Destination guide

The words "Estero" and "bad idea" just don't go together

Whatever floats your boat, you're sure to be buoyant in Estero. Set along Florida's Gulf Coast, Estero is a popular vacation spot for visitors who want to shop, swim, golf and just have a good time. Characterized by a distinct laid-back vibe, Estero is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets, upscale shopping malls and its many golf courses. And with Fort Myers beach just a short drive away, booking 1 of the many Estero vacation rentals on offer is never a bad idea.

Things to do

There is something for everybody in Estero

It's not all high-end shopping malls and golf courses in Estero, there's something for everybody. Estero Bay Preserve State Park was established to protect the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay, and provides a crucial habitat for many species. Visitors can enjoy the preserve from land or by water. Another attraction worth a visit is the Koreshan State Historic Site. Settled by member of the Khoresan sect in 1894, this religious settlement once had 50 buildings, 11 of which remain, including the restored home of founder Cyrus Reed Teed.

Activities

It's hard not to take it easy in laid-back Estero

You can shop till you drop in Estero. In Coconut Point Mall and Miromar Outlets, Estero has 2 of Florida's premier shopping destinations. With more than a dozen golf courses in the area, golfers are also particularly fond of Estero. And if catching some rays is on your agenda, Fort Myers Beach is only a 25-minute drive away. Its 7-mile beach attracts sun worshippers from across the U.S., and offers a whole host of water sports activities, including kayaking, jetskiing, and scuba diving. There are also numerous nearby national parks and nature preserves that are worth your while seeing.

Weather

Estero, where year-round sun means year-round fun

"Pretty, pretty, pretty good" is how Larry David would describe Estero's climate, and he wouldn't be wrong. The sun shines almost every day, and the annual average temperature is 75 degrees. Even in December and January, you can expect average highs in the mid-70s, which means that Estero vacation rentals are in demand all year round. Like much of Florida, when it rains in Estero it pours, so make sure to always bring a rain jacket and an umbrella.

Natural features

Don't say a swamp can't be beautiful too

It's hard to escape the Everglades when you're in Florida, but then why would you want to! Just a 35-minute drive southeast of Estero, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary gives visitors a fascinating insight into the unique Everglades ecosystem. Explore the areas rugged natural beauty on Corkscrew's famous boardwalk, which winds its way through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, and marshland before emerging into North America's largest old-growth bald cypress forest. Of course Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has its fair share of alligators, plus hundreds of otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Estero

The nearest airport is in Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), located 7.5 mi (12 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Naples, FL (APF-Naples Municipal), which is 19.4 mi (31.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Estero?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,186 vacation rentals near Estero. From 3,491 Houses to 3,676 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Estero for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Estero?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Estero:

  • Stoneybrook: 22 vacation rentals
  • Palmetto Dunes: 33 vacation rentals
  • Fountain Lakes: 29 vacation rentals
  • Grandezza: 21 vacation rentals
  • Oak Run: 26 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Estero?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Estero. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Coconut Point Mall: 10,050 vacation rentals
  • Stoneybrook Golf Club: 9,183 vacation rentals
  • Miromar Outlets: 9,207 vacation rentals
  • Raptor Bay Golf Club: 10,047 vacation rentals
  • Old Corkscrew Golf Club: 5,975 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Estero listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Estero?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,491 Houses in Estero. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Estero include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,676 rentals available
  • Villas: 609 rentals available
  • Cottages: 119 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Estero?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,707 vacation rentals with pool available in Estero. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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