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Fort Myers Holidays

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You’re guaranteed feel yourself relax in this gorgeous part of Florida, on the Gulf Coast of the USA. Fort Myers provides plenty of opportunity to chill out, while also offering lots to see and do if you do get itchy feet. The beaches are sublime, and culture, nature, history and a stunning climate unite to create an all-rounder of a destination that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Great Places to Visit

While the white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are a major draw, Fort Myers has plenty to offer holidaymakers away from the seafront, too.

Cast Away to Sanibel Island

You could settle in for the day on the shore of Sanibel Island, collecting shells on its shell-filled beach. Or you could get back to nature at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where you can spot a menagerie of birds, turtles, alligators and river otters. What you do is your call, but Sanibel is a must.

Kayak with Native Manatees

There are few places left where you are able to kayak alongside manatees in their native habitat. These beautiful creatures – also known as sea cows – were often mistaken for mermaids, and while they aren’t exactly the spitting image of Ariel, they are intriguing animals that can be seen at the Lee County Manatee Park.

Explore the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Amongst its notable residents, both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had winter homes in Fort Myers, and visits to them will please any holidaying history buffs. Spanning almost 20 acres between them, and overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, this complex boasts nine historic buildings, botanical gardens and a museum to peruse.

Make a Splash in the Sun

The Sun Splash Waterpark in Cape Coral is a perfect spot for families to cool off while having fun. Grab a couple of sunloungers and relax by one of the pools, or head off to ride the many water slides or flumes that can be found within this 14-acre complex. For a gentle rider, relax and enjoy the River Tube Ride.

Getting Around

Hiring a car in the area is easy to do, and highly recommended if you want to have the freedom to explore the Lee Island Coast at your own pace. It’s not easy to walk the distance between downtown and the various beaches. There are both bus and beach trolley services operating; the trolley operates hourly, but doesn’t take you downtown. There’s also a Fort Myers beach water taxi, and bikes can be hired too.

By Bus

The bus network around Fort Myers is good, and is run by a company called LeeTran which services the Lee County area. Timetables are available via their website. The service is limited on Sundays, though.

By Car

If you want to be able to explore the gorgeous coastline and more of Florida, hiring a car is the best way to do it. When hiring, you’ll likely receive an automatic, so know the basics of driving one! Drive on the right.

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Passports and Visas

The Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) means British Citizens don’t need a visa for holidays to the USA. You should provide details online via the ESTA system 72 hours before you fly. Your passport needs to be valid for the duration of the trip, according to US requirements, so check them. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you head to the USA – emergency medical treatment can be very expensive! For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/health

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