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Fort Myers, FL, is a nature-lover’s paradise known for its beautiful beaches, shelling at Sanibel Island, wonderful and unique wildlife, and watersports galore.

Fort Myers, Florida, Visitors Guide

Fort Myers, Florida, epitomizes the great outdoors! With whimsical wildlife around every corner, be sure to keep an eye out for rare and wonderful species such as the Florida manatee, Loggerhead sea turtle, and the beautiful Roseate spoonbill. Fort Myers definitely knows how to take advantage of its breathtaking natural beauty by offering tons of outdoor activities. From shelling at Sanibel Island, to fishing Boca Grande Pass, the “Tarpon Capitol of the World,” there are plenty of ways to get up-close-and-personal with the area’s incredible wildlife and scenery.

Fort Myers was built along the Caloosahatchee River during the Seminole-Indian War as one of the first bases of operations in the 1800s. Now, this once-small military settlement is booming with a nightlife like no other, fantastic shopping options ranging from outlet malls to boutiques, and some of the biggest events South Florida has to offer. Fort Myers, however, still holds true to the heritage and history that created it. With plenty of historical sights to visit, including the Edison Fort Winter Estates, Fort Myers makes for the perfect vacation destination with something for every age and interest.

Geography

Fort Myers is located on Florida's Gulf Coast between Sarasota and Naples. Highway I-75, U.S. 41, and Alligator Alley are the major roads connecting the city to other locations. If you're coming from Orlando, it's a 3.5-hour drive; Tampa is 2.5 hours away; Miami is 2.5 hours away as well.

Neighborhoods

Fort Myers' River District is the heart of downtown, with a blend of historical and modern attractions. The district is home to restaurants and shops galore, as well as must-see attractions like Legacy Harbour Marina.
Iona is a unique neighborhood with an urban and suburban blend. It’s just a short distance away from outdoor natural areas and amazing beaches, as well as Port Sanibel Marina where you can spend the day fishing, boating, or kayaking.
San Carlos Park is a neighborhood full of great amenities, including shopping malls and delicious eateries. It’s near to parks where you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Top Places to Visit

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is 7 miles long, with powdery sand and warm water. On a sunny day, you can watch dolphins play in the surf. This is a great place for walking, swimming, or laying out on the beach.

Lovers Key State Park

Lovers Key State Park offers a quiet getaway from the bustle of everyday life. Canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular activities at Lovers Key State Park, where you can also see alligators and other aquatic wildlife from bridges over the water.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is one of the best birding locations in Fort Myers. The 3,500-acre sanctuary is home to an array of wildlife including alligators, turtles, and otters.

Climate

Fort Myers has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and comfortably warm winters. The best time to visit is in the spring and fall when there is great weather. You may also find accommodations at lower prices.

What is Fort Myers Known for

Beautiful Beaches, Birding and Nature, Watersports, Fishing, Lee County Manatee Park, Shelling at Sanibel Island, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Shopping, Edison Ford Winter Estates, Edison Festival of Light

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