Was on Fort Myers Beach Friday, Sept. 21st in three different areas. Northern end (?) Where all the colorful shops and live entertainment and fishing pier, was terrible. The beach and shops and ambience was wonderful, but the water was ICKY. Really scary brown and smelled. Ill swim in almost anything, but I didnt even stick my toes in this.
Then we went farther down, sorry didnt note which access point it was, and the water was not as ugly, but a far cry from beautiful. The smell here was worse in my opinion. Very strong sulpher-like odor. I waded in up to my lower thighs here.
Finally we decided to head as far south as possible. Im not sure why, we drove all the way up to lovers key and couldnt find public beach access point past # 11. So it was further disapointing that the farthest south we could beach at was that point, when there was quite a bit more of beach past that point that we coildnt get into. At beach access 11 the water was the best of the 3, but I still wouldnt have called it great or even nice at all. All the water just seemed dirty and polluted dark to me, and smelly.
Fort Myers beach area seems so lovely, with lots of nice hotels and lots of budget motels, colorful shops and restaurants. Im not sure what is wrong with the water. Is it BP pollution?
I also dont know why we couldnt access the beach further south. I had read on trip advisor posts that there was an outfit on the beach near holiday that had water sports, jet skis, parasailing and such, but everywhere we turned in were "No Tresspassing" ." Guests Only" signs. Had some money to burn, and nowhere to do so.
All in all rather disapointed. We kept paying alot in parking, only to leave after 30 minutes or so to hop in the car and look for another nicer stretch of beach.
This was a day trip as we are looking for a nice west coast beachy place for a 2013 vacay w grandkids. Another couple we met at access 11 were dismayed by the water quality also. They told us they were last on FMB 30 years ago, and then the water was crystal clear. We are checking out Clearwater Beach tomorow, hope that is nicer. We also liked Siesta Key in April.
Does anyone know what is really wrong witho the water? I mean it was downright ugly, and im really not a water snob. ??