CINNAMON COVE NEIGHBORHOOD
Cinnamon Cove’s location puts it at the crossroads of beach life. Here is a partial list of nearby beaches.
Just off John Morris Road, Bunche Beach is the closest beach to Cinnamon Cove. Just out our back entrance and onto Summerlin Road, a short five minute ride is all it takes. This is a great place to go to avoid the traffic in Fort Myers Beach. Small crowds and beautiful sunsets over Sanibel Island make this a good destination. Bunche Beach is also a popular destination for watching shore birds. This location has undergone a major renovation, completed in June 2010. There are now rest room facilities, a nature center and parking for 52 cars. There are many sites about this beach on the internet, but they are all outdated and the information on them is no longer valid.
A right turn out our front entrance and a short three mile drive brings you to Fort Myers Beach, which encompasses miles of sandy beach along Estero Island. The “heart” of the beach is Lynn Hall Memorial Park in the center of town. There is metered parking, a comfort station with outdoor shower, a changing room, as well as access to the beach and fishing pier. Look for the white banners marking the location of beach access sites as one drives along Estero Boulevard (Rte. 865). Most access sites have metered parking.
Less than a mile north of Lynn Hall Park is Bowditch Point Park. Much quieter then it’s neighbor, Bowditch offers metered parking, snack bar, picnic area with tables and grills and a comfort station with outdoor shower and changing room.
Enroute to Sanibel Island, after the toll plaza, the causeway crosses two islands and three bridges. There are beaches on both sides of these islands which are very popular. People regularly sunbathe and fish here because of its location and free parking. This is also a favorite destination for kite boarding and wind surfing. One can see their colorful sails here almost every day. There is a comfort station here as well as an occasional roadside food vendor.
As one approaches Sanibel Island on the causeway, Sanibel Lighthouse is visible to the left. Lighthouse Beach is a favorite destination among tourists and locals. There is a fishing pier which attracts many anglers as well the beach itself which continues around the tip of the island. There are two metered parking lots here as well as a comfort station.
Another popular beach for relaxing and shelling, Bowman’s Beach is on Bowman’s Road off Sanibel-Captive Road. This beach is a long time favorite and many people can be seen here doing the “Sanibel Stoop”. There is a large metered parking lot and a comfort station with fresh water shower for rinsing off.
Sometimes shells are found in great abundance here. This beach is located at the bridge separating Sanibel Island and Captiva Island on Sanibel-Captiva Road. There is limited metered parking and a comfort station at Blind Pass.
Key State Park
This is a large daily fee day use park operated by the State of Florida. It has a large parking lot, snack bar and ranger programs. This beach is an easy drive and is located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita on route 865 (Estero Blvd). One may also take the Beach Trolley to Lynn Hall Memorial Park and then transfer to the Bonita Trolley which stops at Lover’s Key.
Operated by Collier County, Barefoot Beach is approximately 17 miles from Cinnamon Cove. It is located off Bonita Beach Road. Barefoot Beach is a daily fee area and has a snack bar, comfort station and outdoor shower to rinse off. This beach also has a small interpretive center and offers ranger guided canoe trips. This is a good location to view gopher tortoises in their habitat.
There are many places of worship in Fort Myers and the Cinnamon Cove area. The following is but a small sampling.
Chapel By The Sea (Presbyterian)
100 Chapel Street, Fort Myers Beach
Phone: 239 463 3173
Sunday Traditional Services, 10:00 AM
During Jan, Feb, March additional service at 8:00 AM
Sunday School for all at 9:00 AM
Minister: Dr. Maynard Pittendreigh
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Phone: 239 481 3233
Sunday Traditional Services 8:00 and 11:00 AM
Contemporary Service 9:30 AM
Pastor: Rev. Clinton Cottrell
Fort Myers Congregational United
Church of Christ
8210 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, FL
Phone: 239 482 3133
Sundays at 10:00 AM
Pastor: Dr. Stanley Possell
Saint Columbkille Catholic Church
12171 Iona Road, Fort Myers, FL
Phone: 239 489 3973
Saturday: 8:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM
Weekdays: Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM
Pastor: Rev. Joseph G. Clifford
Assistant Priest: Fr. John Endejan
From the "golden arches" version of fast food to "high-end" steak and seafood restaurants, and everything in between, you are sure to find something to suit your taste and your budget within minutes of Cinnamon Cove. Restaurants are quite casual here. Unless you are dining at the "Ritz" in Naples or it is a special occasion, resort casual will suffice. That means khakis and a collared shirt for men. In recent years, Lee County has seen many arrivals and departures on the restaurant scene, resulting in a diverse smorgasbord comprising the Southwest Florida dining experience. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few of our favorites that encompass the full range.
Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is the leading provider of health care in Southwest Florida and has served the citizens of Lee County and surrounding communities since 1916. LMHS is the largest community-owned health care system in the area - and the largest public system in Florida that receives no direct tax support. Governed by a publicly elected 10-member Board of Directors, the LMHS' commitment to community goes beyond facility walls and the millions of dollars in uncompensated care provided to those unable to pay. It's reflected in LMHS' support of area organizations, promotion of community health education programs, focus on the overall growth and development of the area's children, and dedication to helping senior citizens live full, productive lives.
A progressive, financially sound health care provider with more than 5,700 employees, 2,500 volunteers and auxilians, and 830 physicians on staff, and 948 licensed beds, the System is a member of Voluntary Hospitals of America, Florida Partnership; the Florida Hospital Association; Association of Voluntary Hospitals of Florida and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
In addition to the four hospitals linked below, the System operates a number of rehabilitation, outpatient, long-term nursing and emergency care facilities throughout the county. The vast majority of these facilities are easily and quckly accessible to Cinnamon Cove residents, with the nearest facility being HealthPark Medical Center.