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A Fort Myers pier at sunset.
South Florida is famous for colorful architecture.
Historic Lighthouse Point at nearby Sanibel Island
Fort Myers is famous for its crystal blue water and sugary white beaches.
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An Anhinga dries its feathers on a rock.
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Shelling is a popular pastime in Fort Myers.
Palm trees, white sand, endless sunshine, and some of the best shelling in the country provide the framework for Fort Myers, Florida. This beautiful South Florida city is also rich in history. Fort Myers is named for one of the original forts built along the Caloosahatchee River. The city of Fort Myers was founded in 1886 and quickly developed into a winter retreat for the rich and famous.
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had adjoining winter properties here. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Seminole Lodge (Edison’s home) and The Mangoes (Ford’s home) contain a museum and a botanical garden popular with tourists. The Burroughs Home is another historic home built in 1899. This grand estate contains 11-foot ceilings and an elaborate winding staircase.
Of course, Fort Myers is most famous for its amazing beaches. Sanibel and Captiva islands offer world-famous shelling; Lovers Key State Park is a gorgeous barrier island and a haven for wildlife. Bonita Beach Dog Park allows dogs to run leash-free along the beach and play in the Gulf of Mexico.