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Fort Myers is a city in southwest Florida, located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Just down the coast is nature-lover’s paradise Sanibel Island, where you’ll also find the city of Sanibel. Most of the island is a State Park nature reserve, home to more than 230 kinds of birds among the untouched mangroves and forest. You’ll also see plenty of beautiful shells on your holiday to Fort Myers and Sanibel – there isn’t a coastal shelf under the surrounding waters, so thousands of shells wash up on the shores every day, including some of the rarest varieties.

There are lots of things to do on your holiday. Sports enthusiasts might bump into baseball’s biggest names during late winter in Fort Myers, as the Boston Red Sox play more than 20 games every year at the city’s JetBlue Park. And history and culture await those staying in the heart of the city, as well as excellent places to eat. Downtown is where most of Fort Myers’ upmarket attractions can be found, like Burroughs Home and Gardens, Centennial Park and the Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

Culture and nature combine in these coastal cities, but different areas suit different travellers. Lively groups will love the Fort Myers Beach area, as it’s where the nightlife is concentrated. Night owls will also feel at home on Estero Island, where Fort Myers’ best bars, parties and lounges can be found. Families, meanwhile, should go for a base Downtown, where you’ll be near museums and top attractions. And nature-lovers will enjoy Sanibel Island’s north and west areas, where you’ll be within walking distance of the wildest places and pretty beaches full of shells.

Beaches

Things to do

Wildlife

Best time to go

Best beaches

Lively Fort Myers Beach, found on Estero Island, is the most popular stretch of sand in the area. Come spring and summer, it’s usually bustling with groups and holidaymakers of all ages soaking up the sun. Lynn Hall Beach Park, which backs the sands, is a great place for family games and picnics. Or you could wander along Fort Myers Pier, where you’ll find anglers and the best sea views.

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Over on Sanibel Island, Bowman’s Beach is a huge family-friendly beach with a shaded playground and picnic tables. Captiva Beach is the best place to collect shells – it’s home to every variety, size and shape you can think of. The most eager hunters wander down before dawn with a torch, but you’ll find pretty souvenirs any time of day. If you’re seeking total peace, why not charter a boat to North Captiva Island? The secluded white beaches are the perfect place for a romantic day.

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Things to do in Fort Myers

Tour the grand Edison & Ford Winter Estates, home a laboratory once used by Thomas Edison and a museum of the innovative pair’s treasures. You can also go back in time and learn about the Calusa people that first lived here, along the Calusa Heritage Trail on Pine Island or at the historic Mound House on Fort Myers Beach.

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Catch a show at downtown Fort Myers’ Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, see visiting musicians at Buddha Rock Club, and enjoy seaside acoustic performances at The Cottage or The Beached Whale. Shopaholics should make the short trip down to Estero Island’s Coconut Point, where more than 100 shops, 25 restaurants and a cinema can be found. And if you’re looking for family-friendly activities, the IMAG History & Science Center and Aquarium in downtown Fort Myers or Sanibel Island’s Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will keep everyone entertained for a few hours.

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Dolphins, manatees and more

Manatees are commonly spotted in the waters off Pine Island, but a dedicated boat trip will give you the best chance of a close encounter. The region’s beaches are also home to loggerhead turtles – they’re often seen in spring when they return to lay their eggs. Dolphins regularly swim through the waters and Fort Myers Pier is a great place to sit and watch them

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Plenty of wildlife can also be spotted back on dry land. J.N ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is home to alligators, bobcats, iguanas and river otters, as well as more than 300 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. It’s open all year round and the Education Center offers free seasonal tours. You can also drive, hike, cycle or kayak through the area any time you like. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a family-friendly way to get closer to nature, visit Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.

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Best time to visit Fort Myers

Holidays to Fort Myers and Sanibel are popular during the winter, as temperatures are in the low twenties and virtually every day is sunny and dry. If you’re looking for great weather without the crowds, March to May is a lovely time to visit. Temperatures climb to the high twenties, but without the humidity of summer months. Fort Myers is a popular spring break destination, though, so the weeks either side of Easter can be busy.

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Summer is a popular time for American holidaymakers, so you’ll find that Fort Myers is busy at this time of year. Temperatures climb to the mid-thirties and most days are very humid. Summer is also the wettest time of year, so is generally best avoided. Autumn, meanwhile, is the quietest time in the city. This is hurricane season, but you can enjoy crowd-free attractions and great deals.

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Beaches

Best beaches

Lively Fort Myers Beach, found on Estero Island, is the most popular stretch of sand in the area. Come spring and summer, it’s usually bustling with groups and holidaymakers of all ages soaking up the sun. Lynn Hall Beach Park, which backs the sands, is a great place for family games and picnics. Or you could wander along Fort Myers Pier, where you’ll find anglers and the best sea views.

Show More
Show Less

Over on Sanibel Island, Bowman’s Beach is a huge family-friendly beach with a shaded playground and picnic tables. Captiva Beach is the best place to collect shells – it’s home to every variety, size and shape you can think of. The most eager hunters wander down before dawn with a torch, but you’ll find pretty souvenirs any time of day. If you’re seeking total peace, why not charter a boat to North Captiva Island? The secluded white beaches are the perfect place for a romantic day.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Fort Myers

Tour the grand Edison & Ford Winter Estates, home a laboratory once used by Thomas Edison and a museum of the innovative pair’s treasures. You can also go back in time and learn about the Calusa people that first lived here, along the Calusa Heritage Trail on Pine Island or at the historic Mound House on Fort Myers Beach.

Show More
Show Less

Catch a show at downtown Fort Myers’ Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, see visiting musicians at Buddha Rock Club, and enjoy seaside acoustic performances at The Cottage or The Beached Whale. Shopaholics should make the short trip down to Estero Island’s Coconut Point, where more than 100 shops, 25 restaurants and a cinema can be found. And if you’re looking for family-friendly activities, the IMAG History & Science Center and Aquarium in downtown Fort Myers or Sanibel Island’s Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will keep everyone entertained for a few hours.

Show More
Show Less

Wildlife

Dolphins, manatees and more

Manatees are commonly spotted in the waters off Pine Island, but a dedicated boat trip will give you the best chance of a close encounter. The region’s beaches are also home to loggerhead turtles – they’re often seen in spring when they return to lay their eggs. Dolphins regularly swim through the waters and Fort Myers Pier is a great place to sit and watch them

Show More
Show Less

Plenty of wildlife can also be spotted back on dry land. J.N ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is home to alligators, bobcats, iguanas and river otters, as well as more than 300 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. It’s open all year round and the Education Center offers free seasonal tours. You can also drive, hike, cycle or kayak through the area any time you like. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a family-friendly way to get closer to nature, visit Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Fort Myers

Holidays to Fort Myers and Sanibel are popular during the winter, as temperatures are in the low twenties and virtually every day is sunny and dry. If you’re looking for great weather without the crowds, March to May is a lovely time to visit. Temperatures climb to the high twenties, but without the humidity of summer months. Fort Myers is a popular spring break destination, though, so the weeks either side of Easter can be busy.

Show More
Show Less

Summer is a popular time for American holidaymakers, so you’ll find that Fort Myers is busy at this time of year. Temperatures climb to the mid-thirties and most days are very humid. Summer is also the wettest time of year, so is generally best avoided. Autumn, meanwhile, is the quietest time in the city. This is hurricane season, but you can enjoy crowd-free attractions and great deals.

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