• Fort Myers

Fort Myers and Sanibel Island Holidays

With its lively beachfront vibe and bustling downtown area Fort Myers couldn't be more different to Sanibel Islands, its quiet neighbour where everything moves at a more relaxed pace and "mom and pop" restuarants are the norm; in fact you won't find any fast-food chains on the islands at all. 

As the name suggest, Fort Myers started as a military fort, one of the first to be built along the Caloosahatchee River, during the war against the Semibile Indians in the 19th Century. A community was later settled at the abandoned garrison by Captain Manual A. Gonzales and his family. On August 12, 1885 the town was incorporate and went on to attract famous visitors such as Thomas Edison who loved the area so much he built his winter home here. 

The Intracoastal Waterway runs right through Fort Myers and you can rent a kayak or canoe to get up close to some of the area's fascinating wildlife. Spend a lazy day enjoying the soft sandy beaches of Fort Myers, or to collect some truly spectacular shells, head over to Sanibel Island and Captiva. The unique geography of these islands means that they naturally scoop up seashells that the Gulf carries in from the Caribbean.

Fort Myers' bustling centre is its historic downtown area, also knowas the the River District. Here you'll find great shopping and dining, however the key historic attraction is found just outside the centre. The Edison and Fort Winter Estates is where Ameerican innovators Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb) and Henry Ford (father of mass production and Ford Motors) built their winter homes next door to each other. These homes have been lovingly preserved and are all well worth a visit. Over on Sanibel ISalnd is the J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the largest preserved mangrove wilderness in the USA, and also homeo to alliugators and manatees, but the real attraction here are the impressive flocks of mugrating and resident birds. Youi can explore the refuge on one of the many hiking and biking trails or take a kayak tour for a close encounter.

Destination Highlights
  • Dining options are plentiful in Fort Myers and Sanibel from beachfront dining to true american grill
  • Numerous outdoor activities from parks, preserves, sports centres and nature trails
  • If you see a food truck then try it - its is the local new craze
  • Open yearound head to Fleamaster's Fleamarket for local produce and hundreds of other packed booths
  • Visit Cayo Costa State Park only accessible by boat for exceptional snorkeling, diving and relaxtion

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 8 hours; no direct flights but Miami or Tampa Airports are a short drive

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required
  • Golfing

    In 1916, Henry Ford bought the land next door to his mentor, Thomas Edison. Now, the conjoined properties make the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Set within 20 acres of botanical gardens, the estates feature a moonlight garden, a collection of artefacts, and nine historic buildings, including the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker's House, and the Ford House.

  • Beach Fun

    Fort Myers has earned a reputation for some of the best golfing facilities in southwest Florida, with more than 50 golf courses to choose from in the area. All of the golf courses are set within verdant greenery, ranging from the very challenging to those catered to beginners. Winter is peak season, thanks to Fort Myers' warm, sunny days throughout the year. Shell Point Golf Club is an 18-hole course with challenging fairways, winding waterways, and eight tees on every hole. Or check out Fort Myers Beach Golf Club; its 18-hole, par-60 course is the only one on Fort Meyers Beach.

  • Fleamaster's Fleamarket

    The beaches around Fort Myers offer a variety of water sports, restaurants, nature and wildlife, and sandy strips for relaxing in the sun. Fort Myers is a perfect Florida beach town, offering both family fun and excellent nightlife. Access the pristine white sands anywhere along Estero Boulevard, or head farther south where the sands are quieter and more secluded. Alternatively, head further afield and visit Sanibel and Captiva Island, the beautiful barrier islands that are famous for fishing and collecting pastel-coloured seashells that dot the beaches.  

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