Fort Myers is definitely one of the up-and-coming holiday destinations in southwest Florida. The city itself boasts an interesting history and has links to such luminaries as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Franklin Miles.
Fort Myers beaches are quite different in character from many of the more commercialised and developed beaches further up the Gulf coast as they demonstrate a charming and cheerful seaside mood. Be sure to visit Lovers Key State Recreation Area; wander the footpath through mangrove islands and past lively creeks to the delightfully secluded beach.
For a complete getaway just three miles by causeway over San Carlos Bay, fall in love with Sanibel and Captiva Islands. No stoplights or street lights intrude on either island and no building can be taller than a palm tree.
Idyllic Sanibel Island is a relaxed and romantic haven. It is dedicated as a wildlife sanctuary, abounding with native and migratory birds and is renowned for its seashells, heavenly beaches and excellent restaurants. There's 50 miles of white-sand beaches, full of seashells and the frequent bending down to collect yet another beautiful addition to the collection has given rise to the nickname – the “Sanibel Stoop”.
On charming Captiva Island you'll find more beautiful beaches and emerald seas, plus quirky, one-of-a-kind restaurants and unusual shops.
Art Deco & Awesome Beaches of Florida
A Week In Paradise - The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel
J.N. "Ding " Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Art in Fort Myers and Sanibel
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
Lonely Planet Videos on Fort Myers and Sanibel Island
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Homes
Key West Express
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford