Fort Myers is a city located in southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico.
The region offers a multitude of tourist attractions, parks and botanical gardens as well as a summary of the heavenly beaches all along more than 80 km but also historic houses and cultural sites.
Fort Myers is a true haven of peace and serenity. This region of Florida and its archipelago are characterized by lush vegetation and are a dream destination par excellence!
If you are staying in Fort Myers, it is important to visit the surrounding islands and towns. The most famous islands in the region are Captiva and Sanibel, known for:
- Their beaches,
- The abundance of shellfish,
- Seafood products
And for the Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which occupies a large part of the island. This park is home to about 200 species of birds, wildlife, some of which are critically endangered and exotic plant species.
Visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum located in Sanibel Captiva Rd. which is a museum dedicated to all aspects of shellfish, including palaeontological and archaeological aspects of conchology and malacology, which presents shellfish from the region but also collections from around the world.
Barbara Sumwalt’s museum on Useppa Island is the best place to learn about the history of the region’s first inhabitants; the Calusa Indians.
Indian ceremonies and burials are still taking place in the region despite the extinction of this tribe.
There are other islands in the region that are worth visiting as:
- The island of Gasparilla in Boca Grande which is the favourite refuge of the “rich and famous”.
- Pine Island, discovered by Ponce de Leon in the past,
- Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor,
- and Estero Island, which is home to Fort Myers Beach,
The Fort Myers region and its archipelago include about twenty natural parks in which ecotourism and outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, wildlife observation sessions, etc.) are developed.
Every year, giant sea turtles come to the region’s beaches to lay their eggs.
And at sea, it is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that dive to the delight of cruise passengers.
Visiting Fort Myers and its region is a relaxing experience of exploration and adventure!