Destination guide

The fort that's traded its weapons for wildlife and warmth

Fort Myers is a quieter, cozier seaside city than some of the party-hardy vacation destinations in Southwest Florida, so prepare yourself for peaceful streets lined with the trees that give the place its nickname, City of Palms. Retirees head here to enjoy the winter retreat that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford discovered back in the 19th century, but families and young people find a lot to do, too. There are endless opportunities to explore wetlands and chase down manatees (just kidding. Don't chase them.), plus neighboring towns and islands with postcard perfect beaches.

Activities

Fortify yourself with a restorative vacay in Fort Myers

People come to Fort Myers to relax, take it slow, and give themselves time to soak up all that warm weather. Stroll through downtown on the picturesque main road or on side streets lined with palms, or sign up for a guided tour hosted by a well-versed local expert from the Southwest Florida Museum of History. Hone your golf and tennis skills, take a dolphin-watching cruise or a sunset boat ride on the Gulf of Mexico. Day trips to the pristine beaches of nearby Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, or the Captiva Islands are a popular pastime.

Weather

Summer is sweet, but don't forfeit Fort Myers in wintertime

The tropical savanna climate in Fort Myers creates a warm-weather atmosphere that's inviting all year long. Summer is the most popular season for visitors. Temps hit the 90s and rainy days are common, so bring your rain gear and look for a Fort Myers vacation rental with air conditioning. Winter earns a close second in the popularity contest. Average temps don't sink below the 60s, and walks on the beach are still pleasant. If you're looking for fewer crowds and bargain rates, book in spring or fall.

Natural features

Shy sea cows, springing dolphins, and snapping alligators

Set on the Caloosahatchee River and speckled with dozens of ponds, Fort Myers is a wetland wonder. Manatee Park is set around one of the rivers tributaries and provides access to a fan favorite: the shy, slow-moving, 100-pound manatee. They're easiest to spot in winter, but in summer, visitors can still enjoy the butterfly garden. The area has tons of rivers made for kayaking and canoeing. Watch out for alligators and some of Southern Florida's 250 bird species. Boat charters take nature lovers out to the Gulf of Mexico to look for dolphins or catch redfish, snook, and snapper.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Fort Myers

Fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.6 mi (17.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Punta Gorda, FL (PGD-Charlotte County), which is 20.6 mi (33.1 km) away.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fort Myers?

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 Fort Myers:

  • Colonial Country Club: 36 vacation rentals
  • Heritage Palms: 25 vacation rentals
  • Lexington Country Club: 39 vacation rentals
  • Pelican Preserve: 47 vacation rentals
  • Legends Golf & Country Club: 30 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 Fort Myers?

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

  • Eagle Ridge Golf Club: 8,939 vacation rentals
  • Fort Myers Country Club: 7,502 vacation rentals
  • Barbara B Mann Hall: 8,631 vacation rentals
  • JetBlue Park at Fenway South: 7,474 vacation rentals
  • Lee County Sports Complex - Hammond Stadium: 8,679 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fort Myers 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 Fort Myers?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,396 Houses in Fort Myers. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fort Myers include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,525 rentals available
  • Villas: 653 rentals available
  • Cottages: 145 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 Fort Myers?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,528 vacation rentals with pool available in Fort Myers. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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