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Fort Myers Introduction


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Fort Myers, Florida, has attracted natives and settlers ever since it was a Seminole War outpost, and its location on the Caloosahatchee River makes it a lively, scenic metropolitan center today. Tourists visit Fort Myers not only for the city itself but for all that the area has to offer, from Cape Coral and North Fort Myers to Bonita Springs.   Click here to see the full Fort Myers travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fort Myers Geography


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The Caloosahatchee River runs between Fort Myers on its south banks, and Cape Coral and North Fort Myers to the north. The river flows into San Carlos Bay, which separates the mainland from the barrier islands and is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.   Click here to see the full Fort Myers travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fort Myers History


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Fort Myers' waterways and balmy climate drew the Calusa Indians to the area, where they subsisted off seafood and shellfish, leaving behind great shell mounds as evidence of their activities. The fierce Calusa kept Spanish explorers at bay in the 1500s, but European diseases killed off most of the tribe. Those who survived blended in with the Cuban fishers who arrived later on the barrier islands to export mullet and roe back to their homeland. The government quickly labeled the region as a scurrilous land populated by outlaws, half-breeds and other unsavory types.   Click here to see the full Fort Myers travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fort Myers Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Fort Myers is rich with history. The impressive Edison & Ford Estates demonstrate the important role the two inventors, particularly Edison, played in the development of modern conveniences and of Fort Myers itself. Other attractions deal with history and science. If you are visiting with children, you should consider the Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers, or a day in Cape Coral, which features a hands-on science museum and a water park.  Click here to see the full Fort Myers travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fort Myers Nightlife


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Nightclubs are few and far between in Fort Myers; go to nearby Fort Myers Beach for the best selection. Some restaurants have bars, and you might try asking the locals for their favorite spots.  Click here to see the full Fort Myers travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fort Myers Restaurants & Dining


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Fort Myers' culinary scene has something for everyone, from Mexican food to French and German fare. Restaurants tend to come and go in the downtown area. However, on the nearby islands of Sanibel and Captiva, you'll find a handful of longtime favorite restaurants, and most feature fresh seafood as a specialty. The Fort Myers area is known for its ethnic diversity, and the dining options you find there reflect that diversity.  Click here to see the full Fort Myers travel guide on Travel42 »

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