About our Fort Myers Beach Hotel
Pink Shell Beach Resort History
Bob and Jenavive Davis vacationed with their 2 children (Bob, Jr. and Roxanne) to Fort Myers Beach in 1953. They instanly fell in love with the beautiful white sandy beach. At the time, there were only 10 cottages on the entire north end of the island. Bob paid $250 per foot of beachfront property. He later traded a piece of his lot and some cash, to his neighbor, for a cottage. This was Bob’s gift to his wife for Christmas. He began renting his cottage to his relatives and realized how lucrative this venture could become. Lot by lot, cottage by cottage, the Pink Shell began to grow.
In 1968, Roxie Smith, Bob and Jenavive’s daughter, and her husband Paul became owners and the first full time managers of the property. They sold their business to their close friends, the Mariners, who would keep their vision of the future.
The first building, built by the Davis’s was called the Sand Patch Hotel. Returning guests, who stayed with us way back when, are referred to as "Sand Patchers". The original swimming pool located on property is completely finished but unseen by eyes. It is buried on the bay side under the Harbor Master building. The original grocery and deli store was called the "Pink Pantry".
This little piece of paradise is 12 acres in all. Its unique feature is the Matanzas Pass on one side of the island and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Few resorts can offer that kind of familiarity with the back bays, estuaries rich with life and the gulf with all of its riches.
In 1998, the Boykin Lodging Company bought the Pink Shell. There are 3 cottages left from the original fifty-six (56). You can see them on the bay side of the Pink Shell property. 32 of the cherished cottages were sold to a real estate investor turned minister to provide affordable housing for deserving families. In 2004, the White Sand Villas building was completed, followed by the Captiva Villas building in 2007.
The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina offers studios, one & two bedroom accommodations, meeting facilities, Aquagene Spa; Floribbean cuisine at Bongo’s and fun activities for the whole family. Welcome to the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina where The Only Thing We Overlook Is The Beach!
Pink Shell Beach Hotel Policies
What time can I check-in to the Resort?
Our check-in time is 4:00 PM. If your room is ready prior to that time, we will be pleased to check you in. If not, you are free to pre-register at the front desk, store your belongings and begin to enjoy the Resort from the moment you arrive. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
Are pets permitted at the Resort?
Pets are not permitted at Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina. If you prefer to travel with your pet, we recommend that you arrange boarding at the following local kennels:
- Tails-A- Waggin Animal Hospital (239) 482-6897
11960 Kelly Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908
- Coral Veterinary Clinic (239) 481-4746
9540 Cypress Lake Drive. Fort Myers, FL 33919
What is the dress code in your restaurants?
Resort casual / resort wear.
Can friends and family visit me during my stay?
We reserve our amenities for the use of our registered guests and owners. Additional, non-registered guests may not be permitted based on expected occupancy. Based on availability, the cost of a visitor parking space is $15/day and a visitor pool pass is $25/person/day.
Preparing For Your Fort Myers Beach Vacation
Are pool / beach towels provided?
Yes, we provide pool towels at no cost.
What are the in-room amenities?
- Toasters and microwave ovens
- Dishes and cookware
- In-room coffee service
- Expanded cable TV
- Dataport phones
- AM/FM clock radios
- Hair dryers
- Irons and ironing boards
- In-room safes
What else should I bring?
We recommend a good sunblock (SPF 40 and above), hat and sunglasses, camera and beach toys for the kids. In the event you forget something, we offer all of these items, and much more in Audrey’s Gift Shop.
Do I need advance reservations for services at Aquagene Spa?
We recommend that you reserve your services at Aquagene Spa at least one (1) week prior to your arrival. (888) 222-7465 www.aquagenespa.com
Things To Do In & Around Fort Myers Beach
What attractions are there to see in the area?
The Fort Myers area features a number of historical and interesting attractions:
- Bowditch Point Park – Fort Myers Beach, FL
A state park located on the Northern tip of Fort Myers Beach, Bowditch Point Park is a short walk from Pink Shell. With walking trails through nature preserves, it is an ideal area to spot local wildlife such as gopher tortoises. The park also offers picnic tables and grills that are available October through May.
- Times Square – Fort Myers Beach, FL
Located just ¾ of a miles south of Pink Shell, Times Square is the “hub” of Fort Myers Beach, with outdoor shops, restaurants, the Fort Myers Beach Pier, and nightly entertainment.
- Edison & Ford Winter Estates– Ft. Myers
- JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge – Sanibel Island
- Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum – Sanibel Island
Can you recommend nearby golf courses?
- Shell Point Golf Club (239) 433-9790
On Par Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33908
- Dunes Golf Club (239) 472-2535
949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel, FL 33957
Transportation On & Off Fort Myers Beach
Do I need to rent a car?
Pink Shell does not provide airport transportation, so hiring a taxi, or renting a car are the two best options to get to the Resort. The one-way taxi fare is approximately $60. While we are within easy walking distance to downtown Fort Myers Beach, if your stay with us is longer than a couple of days, you may wish to consider a rental car, as there are attractions in the area you may wish to visit.
- Apple Transportation (800) 852-7027 www.appletransportation.com
- Majestic Transportation Services (800) 833-4473 www.majesticairportservice.com
- Go Platinum Transportation (239) 267-1816 www.goplatinumtransportation.com
Most major rental car companies are represented at Southwest International Airport (RSW)
Fort Myers Beach Trolley Service:
There is a county trolley stop conveniently located on property, providing transportation to the popular Times Square and other areas of Fort Myers Beach and local communities.
Is parking available at the Resort?
Yes, we provide one complimentary parking space for guests staying in Studio and 1-bedroom accommodations, and two spaces for guests staying in two-bedroom accommodations.
Questions Regarding Sparky’s Kidds Kampp®
My child has food allergies, are they still allowed to attend Kidds Kampp®?
Yes! Pink Shell respects and honors all food allergies. If you would like to pack a kampper’s snack or lunch, please do so; just remember Kidds Kampp® is nut free.
I have a 3-year old whose older siblings are attending Kidds Kampp®. The 3-year old is almost potty trained. Can they attend?
Sorry, but no. Kamppers must be 100% potty trained and 100% bathroom independent to attend Kidds Kampp®. We do not accept children in diapers, pull-ups or training pants. Counselors are not permitted to help kidds with bathroom functions.
I forgot sunscreen for my child, should I run back and get some?
No. The counselors have plenty of sunscreen and bug repellent.
May a Parent / Guardian stay with children during Kidds Kampp®?
Sorry, but no. Kidds Kampp® is a place where kidds make friendships, learn and create memories with other children their age. Parents… go play with someone your own age!
I am going to be 30 minutes late picking up my child, is that okay?
Yes, just call the Kidds Kampp® office so the counselor may plan accordingly. You will be charged an extra $2/kidd/5 minutes you are late.
What is the safety ratio of kidds to counselors?
1 counselor : 10 kidds
Does my kidd(s) need a pool towel?
No. Pool services has plenty of towels for kamppers to use.
Other Commonly Asked Questions about our Fort Myers Beach Resort
Is there a charge for Wi-Fi?
No. Wi-Fi service is free at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, and available in-room and at facilities on resort property.
Where is the nearest grocery store?
Topps Supermarket is less than two miles south of Pink Shell on Fort Myers Beach. It is approximately a 4 minutes car ride or you may opt to take the trolley. There is also a Publix approximately 3 ½ miles south of Pink Shell on Estero Blvd.
Or allow us to do the shopping for you. Use our Online Shopping Cart and the groceries will be in your room upon arrival.
As the First Green Lodging Fort Myers Beach Hotel, We are Proud to Recylcle
Why do we recycle?
We recycle to protect our precious Southwest Florida environment. The more products we can recycle and put to use again, the better our planet Earth is for everyone.
What do we recycle?
Our in-room recycling program includes: paper, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, paper bags, cardboard boxes (like cereal, shoe, gift boxes), aluminum cans, plastic and glass containers.
Throughout the property we also have recycling bins for all recyclable items.
How do we recycle?
It is really pretty easy! In your guest unit, we have left a blue colored plastic bin. In this bin you can put all items that are recyclable. Your room attendant will take it from there!
What else can you do to help the environment?
- Participate in the linen and towel re-use program.
- Turn off TV when leaving the room.
- Reduce the AC/Heater to 74° when leaving the room.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth.
- Take short showers.
- Fill sink basin to shave.
- Report noisy, leaky faucets and toilets.
- Close window drapes when leaving the room.
- Turn off lights when leaving the room.
Thank you for helping the environment!!