Casa Playa was a very enjoyable stay. I went to Fort Myers to catch some Red Sox spring training games and had a difficult time deciding where to stay. After some research, I decided that staying by the beach would give me something to do on the days when I was not catching a ball game. Casa Playa was perfect.
For those of you renting a car intending to drive on and off Fort Myers Beach, staying north of the area called Time Square is a must. You are able to exit the island pretty easily and once you get on the island, you go through one stop sign and then there is literally no traffic. Of course, getting on to Fort Myers Beach almost any time of day could lead to some delays, but that is expected when there is only one road on and off on each side. Anyone who has traveled to Cape Cod will understand this.
Nevertheless, it was only a 30 minute drive to jetBlue Park, which was great. Also, Case Playa is within walking distance to the Time Square area of Fort Myers Beach, which has many bars and restaurants. If you are willing to walk further, you will find even more restaurants, bars, and other standard beach fair.
The resort itself is very clean and the views from the ocean front side of the building are great. The rooms are large and, with a kitchen, enables a person to save money if they would rather cook and drink at home. The balconies are all screened in, so you can leave the balcony doors open at night and listen to the ocean, which is very relaxing.
The beach area is large, and the hotel provides plenty of beach chairs and lounge chairs to get sun. The hotel will also provide beach towels at the front desk if you request them.
The people who run the hotel are very nice and eager to please. Though they are only there from about 9am until 6pm, there is an on-call person available to help if you lose your key. This happened once to me, and at 12:30am, a very nice man came by the hotel and helped me into my room. I only had to wait about 20 minutes, which was pretty quick given the hour.
For dinner in the area, I highly recommend Nervous Nellies, Smoking Oyster Brewery, and the Beached Whale (roof top was very nice). For entertainment at night, the Cottage and Lani Kaii Island Resorts is great for live music and crowds aged 21 to 60.