Breakfast and a cup of Joe on the beach
Bud Nocera, president of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, talks about how a simple pleasure can mean so much.
“One of my favorite events on Fort Myers Beach happens every morning at dawn. Catching the sunrise on the beach with a good cup of coffee and breakfast awakens the body and the spirit,” said Nocera.
Indeed, enjoying the beach in the morning when the dolphins are diving, the shoreline birds are wading, and the sun is rising over the horizon is hard to beat after breakfast. Luckily, there are a few great ways to enjoy it all.
Tuckaway Bagel and Wafel Café is a European Style coffee shop located right on Fort Myers Beach.
“Our atmosphere is a European coffee shop in a ‘beachy’ Key West setting,” said the owner, Tre Gillette.
The setting is an old beach house with bright walls, big windows and a cozy brick-lined patio with plenty of shade.
There is good reason why Trip Advisor awarded Tuckaway Café a Certificate of Excellence in 2015, as in addition to offering guests a fabulous setting, the café also offers delicious coffees, and breakfast items such as breakfast bagels, and authentic wafels.
“The wafels have me coming back for more every time I make my way to Fort Myers Beach,” said Louise Anderson, a northern vacationer who “loves, loves, loves Tuckaway Café.”
The wafels are made from scratch, using a 400 year-old European recipe that incorporates three sugars and can be topped with homemade whipped cream, Nutella, bananas or mango jam.
The breakfast bagels range from the Sunrise with egg, bacon, ham and melted pepper jack and American cheese to Sammy with banana chunks, cinnamon-sugar, Nutella and cream cheese.
The coffees are made with local roasted beans, while the specialty coffee drinks are made with Lavazza espresso.
“Some of our popular specialty drinks are Iced Mocha, Iced Coffee and our Chai, that is served hot or cold,” explained Gillette. Another popular flavor is the caramel coffee.
Additionally, the café offers real fruit smoothies, with flavors like lemon-strawberry, four-berry, pineapple, banana and mango.
There is also WiFi and the patio is pet friendly.
Other great options right on the sandy beach or just off it, include Janie’s Sweet Delights, Heavenly Biscuit, Truly Scrumptious, and even Kilwins.
Janie’s Sweet Delights offers everything from pastries to scones to lattes.
Heavenly Biscuit has delicious breakfast biscuit choices, cinnamon rolls, and lunch items.
Truly Scrumptious offers everything from cinnamon rolls to omelets to eggs Benedict, as well as a variety of coffees such as espresso and caramel latte.
Kilwins at Times Square on the beach has a variety of coffees and teas and Danish pastries, in addition to their tasty ice cream, chocolates and candies.
Afterward, a casual stroll on the beach is a great place to hunt for a few seashells, like scallops, coquina or conchs.
If you go
Janie's Sweet Delights
Where: 1270 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8 am-1 pm Sundays, 8 am-12 pm
Info: 239-765-0114, www.facebook.com/janiessweetdelights
Where: 110 Mango Street, Fort Myers Beach
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7:30 am-1 pm
Info: 239-463-7600, www.facebook.com/pages/Heavenly-Biscuit-Fort-Meyers
Where: 50 Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
Hours: Daily, 8 am to 11 pm
Info: 239-463-4500, www.kilwins.com/ftmyersbeach
Where: 7205 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach
Hours: Daily, 7 am to 10 pm (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Info: 239-765-2200, trulyscrumptiousfmb.com
Tuckaway Bagel and Wafel Cafe
Where: 1740 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach
Hours: Daily, 7 am – 2 pm
Info: 239-463-5398, www.tuckawaycoffeefmb.com www.facebook.com/tuckawaycafe