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Fort Myers Beach/
Little Estero Lagoon

Fort Myers Beach, FL

Spotting Scope Recommended

When to Visit:
January - Most ProductiveFebruary - Most ProductiveMarch - Most ProductiveApril - Most ProductiveMay - Most ProductiveJune - Most ProductiveJuly - Most ProductiveAugust - Most ProductiveSeptember - Most ProductiveOctober - Most ProductiveNovember - Most ProductiveDecember - Most Productive

This lagoon/beach is a very popular tourist destination but also provides excellent habitat for many species of birds throughout the area as well.

Specialty Species:

Magnificent Frigatebird:  These birds only spend the summer at this location but are a common sight overhead during that season.

Wood Storks:  Storks can be found during all seasons feeding alongside all of the other waders in the lagoon.

Osprey:  Ospreys are a very common sight year-round flying and fishing along the beach.

Peregrine Falcon:  These falcons are present during the fall through the spring hunting the many shorebirds.

Shorebirds:  Many shorebirds can be found along the beach and in the lagoon from fall through spring.  Both Piping and Snowy Plovers occur - Piping during the winter and Snowy year round.  Red Knot, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, and American Oystercatcher reside on the beach.

Least Tern:  This tern nests on the beach around the lagoon.  The area around this part of the beach is roped off during the nesting season.

Common Ground-Dove:  This dove can be found on the beach in the vegetation around the lagoon.

Where to Bird:

The Foot Trail:  Park in the shopping mall across the road from Holliday Inn and walk back to the hotel.  Walk the foot trail that starts behind the Holliday Inn.  This foot trail stays close to the hotels until it gets to the lagoon.  Once you reach the lagoon, either stay on the trail or wade across the lagoon and follow the beach.  Watch for all species of waders that occur in Florida.  Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Reddish Egret, and many shorebirds allow very close approach along the entire trail and beach.

This beach/lagoon is can only be accessed by parking in the shopping mall parking lot across the road from the Holiday Inn.  Walkers are allowed to use the trail and the beach but during the breeding season some of the beach is roped off for nesting Least Terns.






This site is not wheelchair accessible.


One, along the lagoon

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

Half day visit is recommended




From the North:  Take I-75 South from Fort Myers.  Take Exit 131 for Daniels Parkway.  Keep right at the fork to go west on Daniels Parkway.  After 2.65 miles, turn left (south) on Ben C Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Parkway. Keep going straight as this becomes Gladiolus Drive.  After this becomes Gladiolus Drive, go 1.5 miles and turn left (south) on Summerlin Road.  Go 3.9 miles and turn left (south) on San Carlos Boulevard.  After crossing the bridge into Fort Myers Beach, turn left (east) onto Estero Boulevard.  Go 4.25 miles and turn left (east) onto Island Pines Way.  Take an immediate right (south) into the shopping center parking lot.  Park here and cross the street.  The trail begins right behind the Holiday Inn.

From the South:  Take I-75 North towards Fort Myers.  Take Exit 16 for Bonita Beach Road and turn left (west) onto Bonita Beach Road.  Continue to follow this road as it curves to the north and becomes Hickory Boulevard.  After crossing the Bonita Beach Causeway, go 1.65 miles and turn right (east) onto Island Pines Way.  Take an immediate right (south) into the shopping center parking lot.  Park here and cross the street.  The trail begins right behind the Holiday Inn.


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Nearby Birding:

Lover's Key State Park