Welcome to Fort Myers!
Ah, Fort Myers, Florida! Everyone knows the state for the amazing sunshine, surfing, towering tropical fruit trees, shell-strewn sugary white beaches, and of course the fantastic deep-sea fishing areas. Fort Myers is known for its easy access to natural resources, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Everglades. All of the tourists landing in Fort Myers Airport know the well-known attractions, but a worldwide local will experience it best. This is an insider guide of some of the best local spots Fort Myers has to offer.
More than Just a Beach Town
Outside of visiting the beach, there are other ways to enjoy the glorious Fort Myers weather. You have a ton of options for shopping if that’s your thing! You can shop the upscale stores at the town’s newest shopping malls, the Bell Tower Shops, or make a visit to the largest Flea markets in the state, Fleamasters Fleamarket.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you are planning a visit to Fort Myers in February, you should plan your trip around the 10th-18th. Every year the city has the biggest party blowout in celebration of the man who put the city on the map: The Edison Festival of Light! No matter when you visit, you’ll never run out of things to do in Fort Myers.
Now, before we start talking about all the water fun in the sun, you can have in Fort Myers, let’s talk about food! If you are looking for the best coffee in town, you should visit Bennett’s Fresh Roast. This place is absolutely a hidden treasure. Imagine the “Cheers” of a bakery, that serves hand-cut from scratch doughnuts and freshly roasted coffee, every day.
Another top location for great food is First Watch Café, which is a perfect Fort Myers restaurant for lunch. Here you can fulfill your craving for avocado toast, seasonal specials, and healthy, real food choices, this cute breakfast spot is a must! Don’t miss out their fresh juice as it is great too.
For dinner, there is no better option than Dixie Fish Co. This is a local favored dinner spot, right on the water in Fort Myers Beach. Built in 1937, and survived many-a-hurricane, this amazing local watering hole is known for its wonderful grouper (coconut crusted!) and “pink gold” shrimp, all the foods that Southwest Florida is known for. The Dixies tin roof, wide open, windowless atmosphere, is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset and dinner.
What’s Perfect in Fort Myers? Beach Weather!
Okay, now that we’ve covered the food scene, let’s dive into the waters of Fort Myers!
There are a lot of ways to enjoy the beautiful water, in Fort Myers shore fishing, deep sea fishing, water sports, kayaking, or even a cycle boat! This means that there is something for anyone wanting to have some water fun; and why wouldn’t you! The water is beautiful and if you are a fisherman, they are stocked with more fish than you could dream of catching in a single day! Plus, if you get out on the water, there is a great chance you will encounter a few dolphins while your out.
Worldwide Local Tip: A great way for you to enjoy the water, if you aren’t trying to fish, is with the Lagerhead Cycleboats! These party boats, or booze cruises, are an awesome way to enjoy some fun in the sun. You can go on private tours for just you and your group or you can join another group. Either way, it’s an amazing time!
Even More Beaches
Do you travel on vacation in search of white sand beaches? If yes, you made an excellent choice by deciding to visit Fort Myers! Fort Myers and the nearby island of Sanibel beaches are known as the best beaches for seashells in North America! Experiencing the white sand beaches, as the waves crash against the soft coast in a rhythmic sound, that will instantly put you into the vacation mindset.
Worldwide Local Tip: Talk about awesome things to see on the beach – you should check out the American Sand Sculpting Championship! In the last week of November, artists from around the country come to sculpt sandy masterpieces, at Fort Myers Beach.
For the Science Nerd
Did you know that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were friends? They were even, neighbor’s half of the year! The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a sprawling museum complex including the families’ winter homes, a laboratory, and huge tropical gardens with flourishing fruit trees. However, be sure you are aware of falling mangoes! If you are traveling with any car aficionados, they will appreciate the specialized 1918 Model T Truck that the inventors used on camping trips and used to travel all over rugged terrain for cross-country trips. This is an awesome little piece of history to experience, while exploring some of these brilliant inventors and engineer’s homes, too.
Worldwide Local Tip: While you are enjoying the water and the sun, don’t miss a chance to head over to Manatee Park. This is a refuge for manatees where you can enjoy their company on the water in a kayak. The park is free, and you can enjoy many aspects of Florida nature while in the park.
Don’t Miss the Sunset
One thing you should take advantage of is the wonderful local tradition, watching the sunset. It’s the perfect ending to any day. Each night experience the local gathering down on the beach in front of the Pink Shell Resort, watching the sunset with toes in the sand. Early risers, can also appreciate the soft pastel colors that come with a Fort Myers sunrise.
Enjoy Your Visit!
Enjoy the sun, fun, and fish while visiting Fort Myers, but be sure to do as the locals do and relax! Experience the city as a worldwide local will, and you’ll get unparalleled access to its amazing sights and fascinating sounds.