There is something about walking on the beach near the water that I find calming, relaxing and inspiring.
This morning I went for a walk on Fort Myers Beach, which is about 10 minutes from home (when there aren’t 5 million seasonal visitors and snow birds here), a nice, short drive on an early Sunday morning. It is warm and humid here right now, a bit more of each than typical, but summer is just around the corner so we may as well get used to it 🙂
I love to take photos of the beach and surrounding area, so this morning I documented my walk to share with you.
A Sunday Morning Walk on Fort Myers Beach
Parking near Times Square is simple and easy at 8 am on a Sunday morning. All I had to do was park, pay and be on my way. There are Pay Stations throughout this and every parking area as well as on the streets of downtown Fort Myers Beach. You can pay with cash or a credit card, $2.00 per hour, but no change will be given so think before you slip in that $10.00 bill.
There are also parking lots throughout the area, and the rates fluctuate with the individual lot. I only wanted to stay for an hour or two, so the metered parking was perfect.
Things were pretty quiet in Times Square around 8 a.m. when I arrived, which is typical. The restaurants that offer breakfast were open but not too many takers at this time of the morning. The place on the left with the blue umbrella tables is one where I’ve enjoyed many a breakfast. It is called Plaka. It’s right near the center of Times Square so there is always something going on around you if you’re eating there. It’s a fun place to have a meal.A Sunday morning walk on Fort Myers Beach Click To Tweet
The beach is still quiet at this time of the morning, which I love. The sound of the water is not yet interrupted by music and thousands of people talking and laughing. It’s all good, and I love that energy, too, but early morning is great for a more laid back vibe.
A mixture of clouds and sun makes for some beautiful photos. I took this shot from the pier (you can see it in the photo at the top of the post). Everyone is just beginning to wake up, with the beach front businesses unloading and setting up the chairs and umbrellas for the beachgoers. There will be many of them today, as we’ve had so much rain lately the beach time has been minimal.
As you might expect, there are plenty of birds in the area. There are usually birds sunning themselves on these posts, and today was no exception. There was also a pelican scouting out some breakfast 🙂
Anyone who has spent time in Fort Myers Beach, FL is probably familiar with the Lani Kai, a beachfront hotel that is known for housing lots (I mean LOTS) of Spring Breakers in February and March each year. It’s pretty quiet there now as it is early, but throughout the year they’ll have music and activities in the afternoon.
My husband and I used to enjoy standing in the shallow water in front of the Lani Kai and doing some serious people watching while we enjoyed some sun.
I noticed that they were now serving Starbuck’s coffee, so of course I had to check that out! I trekked up a flight of stairs to the Casablanca Cafe for a small cappuccino.
It was an enjoyable break to sit at one of the picnic tables and sip my cappuccino. Of course I had to have a treat to go with it, so there was also a banana muffin present that didn’t make it into a photo. Someone ate it.
Another breakfast stop that I didn’t make this morning, but absolutely LOVE, is the Heavenly Biscuit. It’s a tiny cottage located on the corner of Estero Blvd and Mango St, that has been converted into a breakfast cafe, and the biscuit creations, cinnamon rolls and bread puddings are to die for.
They also contain lots of calories, so I opted out of that for today.
But, here is a photo I took last summer, 4th of July as I recall, when I decided to go for it and purchased both an egg biscuit and bread pudding. No…I didn’t eat it all in one sitting. I posted the photo on Google and it’s had about 5,000 views. We do love our food, don’t we?
As I was completing my walk, about 3 miles total, the beach was quickly becoming busier with sunbathers, walkers and families just having a good time.
My Sunday morning walk on Fort Myers Beach was a relaxing and enjoyable time, but also bittersweet.
I experience all of those feelings every time I am there, as my late husband and I made so many memories on the beach. So there is a twinge of sadness as I walk past the many establishments and special beach spots that we enjoyed.
But, it’s still one of my favorite places in the world to spend time at, and I’m so grateful that Fort Myers Beach, FL is just a short drive from home!
How about you? Do you have a favorite beach spot? Tell us about it in the comments section!