Fort Myers Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in our local area. The barrier island is located to the southwest of the county and is joined to the main land of Fort Myers by a non-toll bridge known locally as the ‘Sky Bridge’. The island itself is approximately 7 miles long and the beach runs the entire length of the island on the Gulf of Mexico side. The island is around 1 mile wide so not too large and easy to explore. The Gulf waters are shallow along the shore line and the sands are like silky white powder. This makes for an ideal destination for families and beach lovers alike and suitable for the young and more mature visitor. The island is primarily home to nearly 7,000 permanent residents and is laid back with a beach-y vibe.