Here at Beach Shell Inn, we delight in honoring our guests by providing exceptionally clean, comfortable accommodations and a winning attitude for customer service. We want all our guests to experience the best that Fort Myers Beach has to offer, and there is no better place to start than with the #1 attraction on the beach (ranking by Trip Advisor). What is this amazing place? It’s Lover’s Key State Park!
Lover’s Key State Park harbors a colorful history. Originally it was only accessible by boat, which limited visitors to it’s spacious, yet secluded shores. In the mid-20th century, the four barrier islands of Black Island, Long Key, Inner Key and Lovers Key were disrupted by development, but in the 1980’s the islands were saved from expansion efforts and in the 1990’s. It was then that 1600+ acres were re-imagined into the stunning Lover’s Key State Park. The partnership created in saving the islands was a venture between the State of Florida, Lee County Government, Lee Island Coast Tourist Development Council and many local citizens and communities. This long term effort has resulted in all the glory and magnificence all visitors will see upon arrival at the park.
Lover’s Key State Park offers great parking, with a tram that will carry you and all your goodies directly to the white sandy beach. From these shores, you can birdwatch, stroll the beach for shells (there’s tons!), swim, canoe, kayak, watch the glorious sunsets and so much more! A paved walkway goes around the park for hiking and biking, or just to hang and watch for any of the many animal species that call this area home. Turtles, butterflies, manatees, osprey and bottlenose dolphins, Oh my! This acreage is home for many of the areas endangered wildlife species. Engage a naturalist to take you around and teach your group about some of these special creatures.
Lover’s Key State Park is definitely a favored destination for locals and visitors alike, and is ready to welcome your family! Come with a picnic and your sense of exploration, because any day spent at Lover’s Key State Park will be a memory of a lifetime!