Getting Around Fort Myers
The best way to get around Fort Myers is by car. With the closest beach about 20 miles south of 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. Aside from the River District, 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 15 miles southeast of the city center.
Fort Myers, though somewhat small, is still too spread out to get around on foot, and public transportation is spotty. And considering the Lee Island Coast offers several miles of gorgeous shoreline, you'll want your own set of wheels to fully explore. Still, there will be rush-hour traffic (particularly around Interstate 41 and Interstate 75), so keep that in mind as you travel to the beach. Car rental options like Enterprise, Budget and Avis are available both at Southwest Florida International Airport and in downtown Fort Myers.
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In the city, LeeTran, the county's public transportation system, maintains both bus and trolley services. The trolley system runs along the beach as well as through the River District. Bus fares start at $1.50 while the trolley will only set you back 75 cents. Passes are also available and range from one day to one month (for bus service) and one- to three-day passes are available for trolleys.
The city, bordered by the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, is a boater's paradise. There are 20 public access marinas to set sail and dock at if you bring your own boat, but there are also many opportunities for boat rentals as well as sailing schools and kayak and paddleboard rentals.
If you'll be spending a lot of time in the state parks, consider doing so on two wheels. Multiple preserves, such as Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve and the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, have extensive boardwalks throughout the parks. The city is also home to the Tour de Parks route that connects six parks (including JetBlue Stadium) that are ideal for exploring by bike.
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