Fort Myers and Lee County of Today

Besides the miles of beautiful world renowned beaches there are many things to do and see in the Fort Myers and Lee County area for area residents and visitors alike.  The Lee County area has unparalleled opportunities for boaters who are interested in deep water boating or boating the Caloosahatchee river.  There is also wonderful wide variety of golfing, biking, shopping and dining opportunities.  Only a couple of hours from Orlando and its theme parks and only day trip by car or boat from the Florida Keys Fort Myers/ Lee County is an appealing place to live.  With an average annual temperature of 73° and sunny skies nearly every day, Ft. Myers/Lee County area is a wonderful relaxing and beautiful community for residents and visitors alike.
                                                                                        
Communities of Lee County

[ Cape Coral - Estero - Fort Myers - Fort Myers Beach - Lehigh Acres - North Fort Myers - Sanibel and Captiva Islands ]

Cape Coral - Located across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers, Cape Coral started its development about 40 years ago by brothers Jack and Leonard Rosen who thought the location and constant sunshine would provide ideal opportunity for living on the waterfront.   The brothers platted Cape Coral and created more than 400 miles of canals and waterways.   Many of the canals leading to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River and part of the Intracoastal Waterway Cape Coral have become a boaters dream.  [back to top]

Estero - Located along the picturesque Estero River that leads into Estero Bay, Estero is a fast developing area with many new residential and shopping areas including Miramar Outlets.  Estero is home to Florida Gulf Coast University, which is Florida’s newest addition to the state university system.  It is also home to Germain Arena, the home of the Florida Everglades ice hockey team. [back to top]

Fort Myers - Fort Myers is one of the fastest-growing areas in Florida’s Southwestern Gulf Coast region.  Along the scenic shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers is a thriving city steeped rich in history.  The city has a young population (median age of 32) and is experiencing an extensive renovation and revitalization.  Projects in the area include the historic downtown waterfront area with its new restaurants, bars and apartments. [back to top]

Fort Myers Beach - The community of Fort Myers Beach consists of Estero Island and its sister island San Carlos.  Estero Island is one of the area’s barrier islands that is about 7 mile long and less then a mile wide at any point.  From the northern end to its southern tip, Fort Myers Beach offers pristine white sand beaches looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico.  While Fort Myers Beach plays host to a number of tourists, there are many year-round residents as well.  It is a friendly town with a population of about 14,000 that nearly doubles during the winter months. [back to top]

Lehigh Acres - Originally planned and developed by the Lehigh Corporation, this 60,000-acre community is home to a population of over 50,000 with an appreciation of a small hometown feel and traditional family values.  Located about 12 miles east of Fort Myers and just south of the Caloosahatchee Rivers, it offers biking, tennis, golf and year-round freshwater fishing.  Lehigh Acres is also located on Lee County’s highest land elevation at approximately 27-30 feet above sea level. [back to top]

North Fort Myers - Covering 70 square miles in an unincorporated area of Lee County North Fort Myers lays to the north of Fort Myers and just south of the Charlotte County line.   It is often referred to as the gateway to Lee County. [back to top]

Sanibel and Captiva Islands - The City of Sanibel has a year-round population of about 5,500 people and a seasonal population of 18,000-20,000 and stretches 13 miles long and at its widest point is about 3 miles.  Its sister island, Captiva, is about 4 miles long and ½ mile wide.  Along with beautiful beaches and sunsets the islands offer biking, fishing, bird watching, nature trails, and a shopping and dining district.  Incorporated in 1974, Sanibel has one of most stringent and comprehensive land use plans limiting the density of development to about 1 unit per acre. [back to top]


 
Things to do and See

[ Beaches - Boating and Fishing - Golfing - Biking - Places to Visit ]

Beaches
Bowman's Beach
Bowman's Beach Rd,  Sanibel, FL

Captiva Beach
Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL

Lighthouse Beach
Park Periwinkle
Way, Sanibel, FL

Lovers Key State Recreation
Area 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Lynn Hall Memorial Park
1900 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Tarpon Bay Beach
Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL

Turner Beach
Sanibel-Captiva Rd at Blind Pass, Sanibel, FL

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Boating/Fishing
Most visitors and locals alike enjoy the miles and miles of pristine beachfront that Lee County offers.  There are also unparalleled opportunities for boaters whether you are interested in boating in the Caloosahatchee River, the many area canals, or deep-water boating in the Gulf of Mexico; you will find that Lee County offers you Southwest Florida’s boating dreamland. You will find boat storage at one of the many area marinas or near the neighborhoods along the coast offering their own marinas for personal boat storage. 

Don’t own a boat?  There are many places that offer boat rentals or day excursions for fishing, snorkeling or dolphin watching.  Maybe you’re more interested in kayaking along the coastal waters or one of the many canals.  Adventuresome local residents also take advantage of sail boating and canoeing.  Opportunities abound for area boaters whether you have your own or rent, you can explore the coasts and barrier islands of Lee County and see Florida’s natural vegetation and wildlife including mangrove forests, native palms, ferns, otters, turtles, birds, alligators and manatees..

Fisherman have an array of fishing to choose for their enjoyment including backwater, offshore, fly and flats fishing.  Common catches include grouper, snapper, amberjack, snook and shark.  In the back country you can fish which offer areas include bays, creeks and mangrove swamps.

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Golfing
Are you a golfer?  Fort Myers/ Lee County have golf opportunities for everyone.  With over 130 public and private courses in the Southwest Florida area and over 50 in the Fort Myers area alone, there is a course out there that will fit anyone’s interest and level of play.  Southwest Florida has developed a reputation for having some of the worlds most sought after golf courses.  There are many communities that have their own golf courses as well as non-community private and public golf courses.  You could try out Eastwood Golf Course, which is rated as one of the top 50 municipal courses in the country by Golf Digest.  With an average annual temperature of 73° and sunny skies nearly every day, Ft. Myers offers prime golfing conditions year around.

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 Biking
Fort Myers is a biking community with miles of trails as well as dedicated cycling lanes on many roads.  Cycling is also available at areas state parks and wildlife preservation areas. Many of the cycling shops in the area advertise group rides for riders of all skill levels and ages.

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Places to Visit

Cape Coral
Four Mile Cove and Ecological Park
Sun Splash Water Park

Sanibel
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum - (http://www.shellmuseum.org/10year.htm)
Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) - (http://www.crowclinic.org/) facility. 
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge - (http://www.fws.gov/dingdarling/)
Sanibel Historical Museum
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Center (SCCF) - (http://www.sccf.org)

Estero
Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Kingdom of the Calusa Indians
Koreshan State Park
Mound Key State Archaeological site

Fort Myers
Burroughs Home
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
Edison /Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers Historical Museum
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum
Railroad Museum of South Florida
Boston Red Sox - Spring Training
Minnesota Twins - Spring Training
Fort Myers Miracle – Twins Minor League Affiliate
Six Mile Slough Preserve

Fort Myers Beach
Mantanzas Pass Wilderness Preserve & Historic Cottages
Mound House
Ostego Bay Marine Science Educational & Research Center

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