Fort 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.
The northern part of Estero Island in particular has a Key West party atmosphere, while the central and southern portions are mostly residential, with a few tall condominiums and several large resorts on the southern part of the island. All of the public beach accesses are on the northern and central part of the island.
If you're visiting for the day, beach parking can be an issue. But if you're staying in a beach hotel, it's usually not a worry since you're parked at your hotel. The hotels have some pretty awesome beaches. The sand is very white and soft in most places.
Fort Myers Beach has a tremendous amount of accommodations of all types. From hotels, motels, and beach cottages to a few large resorts. There is a tourist shopping district and a large residential area. Despite the heavy development of Estero Island, there is still plenty of tropical greenery so you won't forget you're in the islands of southwest Florida. You might even think you are in Key West. Except that the beaches are much nicer on Fort Myers Beach.
Have a look at the types of beach vacation rentals you'll find on Ft. Myers beach, including one of the places I've stayed..