American Sandsculpting Championship Festival

November 18-27, 2016

Sandcastle on beach
••• Sand creations at the American Sandsculpting Festival are much more detailed than this simple sandcastle. © Martin Wahlborg, Photographer/Getty Images

Fort Myers Beach has a reputation... as "the safest beach in the world." It's that reputation and its laid-back image that has led to Fort Myers Beach's increasing popularity as a great vacation destination for families. And, what do you see families doing together at the beach? Building a sandcastle! So, putting a family-friendly beach together with a family-friendly activity seems... well, made for each other.

You won't find just your average sandcastles at the annual American Sandsculpting Championship Festival though. This event attracts both master and amateur artists alike with enough talent to create spectacular works of art.

Once a year the beach is transformed by the creations that are formed simply by combining water and the sugar-fine white sand from this spectacular beach. Many of the Masters look forward to returning to Fort Myers Beach each year to participate in this great event because they believe that Fort Myers Beach sand is the best in the world for events like this. They are not the only ones to return every year. Approximately 50,000 spectators continue to come and be amazed by the always beautiful, always magical and sometimes whimsical or comical creations.

While strolling the beach to admire the sand sculpting competition, you won't want to miss Sand Magic Village, where visitors can take advantage of beach-side shopping from festival vendors.

The Beach

Estero Island, the seven-mile-long barrier island where the town of Fort Myers Beach sits, is unpretentious and charming. Low-key and laid back, yet bustling with fun and activity, it features a long public pier and easy-living bungalows. Fort Myers Beach is often thought of as the affordable alternative to nearby Sanibel and Marco Islands for beach-craving vacationers, but to some it is not an alternative at all...

it is the ideal spot.

Spend a few days on Fort Myers Beach and take in the annual American Sandsculpting Championship Festival and see why Family Fun magazine named Fort Myers Beach the "Best Family-Friendly Beach in the Southeast U.S."

Details and Directions

The 30th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship Festival begins Friday, November 18 and continues through Sunday, November 27, 2016. The Festival is open daily 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are just $7.00 per individual (children age four and under are admitted free). Veterans, active service members, police, fire & first responders will receive a $1.00 off admission when proper identification is presented.

Accommodations are available just steps away from the action, with rates beginning about $150 per night. Discounted stay-and-play specials are available from $89 and up per night.

Most of the competition takes place in front of the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 6890 Estero Boulevard on Ft. Myers Beach.