Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rentals
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Vacation Rental Homes in Fort Myers Beach Florida

Fort Myers Beach is located on Estero Island, off the southwest coast of Florida, a few miles to the south of the city of Fort Myers. The area offers superb beaches and the crystal clear warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Down the years, the beach has built a reputation as an extremely safe beach due to the shallow waters and the lack of undertow. One of the area's biggest appeals is for walkers, with the full seven miles of sandy shoreline being accessible on foot. The area is rich in marine wildlife and the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center has been set up to both preserve and highlight this rich abundance.

About Fort Myers Beach

Once upon a time, Fort Myers Beach was little more than seven miles of coastline known for shallow waters. But that all changed in 1921 when a toll bridge was opened connecting the beach to the mainland. This event paved the way for tourism and created the modern day Fort Myers Beach. Today, aside from the picturesque coastline, Fort Myers Beach likes to associate itself with pirates and during the second weekend in October each year, the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival takes place. The festival is described as a family friendly event which attracts large numbers of people and involves live ship battles, a pirate bazaar and themed live music acts and theatrical performances.

Today, nearly two million people visit the island each year to take advantage of the beaches, fishing, shopping, dining and golf available on Fort Myers Beach. So, if the laid back lifestyle of the Floridian's combined with tropical sun-washed white sand beaches appeals to you, then check out what Fort Myers Beach has to offer.

The Climate

If you don't like snow and can handle no more than 56 inches of rain each year, then Fort Myers Beach may be for you. The area around Fort Myers Beach is considered a tropical climate. Summer temperatures in late July are usually an average of 89 Fahrenheit, whilst winter temperatures in mid January range are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. On top of that, if rain really isn't your thing, you'll see no more than of 75 days of significant downpours in the average year. On the more positive side, you can expect in the region of 260 sunny days per year. These statistics make Fort Myers Beach the perfect place for a vacation.

The Beaches

Sanibel's miles of beaches are renowned for their pristine white sand and their rich bounty of sea shells. The orientation of the island in the Gulf of Mexico means that the tides wash up hundreds of different types of shells each and every day. The beaches also offer the opportunity to witness stunning sunrises and sunsets as well as jumping off points for paddle boarding or kayaking adventures. Sanibel has no coral reefs, but scuba divers can enjoy the numerous species of marine life which lives around the various artificial reefs and wrecks which can be found just offshore at various points around the island.

Places to Visit

If the beaches and the never ending shoreline are not enough for you then you'll want to get out and about.

Matanzas Pass Preserve
This is a 60-acre area of protected area and is close to Matanzas Pass Bridge. The preserve has extensive hiking trails which are rich in wildlife and native plants which is probably best appreciated along the preserve's impressive mangrove shoreline. For those more adventurous, there's also a paddle craft landing which forms part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. So, you can experience the wildlife from the water.

Bowditch Point Regional Park
Located at the northern end of Estero Island, this seventeen acre park is usually reasonably quiet and offers a variety of interesting things to see and do. The park is an unusual combination of Nature preserve and recreational area with stunning panoramic ocean views, plus a plethora of trails through pine forests combined with a sandy swimming beach. The par is a great place to hike and swim all in the same day.

Lynn Hall Beach Park
This is a great place to take the kids. It's located north of the Matanzas Pass Bridge and is run by the county, so the standards are high. It's close to a lot of shops and restaurants and so is convenient. It has a licensed five hundred foot fishing pier and there is a bait shop, selling everything the unprepared tourist might need. There are also covered shelters with grills for picnicking, a kids playground and changing rooms, restrooms and outdoor freshwater showers.

Lovers Key State Park
Until recently, Lovers Key could only be accessed by boat and therefore it was said that lovers traveled to the island to be alone, therefore the name. Believe that or not, the seven acre park is a haven for wildlife and is located on Lover's Key and three other close barrier islands. The park has a two mile stretch of white sandy beach which is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking and sunbathing. But probably the highlight of the park is it's miles of waterways which are renowned for their rich variety of wildlife, including manatees and bottlenose dolphins and the waterways can be explored by either canoe or kayak.

Matanzas Pass Preserve
This is a 60-acre area of protected area and is close to Matanzas Pass Bridge. The preserve has extensive hiking trails which are rich in wildlife and native plants which is probably best appreciated along the preserve's impressive mangrove shoreline. For those more adventurous, there's also a paddle craft landing which forms part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. So, you can experience the wildlife from the water.

Mound Key Archaeological State Park
For some 2,000 years, Mound Key is thought to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Constructed of shells which were deposited by the Calusa, the thirty foot high mounds tower above the waters of the bay and today are only accessible by boat. The park offers boating, fishing, wildlife viewing nature trails. But be warned, there are no restrooms in the park.

Vacation Rental Homes on Fort Myers Beach

It's possible to stay in a luxury vacation rental home anywhere on Fort Myers Beach. Alternatively, there's Cape Coral, and Sanibel Island is only a few miles away.

Getting to Fort Myers Beach

It's no surprise that the closest airport to Fort Myers Beach is Southwest Florida International Airport at Fort Myers or (FMY) which is less than a 20 minutes away. Alternatively Fort Lauderdale airport is probably slightly better served by the airlines and is approximately an hour and forty five minutes drive. Finally,, Miami's International Airport (MIA) which is aabout two and a half hours away. Miami is, by far and away the best served of the three airports, particularly for international flights, but is also the busiest of the three for the same reason.

By car, you'll be looking to use the I75, almost regardless of your start point. Reaching Estero Island by car will usually involve approaching via Naples from the south, or from the north via Fort Myers, both of which are on the I75.

 
 

Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rental Homes

Sleeps 6

$120 per night

Fabulous heated Pool home that is pet friendly

2 Beds2 Baths1200 Sq. ft

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2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1200 Sq. ft, Sleeps 6
Location:
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$229 per night

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3 Beds2 Baths1360 Sq. ft

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3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1360 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Cape Coral, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Beach Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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