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Stretch out beneath the Floridian sun on the warm, golden sands of tourist-friendly beaches, window shop your way along rows of painted outlets, and chill out in elegant local bars sipping cocktails after dark. Fort Myers enjoys all the benefits of popular Florida, without the same crush of the crowds. Its numerous beaches are home to sun-worshippers topping up their tans, while fishing charters chug in and out of the riverside harbor bringing their fresh catch to local waterside restaurants.

Things to see

Within a few meters of picturesque Fort Myers Beach and pier sits one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions, Times Square. It might be smaller than its New York namesake, but it’s every bit as popular, saturated with chic bars and elegant restaurants, pretty boutiques with tempting window displays, and al fresco dining. It’s bold, bright, and beautiful, a rainbow of colors from the brightly-painted buildings to the vivid street lamps overhead. While most beaches in Florida are perfect for sunbathers and a little strenuous volleyball, Bunche Beach is refreshingly different. At 715 acres in size, most of it is actually underwater, a haven for salt-flat marine life and the twisting trunks of mangrove trees. There is some clear sand to spend time on here, along with a climbing frame for children, and birding trails that weave their way through the undergrowth on the hunt for brightly feathered aviators. Captiva Beach is enticing for the exact opposite reason. Settled on the western edge of Captiva Island, just offshore from the mainland, it’s a blend of startlingly clear ocean waters lapping at long golden sands. Captiva is a favorite spot for divers who relish the outstanding visibility and fabulous coral life beneath the waves. Next to the beach, little shanty-style restaurants are a clear change from the elegant Oceanside bistros of Fort Myers itself, boasting a laid-back air and simple, home-style food.

Hotels in Fort Myers

From accommodation in the heart of town, to coastal inns with superlative views, hotels in Fort Myers are not in short supply. Along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, you’ll find places to stay in its Downtown River District. Good-sized guestrooms with modern technology, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms are the minimum standard, and many hotels feature outdoor swimming pools if you’re not a fan of sandy beaches. Luxury hotels in Fort Myers are a little further away from the bustling inner-city streets. Colonial-era estates with expansive suites, soaking tubs, and complimentary breakfasts, also have their own swimming pools, but usually offer decadent spas and a fine-dining restaurant as well.

Where to stay

Fort Myers is very modern, filled with a great selection of family-friendly restaurants and plenty of trendy bars. Its First Street area has tons of appeal. The bricked roadways, bright colors of the painted rendered boutiques, and colonial-style terraces and balconies lend it an old-fashioned air reminiscent of the Deep South heydays. Downtown district steps up a gear, with contemporary sky-high office blocks, recognizable discount hotels, and open-air shopping malls lined with trendy fashion stores and cafés.

How to get to Fort Myers

The closest entry point for travelers is Southwest Florida International Airport, although there’s a good argument for arriving in Orlando or Miami and driving the rest of the way instead. While you’re staying here, LeeTran operates a good number of public bus routes through the city, along with a dedicated park and ride scheme for beach-goers. Most hotels provide free parking for guests, so a hire car is a safe and convenient option.

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