If you’re looking activities and entertainment or you just want to put up your feet and relax, Fort Myers is the place.
Known as the historical and governmental hub of Lee County, it offers beaches, dining, nightlife, shopping, golf, nature and plenty of opportunities for an angler. It is located 120 miles south of Tampa. It is south of the Caloosahatchee River and north of Estero.
Fort Myers is the center of the Southwest Florida tourist area. It was incorporated in 1885 and is 40.4 square miles. Fort Myers was the frequent winter home for Thomas Edison and Henry Ford but now the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins call Fort Myers home for spring training camps.
According to the United States Census, Fort Myers has a population of 68,889. Cape Coral and Fort Myers make up the metropolitan area but don’t forget to cross the bridge and visit Sanibel and Captive Island.
Fort Myers was originally built as a military fort in 1850 to fend off the Seminole Indians that were massacring the area’s few settlers. In 1858, the Seminole’s surrendered and moved west. The fort was abandoned until 1863 when a small number of union troops re-occupied the fort during the Civil War. In 1882, Fort Myers had a significant increase in settlers and by the time it was incorporated in 1885, it was the second largest city on the west coast of Florida.
The real estate market in Fort Myers has grown dramatically in recent years. In addition to retirees, many young families call Fort Myers home. Choose between waterfront homes, high rise condos, single family homes and gated communities. The Fort Myers homes for sale are reasonably priced and the sunshine is free. The inventory of homes for sale in Fort Myers is ample but the pristine properties never last long.
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