Fort Myers

Destination

Fort Myers and Sanibel Island Holidays

The City of Palms

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
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT -5 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel
  • Language English
  • Flight Time Approx 8 hours; no direct flights but Miami or Tampa Airports are a short drive
  • Health Information No vaccinations required

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