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Fort Myers Introduction

Sun-kissed beaches, exciting water sports, fabulous restaurants, great shopping—so far, so Florida. But Fort Myers stands apart from its laid-back neighboring towns as one of South Florida’s most enduring tourist destinations. No one understood its unique appeal better than Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who shared adjoining winter estates in the resort—both now museums dedicated to America’s greatest pioneers. Add a groundbreaking botanical research laboratory, a lively art center, and a downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural diversity, and it’s easy to see why vacations in Fort Myers hotels can offer you a lot more than a suntan.

Hotels in Fort Myers

Hotels in Fort Myers come with luxury as standard, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of reach of the average vacationer. The well-established tourist trade has ensured an abundant supply of accommodations, from simple self-catering condos to stylish beachfront villas. Stay in an all-inclusive resort and make the most of family-friendly facilities and a range of on-site dining options, or enjoy the chance to sample the local cuisine with a room-only deal in a budget inn. Chill out in a freshwater motel pool heated naturally by Florida’s famous sunshine, or feel the salty ocean lapping at your feet in a waterside cottage.

Where to stay

The typically long, narrow shape of Florida’s barrier islands ensures that nearly all hotels in Fort Myers are close to the beach. The main attractions are to be found in the downtown neighborhood on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, as well as the liveliest nightlife. This area, also known as the River District, is the social and cultural heart of Fort Myers. Stay close to historic McGregor Boulevard for an easy stroll to the Ford and Edison homes, or base yourself in the Downtown Commercial District, noted for a variety of different architectural styles from Georgian Revival to Art Deco. Nearby Sanibel Island has a good choice of family-friendly resorts offering competitive rates.

Things to see

In 1916, Henry Ford followed the lead of his mentor Thomas Edison when he bought the bungalow next door to Edison’s winter retreat in Fort Myers. The two estates now comprise a fascinating museum complex encompassing more than 20 acres of historic buildings and landscaped gardens. Visitors can view the two great men’s homes, along with the botanical laboratory where Ford and his friend Harvey Firestone experimented with different varieties of rubber tree to provide a ready supply for car tires. As his contribution to the research, Edison planted many exotic trees on his estate, which can still be admired in the glorious botanical gardens. Another Fort Myers landmark is the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. This grand Neoclassical Revival post office was built by the famous Florida architect Nat Gaillard Walker and today it promotes a lively program of exhibitions, concerts, and special events.

How to get to Fort Myers

Regional and international flights land at Southwest Florida International Airport, around a 25-minute drive from Fort Myers. Charlotte County Airport—20 miles away—also serves regional destinations. It’s easy to hire a cab or pre-book a private limo from both airports to your destination. Many hotels provide free shuttles for their guests, so check before you fly. Your hotel concierge should be able to help with public transportation information, as well as provide the numbers of taxi firms. LeeTran runs public travel in Fort Myers via a fleet of local buses.

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