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Rock Lake Resort
Rock Lake Resort - dream vacation

2937 Palm Beach BlvdFort Myers

Villa Stacey
Villa Stacey - dream vacation

5580 Berkshire Dr. Unit 204Fort Myers

Break in the Water
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9009 Falcon Pointe LoopFort Myers

Value Place Fort Myers
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4395 Colonial Boulevard Fort Myers Fl Us 33912Fort Myers

Pelicans Beach
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16500 Wellington Lakes CircleFort Myers

Villa Ann
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5580 Berkshire Dr. Unit 204Fort Myers

Summerwind Homes
Summerwind Homes - dream vacation

11350 Summerwinds CourtFort Myers

Churches

Winkler Road Baptist Church
Abiding Love Lutheran Church
Abundant Life Church
Bayshore Community Chapel
Beach United Methodist Church
Bethany Lutheran Church
Broadway Church of God
Brookhill Baptist Church
Buckingham Presbyterian Church
Calvary Fellowship Baptist Church
Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church
Catholic Church Saint Francis Xavier
Central Baptist Church
Central United Methodist Church
Christ Lutheran Church
Christ United Methodist Church
Church of the Nazarene
Church of the Nazarene North
Community Baptist Church
Community Reformed Church
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Epiphany Episcopal Church
First Assembly of God Church
First Baptist Church of Fort Myers
First Baptist Church of North Fort Myers
First Christian Church
First Church of Christ Scientist Fort Myers
Fishers of Men Lutheran Church
Grace Brethren Bible Church
Lamb of God Lutheran Church
Messiah Lutheran Church
Metropolitan Community Church
New Life Christian Center of Fort Myers
Northside Christian Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Riverside Baptist Church
Saint Anselms Episcopal Church
Saint Isabel Catholic Church
Saint Johns Baptist Church
Saint Michael Lutheran Church
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church
Saint Peter Lutheran Church
Saint Peters Community Church
Saint Phillip Christian Methodist Church
Saint Raphaels Episcopal Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church-Fort Myers
Slater Bible Chapel
Southside Christian Church
Suncoast Baptist Church
Tabernacle Fellowship Church
Temple Baptist Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
True Temple of Faith
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers
Unity Church of Christianity
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Zion Lutheran Church
New Testament Baptist Church
All Saints Old Catholic Church
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Apostolic Revival Center
Bible Way Church of God of the Mountain Assembly
Blessed Pope John XXIII Catholic Church
Celebration Family Church
Christ Community Church of Fort Myers
Church of God by Faith
Church of God of Prophecy
Church of the Living God
Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church
Cornerstone Christian Center
Covenant Presbyterian Church
East Fort Myers Church of Christ
Edgewood United Methodist Church
Fellowship Church of God in Christ
Fire Baptized Holiness Church
Gulf Coast Church of Christ on McGregor
Harvest Fellowship Bible Church
House of God Church Keith Dominion
House of God Saints in Christ Freewill Holiness Church
House of Prayer Apostolic Church of God
Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Church
Iglesia Emmanuel Baptist Church
Iglesia Pentecostal Ebenezer Church
Islamic Center of Southwest Florida
Jerusalem Church of God in Christ
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Jesus Christ Outreach Center
Korean - American Baptist Church of Fort Myers
Lighthouse Baptist Church
Lincoln Boulevard Church of God
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church
Mount Sinai Primitive Baptist Church

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Fort Myers is a booming town with great weather, entertainment and a casual feel in Southwest Florida.

Understand

History

According to a handbook authored by Francis Asbury Hendry who lived from 1833 – 1917, Fort Myers first appears in about 1841 when it was first manned as Fort Harvey. The military fort was abandoned in 1842 then, re-established in 1850 and named in honor of a U.S. Army officer named Abraham C. Myers, a Colonel. The fort was a center for command and control operations during war against the native Indian tribes that lived in Florida until they were defeated and, relocated out of the state to regions of western United States. However, some of the Seminole Indian tribe never surrendered and remained in the Florida wilderness. Colonel Myers reportedly resigned his commission and joined the Confederate army when the Civil War started. Under Confederate control, African slaves were transported to the area from Virginia to support cultivation of crops.

During the Civil War, the fort changed hands between forces of the North and South once or twice more. An African-American Infantry of Union soldiers was stationed in Fort Myers during the period of 1863 to 1864. Under the authority of Monroe County, the first school for African-Americans in the area was formed near Fort Myers, on the property an emancipated slave by the name of Nelson Tillis in 1885. Although Thomas Edison operated telegraph services for the northern side of the Civil War, in 1886, Edison purchased a winter home in Fort Myers after marrying his second wife earlier that year (National Park Service, 2012). In 1890, the first female African-American school teacher (Annie Moore), was hired to teach in the area (Lee County Black History Society, 2011).

A county entitled Lee County, named so in honor of the southern commanding General, Robert E. Lee was established in 1887. By about 1908, the population of Fort Myers was approximately five to six thousand (Captain F.A. Hendry Reunion Committee, 2002). In 1912 the first local Black population only public school was established in Lee County (Williams Academy). Henry Ford bought the home and land next door to Thomas Edison in 1916. In 1920 the Jones-Walker Hospital was opened for the Black population only. Bunche Beach was dedicated as the first local beach intended for the Black population only, in 1949. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled to end segregation in public schools. However, this decision was not implemented by integrating local Lee County schools until 1969. The Williams Academy was relocated to Clemente Park located in the Dunbar section of Fort Myers in 1995 and, is the primary center for African-American history in Lee County. The museum and administrative offices are established at 1936 Henderson Avenue (Lee County Black History Society, 2011).

The 2010 total census population of the city of Fort Myers was 62,298 (United States Census Bureau, 2010). This population figure does not include seasonal residents or, residents of Lee County outside of the city limits.

Climate

The climate of Fort Myers is tropical.

On August 13, 2004, Fort Myers was sideswiped by Hurricane Charley, a category 4 hurricane that made landfall north of the area. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma struck south of Naples, but caused extensive damage nonetheless in Fort Myers and its southern suburbs.

Get in

By plane

  • 1 Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW IATA), 11000 Terminal Access Rd (16 mi (26 km) South of downtown via Exit 128 from I-75 on Terminal Access Rd), ☏ +1 239 590-4800. . Non-stop service is available from most major U.S. cities, intrastate flights from other parts of the state (Southwest Airlines from Orlando), and a few international flights from Canada (Air Canada and Westjet) with the following: 
  • Concourse B: Air Canada, Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country
  • Concourse C: Delta/Delta Connection, United, WestJet
  • Concourse D: American, JetBlue, Spirit

Onsite car rental is located in a separate 2 Car Rental Building across the street from the baggage reclaim doors (lower level). It is accessible by crossing the street from outside Doors 3 (Delta Airlines) or 4 at lower level. Bus stop for LeeTran Rt#50 (Airport to Sanibel Outlets) is located outside Door #2 (WestJet), on the island, across the road. Click here or inquire with the 'Transportation Information' booth outside of Door #3 at arrival for additional info regarding other shuttle/taxi (ground transport) services, hotel shuttles, off site rental car companies, and their pick up locations.

Miami International Airport (MIA IATA) and Ft Lauderdale (FLL IATA) are the next nearest airports for a wider range of domestic and international flights. From Miami International Airport, Greyhound offer direct bus service to downtown Ft Myers (5 hr) (see below under 'By bus') or rent a car and drive over along I-75 or US Hwy 41.

By bus

  • Flixbus, (bus stop) Parking Lot 5 at Florida Gulf Coast University (Bus will board at Florida Gulf Coast University, curbside in front of McTarnaghan Hall, adjacent to Parking Lot Five.). Service between Orlando and Naples via LakelandTampaSarasota and Ft Myers along I-4 & I-75. (updated Nov 2019)
  • 3 Greyhound Lines, (bus station) 2250 Widman Way (Rosa Parks Transportation Center on Widman between Jackson & Hendry St), ☏ +1 239 334-1011, toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. Travels primarily on Interstate 4/75 (Orlando, Tampa, St Petersburg, SarasotaPort Charlotte, Ft Myers, Naples); SR-80/US98/I-95 (Ft Myers, Clewiston, Belle Glade, W Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Miami). Passengers transfer in Orlando, West Palm Beach or Miami to reach additional destinations. Direct connections to LeeTran buses at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, next to the Greyhound bus station, for onward local public transportation. (updated May 2021)
  • Redcoach, (bus stop) 11090 FGCU Blvd N (bus stop near Cohen Center on FGCU Blvd N on the campus of the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).), ☏ +1 407-851-2843, toll-free: +1-877-733-0724. Redcoach has one route that passes through Ft Lauderdale, Naples, Ft Myers and Tampa on its way between Miami Airport and Tallahassee. (updated Sep 2017)

By ferry

  • 4 Key West Express Ferries, 1200 Main St, Ft Myer Beach, ☏ +1 239 463-5733, toll-free: +1 888 539-2628. Daily passenger only ferries between Ft Myers Beach and Key West. Journey time takes 3.5 hours. (updated May 2021)

By train

  • Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach (Operated by Martz First Class), (bus stop) 6050 Plaza Dr (Pilot Travel Center off of Exit #139 of I-75). The Amtrak Motorcoach bus operates as an extension of Amtrak's Silver Star train from Tampa to Ft Myers via St Petersburg, BradentonSarasota and Port Charlotte. (updated May 2021)

Get around

  • The tropical climate is perfect for bicycling, and Fort Myers is a very bicycle friendly city. But watch out for those occasional pop up showers, especially during the wet season. When cycling, be sure to bring plenty of water, wear light weight, light colored clothing, and wear sunscreen.
  • Lee trans is the local bus service and has numerous bus lines criss-crossing the city.
  • The tolls for the Sanibel Causeway are $6 for cars, $2 for motorcycles, and $0 for bicycles, but it is only going onto the island, and well worth it.
  • The Midpoint and Cape Coral Pwky/Colonial Bridge is $2 going from Fort Myers to Cape Coral only. Other direction is non toll. The bridge is generally unavoidable unless you go through Downtown Fort Myers and US41 around.

See

  • Butterfly Estates, 1815 Fowler Street, ☏ +1 239 690-2359. 9AM - 5PM. This butterfly conservatory, set in the Fort Myers river district, is home to all the species of butterfly native to Florida. The enclosure features a cascading waterfall and many exotic species of plants. Every Friday at 1:30PM new butterflies are released into the exhibit, which makes this the best time to visit. $15. 
  • 1 Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd, ☏ +1 239 334-7419. Every day 9AM-5:30PM (during Dec until 9PM). Guided tours through 15,000 sq. ft. museum with hundreds of Edison and Ford inventions and objects, video theatres, and changing special exhibits. Beautiful and interesting plantings on the grounds.  
  • 2 Minnesota Twins Spring Training, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, ☏ +1 612 338-9467. Hammond Stadium. If you are in Fort Myers during the spring, you may be able to see the Major Baseball League's Minnesota Twins' during their preseason training period. (2007 prices) Dugout Box, $35; Box Seats, $21; Reserved Seats, $19; Deck Rail, $15; Lawn Seating, $10; Standing Room, $10.  
  • Boston Red Sox Spring Training, Fenway South Dr (JetBlue Park at Fenway South), ☏ +1 239 334-4700. The Boston Red Sox also have their spring training in Fort Myers. 
  • Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Hammond Stadium). Professional baseball in Fort Myers doesn't stop with spring training—the Minnesota Twins have a minor-league affiliate based in their spring training complex. The Mighty Mussels, newly renamed from the Miracle, play in the Florida State League, an "Advanced A" league (three levels below Major League Baseball) mainly featuring younger players a year or two out of high school or college baseball.  
  • 3 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (FGCU Eagles). Sports teams of Florida Gulf Coast University, competing in 15 NCAA Division I sports (6 men's, 9 women's) mainly in the ASUN Conference, featuring a mix of mostly regional universities in the southeastern quadrant of the country (as well as one outlier in New Jersey). With no football team, the most popular sports are men's and women's basketball. The mapped location is Alico Arena, home to both basketball teams, women's volleyball, and the main athletic ticket office. 
  • Florida Everblades. Local hockey.
  • FGCU Eagles Hockey. A club-level ice hockey team that competes outside the NCAA structure (and thus is not part of the overall FGCU athletic program), but nonetheless a popular winter diversion. 
  • Sanibel Lighthouse.  
  • 5 Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave (at Colonial Blvd), ☏ +1 239 275-3435. (updated Jun 2020)
  • 6 Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, ☏ +1 239 992-0311. 8AM to sunset. Cyrus Teed, creator of the religion of 'Koreshanity' founded his 'New Jerusalem' community here. Various structures, many over a century old, are still preserved. (updated Feb 2015)
    • Mound Key Archaeological State Park, The park is accessible only by boat and is managed by Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero, ☏ +1 239 992-0311. 8AM to sunset. 

Do

  • Paint a coconut at one of the many art galleries on colourful pine island
  • Head to Matanzas Pass Preserve on the 7-mile long island of Estero and into the 60-acre mangrove where crabs, lizards and birds live in abundance.
  • Visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates featuring 20 acres of tropical gardens and the largest banyan tree in the US.
  • Make the most of Fort Myers' Music Walk every third Friday of the month and hear the streets filled with live music.
  • 1 Sky Zone Fort Myers.  - located in Fort Myers.
  • 2 Good Time Charters and Tours, 4765 Estero Blvd Ft Myers Beach (behind the Publix by the Bayfront Bistro), ☏ +1 239-218-8014, ✉ tours@goodtimecharter.com. A dolphin cruise with them is excellent. They have biologists on board and are laid back and fun. Free parking on site. (updated Feb 2018)
  • 3 Paradise Charters LLC, 4765 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach (behind Publix by the Bayfront Bistro), ☏ +1 239-247-8288, ✉ cristina@paradisechartersllc.com. Friendly fishing charters. (updated Feb 2018)
  • Everglades Adventure, 4765 Estero Blvd Ft Myers Beach (behind Publix by the Bayfront Bistro), ☏ +1 239-405-2060, ✉ tours@evergladesadventure.com. Day trips to the Everglades. Biologist and certified naturalist guides. You can ride an airboat and see alligators and other animals. (updated Feb 2018)
  • Lagerhead Cycleboats, 2500 Main Street, ☏ +1 239 312-3137, ✉ info@lagerheadcycleboats.com. (updated Jul 2018)
  • Estero Bay Preserve State Park, The park is managed by Koreshan State Historic Site located at 3800 Corkscrew Road in Estero, ☏ +1 239 992-0311. 8AM to sunset.  
  • 6 Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, ☏ +1 239 463-4588. 8AM to sunset.  

Buy

  • The Shell Factory. 2787 North Tamiami Trail. The complex features jewelry, and collectibles made from sea shells, carved coconut souvenirs, T-shirts, tropical ladies wear, a pirate exhibit, wild animal display of over 66 different animals, a small live animal Nature park, restaurants, entertainment for children, the largest year-round Christmas holiday shop, and other attractions. One reason The Shell Factory is a popular source of collectible conch shells is that, under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regulations, there is a restriction in Lee County for the collection of any sea shells along its beaches if there is a living organism inhabiting the shell, with the exception of oysters, hard clams, Sunray Venus clams and Coquinas. 

One of its most recent and significant activity developments at the Shell Factory is its schedule of Flea-Market days. Every Tuesday, Thursday and, Saturday from sunrise until the heat of the day drives them away, you will find local people as well as, residents from all across the state, setting up tables and tents on reserved parts of the parking lots. They offer their personal goods, many interesting pieces and often, rare collectible items for sale to the public.

  • Miromar Factory Outlet Mall. 
  • Gulf Coast Town Center.  
  • Bell Tower. 
  • Coconut Pointe Town Center. 
  • 1 Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave, ☏ +1 239-939-5464. (updated May 2021)
  • Fleamasters Flea Market. 

Eat

  • Plakka Greek Restaurant
  • Iguana Mia Mexican Restaurant. 
  • Hooters of Fort Myers
  • Siam Hut, Cape Coral Pkwy and Del Prado. Thai.
  • Matanzas's Inn, Fort Myers Beach.
  • Parrot Key, Fort Myers Beach.
  • Blu Sushi, Fort Myers and Gulf Coast Town Center.
  • Capt'n Fishbones, North Fort Myers, across the main parking lot at The Shell Factory.
  • Ford's Garage, 2207 First St. 11:00 - 11:00. (updated Feb 2018)

Drink

  • Spirits of Bacchus, Downtown Fort Myers
  • The Cigar Bar, Downtown Fort Myers and Gulf Coast Town Mall
  • Rivals Sports Kitchen, Miromar Factory Outlet Mall, Estero
  • Blu Sushi, Fort Myers and Gulf Coast Town Center (Estero)
  • Anthonys Junkanoo, 3040 Estero Blvd. Nice beachclub with full bar. 

Sleep

  • Best Western Waterfront, 13021 N. Cleveland Avenue, ☏ +1 239 997-5511, toll-free: +1-800-274-5511. Right on the river. Private pier, high-speed internet and heated outdoor pool. 
  • Cypress Trail RV Resort, 5468 Tice Street, Fort Myers, FL 33905, ☏ +1 239 333-3246. Luxury RV resort with aquatic center and recreation that includes two private lakes and paddleboats. (updated Oct 2018)
  • DiamondHead Beach Resort, 2000 Estero Boulevard, toll-free: +1-888-627-1595. Fort Myers Beach. All suite luxury resort with conference facilities. Right on the beach. 
  • GullWing Beach Resort, 6620 Estero Boulevard, ☏ +1 239 765-4300, toll-free: +1-888-627-1595. Suites and condos on Fort Myers beach as well as meeting and banquet space. 
  • Howard Johnson Inn, 4811 s Cleveland Avenue. Old motel located in the center. 
  • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Road (Bonita Springs), ☏ +1 239 444-1234, fax: +1 239 390-4344. 
  • Lover's Key Resort, 8771 Estero Boulevard, ☏ +1 239 765-1040, toll-free: +1-877-798-4879. All-suite resort adjacent to the Lover's Key State Park with views of Estero Bay, lagoon-style pool, and on-site dining (updated Feb 2016)
  • Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa, 275 Estero Boulevard. On Estero Island. 
  • Pointe Estero Beach Resort, 6640 Estero Boulevard, toll-free: +1-888-627-1595. A beachfront suite hotel located on the peaceful southern end of Estero Island. 
  • Santa Maria Harbour Resort, 7317 Estero Boulevard, toll-free: +1-888-627-1595. A resort on Estero Bay, a fishing harbour on Estero Island. 
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel of Fort Myers, 10150 Metro Parkway, ☏ +1 239 938-0100. Rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, utensils, irons, ironing boards, computer hook-ups, voice mail and satellite television. King suites are also available. 
  • Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, 17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, ☏ +1 239-466-4000, toll-free: +1-800-767-7777. Check-in: 4:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM. Oceanfront resort on private 85 acres of land and offers free WiFi, full service spa, and guest rooms with water views. (updated Dec 2015)
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU, 10611 Chevrolet Way (Estero), ☏ +1-239-947-5566. (updated Feb 2020)
  • Luxury Vacation Rentals of Fort Myers, 276 CAROLINA AVE, FORT MYERS BEACH, FLORIDA, 33931, ☏ +1 239 281-6402, ✉ rentals@luxuryvacationrentalsfl.com. (updated Aug 2021)

Stay safe

While Fort Myers is mostly safe, there are a few scattered neighborhoods, especially east and southeast of downtown, where it is wise to use a bit of caution, especially at night. The most reliable method of identifying what portions of the area are least safe is to consult the Lee County Sheriff Department. They provide Web services that graphically depict all of the high crime areas. Visitors will find that opinions not supported by statistics from the Lee County Chamber of Commerce or, Lee County Sheriff Department may not be based in fact. The Lee County Sheriff Department web-site address is: http://www.sheriffleefl.org/main/index.php?r=crimeActivity/index .

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