If you do not have time to run all the way to Ft. Myers Beach or the barrier islands to go to the beach. Go to Picnic Island. This is a great place to take the family and friends and it is an easy run. The kids love it here as do the adults. In the last several years, mother nature has created a neat lagoon on the NW side of the island. I would only suggest smaller boat anchor on this side of the island. It gets shallow when the tide goes out and I have seen many, many people stuck until the next high tide. I would suggest anchoring on the NE side if the Island. There is plenty of water there. I bring My 28 footer right up to the beach and kick up both motors, remember to mind the tides. This Island is a great place to have family cookouts and meet friends in there boats. The kids have a blast playing in the sand and the adults can relax and watch the kids play.