Do I Need A Car On Fort Myers Beach?

One of the most common questions that first-time guests ask us is “Do I need a car to explore Fort Myers Beach?” Our answer: it depends. Due to our location, many local attractions including our famed beach and pier, as well as the San Carlos entertainment and nightlife district, are just steps away and do not require a car to experience. This area is a quick 5 minute walk away from our doors—no need to wait in traffic or pay for parking—just get out there and enjoy all that Fort Myers Beach has to offer.

If you do not plan on using a vehicle during your time on Fort Myers Beach, you will need to hire a private taxi company, ride-sharing service, or use public transportation to reach our property that is located roughly 20 miles away.

In addition to walking to local destinations and attractions, you can reach other areas of the island by catching a ride on the Fort Myers Beach Trolley. The trolley is an easy, fun, and inexpensive way to get around. An adult fare is just $ .75 and a discount fare is $.35 (available with Medicare card, or as Disabled Citizen, Senior Citizen (65 or older) or Student with a valid LeeTran ID). Pre-school children (under 42 inches) ride free. All-day passes are available as well. It is just $2.00 for one all day pass or $4.00 for a 3-day pass. Trolley passes are sold on board.

Plan your adventure across the beach as the Trolley stops at 5 locations across Estero Island– Summerlin Square, Bowditch Park, Times Square, First St & Old San Carlos, Santini Plaza, Lovers Key State Park. The Times Square stop is located less than a 5 minute walk from where our resort sits. We recommend that you reach the stop 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Also, drivers cannot make change so please bring the exact fare with you.

If you plan to travel extensively across Southwest Florida, you may need a vehicle. Free self-parking is available for one (1) vehicle per room. Additional paid parking is available adjacent to the hotel.

Regardless if you decide to travel with or without a vehicle, we wish you happy trails and safe travels!

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We are now accepting reservations for all guests, but still undergoing extensive clean up and repair around the hotel property.

We will require a one (1) night deposit at the time of booking, any cancellations must be three days prior to arrival to avoid forfeiture of the deposit.

We are still experiencing challenges with our WiFi service, due to this we cannot promise Internet or TV service.

We will ask you to sign an insurance release, if you choose not to sign this release, you will not be allowed to check in to our resort.

Our temporary office hours are 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. and the temporary office is located on the 2nd floor in room 508.

The available rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd and 4th floors and our elevators are currently unavailable. You will have to navigate the stairs to access your room.

Parking is limited to one vehicle, we have no parking available for large trucks, trailers, boats or RVs.

Due to our resort being under renovations and repairs; generators, power washers and electric tools will be run early morning to late evening. Please be aware there will be noise throughout the day.

You must be over 23 years old to check in.Your credit card and ID must match the name on the reservation.

Our Yucatan Beach Stand is only steps away and is open daily from 11am to 9pm.

Our Tiki Bar is open 9am to Midnight Daily, serving great cold drinks, Live entertainment and a new ever changing menu from our grill.

The island still has no phone service, so to make reservations please click the Book Now Button below or contact us at To speak with an agent please call 239-356-7829 available 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. daily.