In all my travels, nothing compares with the laid back feeling I get when I visit this island. The people I meet were all from somewhere else, and I think it is this diversity that makes this district so special. From formal dining settings in nearby Naples, to the down to earth conch style atmosphere on The Beach, there is something here for everybody.
The beaches are well maintained, clean white and wide, with plenty of nature to observe. But what stands out in Fort Myers beach are the friendly, helpful people.
There are two districts on the island: the northern district which is somewhat congested, where parking is limited and costly, but the hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs are more for the budget minded, and I spent a lot of time up here getting to know the area.
Then there is the south island 'gold coast', with premium priced hotels and condos, and the widest uncrowded beaches anywhere. The hotspot on the south beach is Pincher's Tiki Bar adjoining the Holiday Inn. Nearby are glorious high rise residences overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, or on the other side of the boulevard, exclusive apartments with private grounds.
Near at hand are several tourist destinations which make Fort Myers Beach the heart of it all. In less than an hour you can be at a 6400 acre federal wildlife preserve on Sanibel Island, on some of the most desireable land in America, totally devoid of commercial development. WOW ! Or visit the world reknowned Edison Ford Museum and Estates on McGregor Road in the city, not far at all.
Everglade City, home of the Everglade National Park 10000 Islands area, is only a little over an hour away by freeway. Nearby, experience true 'conch style' seafood restaurants. They have abundant delicacies that are not normally found elsewhere at reasonable prices.
I don't expect to ever find a vacation destination better than Fort Myers Beach, and I might be able to live here in paradise some day.
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