Soak It In
Talk about al fresco appeal: Fort Myers and its surrounding areas afford a diversity of landscape, waterscape and wildlife that few locales in the country can match. Over 700,000 acres of islands, inlands and freshwater wetlands — along with warm Gulf waters — offer up a dazzling cache of fresh-air delights for vacationers.
Explore the Great Outdoors
What makes Fort Myers’ islands, beaches and neighborhoods so spectacular is that around every corner is an entirely new and absolutely extraordinary panorama. All senses will be engaged while visitors to the area eye and explore 120,000 acres of parks and nature preserves. Exploration possibilities can also include 100-plus coastal and barrier islands, an intracoastal waterway, mangroves, the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, cypress forests and so much more. Add in the wildlife that calls these habitats home — manatees and 245 species of migratory birds; bottlenose dolphins and butterflies — and you’ve got one vacation spot that is a never-ending source of nature-induced awe.
Outdoor Activities are a "Shore" Thing
There are 50 miles of white-sand beaches in the greater Fort Myers area, and visitors could easily — and enjoyably — choose to spend their entire stay with toes in the sand. The best part? A day at the beach can be exactly what every vacationer wants it to be: shell-seeking for some of the 400 varieties that wash ashore at Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island; a watersports lover’s dream at Fort Myers Beach; or a romantic retreat at the two-mile-long Lovers Key State Park or the remote barrier island beach of Cayo Costa, which is accessible only by boat.
In Full Swing: Active Pursuits
On both land and water, adrenaline-inducing thrills abound in and around Fort Myers for the active traveler. There are more than 90 golf courses in the area, including some of the country’s most coveted plays. Visitors can kayak the Great Calusa Blueway; or bike on Sanibel Island, where their 25 miles of bike paths make it easy for visitors to get around. Guests practice yoga on paddleboards or propel off the water’s surface on a hydro-flighting fly board. Others may choose to reel in a catch on a deep-sea fishing excursion. Whatever the case, the appetite for activity is always well satisfied.