A gulf-side vacation spot, Fort Myers offers quiet beaches and historic houses for you to pick up a book, a tan and a taste of the past all in one place. Rather than being party-hearty, the shores serve as a laid-back place for parents to play with their kids while also getting a little relaxation by themselves. Nature particularly plays into Fort Myers' appeal. Two animal refuges -- Manatee Park and Darling National Wildlife Refuge -- showcase ... continue»
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The best time to visit Fort Myers is between March and May. Although the sun is up and rates are down, visitors wanting a quiet vacation should be on the lookout for Spring Breakers. Like other tropical locales, Fort Myers also sees an influx of travelers from December through March. Winter's high temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s. Despite the possibility of a hurricane between July and October, this time remains busy with visiting families.Best Times to Visit Fort Myers»
Fort Myers Neighborhoods
Along the riverbank of the Caloosahatchee is Fort Myer's downtown River District. Visit the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum, which is located here. This downtown area sits next to the Edison Park Historic District, where you can find the twin residences of Thomas Edison and the more modest home of Henry Ford, which is nicknamed Mangoes. Look for the rows of palm trees, which line McGregor Boulevard. The road runs along the eastern shore of the river and give the city the nickname the "City of Palms."
Right off I-75 and a bit southeast of the River District is the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, a favorite of families with young kids.
Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach sits on the southwestern coast of the city and is accessible by San Carlos Boulevard. Cape Coral, Lover's Key, Bonita Beach as well as the island of Sanibel and Captiva, are other popular beaches and are located a quick drive away. For freshwater fishing, try your luck in the Caloosahatchee River.
The best way to get around Fort Myers is by car. With the closest beach 30 minutes away from downtown, a car will facilitate your fun -- plus, the alternatives may give you a headache. The available public transportation has a reputation for being inconvenient and unreliable. Also, aside from the tiny historic downtown, travelers say it's not easy to walk around due to the distance between attractions. To get into town, many visitors fly into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), located in Fort Myers proper and about a 30-minute drive from the city center.Getting Around Fort Myers»