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Going to Fort Myers next week....

I am finally leaving on my vacation to Fort Myers Beach next Wed. for five days. We're spending one of our days in Sanibel going on a snorkeling trip. I've also researched a bunch of restaurants and we are going to do the Casino cruise one night. I've decided against doing any of the nature/bicycling/kayaking trips...I would much rather just sit on the beach and sunbathe! I am staying at the Holiday Inn on the beach and I had a few questions.

1.) Someone told me that Times Square was about three miles from the hotel. What direction do I go from the hotel, what street/s is it on, etc? Also, is it hard to find parking once you get to Times Square? Also what is in Times Square? I am assuming restaurants and shopping, but are there any night clubs?

2.) Someone mentioned that Good Times Tours gives sunset cruises. Does anyone know how much they cost or what time they go out? I researched online and the only sunset cruise I could find was in Sanibel.

That's about it for now! We're coming from West Palm Beach, so it should be an easy 2-2 1/2 hour trip. If I think of any more questions I will post them here.

Christy

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1. Re: Going to Fort Myers next week....

I think there are quite a few hotels closer than 3 miles from Time Square. Parking can be rough, but there is a trolley you can take for 25 cents that takes you right to time square. There is a good amount of parking at Time Square if you get their before 11AM. Parking is 75c/hour or you can pay $6-7 for the day.

Right now the water on fort myers beach isn't too pretty as it is redish orange in color due to the red tides (an agea that forms in the gulf when it gets warm). It's totally safe though and the water is real nice as far as temperature goes.

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2. Re: Going to Fort Myers next week....

Good morning - we, too are going to Ft. Myers Beach next Saturday. We vacationed the same time last year. You'll see Times Square as you arrive over the bridge that brings you to the Estero Boulevard strip. You'll be making a left after the bridge and driving along Estero Boulevard away from Times Square into the quieter area of Fort Myers Beach (nice) but also close to a 7-11 and a Publix grocery store that has all the items you'll need for your vacation. We went to Sanibel just to shell for a bit but didn't take any cruises, etc. It was very hot but being from Fla you should be used to that! Another fun thing to do is to rent a boat (we rented a Pontoon boat as it was roomier) and go out on the back bays to look for manatees and dolphins, etc. We did a 1/2 day rental in the morning (again, hot) from Fish Tales Marina (close to your hotel too) and it was terrific. I'm a bit concerned about the red tide thing I just read about from another of your replies but we'll see how it goes. Last year we were kept out of the water because my children were afraid of getting stung by the schools of stingrays that were in the water. Again, we were told that it wasn't that common for them to be in the water in the schools that we saw, but, they were there and my son got surrounded by them while on a raft floating so....we sat by the pool mostly anyway! Well, enjoy your trip!

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3. Re: Going to Fort Myers next week....

It looks like the red tide is subsiding. Hopefully it will be gone in time for your vacation. It's not a big deal though if it isn't. The water just looks orange, but it is pretty much harmless to humans, unless you are allergic.

Ed

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Are you sure the water color is because of red tide? It's pretty unusual for it to actually cause a change in water color, and usually the water color you're describing is caused by tannins from vegetation being flushed into the Gulf by heavy rains.

Web sites for more information about red tide: http://isurus.mote.org/~mhenry/rtupdate.phtml

floridamarine.org/features/view_article.asp…

They both show no sign of a bloom off the Lee County coast anymore, although it's not unusual for large fish kills -- a common result of red tide -- to wind up far from the point of origin.

Bottom line is that the bloom appears to be moving out of the area, so it shouldn't affect your vacation much, if not at all.

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Regarding the rays... Try to convince your kids that the rays are much more afraid of them than they are of the rays. All they have to do is make sure they shuffle their feet as they enter the water and the rays will swim away.

It's actually not unusual to see scads of rays in the water, but they're usually just cruising through and won't do anything to your kids. The ones they need to worry about are the few that are buried in the sand underwater because they're hard to see and your kids might accidentally step on them, hurting the rays and causing them to "sting." Hence the shuffling of the feet, so the rays know you're coming.

I know the stings hurt like heck, but in all my years in the water here I've never seen anyone, child or adult, get stung by one. That doesn't mean it won't happen, but it's easily avoided.

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Thanks very much for all the useful information! Trip advisor has fantastic and informative forums.

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7. Re: Going to Fort Myers next week....

It is not red tide. It is due to the release of water from the lake. Happens everytime they do that but will not last too long. Holiday Inn is a great hotel- visit the beach out back for waverunners, parasailing, chair rentals, kayaks and best of all dolphin tours by waverunner.

Not a ton of night clubs but the staff at Mid Island Water Sports will send you to all the best restaurants and night spots or go to midislandwatersports.com for info.

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Thanks for the info! I was wondering how the weather has been in FMB this week. I'm in West Palm and there's been heavy downpours here..was wondering if it was the same there? If anybody is there now, please let me know how it is.

Thanks...

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9. Re: Going to Fort Myers next week....

Hate to disagree with gweber, but the water releases will continue as long as south Florida is getting drenched like it is now. The lake level is very high, almost dangerously so this early in the season, and the releases will continue until the lake level is reduced and stabilized. Still, it's really only like a spot of food coloring in a glass of water -- the water is still clean and clear, it's just tinted.

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