Blessed with a warm and almost tropical climate, and a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, Fort Myers has become a popular destination with visitors from across the US. It was certainly good enough for Thomas Edison, who had his winter home and laboratory here.
With an enviable tropical climate bringing year-round warmth, Fort Myers is a top destination at any time of year. However, the best times to visit is between March and May when the sun is hot but visitor numbers low – although you should avoid Spring Break if you’re looking for a really quiet time.
The summer months can get very busy, with the city a popular family holiday spot. Book your flights to Fort Myers well in advance if travelling at this time. Fort Myers is also a winter refuge for people looking for some sun, especially over the holidays. Buy your tickets early to get a good deal on a flight to Fort Myers if you need a break from the cold.
It’s easier to find cheap flights to Fort Myers outside of the peak summer season and winter holiday period. However, by using Orbitz, you can find affordable deals at any time of year.
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There are numerous direct flights to Fort Myers, Florida from other US destinations.
Fort Myers is served by Southwest Florida International Airport, a medium-sized airport dealing with around eight million passengers each year. It’s the second busiest single runway airport in the US after San Diego and has one terminal building with three concourses.
The airport is connected to the city by the LeeTran bus route 50 and is also located near to interstate 75 for easy car access. There are car rental options available at the airport and you can book in advance with Orbitz.
Direct flights to Ft Myers are available from a number of different carriers.
With a climate that is almost tropical, it makes cycling a great way to get around, and the city is very bike-friendly. But always remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen when cycling, as the sun can be deceptively hot.
The city also has a local bus service called LeeTran, which covers most of the main tourist areas.
Self-drive is also a good way of getting around. Rent a car at the airport and you can explore the city and surrounding area at your own pace. There are tolls for the Sanibel Causeway but a trip to the island is still well worth it.
The Butterfly Estates is a conservatory set in the heart of the river district, and home to all the native butterfly species in Florida, as well as thousands of exotic plants.
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is another top attraction, where you can take a guided tour through the museum and learn about the hundreds of inventions on display.
Relaxing is generally the order of the day in Fort Myers. Take a boat out fishing, kayak the waters or head out alligator watching in the Everglades. There are plenty of options for exploring too, with the nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands, or Cabbage Key all popular spots.
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