As the old year comes to an end and the new year emerges, you know Fort Myers Beach is the place to be for non-stop celebrations and gatherings this weekend. The Fort Myers Beach Fireworks Fund has been hard at work for the last several months, raising enough funds to put on one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Southwest Florida. Pair that with some phenomenal specials from several local hot spots and you have the recipe for the perfect evening New Year's Eve.
Matanzas on the Bay
414 Crescent St. 239-463-3838
Matanzas on the Bay is ringing in the New Year by offering New Year's Eve dining specials and live musical performances for guests to enjoy Saturday.
In addition to its regular menu options, the restaurant will offer two featured plates that day, available all day long. The menu will include a 14-ounce prime rib, served with asparagus and one side for $29, and the 8-ounce fresh cobia, crab-crusted with lobster cream sauce and served with asparagus and one side for $28.
A very special New Year's Eve Jazz on the Bay performance from Father Al and the Jazz Congregation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening. To book your party that evening, or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit MatanzasontheBay.com.
The Lani Kai
1400 Estero Blvd. 239-463-3111
Ring in the New Year with fireworks on Fort Myers Beach and A200 rocking from the Lani Kai's lower-level Club Ohana stage.
Upstairs in the Island View restaurant, enjoy a four-course menu from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring your choice of appetizer (grilled wonton fish tacos with fresh homemade mango salsa; Maryland crab cake with fresh homemade tomato mint salsa; or jumbo shrimp cocktail) along with either homemade lobster bisque or Italian salad, your choice of entree (9-ounce lobster tail, stuffed shrimp scampi, lobster ravioli or filet mignon, and a dessert (molten lava cake or old fashioned New York cheesecake).
Reservations should be made in advance to ensure seats are available. Call 239-463-3111 or 239-463-5550, or visit IslandViewFMB.com.
Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise
2500 Main St. 239-765-7272
Join the Salty Sam's pirates on a special New Year's Eve cruise into the Gulf of Mexico. This family-friendly cruise will give guests an up close and personal view of the fireworks right from the water. The cost is $40 per person, and the 2.5-hour cruise sets sail at 10:30 p.m.
There is a full service bar on board serving a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Cash or Credits cards are accepted. They also serve light snack such as chips and pretzels. Coolers and outside beverages are not permitted on board.
2500 Main St. 239-765-7272
This adults-only fireworks cruise sets sail New Year's Eve at 11 p.m., coming back to port around 1 a.m. (boarding is at 10:30). For $40 per person, the night includes a champagne toast at midnight, live music and plenty of room to dance about on board. Full bathrooms onboard, as well.
Call 239-765-7272 to book or visit SightSeaFlorida.com.
Bootlegger's Waterfront Grill
2200 Main St. 239-463-3043
Join the staff of Bootlegger's Waterfront Grill for a very special kid's New Year's Eve Party, taking place from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday. Kids can enjoy pirates, dancing, games, face painting, and a very special family fun celebration.
"Bring the kids out to celebrate the New Year and still have enough time to get to the later New Year's Eve party!" said RJ Snider, marketing director.
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill
2500 Main St. 239-463-3043
Parrot Key's regular dining room will be open New Year's Eve with a special dinner menu. Reservations are gladly accepted.
A New Year's Eve party is also taking place at the establishment, which includes a four-course dinner, live music, hats, horns and champagne toast at midnight, all for $125 per couple. Reservations are required.
1131 First St. 239-463-8077
Nervous Nellie's offers a fantastic spot along the water to celebrate the New Year. Stop by anytime that day for New Year's specials.
1000 Estero Blvd. 239-463-8077
Right at the epicenter of the fireworks display, Pierside Grill has plenty of special offerings New Year's Eve. Stop by for a great time with the perfect seats to enjoy the show.
Castaway's Bar and Grill
7205 Estero Blvd. 239-463-4644
It's heating up down at the south end of the island, as Castaway's hosts a hot New Year's Eve bash the night. Look forward to a full dinner buffet, all drinks, champagne toast, party favors and live music from Torched, all for $60 per person. Be sure to call in your reservations earlier space can fill up soon!
Whatever you end up doing, please be safe this New Year's Eve; don't drink and drive. Carpool with a designated driver, call and Uber or Lyft driver, or rely on one of our many trustworthy taxi services on the island. Have a very safe, happy and prosperous New Year!