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Island Romance: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your love on Fort Myers Beach

February 8, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Looking for that perfect romantic hot spot to take your special sweetheart this Valentine's Day? The isles of Fort Myers Beach are offering plenty of lovely attractions on the holiday that's been dedicated to the heart. With the Day of Love rounding the corner rather quickly (Wednesday, Feb. 14), the time is now to begin calling in your reservation(s).

A Romantic Dinner

How else to woo your honey but take him/her on a romantic dining experience for two (or three, or four)? So many great restaurants are just a hop, skip and jump away.

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Are you trying to think of something special to do with your honey this Valentine’s Day??Stop by Nervous Nellie’s for an amazing meal and tasty cocktails. Above, Erica Sammut and Clark Lishman enjoy the monstrous “Nervous Nellie,” the restaurant’s signature cocktail. Read on for other ideas on how to woo the one you love this Valentine’s Day. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.

A special meal from tasty hot spots around town are the perfect way to celebrate your Valentine. Try Nervous Nellie's (463-8077), the Island View Lounge at Lani Kai (463-3111), the Yucatan Beach Stand (333-4FUN), Smokin' Oyster Brewery (463-3474), Parrot Key Caribbean Grill (463-3257), Doc Ford's (765-9660), Bayfront Bistro (463-3663), Skye's Mexican Restaurant (463-7707), Matanzas Restaurant (463-3838), Flipper's at Lovers Key (765-1040), Beach Pierside Grill (765-7800), South Beach Grill (463-7770), Chloe's at DiamondHead (765-0595), the Sandbar and Grill (463-5544), Bayside Grill (689-8775) the Fish House (765-6766), the Cracker Box (466-4344) or Parmesan Pete's (992-FOOD).

After dinner, swing by Truly Scrumptious Cafe (765-2200), Shep's (463-4747), Love Boat Ice Cream (466-7707) or Dairy Queen (463-2300) for a tasty dessert.

And, after your tummies are full of goodness, head out to a bar or two for some after-dinner drinks and fresh live music, such as the Beached Whale (463-5505), the Lani Kai (463-3111), The Cottage (765-5440), the Lighthouse Tiki Bar (463-9392), Valerie's Lounge (466-7788), the Mermaid (765-9100) or Parrot Key (463-3257).

Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a great, traditional way of showing your true love just how much you care. Brighten a room (and hopefully a heart) with a special bouquet to remember the day.

Fort Myers Beach Florist (463-6500) always has something special to offer especially during the Day of Love. Whether it's a single red rose or a full bouquet of colorful flowers, your loved one is sure to savor the scent of fresh-cut florals.

But, this shop doesn't just offer flowers. You can send your sweet sunshine bears, chocolates, balloons or plants as well. And with company offering shipping to anywhere in the world, you can send special packages to your loved one(s) anywhere across the globe.

Style and the Shiny Stuff

Ahhhh, yes. The shiny stuff: a traditional approach that any girl would love. Stop by some local jewelry shops for baubles and trinkets of all kinds.

Island Girl (765-4475) always has something fun for the unique individual, as does the Silver Witch (463-5155), Scruples Classic Jewelers (463-0500) and Discovery Bay (463-4715).

Or, for some lovely new ensembles, check out Palmetto's Apparel (463-1515), Leani's (463-2838), Lucille's (489-3554), Sondra's (267-3994) or Aqua Beachwear (765-5050).


Everyone likes to be primped and pampered from time to time. Buying you and your loved one a couple massage or makeover is a great way to spend Valentine's Day.

Relax and rejuvenate with Ellie of Well-Kneaded Massage Therapy (985-0262), Esterra Spa and Salon (765-4772) or Aquagne Spa in the Pink Shell (888-222-7465).

How about a fun makeover? Even the quickest of haircuts is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Check out Hot Heads on the Beach (765-1212), Beach Barber Shop (463-6422), One Flight Up (463-4247), or Unisex European Hair (267-4247) for some great styles.

If you're one that feels like Valentine's Day is just a marketing scheme by big-shot companies, there's nothing wrong with keeping things small. A romantic picnic on the beach, stroll down the pier or sunset walk along the shore with your loved one, hand in hand, is just as satisfying. Whatever your plans are this Valentine's Day, enjoy spending time with the one(s) you love!



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