Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach

4.7
#2 of 11 in Nature in Southwest Gulf Coast
Lovers Key State Park is a protected coastal area that is as romantic as its name. Visit it to find bottlenose dolphins, marsh rabbits, and manatees that play in the shallow waters and marshes. Watch the skies to see an assortment of bird species, including hawks and warblers. The beach is 3 km (2 mi) of white sand, an area good for swimming. Cross over to Black Island for a kayak rental, or rent a bike to use on the paved trails that crisscross the island. To visit Lovers Key State Park and other attractions in Fort Myers Beach, use our Fort Myers Beach trip builder app .
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  • I have hiked all the trails throughout the park for 4 weeks now; lots of wildlife, including all types of shore birds, alligators, osprey, sea-hawks, and bald eagles!  more »
  • We went to this beach twice - each had it's own entrance. The first was just over the bridge off Ft Meyers Beach. Nice and quiet and great for a long walk. Bring lunch & drink and enjoy the sunset. Pa...  more »
  • Enjoyed walking around the park and enjoying the gulf views. If we would have known we could have taken a picnic lunch as there is a pavilion and picnic tables. Some beautiful birds and shelling quite...  more »
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  • I've been coming to Naples for many years, I don't know how I never made it to Lovers Key State Park before this trip. We spent three days of our vacation at the park. Day one was spent on the beach and hiking their trails (5+ mi). Day two we rented bikes and enjoyed the beach. Day three we rented kayaks and paddled 5 miles. We saw a small alligator and lots of birds. Admission is $8 which includes parking and free tram rides to the beach (we walked, it's not far). Rental prices are reasonable.
  • A beautiful park! Halfway between Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach, Lovers Key is surprisingly secluded. The entrance fee is $8 but it’s well worth it. It’s a bit of a walk from the bathrooms/concessions to the beach, but a tram service is also provided to a different section. Beautiful sand, nice big beaches, and not too many people around Christmas time—it was lovely. Definitely recommend.
  • A beautiful state park. Daily admission will run you $8 per vehicle but once you have it you can leave and re-enter the park throughout the whole day. There are two beach accesses, ample parking, a tram, nice bathroom facilities, and refreshment stands at both beach accesses. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for rental and guided tours can be purchased in advance. While pets are not allowed onto the beaches there are hiking and bicycle trails where you can walk your dog. Keep an eye out for the gopher turtles that roam the park, dolphins, manatees, stingrays, and a large variety of birds.
  • Gorgeous beach, bike trails, and access site for kayaking. The store has rentals and lots of fun items to buy. The staff is great and very knowledgeable and helpful. A tram drives back and forth from the beach every few minutes, and there's a place to buy snacks and drinks on the beach. Great place to find shells! Lots of birds and wildlife to see...
  • Such a pleasure to walk a beautiful, shell-filled beach surrounded by nature. Watched 2 pairs of ospreys building nests last week. Saw a swallowtailed kite the week prior - unusual since they normally migrate south for the winter. Saw hawks along nature trail. Rangers are extremely helpful and friendly. Wish they allowed dogs on the beach but they say they can't due to sensitive hatching areas.

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