From beachy islands to wildlife-rich swamps, this is classic Florida.
Just up the Caloosahatchee River from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers, Florida, is more than a beach town. The historic downtown area is a pretty place, lined with palm trees — hence its nickname, the City of Palms — and a lovely spot for strolling, shopping and dining. Things get a little wild across the river, where you can tour protected swamps and wetlands, home to gators, cougars and other creatures. And at the Gulf end of the city, you’ll find miles and miles of beaches, including the much-loved Sanibel and Estero islands.
Explore Fort Myers
- Cape Coral
- Downtown Fort Myers
- Fort Myers Beach
- North Fort Myers
At the mouth of Caloosahatchee River, historic Cape Coral offers parks, preserves and a pretty waterfront.
Nature, Outdoor Recreation, Boating, Fishing, Dining
Downtown Fort Myers
The palm-lined streets of downtown gave Fort Myers its nickname: the City of Palms. Enjoy exploring the area’s historic sites, upscale eateries and open-air nightlife scene.
Shopping, History, Nightlife
Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach offers 7 miles of white-sand coastline on Estero Island, a small barrier island with old Florida charm. Enjoy exploring the wilds of Lovers Key State Park by kayak and dining on fresh seafood.
Beaches, Shopping, Dining
Stay in The Center of it All
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Discover Fort Myers, Florida — From Swamps to Beaches and Beyond
Discover North Fort Myers
Start your weekend with a swamp buggy ride — during which you just might see gators, panthers, boars and cranes. Another way to ply the waters is on the 40-foot-long River Queen along the Caloosahatchee River. Keep the theme going with dinner at the Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill, which has its own sandy beach and outdoor pool.
Take a trolley (yes, a trolley!) to Estero Island and its 7-mile coastline, where you can kayak, parasail, Jet Ski, stand-up paddleboard and swim the warm Gulf waters — or do none of those things and just lie in the sun all day. At night, stroll Fort Myers’ own Times Square for food, drinks and entertainment.
Stay inland today to explore the charming streets and historic attractions of downtown Fort Myers. Flit into a butterfly exhibit; shop, stroll and then get your brunch on along the riverfront. After that, tour the lush Edison & Ford Winter Estates (or go to a science museum) and dine on some of southern Florida’s best seafood.