With spring flowers in full bloom and Gulf waters warming up, Fort Myers Beach is ready to offer visitors a full package of recreational pleasures in April. Not too hot during the day, and just comfortably cool at night, the scene is set for a relaxing stay in one of Florida’s favorite playgrounds. Whether on land, on the water or under the sea, spring in this coastal community lives up to its stellar reputation.
While every kid likes to build sand castles, only a very few grow up to be master sand artists. More than a dozen of the world’s elite sand sculptors will dazzle beachgoers with their imaginative creations and fun demonstrations of their artistic skills. Scheduled for March 31 - April 3, 2012 on the soft sand of the Fort Myers Beach Holiday Inn, some of the event extras include live music, sculpting lessons and a vendor village, where food, drinks and tools of the sculpting trade and beachy crafts can be purchased. There will also be special activities for the kids.
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Give thanks to Mother Earth by celebrating her big day in a big way at Koreshan State Historic Site in nearby Estero. This April 21, 2012 event is slated for one of the area’s most popular places to kick back and enjoy a picnic or do some fishing, boating or hiking. Exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment and food are on the agenda.
Lovers of wildlife will enjoy this Earth Day, April 21, 2012, celebration at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island. Everyone can get up-close and personal with nature during this free day of family environmental activities in an area that is seasonal home to huge migratory bird populations.
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On nearby Pine Island, the second weekend of each month during November - April is really special. The April 2012 event - Showered by Art - will feature concerts, artist demonstrations, exhibits of art made from recycled materials, a sidewalk sale and some spooky ghost tales shared around a roaring fire.
With April evenings so pleasant, a self-guided walking tour around Downtown to see a variety of artwork is a great way to spend an evening. On the first Friday evening of each month, from 6-10 pm, museums, art galleries, community centers and retail shops open their doors to the art-adoring public. For those who don’t want to explore the whole scene on foot, free trolley service is available. Anyone who wishes to continue celebrating the city’s rich art offerings usually gets together with likeminded souls at Spirits of Bacchus, after party headquarters.
Since April showers usually last just a few minutes, planning activities in the great outdoors is easy. Shell collectors and other fans of strolling along the shore will enjoy the refreshing breezes and plentiful sunshine. Swimmers, jet skiers, parasailors and paddle boarders will find the water temperature to be just about right.
Anglers have lots of options. There is excellent pier fishing. Small boats are good for smaller waterways and smaller catches. Charter boats go out daily to where the big fish are found.
The area is a golfer’s paradise, with world-class courses in abundance. For those who prefer to take on a smaller challenge, exciting mini golf courses featuring everything from live alligators to feed to waterfalls that provide an invigorating mist, are sprinkled throughout the seaside towns.
The weather is ideal for eco tourists to take a dolphin or sea turtle tour, or to explore a variety of coastal habitats on foot, or by bike, kayak or canoe. Birders will rejoice at the variety of wading birds who call the Fort Myers area home.
A sunset dinner cruise is a charming way to top off any day at the beach.
Early accommodation booking is suggested since April is usually the month that kids and teachers are off for Easter break. With miles and miles of beautiful white beaches, crowding is not a problem on Fort Myers Beach. There is lots of room to spread out and enjoy a game of volleyball or build the enormous sand castle of your dreams. Pack a sun hat, sunscreen, some shades and your favorite Frisbee, and a good time will be had by all.
Interested in visting Fort Myers Beach in May? See our May Fort Myers Beach weather report and our list of Fort Myers Beach activities and events in May
|When traveling to the Fort Myers area consider staying in a private vacation rental. They are usually much more spacious than a hotel room and a fraction of the cost.
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