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Fort Myers is not only a city steeped in history it is also a great example of 'Old Florida'. By 'Old Florida', I mean the neighborhoods have many of the typical Florida style one level homes with the hurricane shutters on them and the streets are lined with trees covered in Spanish Moss hanging almost to the blacktop in some places. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford where so taken with Fort Myers that they both built elaborate winter homes here along with work shops that are today, along with the grounds are open to the public as a museum. There are also several award winning beaches nearby including Sanibel island, which is famous for it's fantastic shelling opportunities, Fort Myers Beach just a short drive across the bridge and Lover's Key a few mile to the south.

Sun Setting Over Gulf of Mexico, Florida, USA
Sun Setting Over Gulf of Mexico, Florida, USA
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Beautifully set along the Caloosahatchee River, winter home of Thomas Edison is one of the greatest historic treasures within Lee County. In 1885, Thomas Edison first visited Florida and built a vacation home. It was completed in 1886 and dubbed "Seminole lodge" by the Edisons, it served as a winter retreat and work place for the prolific inventor until his death in 1931. The inventive genius of Edison is evident throughout his 14-acre riverfront estate.

Edison's tropical botanical garden, has more than a thousand varieties of plants imported from all over the world, including a rather famous Banyan tree, which was a gift from Harvey Firestone in 1925. On March 6, 1947, Mrs. Edison donated the estate to the City of Fort Myers and in November of that year, public touring of the estate began.

Mr. and Mrs. Ford came to visit the Edison's in 1915 and like Fort Myers so much that the following year they bought their own home right next door. The Ford home, "Mangoes," was purchased by the City of Fort Myers in 1988 and was opened for public tours in 1990.

The community of Fort Myers Beach actually consists of two islands, Estero Island and its sister island, San Carlos. It used to be a remote stretch of green, edged with sand accessible only by boat. Today, there are more than 30 beach access points that are marked with colorful beach access signs that take you to developed, as well as secluded, pristine stretches of shoreline, many of which are near restaurants and outdoor cafes. You can hike, bike, lay out in the sand, shop and have a great seafood meal while not being too far from the 'main land'.

Sanibel Island is renown for it's spectacular shelling beaches where you can learn to do the "Sanibel Scoop". What makes this such a great shelling place is the islands unique positioning, it runs east to west, which is different from most islands which run north to south, this allows it to catch the many different kinds of sea shells. As you search the sand looking for that perfect shell be sure to put lots of sunscreen on your neck and wear a hat so your head doesn't burn. You will also need a bucket, net bag and scoop or shovel. Shelling at low tide after a storm is best and remember is illegal to take "live shells" from the sea. While on Sanibel Island be sure to visit the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy one of the many bike paths, go bird watching, snorkel or walk along the beach.

Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
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Lover's Key is just a few miles to the south and as the name suggests, it's a very secluded place where you and your lover can relax and enjoy each other's company, and no one else's if you choose. It has also been named one of Florida's and the nations best beaches to visit on more than one occasion

Over all the Fort Myers area is a great place for those who love the outdoors whether it's on or off shore. Fishing, swimming, snorkeling, camping, hiking, biking, bird and animal watching, Fort Myers is a great place to spend a few days or life it truly has something for everyone.

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About the Author - Florida's Gulf Coast is the perfect spot for a vacation. With so many things to do in Fort Myers for you and your family to enjoy, whether its canoeing and bird watching at Ding Darling, lathering on the sunscreen and taking on the rays, or shelling on Sanibel Island, we're sure all of will enjoy something.
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Diamondhead Beach Resort and Spa Fort Myers
Diamondhead Beach Resort and Spa is an all-suite beachfront resort located on Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., steps from the warm waters of the Gulf. The resort is one-half mile from Fort Myers' entertainment district, also known as Main Street, which boasts boutiques, bistros and independently owned shops. Fishing charters are located one mile away. Bay Beach Golf Club, an 18-hole course with Bermuda grass and a variety of water hazards, is four miles from the resort. The 12-story resort offers fine dining at Chloe's Restaurant and Lounge, which features live piano music, fresh seafood and choice cuts of beef. Cabana's Beach Bar and Grill is a casual outdoor eatery overlooking the gulf and resort's pool.
Fort Myers Villa Fort Myers Villa - Vacation Rental Home, Fort Myers
Our villa is specified to a high construction standard with marble top bathrooms, Corian kitchen worktops, upgraded appliances etc. The property is fully managed and maintained for us by a local company, who are retained to ensure a trouble free and enjoyable stay for our guests.  Our villa is located on the Gulf Coast, in the Fort Myers area, just 5 minutes from I75 exit 21. It is 15 minutes from SW Florida International Airport, 15 minutes to Fort Myers beach, and only 30 minutes to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. There are two golf courses, both 1/2 mile to main entrance, and shopping malls and major outlet malls nearby. Naples is approx. 35 minutes drive. 
Gullwing Beach Resort Fort Myers
The GullWing Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., is a beachfront condo resort with sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico. Golf, water sports, fishing and tour charters, and dining and shopping are just minutes away. Nearby attractions include Eden Vineyards Winery, the Shell Factory Museum and Philharmonic Center for the Arts. This beachfront resort features tropical landscaping, a heated beachfront pool and large outdoor spa. Guests can enjoy the barbecue and gazebo area, beach volleyball, elevated tennis court, fitness facility and activity programs. All condominiums offer private screened-in lanais, jetted tubs in the master bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens with full-size ranges, refrigerators with icemakers, microwave ovens, dishwashers, cooking utensils and dishware, coffeemakers and toasters.
Pointe Estero Beach Resort Fort Myers Beach
Pointe Estero Beach Resort in Fort Myers, Fla., is a condo beachfront resort overlooking the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. The Teddy Bear Museum is two miles from the resort and the Caribbean Gardens Zoo is three miles away. Other nearby attractions include the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, waterside shopping and charter fishing. This Fort Myers-area resort's grounds include an outdoor pool and spa, tropical lake and fountain, gazebo, private tennis court and beaches. The resort also features a fitness center, recreational activities for children with a trained director, beach cabana rentals and trolley service. Fishing, shelling, volleyball and water sports are just a few of the activities available on the resort's beach. 
Polynesian Paradise Home, Vacation Rental Villa, Fort Myers
This new 6 Bedroom 6 Bath Waterfront Duplex welcomes you.  This custom building is surrounded by 240' of dockage. The deep water access out has a full service marina and puts you out at the base of the 7 mile bridge. Fantastic fishing, snorkeling, diving, and Sombrero beach, just minutes from the dock. Sunbathe, swim, fish, and relax right in your own private, secluded Polynesian-style Island Home Paradise - walk a few short blocks to a white sandy beach!  This unique, contemporary, tropical-style, open designed home is built on 3 "pods" with plant-filled atriums. The lot is 160' X 150' and has a double canal and lagoon view. 
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa Fort Myers
The Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla., is nestled on a private peninsula overlooking the Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The resort is located where San Carlos Bay meets Sanibel Harbour, one mile from Sanibel Island. This 85-acre seaside resort is comprised of a main hotel building, the Grande Bay building and separate waterfront condominium buildings. Three restaurants, a cabana bar, poolside bar and grille, sunset dinner cruises and a bakery offer dining options ranging from steak and seafood to gelato and specialty cocktails. Room service is also available. Condominiums offer living rooms with sofa beds, fully equipped kitchens with refrigerators and dishwashers and dining rooms.
Santa Maria Harbour Resort Fort Myers Beach
Santa Maria Harbour Resort Ft Myers (formerly Santa Maria Marina Resort) is just steps away from Fort Myers Beach. The resort is designed for weekend getaways, fishing trips, group retreats, and family vacations, and offers peace and relaxation, along with a healthy does of comfort. Santa Maria Harbour Resort is the perfect destination for those with a passion for fishing, wildlife, or nature. It is nestled on Estero Bay, one of the most coveted fishing harbors on Estero Island, also known for thriving wildlife and unspoiled beauty. The one- and two- bedroom condominiums at Santa Maria Harbour Resort feature fully equipped kitchens, a private balcony, dining area, and washer and dryer.
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