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Fort Myers
Travel Guide

Fort Myers Beach showing a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Famed as the home of Thomas Edison, Fort Myers combines historic attractions with sun-soaked beaches, unique wildlife and enough activities to create a highly popular leisure destination.

Take a holiday in the Fort Myers area to experience a combination of outdoor fun, American history and relaxation. Lie on the beautiful beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico or take in some culture at the museums and galleries throughout the area. Golfers and water sports enthusiasts also enjoy this diverse region, which spans a large area from the urban attractions of North Fort Myers to the beach resorts further south towards Estero Island.

Fort Myers’ southern location means that the sun shines in all seasons, making this a year-round destination. You could save money on an off-season holiday between September and November or March and May when the region is quieter and cooler, though still pleasantly warm.

The history of Fort Myers begins long before Spanish settlers came here in the 16th century. Visit Mound Key Archaeological State Park off the coast of Estero to learn about the indigenous Calusa communities who lived here for generations.

Two of the most famous people to have lived in Fort Myers are Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who worked on their ideas in houses by the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Explore the museums of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates to learn about their inventions.

Fort Myers makes an ideal sunny break for families. Aspiring young scientists can enjoy hands-on fun at the family-friendly Imaginarium Science Center, where interactive exhibits help children learn about physics, local nature and mechanics.

Spend a day by the sea in Fort Myers Beach or on Sanibel Island. Relax on golden, powdery sand and swim in the warm waters of the Gulf. Feel the thrills of high-speed water sports such as parasailing, jet-skiing or wakeboarding.

Fort Myers is also a great region for wildlife-spotting. Nature preserves such as Lee County Manatee Park and the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge give you a chance to see the region’s natural sights, from mangroves to birdlife, alligators and dolphins. A wide range of accommodation means you’re never far from the attractions wherever you stay, and whatever your budget.

Where to stay in Fort Myers

South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 South Seas Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL
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Nestled on the beach, this Captiva resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Beach. McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Chapel By the Sea ...

4.2/5Very Good! (977 reviews)

"Liked the beach and how long it was. Restaurants on site were good. Service at restaurants wasn’t the best though. Fitness facility was great !"…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

South Seas Island Resort
Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4400 Ford Street Ext, Fort Myers, FL
The price is £65 per night from 4 May to 5 May

Situated in Fort Myers, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Edison Mall and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Fort Myers Country Club. Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (936 reviews)

"We stayed 2 nights, no problem with the hotel, everything was clean, only issue the breakfast only had waffles"…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
3 out of 5
6890 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
The price is £117 per night from 11 May to 12 May

Nestled on the beach, this South Island hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lover's Key Beach, Mound Key Archaeological State Park and Mound House. Bonita Springs ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,131 reviews)

"Excellent price for on the beach. Hotel is nice. Live music was always great. The only con would be the location if you have older kids but for some it would be fine. We spent a lot of our time near Times Square as our children are teen and almost teen and like that location to walk around."…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
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Seaside Inn
Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
The price is £240 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Nestled on the beach, this Sanibel condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sanibel Island Northern Beach and Sanibel Island Southern Beach. Sanibel Island ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,247 reviews)

"A cards to the beach was great. Kayaks ,paddle boards, & breakfast were provided."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Seaside Inn
Lovers Key Resort
Lovers Key Resort
3 out of 5
8771 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Situated in Fort Myers Beach, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mound Key Archaeological State Park and Lover's Key Beach. Dog Beach is 2.2 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (876 reviews)

"Loved our stay here! The front desk staff were awesome, helping with whatever you need. They had a great sense of humor. :) The room was equiped with a small kitchen with pretty much everything you need. The views from the balcony were beautiful. The pool was clean and large, with a hot tub. We were ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Lovers Key Resort
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Inn
3 out of 5
937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
The price is £333 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr

Located in Sanibel, this beachfront condominium resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Periwinkle Way and Sanibel Island Southern Beach. Sanibel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,982 reviews)

"Loved the view out our front window... Loved the pool area and the easy access of chairs and umbrellas... The property was a bit run down and in need of room updates. Very dirty chairs no cleaning services provided and used same towels all week.. Room smelled musty and damp... Nothing special about ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Sanibel Inn
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