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Peace and Tranquility at Fort Myers

Families, couples and those who enjoy a low-key vacation will find Fort Myers the perfect place to unwind. Situated on Florida’s sun-splashed west coast and lining the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, it might be a city, but it has a distinct village ‘feel’ about it. Hotels in Fort Myers are in close proximity to many of the city’s beaches and local attractions, and offer something for all tastes and budgets.

Once More unto the Beach

With year-round sunshine, the beaches at Fort Myers are a major draw for tourists. The white sands are strewn with piles of seashells, offering free fun for youngsters and budding marine biologists. In addition, the shore shelves very gently into the shallows, making this an ideal spot for those looking for Fort Myers Beach hotels  suitable for younger children.

Just a short distance from the shore, you’ll find the barrier islands. These pristine islands are perfect for those who want to forget about the stresses and strains of daily life and unwind in a tranquil, natural environment. The snorkeling conditions are excellent and there’s a good variety of water sports to enjoy. To get a look at the flora and fauna of the region, make a beeline for Pine Island, which features some spectacular nature trails.

Uptown Dining in Downtown Fort Myers

The gastro scene in Fort Myers is gaining a reputation for innovative cuisine. You’ll find a range of restaurants serving everything from Italian to Vietnamese dishes. Seafood is something of a speciality in Fort Myers. Be sure to visit the Shrimp Shack for simple but delicious food. Couples considering hotels in Downtown Fort Myers should look no further than The Veranda. It’s one of the city’s oldest restaurants and specializes in continental food served with a southern twist.

Downtown Fort Myers is the hub for the city’s nightlife. Dance the night away at the Buddha Rock Club, or enjoy some tapas at the Cru bar and restaurant. For something a little different, the Laugh-In Comedy Café is a great place to enjoy sets from up-and-coming entertainers and established comedians alike.

Other Attractions

If you’re travelling with the family, chances are you’ll be looking for some days out. If you’re happy to spend a couple of hours in the car, the Busch Gardens are well worth the effort. Located in Tampa, the Busch Gardens are an adventure theme-park with attractions and rides styled around Africa.

Young explorers can get up-close-and-personal with a number of exotic animals when they take a safari ride on the Serengeti Express train; there’s even the opportunity to hand-feed giraffe.

For older visitors, there are some adrenaline-fueled rides. The Cobra’s Curse is a gigantic metal serpent that thunders along a 2,100-foot-long track at speeds of up to 40mph. Alternatively, test your steel against the Falcon’s Fury: a drop-tower that stands around 335 feet high. If you’re looking for something the whole family can get involved in, the Congo River Rapids is a high-speed version of a lazy river.

Shop ‘til you Drop

Many Fort Myers hotels are within a stone’s throw of a shop or market. The Edison Mall is perfect if you want to turn your shopping trip into a full day out. With more than 160 stores, you can spend a whole day searching for bargains.

However, if you’re a believer in ‘bigger is better’, the Gulf Coast Town Center mega-mall should satisfy all your shopping desires. Boasting more than 39,000 square feet of stores and restaurants, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Fleamasters Fleamarket. Open from Friday through Sunday, it offers more than 900 stalls, selling everything from food and clothing to arts and crafts.

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