Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rentals Guide

South West FL / Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myer's Florida Vacation Rental Guide  

Fort Myers, Florida is a tropical destination that serves as a gateway to Southwest Florida, making it a very popular tourist spot along the beautiful Gulf Coast

The city's name originated as a tribute to Colonel Abraham Myers. Well-known for its shopping, golfing, and glorious sandy beaches.   It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, area of Florida including the Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Cities in the Fort Myer's Florida Area 

Fort Myers-Sanibel

Fort Myers Beach epitomizes the full Florida experience and is home to a population of approximately 7,000 people.  Fort Myers Beach additionally has close access to Cape Coral, Sanibel & Captiva. It is important to note that the city of Fort Myers (city center) is approximately 15 miles from Fort Myers Beach (town), but is along the Caloosahatchee River, which provides great beaches, fishing, and a quaint, historic river district.

Cape Coral

Cape Coral is great for those who love the water, with its many lakes, over 400 canals (more than Venice!), and location on the massive Caloosahatchee River. Perfect for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and experiencing the wildlife of Florida. Cape Coral is also home to the large and tropical 15-acre water park, Sun Splash Family Water Park, which is fantastic for families. Spend some more tranquil time down at the Cape Coral Yacht and Racquet Club, which has great views of the water with picnic benches and a pier, a small clean public beach, and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Staying in Cape Coral can be a great alternative to the larger beaches in Fort Myers.


Sanibel is the larger and more southern of the two connected islands. Sanibel is acclaimed as having the best shelling beaches in North America. Along the white sandy beaches, over 400 different species of shells can be discovered, with conch shells being the most common. Approximately half of the island is occupied by the JN Darling (Ding) National Wildlife Refuge, one of Florida's most exquisite refuges, which provides a great destination for kayaking, canoeing, and walking or biking along the 100-acre trails. Sanibel is perfect for those who love to be outdoors, with its 15 miles of beaches and 22 miles of bike paths.


Captiva is the smaller of the two islands, giving it a serene ambiance. A truly get-away-from-it-all experience, the island is a great place to relax and enjoy the pristine blue waters, while only being a short drive away from all the activities on Sanibel. Captiva is slightly more upscale and expensive than Sanibel as a result of its smaller size. Both of these islands have excellent fishing and chartered boats.

Highlights of the Fort Myer's Beach Area

  • You can walk the entire 7-mile length of the island along sandy, warm shores
  • 190 miles of kayaking and canoeing along the Great Calusa Blueway
  • Best beaches in the nation for shelling
  • Fort Myers has the highest total number of days with sun as compared to all other Florida cities
  • Sanibel boasts the only shell museum in the United States
  • The Everglades are nearby
  • Lovers Key state park - once only accessible by boat but now is a beautiful 712-acre park/beach
  • Near the stadium for MLB teams Minesota Twins and Boston Red Sox spring training; they compete for the Mayor's Cup in Fort Myers!
  • Dogs are allowed on any of the public beaches in Fort Myers Beach (Estero Island), Sanibel, and Captiva provided they are kept on a leash

Things to Do in the Fort Myer's Beach Area

  • Shop at the Miromar outlets (30 minutes east) or the Bell Tower Shops (20 minutes towards Fort Myers city center)
  • Historical sites; visit the winter homes of Thomas Edison & Henry Ford in Fort Myers
  • Swimming, beaching, parasailing
  • Marinas provide boat and water sport rentals
  • Fantastic fishing off the pier, shore, or on chartered boats/tours (exquisite fishing reefs!)
  • Golfing
  • Shelling tours & cruises
  • Dolphin eco-tours (and often other wildlife such as birds, manatees, alligators etc.)
  • Everglade safaris
  • See wild pigs in the Six Mile Cypress Preserve


  • Annual shrimp festival: mid-March
  • Fort Myers Beach Film Festival: late April
  • Annual American Sand-sculpting Championships (mid-November)
  • Monthly art walk in the downtown River District
  • Annual All-Florida championship rodeo: March
  • Florida Weiner Dog Derby: early May
  • Annual Taste of the Beach (May)
  • Every night there is a Sunset Celebration in Time Square with food, music, and fun!


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Statistics about the Fort Myer's Beach area

Use the search filters on Florida Rental By Owners website to look for accommodations meeting your criteria. There are currently over 48 properties in Fort Myer's Beach listed for rent on Florida Rental By Owners (FlaRBO). There are 37 condos advertised out of 48 properties. The majority of properties listed have heated pools - 42 rentals which make this an ideal year-round destination. Many winter travelers are looking for long-term rental options, choosing the long term suitability filter renders 27 rental options for snowbirds. People loving traveling with their furry family members. In the Fort Myer's Beach area there are over 11 rentals where you can bring your pet along on holiday.

Vacation Rental Price information pertaining to Fort Myer's Beach 

Currently, prices range from 75$ per night and $700 per week during the low season which typically runs from the end of August to the month of November. January is also considered a low season month. You can expect to pay the highest rates during the high-season running from February through to the first or second week of April where prices of larger homes can cost over $1,000 per night. The summer months, June and July are also favorite times for local travelers from the state of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to escape to the coast for cooler breezes and boating. There are 16 vacation rentals with docks available on Anna Maria Island.

Accommodation Types in the Fort Myer's Area, Florida

There is an abundance of vacation rental dwelling types, the majority ranging from condos to private homes: 

  • 37 rentals are listed as "condo" rentals, are another popular rental type accounting for 77% of the short term rental housing type
  • 9 rentals are listed as "house" rentals, accounting for 18.7% of the housing types
  • 1 rental is listed as "townhouses"
  • 1 rental is listed as "bungalows"

Good Times to Visit Fort Myer's Beach, Florida

With the incredible weather patterns year-round, any time and month of the year are good times to visit Anna Maria. Peak seasons follow the school year and holiday patterns with peaks from February to mid-April and the summer months of June and July are great times for the whole family to visit. Off-season from mid-August to the third week in November offers the least expensive and quietest times of the year to rent a property on the island. The Off-season in the Fall does offer an abundance of festivals and events such as Bayfest, Symphony on the Sand, Stone Crab Festivals, and Arts and Craft shows which are always fun to attend.

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Traveling to the Fort Myers Florida Area

Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by.

The Southwest Florida International Airport - (RSW)

The Southwest Florida International airport is closest to Fort Myers Beach, approximately a 30-minute drive. The airport services most major airlines including Air Canada, airBerlin, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Spirit, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United, and West Jet.  They additionally have multiple shuttles running from the airport to hotels including Best Western, Courtyard Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton Garden, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites, LaQuinta, Spring Hill & Travelodge. Furthermore, there is public transit, car rental, and taxis/limousines available to be arranged.

Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport - (SRQ)

The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is smaller but includes a further 1-hour 45-minute drive to Fort Myers Beach. The airport is a destination for Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Elite Airways, Jet Blue & United.

Transportation in the Fort Myers Area

Once you reach your destination, there are taxi and limo services available. There is additionally a Fort Myers Beach Trolley, with single rides for the cheap cost of $0.50 ($0.25 for seniors). The trolley also offers all-day passes for $1.50 and 3-day passes for $3.00. This is a great alternative to driving, as parking can sometimes be limited and expensive.

Fort Myers - Sanibel - Captiva - Cape Coral  Monthly Average Weather Chart

When is the Best Time to Visit Fort Myer's Beach Florida?

Located on Florida's south-west coast the average weather patterns in the Fort Myer's area are incredible year-round. Any time and month of the year are good times to visit Fort Myer's. Peak seasons follow the school year and holiday weeks with peaks from February to mid-April and the summer months of June and July are great times for the whole family to visit. Off-season from mid-August to the third week in November offers the least expensive and quietest times of the year to rent a property.

What is the Average Monthly Weather Temperature for Fort Myer's, Florida?

Looking at our average weather climate chart above. June, July, August and September are the warmest months in the Fort Myer's Beach area with average maximum temperatures of 92°F highs. Cooler temperatures prevail in the month of January, where minimum average temperatures at night average 54° lows. The wet season occurs in August. Most people travel to the Fort Myer's area for the beaches and the Gulf of Mexico temperatures range in the hottest months of May, June, July, August, September, and October between 81°F to a steamy 87°F

What is the crime rate of the cities around Fort Myer's, Florida?

According to, crime rates in each city are the following:

Captiva Island - "The crime rate is 57% lower than the national average."

Sanibel Island - "The crime rate is 71% lower than the national average."

Matlacha - "The crime rate is 55% lower than the national average."

Pine Island - "There are 0 crimes for every 100,000 people and it is safer than 98% of U.S. cities."

Fort Myer's City - "The overall crime rate is 27% higher than in comparison to the Florida average."

Best Restaurants in Fort Myer's, Florida

Fort Myer's has an abundance of fantastic restaurants. There is a great selection of award-winning bistros and local seafood cuisine options. Some favorite restaurants include:

  • Harold's a small but decidedly upscale Farm to Table restaurant that serves eclectic made in-house from scratch cuisine. Prices range from $22 -66
  • Cape Cod Fish Company is located near the beaches boasting Authentic New England Seafood! "Bringing the flavors of the New England shores to Florida's Gulf Coast." Think fried Clams, luscious chowders, clam cakes, "lobstah" rolls.
  • Gusto Cucina Italiana is an authentic Sicilian-style Italian restaurant with hearty meals ranging from $18 - 38 dollars
  • Osteria Celli is another great Italian option specializing in freshly made Italian meals with simple robust ingredients in a sophisticated plating. Prices range from $26 - 66 dollars.


What types of property can I rent the Fort Myers area of Florida?

Florida Rental By Owners is full of a wide variety of vacation rentals in Fort Myers as well as Fort Myers Beach, Florida including condos, cottages, town-homes, duplexes, villas, holiday and private homes. Our 2018 property selection is filled with many properties in the area. We recommend selecting a property based on your needs such as proximity to beach areas, waterfront docks, parking, wheelchair accessible, nearby attractions, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly or boat-friendly.

Should I rent a Beachfront Cottage in the Fort Myers Beach area of Florida?

Yes, if a beachfront cottage is right for you! Most cottages in the Fort Myers coastal areas such as Captiva, Sanibel, and the city of Fort Myer's Beach offer amazing beachfront views! Some include free beach gear and countless amenities such as pools, hot tubs, fitness rooms, and ping pong tables. If this is what you are looking for, then you should rent a beachfront cottage in the coastal areas of Fort Myer's, Florida.

Should I rent a Condo in the Fort Myers area of Florida?

Of course! Fort Myers and the surrounding area's accommodations include condos which often offer unique amenities and the perfect space rather than a cottage or large private home for example. House rentals are often great for family vacations, larger groups or those who prefer having an entire house and outdoor property to themselves.

Can I rent a pet-friendly rental in the Fort Myers area of Florida?

Yes! We love our pets and we are sure you do too! has many pet-friendly rentals in the area. You can use our search feature to narrow down our Fort Myers rental properties to just show those that are pet-friendly.

Is the Fort Myers area of Florida a good place for Snowbirds looking for a monthly rental?

Yes, there are many homes and condos that rent monthly in the Fort Myers area. Specifically, Bonita Springs is a great location for snowbird renters that would be perfect for longer stay guests.

Will I pay any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners?

No! We never charge any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners. And we never take a commission from an owner.  If you are looking for VRBO or Airbnb type rental or lodging accommodation why pay the extra fees? Use! We put you in direct contact with the owner or manager of the property or cottage rental in Anna Maria Island so you always get the best price. Check out our Traveler FAQs page for the listing fee comparison chart to see how much you save by using Florida Rental By Owners to book your vacation rental.

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