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Fort Myers
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Next to a river along southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, this vacation destination of two historic figures contains superb beaches, waterfront gardens and wildlife.

With beaches, shopping, wildlife and history, Fort Myers has an abundance of diverse attractions. Here you can watch manatees at play, unwind on sandy beaches and tour the vacation homes of two famous innovators.

Visit Edison Park, one the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers. It encompasses the adjacent vacation homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The inventor of the light bulb and the founder of the Ford Motor Company were great friends and often wintered here.

Take a tour of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates set amid a 17-acre (6.9-hectare) botanical garden. See period furniture from the turn of the 20th century, explore Edison’s laboratory and peruse photographs of Edison and Ford with their families. Enjoy the garden’s colorful plant life. See more than 1,000 species from around the world, including palms, orchids, cycads and an African sausage tree.

Find more plant life and history in the antique-rich rooms and subtropical garden of Burroughs Home & Gardens. This is a beautiful three-story Georgian Revival Mansion and grounds on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

While you are close to the river enjoy the sublime setting with a picnic in Centennial Park. This 10-acre (4.4-hectare) expanse by the water has picnic shelters and children’s playgrounds.

Between November and March large numbers of manatees swim up the Orange River to the warm water discharge canal of a power plant. Observe these large marine mammals from the viewing platforms of Manatee Park. If you want to see more wildlife, visit the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a wetland ecosystem that covers more than 3,400 acres (1,375 hectares). Walk on the elevated boardwalks and look for turtles, otters, alligators and wading birds.

Fort Myers is served by Southwest Florida International Airport. Once you land, you can get around by public transportation, taxis and rental cars. Located inland along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the city is about a 30-minute drive to the nearest beach.

South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort
3.5 out of 5
5400 South Seas Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL
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Nestled on the beach, this Captiva resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Captiva Beach. McCarthy's Marina and Captiva Chapel By the Sea ...

4.2/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Liked the beach and how long it was. Restaurants on site were good. Service at restaurants wasn’t the best though. Fitness facility was great !"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

South Seas Island Resort
Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4400 Ford Street Ext, Fort Myers, FL
The price is CA $95 per night from May 6 to May 7

Situated in Fort Myers, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Edison Mall and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Fort Myers Country Club. Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (945 reviews)

"This is our go to hotel every time we visit SWFL. The staff are always helpful and the rooms are always clean. They even provide To Go breskfast during Covid .."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
3 out of 5
6890 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
The price is CA $180 per night from May 11 to May 12

Nestled on the beach, this South Island hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lover's Key Beach, Mound Key Archaeological State Park, and Mound House. Bonita Springs ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,137 reviews)

"Excellent price for on the beach. Hotel is nice. Live music was always great. The only con would be the location if you have older kids but for some it would be fine. We spent a lot of our time near Times Square as our children are teen and almost teen and like that location to walk around."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
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Seaside Inn
Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
The price is CA $348 per night from May 2 to May 3

Nestled on the beach, this Sanibel condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sanibel Island Northern Beach and Sanibel Island Southern Beach. Sanibel Island Lighthouse ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,247 reviews)

"A cards to the beach was great. Kayaks ,paddle boards, & breakfast were provided."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

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Lovers Key Resort
Lovers Key Resort
3 out of 5
8771 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Situated in Fort Myers Beach, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mound Key Archaeological State Park and Lover's Key Beach. Dog Beach is 2.2 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (876 reviews)

"Loved our stay here! The front desk staff were awesome, helping with whatever you need. They had a great sense of humor. :) The room was equiped with a small kitchen with pretty much everything you need. The views from the balcony were beautiful. The pool was clean and large, with a hot tub. We were ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Lovers Key Resort
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Inn
3 out of 5
937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL
The price is CA $473 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Sanibel, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Periwinkle Way and Sanibel Island Southern Beach. Sanibel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,982 reviews)

"Loved the view out our front window... Loved the pool area and the easy access of chairs and umbrellas... The property was a bit run down and in need of room updates. Very dirty chairs no cleaning services provided and used same towels all week.. Room smelled musty and damp... Nothing special about ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Sanibel Inn
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Dec 12, 2019

Fort Myers was amazing, hotel staff were difficult

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 5, 2019

Beautiful beaches!

4/5 - Good

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May 25, 2019

We stayed on Sanibel Island, a destination we have visited for more than 20 years

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 28, 2019

Loved staying in this area. We stayed in Cape Coral and would stay here again. We were close to everything and we found it very easy to get around.

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Mar 24, 2019

Variety of nice Restaurants. Minimal traffic congestion. Clean/Modern

3/5 - Okay

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Mar 19, 2019

Traffic in March is horrific. Many drivers shouldn’t be on the road. The traffic at bridge crossing to Fort Myers Beach is ludicrous. From 1993 to 2016, visited for the month of March for Redsox Spring Training. Rented a house for March. Now that tra

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