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Haunted pub crawl tours, with a touch of magic, come to Fort Myers Beach

July 10, 2019
By LEAH SANKEY ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A haunted pub crawl with a touch of magic has come to the island. The tours are led by Fort Myers Beach local, Mike Yost. The tours are every Friday and Saturday.

Yost considers himself to be a history buff and to boot, is a magician and mentalist - making him the perfect tour guide for a history loaded, magic infused, haunted pub crawl.

The tours include Fort Myers Beach history, tales of paranormal happenings on the island, Yost's magic tricks and of course, booze (emphasis on the BOO). Eight to 12 people can attend each tour.

"This is our time to share some of the great stories of our historical beach, but in a magical way," said Yost. "My goal is to entertain and mystify all who crawl with us."

The tour starts at one of Fort Myers Beach's long-standing watering holes, Shamrock Irish Pub at 6:30 p.m. Then, pub crawlers will take the trolley from Shamrock to Nervous Nellies. From Nervous Nellies, the tour will then walk under the bridge and go to the Lighthouse Tiki Bar. From there, pub crawlers head to Yucatan Beach Stand. Then, to Pete's Time Out - which is where Yost said he heard his first Fort Myers Beach ghost story and is what gave him the idea to start this tour. Other bars that may be included in the tour are: The Whale, The Cottage, and The Lani Kai.

Jean Gibbens, a medium and psychic consultant, walked through the bars with Yost.

"I've talked to those that have passed while living and working at the beach pubs," said Gibbens. "They are very welcoming and willing to communicate with the living. The magic is a great touch to tell the stories, but with these souls, no embellishment is needed"

At each stop, Yost informs pub crawlers of the history of the location as well as the alleged hauntings. Awe-inspiring magic coincides with the stories. Pub crawlers will learn the history of the Calusa Native Americans that used to inhabit the island, as well as the pirates that would terrorize the area.

"Eighty percent of what you'll learn on the tour is factual," said Yost. "Ten percent are stories that have been handed down by residents, employees, etc. The other 10 percent is BS I made up to entertain everybody - so let's have some fun."

To schedule a tour, visit or call 239- 440-2805.



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