Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Airport Inn
This hotel is just a short drive from Fort Myers Beach and Shell Factory & Nature Park, where families can ride paddleboats, meet pot-bellied pigs, and purchase shells. You can refuel with a bite at one of the dozens of restaurants near the hotel, or catch a movie at the upscale Bell Tower Shops mall.
- Included perk: a complimentary continental breakfast
- Soak up some rays on a comfy lounge chair beside the heated outdoor pool.
- Stay connected: Each guest room offers satellite TV and free WiFi.
- Recent recognition: The hotel won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
Fort Myers, Florida: Sun-Soaked Beaches and Historic Homes
When Henry Ford and Thomas Edison needed a break, they both vacationed in Fort Myers. It doesn’t take a genius to get the appeal of the city: it has consistently pleasant weather and an attractive location along the Caloosahatchee River and the Atlantic Ocean. A hundred years later, tourists still take to the town for swimming, parasailing, or sunbathing on its dozens of beaches.
Though the coast is Fort Myers’s main draw, there’s plenty to do further inland, too. For one, the city pays tribute to its famous winter visitors at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. You can tour the inventors’ winter homes and see early automobiles, exotic flowers, and one of the country’s biggest banyan trees. The Southwest Florida Museum of History sheds light on the native tribes, Spanish explorers, and early American settlers who shaped the region; meanwhile, kids can touch sea creatures or do a mock dinosaur dig with the hands-on science exhibits at the Imaginarium.
Rows of palm trees flank the pier near the downtown River District and art galleries are scattered throughout the area, housed in century-old buildings and empty seashells. Try some fresh-caught seafood at one of the restaurants here, or check out one of the boutiques stocked with apparel and knickknacks.