LEE COUNTY, Fla - 2013 is on its way out and the new year is right around the corner. Fort Myers business owners are counting down to one of the busiest nights of the year and say Southwest Florida is the place to be.
Wink News spoke to local bar and restaurant managers who say people looking to party should come out early and stay late.
Tuesday is New Year's Eve. While some people already have their plans in place others are still undecided.
"My best advice for those folks coming down to Fort Myers Beach, get down here a little early, get yourself something to eat and then enjoy the fireworks display," said Steven DeAngelis, Manager at Nervous Nellies.
"The whole week itself has been pretty busy. The week between Christmas and New Years is always a big vacation and we see a big increase in business," he said.
Beachgoers say there are plenty of ways you can celebrate the old and ring in the new without ever ditching the flip flops.
"There's fireworks. There's festivities. It's all in the Time Square Area. They have a ball drop just like in Time Square in New York City," said Sally Scanlon, owner of Rudy's Treasure Chest.
The New Year's bash goes hand-in-hand with the town's annual birthday celebration. Trolleys run to and from Estero Island, transporting partygoers to off-island parking lots.
If you're looking for a traditional downtown countdown the River District in Fort Myers is ushering in 2014 with a laser-light show and ball drop.
"Downtown is gonna be the place to be. We have the ball drop right in front of our restaurant, which makes our place special," said Joshua Noland with The Firestone.
Firestone's Sky Bar says they have the best view in town but they're running out of room at the top.
"We are completely sold out of VIP reservations and seating for our restaurant. We sold out a couple weeks ago so we are very grateful for that," Noland said.