Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach

4.7
#2 of 16 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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  • Lovers Key State Park is probably one of the nicest day use parks in this area of the Gulf Coast. If you're into vacationing along some beach without all the overdevelopment and tourist traps this is the place for you. There's a two and a half mile long kayaking Trail in the back bays and canals of blacks Island and a black Island hiking trail for those who want to keep their feet dry. They have a multi-car tram to take visitors from the parking lot gift shop and modern bathroom area down to the beach which makes it a lot easier when you're hauling kids sand toys chairs and coolers. There's no alcohol or overnight camping allowed but they have a hamburger bar down at the beach in case you forgot to bring a lunch and a fishing pier on the Back Bay.
  • It's very nice there. However there are Stingrays in the water. I didn't see any when I was there but there's signs up for it and the free tram you can take, the driver warns you about them. The waves seem to get bigger the later you're there, but the free tram ends at 4:45 p.m., you can still walk to the beach though after it stops. The Park does close at 8 something though. There aren't any life guards on duty, and alcohol isn't allowed. It seem like this beach is more for couples and families. It's $8 to park and there's a small parking lot near the tram then more parking down a trail.
  • Lovers Key is one of SW Florida's hidden Jewels. White sand beach and several miles of undeveloped beach front. It is a perfect place for the family to spend a afternoon or if you want to stay for a few days you can check into one of the 3 condos for an over night getaway or however long you should like. These rooms over look the entire South end of the island with a perfect view of Sun seting over the island. Lovers Key is a must see for naturalists or anyone who may just want to relax away from the busier locations and still only 15 minutes from restaurants and. Shopping.
  • It's $8 to park but it is a beautiful beach. The shelling can be good there. A couple times I saw starfish. If you walk north on the beach...there is a dead tree people hang shells on...cute for photo of.
  • Beautiful beach. $8 entrance fee for each vehicle with 2 passengers. Park your car and a shuttle will take you to the beach (free) if you have lots of things to carry or don't feel like walking! Bathrooms were super smelly so we ran by them and never went inside. There are walking trails and you can rent canoes/kayaks. It was a beautiful day and the beach was very, very busy. There's a small store that sells drinks, snacks, baits, souvenirs, etc. They're open 365 days a year. If visiting SW Florida, definitely take the time to visit this park. Go early to avoid heavy traffic during busy season and have fun!
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