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takemethere Jan 1st, 2006 06:07 PM

Fort Myers area in Feb --help!
We are thinking of going to the Fort Myers Beach area (or south of there) at the end of Feb for a week. We usually go to the panhandle and love the white sand beaches, but want to go someplace warmer. (We've already gone to the Keys and Fort Lauderdale/Miami area and want to try the SW Coast)

We will have a 6 month old infant with us so we don't care about nightlife or fancy resturants...we just want to relax and would like a nice soft sandy beach and a condo (or hotel with a kitchenette) that is RIGHT ON the beach. Any recommendations of where to go?

rjscott Jan 2nd, 2006 05:03 AM

Have you thought about the Sarasota/Bradenton area? We love Siesta Key. It has the best beach, with white, powdery sand. We stayed at a condo on the beach and it was wonderful. I found the condo on

takemethere Jan 3rd, 2006 11:07 AM


Kinch500 Jan 3rd, 2006 12:06 PM

Have you thought about Sanibel Island? There are some rental units right on the beach. I have never stayed at them but it is right next to a prime shelling location.

alvarki Jan 3rd, 2006 01:15 PM

We stayed on Fort Myer's Beach this past October and had a great time with our children (who are 2 and 3 years old). We stayed at the Edison Beach House - it was very nice - we had a 2 bedroom unit with a kitchen but I felt it was a little cramped. I went to the spa at the Pink Shell Resort and thought that looked great. I would definately look into staying there on my next trip. I believe they have units with kitchenettes, etc.

rjscott Jan 3rd, 2006 04:23 PM

Alvarki, we stayed at the Pink Shell and enjoyed it very much. They do have kitchenette units. It has recently been remodeled, so should be even nicer than when we stayed there.

takemethere Jan 4th, 2006 01:37 PM

We are thinking of staying in Fort Myers Beach at the Smuggler's Cove condos or the Coquina...would anyone recommend these?

hlsam Jan 4th, 2006 03:08 PM

I second the suggestion for the Edison Beach house - right on beach, kitchenettes and a 7-11 is right across the street for convenience.

takemethere Jan 5th, 2006 11:50 AM

There are so many choices! We really don't want to stay in a large resort like the Pink Shell because we'd like it to be a little less crowded. We really need help!

loves_art Jan 7th, 2006 10:58 AM

My husband, my 11 year old and I stayed there in Nov '05. We stayed at the southern end of the beach. Much quieter than northern. Northern is more commercialized and busy w/ lots of stores, restaurants and people.We rented a lovely private house on a beautiful beach FOR LESS THAN AN AVERAGE HOTEL PER NIGHT. The owners will almost always negotiate. Most of these houses are broken up into private duplexes. You have basically an apartment to yourself, w/the luxury of a private home, private pool, view, entrance, and grill. Quiet but neighbors nearby. Small quaint mall w/ rest. and shops, supermarket and 7 Elevens. Walk or short drive to hotels and main drag. We loved it! We are people who like good things but are not pretentious and we were very happy. Ft. Myers Beach is between Naples and Sanibel (very close). You can enjoy seeing these as well w/o paying the outrageous rents. To get some good rentals, private homes as well as condos, go to websites; VRBO, Rentalo. I have more if you'd like. Hope this helps. I know how frustrating this can be. Enjoy!

alvarki Jan 9th, 2006 01:32 PM

I have never stayed at Smuggler's Cove or the Coquina but just so you far as resorts go, the Pink Shell is much smaller that you'd expect a resort to be and the Edison Beach House is VERY small - so I don't think it would be too crowded.

diann Jan 9th, 2006 02:45 PM

I hate to sound like naysayer but several years ago we walked in and out quite a few hotels. I didn't care at all for any of them, we did end up staying at the a Best Western and the Pink Shell looked nice. There are not a lot of "nice" places along there as I recall. I would grab the Pink Shell. It looked the nicest.

July Apr 3rd, 2006 05:25 PM

rjscott and loves_art, can you please tell me what unit you guys rented from I would love a recommendation!

dgib Apr 3rd, 2006 05:29 PM

Be careful if you are staying Sanibel Island or Sarasota area...the weather can still be chilly in February. I use to live there.

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