It’s Tapa Hop Time!!

Ft. Myers Beach’s yearly pub crawl features trolley transportation to six great area restaurants, each providing appetizer items or ‘tapas’ included in the price for the event.  The event will also include raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Click here for more info.
Name: TAPA HOP 2015
Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM9:00 PM EDT
Location:The Hop will start and finish at:
Pinchers Crab Shack
18100 San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Accomodations: Need a place to stay? Check out Cocoplum Beach House.

Battle on the Blueway SUP Race

The Battle on the Blueway SUP Race will be held May 30th, on the Calusa Blueway in Fort Myers Beach, FL. This sanctioned WPA points event will feature two distance races (7 mile and 2 mile), a kids’ and Special Olympic race, a demo day, vendors displaying paddle merchandise, and non profits displaying nature / history materials and artifacts. This is a family oriented event with a festival atmosphere that brings paddling and Florida’s native wildlife and Calusa heritage together.


May 29-31, 2015


1100 Crescent Beach Family Park
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Event Price:

*Free for spectators. Racers – Online Registration Only, starting May 1st, there will be a late registration fee added: 7 mile – $85, 2 mile – $65, so please register early! The last day to register is May 29, 2015. No payment or new registration will be accepted on race day.

“Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament

4th annual “catch, release, and care” tournament in Ft. Myers Beach

To celebrate the history of the first documented tarpon caught on a rod-and-reel in “Ding” Darling’s Tarpon Bay in 1885, Doc Ford’s and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge have partnered to host this tournament, one of the best in this area. Registration is $500 per team of 4, 100% of which goes toward awards. The Captain’s Pre-Party takes place on May 8 starting at 5 p.m. The fishing begins the next day at 7 a.m. For more information click here. Don’t delay – registration deadline is 4/30/15.

Location:  Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone: (239) 292-0566
Event Date:  May 08, 2015 – May 09, 2015
Event Price:  $500 (entry fee for boat of up to 4 anglers)

20th Annual Taste of the Beach

Come on down to Fort Myers Beach to enjoy tasty samples from local area restaurants as well as great live entertainment at the Taste of the Beach.

The 20th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held Sunday May 3, 2015, on Old San Carlos Blvd.  Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Beef or Veal Dish, Best Seafood Dish, Best Chicken Dish, Best Dessert, Best Luncheon Specialty Dish, Best Decorated Booth, and People’s Choice. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Food will be served until it runs out or at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on site. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets will be $1.00 each, with a $5 average food serving price.

Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 11am-6pm
Time: 11:00 AM6:00 PM EDT

Location: Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is back for its ninth year, attracting independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Attendees come from all over the world to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes.

The festival begins on April 22nd and and goes through April 26th, 2015 with events for all ages.

For more information, check out their website.

Relay For Life of Fort Myers Beach

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Event Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Diamond Head Beach Resort
Contact Us: Christleen Martin  |  |  239-223-2254
Relay for Life on 4/11/15 - Ft. Myers Beach, FL

Relay for Life on 4/11/15 – Ft. Myers Beach, FL

For more information click here. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.

Kayaking Southwest Florida

by Eric Lindner

Southwest Florida offers a variety of outdoor activities. Kayaking the area provides a first- hand vantage point of the unmatched beauty of our aquatic ecosystems. There are such diverse paddles available ranging from pristine beaches, mangrove swamps, freshwater rivers and creeks, the adventures seem endless. Not only does kayaking provide a direct connection with nature it is an effective, low impact workout that is excellent for your core and upper body.

I would like to highlight a beautiful short day paddle that only takes half a day. Lovers Key to Mound Key Archaeological State Park in Estero Bay is just under a 5 mile round trip paddle. The launch for this trip begins at Carl E. Johnson boat ramp directly across from Lovers Key State Park. The bay is very scenic with numerous opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife like manatee and dolphin. By paddling the suggested route two unique views of the islands of the bay can be experienced.

Paddling route from Lovers Key to Mound Key

Paddling route from Lovers Key to Mound Key

The halfway point of the trip is Mound Key. Believed to be the capital of the Calusa Indians, the island’s shell mounds reach heights of 30 feet. The self-guided hiking trail starts at the northwest and southeast sides of the island under canopies of cabbage palms and gumbo limbo trees. The top of the mound provides a scenic view of the bay. This provides an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs before the return trip.

Estero Bay Scenic View

Estero Bay Scenic View

Exit from Mound Key looking south

Exit from Mound Key looking south

About the author: Eric Lindner is an avid kayaker with 
extensive knowledge of Florida's ecosystems.
Graduated University of Florida: Environmental Sciences