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Popular amenities for Fort Myers vacation rentals

Stay near Fort Myers's top sights

Downtown Historic District148 locals recommend
Fenway South Park74 locals recommend
Edison & Ford Winter Estates459 locals recommend
The Firestone Skybar & Martini Bar115 locals recommend
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve115 locals recommend
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve112 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Fort Myers

  • Total rentals

    860 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    22K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    560 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    240 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    520 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    490 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Fort Myers

All About Fort Myers

Perhaps the best testament to the charms of the Fort Myers area is the litany of boldfaced names who’ve been drawn to this pocket of Lee County in southwest Florida over the past 150 years, including Gilded Age industrialists, a famous artist, and even a pioneering aviator. The area extends down the Caloosahatchee River from the inland city of Fort Myers, past the manatee-filled canals of Cape Coral, and out to the Gulf of Mexico, where a chain of barrier islands boast miles of white-sand beaches and endless Florida sunshine. It’s the weather, of course, that ensures most itineraries are centered on the great outdoors: golfing, catching a spring training baseball game, spotting spoonbills while kayaking on Tarpon Bay, or paddling through nearly 200 miles of waterways on the Great Calusa Blueway.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Fort Myers

Take after Thomas Edison and visit Fort Myers in the winter. What’s not to love about a 74-degree Fahrenheit January day, after all, while the more northerly latitudes are being battered by rain, sleet, and snow? Spring and fall are pretty delightful, too, with temperatures in the 80s and water temperatures in the 70s. Summer brings vacationing crowds and hot, muggy days, with highs in the 90s and frequent rain — but also, bathtub-warm water that averages 87 degrees.

Top things to do in Fort Myers

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates

In 1885, Thomas Edison purchased 13 acres on the banks of the Caloosahatchee and later built his dream house there, dubbing it the Seminole Lodge. Thirty years later, he convinced Henry Ford to buy the place next door, so the two friends could winter in the sun together. Today, the estates are open to the public as museums; highlights include Edison’s restored research lab and a botanical garden.

Fort Myers River District

Often overshadowed by the nearby beach towns, the city of Fort Myers is worth your attention. Its brick-lined streets are dotted with palm trees (those were Edison’s idea), and many of its buildings were made from wood reclaimed from the original fort that gave the city its name. This walkable zone is filled with shops, international restaurants, and historic buildings like the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center, housed in the former 1933 U.S. Post Office.

Captiva and Sanibel Island

Be sure to squeeze in a day trip to these nearby island beach towns, located adjacent to one another. Sanibel is famous for its lighthouse and bonanza of seashells, while charming Captiva offers miles of beaches, scenic sunsets, and golf.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Fort Myers?

    Fort Myers has a tropical climate with hot, wet summers and mild, dry winters. Average temperatures range from 65°F (18°C) in January to 92°F (33°C) in July. The rainy season runs from May to October, while November to April is generally drier.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Fort Myers?

    Visitors often enjoy exploring the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, going on eco-tours to observe local wildlife, or spending a day lounging on the pristine Fort Myers Beach. Taking a stroll in Manatee Park or visiting the Butterfly Estates also make for a great day out.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Fort Myers?

    The most popular time to visit Fort Myers is during the dry season, from November to April, when the weather is mild and outdoor events are abundant. The annual Edison Festival of Light in February and ArtFest Fort Myers in January are two local events often attended by visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Fort Myers?

    Guests frequently choose to stay in Downtown Fort Myers, known for its vibrant arts scene and local eateries. The River District is another popular choice for its historical charm and the scenic views of Caloosahatchee River. For those who enjoy the beach, Fort Myers Beach offers a relaxed coastal vibe and a variety of water activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Fort Myers?

    Popular places to visit include the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, and the Fort Myers River District. For nature lovers, Manatee Park and Lakes Regional Park are often recommended.

  • What are some hiking trails in Fort Myers?

    For those who enjoy hiking, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve has a well-maintained boardwalk trail through the wetlands. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium also has various trails that weave through its 105 acres of pine flatwoods and wetlands.

  • What are some family activities to do in Fort Myers?

    Families often enjoy visiting the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium, exploring the Shell Factory and Nature Park, or taking a trip to the Lakes Regional Park. The Railroad Museum of South Florida is also a fun, educational experience for all ages.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Fort Myers?

    Day trips from Fort Myers often include a visit to the tranquil Sanibel Island, a boat tour to the lush Everglades National Park, or a trip to the bustling city of Naples. A drive to the stunning Captiva Island is also frequently suggested.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Fort Myers?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Fort Myers. From over 140 condo rentals to over 410 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Fort Myers?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 490 vacation rentals in Fort Myers featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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