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Fort Myers for Retirees 101

Before the first snowflake has even touched the ground, many retirees migrate south, away from the cold weather. While many tourists opt for Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Springs, retirees often prefer much less touristic places like the county of Fort Myers, located in Southwest Florida, along the gulf of Mexico, and for good reasons: this county is well known for its white sand beaches, its palm trees, the deep see fishing and its marvelous golf courses.

If you are planning to spend a winter in Fort Myers, here are a few things you should make sure to see.

Vamos a la playa – let’s go to the beach!

White sand, warm waters (well probably warmer than your Nordic lake!) and a light breeze make for some perfect paradise. While you may be tempted to spend your days at the popular Fort Myers beach or Naples beach, remember to check out other quiet spots, such as Bowditch Point Park or Barefoot beach, away from the crowds in nearly perfect seclusion. If you are for it, make a trip to the islands of Sanibel or Captiva, and discover their mind-boggling beaches.
While out there, make sure to keep an eye on the water, it is not unusual to see dolphins on the horizon.

A night in town

First, make sure to check out First Street, and its beautifully lined palm trees. Numerous restaurants, bars and shops make it a great hangout place. After dinner, why not take a stroll by the water for spectacular river and sunset views. If you’d like to add some romance, we highly recommend to make a reservation at the Sky Bar of the Firestone restaurant.

For golf lovers

Who thinks retirement thinks golf, and golf lovers will find great courses in Fort Myers. There are plenty to chose from, for any level or budget. During high season, between December and March, make sure to reserve early, as you will be very unlikely to find last minute tee time.

Get your citrus fix at Sun Harvest Citrus

Whether it is your first stay in Fort Myers, or your hundred, a stop at Sun Harvest before heading back home is a must. This famous store attracts hundreds of locals and tourists every day. Whether you crave juicy oranges and grapefruits, a glass of fresh pressed orange juice, or a slice of key lime pie, this is a great place to visit. On the way out, don’t forget to grab some yummy orange ice cream.

Enjoy dinner at Cibo

Treat yourself to a nice dinner at Cibo. Ranked as one of the best restaurants in Fort Myers, you will love their top notch food and service. Of course, with such outstanding reviews, you better reserve early to get a spot, at least one week early.

Where to stay

There are many options to chose from. There are many condos and gated communities to choose from. Of course, the closer to the water, the more popular and pricey they will be. Some retirees prefer to stay in mobile homes parks for their affordability. If you are planning to stay in Florida a few months per year, consider buying a condo and renting it when you are not using it. Of course, if you can afford it, or if you are only there for a short stay, you will find plenty of hotels on the beach.

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