entertainment.
Matanzas On the Bay - Restaurant and Upper Deck Bar
A staple of the Fort Myers Beach community since its doors opened in 1984, Matanzas on the Bay is best known for its fresh seafood, lively atmosphere and stunning waterfront views.
A popular destination for visitors and locals alike, Matanzas on the Bay serves lunch and dinner daily. Live musical performances can be enjoyed all week long, and happy hour is offered daily at the downstairs bar and at Petey’s Upper Deck, Matanzas on the Bay’s upstairs sports bar. Petey’s Upper Deck is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach!
Matanzas on the Bay has been a premier restaurant on Fort Myers Beach for more than 30 years, and is proud to offer mouthwatering fresh dishes made with locally sourced ingredients and friendly service. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers seafood from Blue Star Seafood Company, produce from Pair-A-Dice Produce, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and craft beer from Fort Myers Brewery.
Matanzas on the Bay caters to private events, providing an intimate waterfront setting for weddings, special dinners, showers, barbecues, holiday parties and more at its outdoor bayside special event area.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach, adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations with deep-water marina access, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available for guests traveling by land or sea.
Nervous Nellie’s is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entrées. Dine in air-conditioned comfort or outside on Nellie’s expansive waterfront patio. Free parking for car and boat. Live music. Happy hour all day." Grab a bite to eat or drink and swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the area’s premier musical talent.
1000 Estero Blvd.Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931Tel: (239) 765-7800Get Directions
Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar
On the Beach, directly next to the public pier, in beautiful Times Square you’ll find the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is the finest gulfside dining on Fort Myers Beach.
Featuring almost world famous beach bread, incredible seafood platters & award winning ribs.
Open for lunch and dinner, Pierside Grill is the perfect place to bring the whole family. It’s great food, great drinks and great sunsets. And the Blowfish bar is the place where it’s always happening, featuring award winning frozen drinks and a great selection of your favorite adult beverages from our full liquor bar.
275 Estero BlvdFort Myers Beach, Florida 33931Tel: 239-463-6181Get Directions
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Rated a Top Florida Resort by Condé Nast Traveler
Experience a true beachfront getaway at Pink Shell. Our full-service resort in Fort Myers Beach, Florida on Estero Island, surrounded by the Matanzas Pass on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Pink Shell has evolved from a single cottage built in 1950 to an expansive 12-acre beach resort and marina. While we have grown, our values remain the same – to provide an unparalleled oceanfront escape for families and friends to make memories that last a lifetime.
Our resort offers studios, one- and two-bedroom accommodations with guaranteed beach views, ample meeting facilities, a relaxing spa, full-service marina, fitness center, three restaurants, and fun activities for families and couples.
Welcome to Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, where the only thing we overlook is the beach!
250 Old San Carlos BlvdFort Myers Beach , FL 33931Tel: (239) 333-4386Get Directions
Yucatan Beach Stand Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Yucatan Beach Stand, home of the coldest beer on the beach and the best grouper sandwich in Southwest Florida! Stop in and grab a frozen specialty drink, a frosty beer (chilled at 28 degrees) or a tasty meal in fun and breezy atmosphere in the heart of Fort Myers Beach.
Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in casual island fare; including the freshest seafood, sandwiches, appetizers and homemade desserts such as key lime pie and cherry cheesecake. Our food is not only delicious but is also a great value! Groove to live music in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. Our friendly, accommodating staff await your arrival!
Our hours are M-Sat 7 am - 2 am, Sun 7 am - midnight
14970 Captiva DriveCaptiva Island , FL 33924Tel: (239) 472-0248Get Directions
Enjoy unique and spicy atmosphere while savoring the fine Mexican and Southwestern cuisine at Cantina Captiva. To complement, your meal choose from an array of imported and domestic beers and wines, not to mention refreshing margaritas. Enjoy seating indoors or outdoors. We are centrally located in the heart of "Olde Captiva".
5400 Plantation RoadCaptiva Island , FL 33924Tel: (239) 312-4275Get Directions
Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille - Captiva Island
Welcome to Doc Ford’s Captiva
This is our newest location that opened in August of 2013 at the front entrance to beautifulSouth Sea’s Island Resort. We offer live music, outdoor seating, and you do not have to be a guest of the resort to come on in and enjoy the fabulous food in traditional Doc Ford’s style!
Captiva’s Favorite Award Winning Restaurant
In 1976, because South Sea’s legitimate fishing guides were overbooked, Tarpon Bay’s newest captain arrived at the T-dock and inflicted his maiden charter on guests of this resort – guest who, like yourselves, deserve the best, not some bumbling pretender who, secretly, wants to write novels, not fish.
My first trip did not go well.
I left Tarpon Bay at sunrise, which gave me enough time to run aground and lose a shoe near near Chino Island, before meeting my clients at 7a.m. They were eager to battle snook. Instead, they wrestled with their good manners when, for the first and only time in my life, I was stung by a catfish. The pain caused my eyes to water like a weeping child. Worse, the poison deadened my right arm, and it is a pathetic “captain” who prevails upon clients to pull anchor. After that, things got back to normal. I ran aground again.
An omen? Nope. Rather than moving to a mountainous state, I stuck it out and chartered for another thirteen years — butSouth Seas Island Resorthad the good sense not to invite me back for awhile. Now, four decades later, it is an honor, and just plain fun, to return as a member of theDoc Ford’s restaurant family— and we are family, top to bottom, joined in the same quirky, excellence-driven way as the characters who populate my novels.
But virtue of being here, you are a member, too. My partners, Marty and Brenda Harrity, and Mark Marinello, would agree, and here’s why: Captiva has a gift for attracting people of kindred sensibilities. Some are famous, most are not, and it doesn’t matter. You are here. The island has chosen you. Why argue?
My mystic-debunking protagonist, Doc Ford, would try, but even he wouldn’t deny the transcendent power of this place. Here is how Ford described it:
South Seas Island Resort, at the northern tip of Captiva Island, is one of Florida’s historic treasures. Almost five hundred acres of tropical theater that, over the years, has provided luxuriant solitude to luminaries from around the world.
Cold, hard fact. Walk to the bay: Teddy Roosevelt lived on a houseboat there, where Thomas Edison fished for Tarpon, and Charles Lindbergh landed his first seaplane. Stroll to the beach: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Edna St. Vincent Malay, Thornton Wilder and James Jones all ruminated over books in the same bright space you now enjoy — like Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable before you.
Here is where my zen-hipster character, Tomlinson, would interrupt to remind us that any asset bigger than a bikini is just extra baggage, and the islands are indifferent to fame. In Tomlinson’s words:
Captivais a breathing vessel grounded by sea currents, anchored to stars, an island of small secrets, moonrise to sunset, where sand absorbs footprints in an astronomy of dreams, and one beach bum soul, eternal.
If getting stung by a catfish was a bad omen, your Doc Ford brethren and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W.Captiva Island, FL 33924Tel: (239) 395-4000Get Directions
Key Lime Bistro
Discover the award-winning Keylime Bistro situated in the middle of the Historic Captiva Island Inn Village. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; we have a wide array of dishes sure to please the most discerning palates.
Stop by for breakfast and try our Bistro Style Corned Beef Hash and Eggs or Crab Cake Benedict. Prefer to sleep-in and join us for lunch? Enjoy about our superb seafood antipasto appetizer or delicious grouper sandwich. Late afternoon or dinner fit your needs better? Check out our shrimp scampi, key lime pasta or tender steak filets. And don't forget our award-winning key lime pie for dessert.
Relax inside or dine outside and enjoy the fresh air and Florida sunshine. We have live music daily and a full-service bar. And when you are finished; feel free to stroll the quaint shops and check out the local general store and the historic Captiva Island Inn.
Sure to tantalize the most demanding palate, ...Located in the very heart of "Olde Captiva," our location makes it easy for you to enjoy the fine shops, fabulous restaurants, art galleries, an old-style general store... and, most importantly, our famous Captiva beach with the most beautiful sunsets in the world!
11546 Andy Rosse Ln.Captiva Island, FL 33924Tel: (239) 472-3434Get Directions
Casual dining in the heart of Captiva where you can view sunsets on the Gulf nightly in an English-style pub serving American cuisine. Known for fresh seafood and their key lime pie, open for lunch and dinner and the bar is open all day.
11509 Andy Rosse Ln.Captiva Island, FL 33924Tel: (239) 395-1142Get Directions
Award winning RC Otters Island Eats is a place for the whole family! Located in the Heart of Old Captiva Village with lovely shopping and dining, you can enjoy live music daily with dining inside and outside.
5400 Plantation Rd.Captiva Island, FL 33924Tel: (239) 472-5111Get Directions
South Seas Island Resort
Experience both adventure and relaxation at South Seas Island Resort, nestled on 2.5 miles of exclusive white-sand beach on the northern end of Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Enjoy beachfront golf with views of the Gulf of Mexico, an array of waterfront dining options, on-site spa, tennis, watersports, epic fishing, eco-tours, and more. Accommodations range from hotel rooms, one to three bedroom condominiums and private homes with up to six bedrooms.
For decades, generations of guests have made Captiva Island the vacation destination of choice in which to share treasured moments and create lasting memories. This iconic award-winning resort resides within a 330-acre wildlife preserve, and is nestled on 2.5 miles of pristine white-sand beaches framing the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A peaceful retreat, the resort is designed to take full advantage of the existing landscape, offering a destination rich in recreation and wondrous natural beauty. Feel at home in your choice of accommodations, ranging from comfortable hotel rooms, charming condominiums and cottages, to private beachfront homes and villas. Rated a top 10 beach resort for families and one of 10 best resorts for family reunions in the world, this inviting oasis allows the discovery of native Florida and its extraordinary splendor.
Relax at one of our 20 pools, including our main resort pool complex, boasting the quirky Crooked Snook Tiki Bar and expansive views of the bay. Enjoy epic fishing, parasailing, guided cruises, on-site dining, and the best selection of water sports while staying just steps away from exclusive beach. It's your vacation... Just Escape!
15951 Captiva Dr.Captiva Island, FL 33924Tel: (239) 472-5161Get Directions
'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa
Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, new Serenity Pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events.