Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach
A nature-themed vibe characterizes the decor in Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach's guest rooms—a trait that you'll find throughout the entire estate. Here, palm-tree-green drapes and artwork mirror the lush surroundings outside. A hedge is all that separates the resort from Estero Island's white-sand beaches, where you can go jetskiing or parasailing. The hotel's Pinchers Tiki Bar offers sandwiches and two-for-one drinks to diners dining along the beach. Guests relax at a heated outdoor pool and dine on seafood dinners at Pincher's Grill Room.
- Free WiFi: The resort offers complimentary internet.
- Rent a boat for sunbathing or fishing excursions at Fish Tale Marina
- Start your day: with a bite from the continental breakfast.
- Animals from around the globe: Kids will want to make a day trip of the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, home to the striped hyena, the slender-horned gazelle, and other rarely seen animals. The zoo is about a 35-minute drive south.
- Shopping and street performers are the highlights of Estero Island's downtown area, Times Square
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.