Alva is the oldest settlement in Lee County. It has a unique country flavor that is rapidly becoming hard to find in Florida. From the magnificent sunsets over the Caloosahatchee River to the majestic oaks draping their moss-laden limbs over the center of the village near the banks of the river. A great place with a unique historical, rural, agricultural and equestrian ambiance. If you like the quiet laid back countryside and river / gulf access this is the place for you.
A welcoming beach community in Southwest Florida, between Fort Myers and Naples, Bonita Springs is home to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Fishing and outdoor activities are popular here, as are the sparkling beaches. Most particularly, Bonita Springs harbors Lovers Key State Park, a place so named because it once was an island so remote only lovers went to the trouble to seek its privacy. Today, you don’t need a boat to get to the beach. It’s easy to reach, but still not as well-known as many other state parks. The 2.5-mile beach is lined with natural vegetation and is perfect for beachcombing, kayaking and wildlife watching. South of it – Bonita Beach- you’ll find the million dollar homes with direct beach access on the opposite side most of the homes have bay access and boating options.
Renowned Gulf Coast beaches, verdant golf courses and family attractions like the popular Sun Splash Family Waterpark make Cape Coral an appealing destination for visitors. Located near Fort Myers and within sight of the glimmering Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral is a vibrant and friendly community with all the beauty that you expect from Southwest Florida. With more than 400 miles of canals, boating, fishing and water sports are a significant enhancement to the quality of life. And don’t forget the golf courses, tennis courts, athletic parks and nature preserves. Excellent dining and bars can be reached by water or land. Cape Coral is the insider’s tip for luxury vacation rental homes with gulf access. The recent Wall Street Journal article is ranking Cape Coral 3rd in Nations housing recovery. The place to be!
Captiva , sister island to the larger Sanibel Island and connected by a small bridge that crosses Turner Beach. The beach stretches for about 5 miles until the northern tip of Captiva at Redfish Pass. You will enjoy a scenic drive from the bridge to the little village of Captiva with gulf views and beautiful mansions. The little village offers dining and key west style entertaining. North Captiva is only accessable by boat or plane.
Estero is sandwiched along Florida’s Gulf Coast between Naples to the south and Fort Myers to the north. For many years, Estero was a citrus community. Today, it lays claim to Florida Gulf Coast University and serves as a relaxing destination. Visitors will be calmed by the nearby beaches and intrigued by Estero’s Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Rising more than 30 feet above the water, miles from shore, ancient shell mounds transform the landscape of Estero Bay. Made of bones, shells and pottery pieces, this is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Access to the site is by boat only, but the journey is well worth it. Estero offers plenty of shopping options for example Coconut Point and Miromar Outles as well as golf courses. If you are looking for gated communities you will find several to choose from.
Fort Myers & Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers is popular for its beaches, fishing, shopping – and the opportunity to learn about two of the nation’s most famed inventors and business leaders. You and your family can experience one-on-one natural encounters, play on top-notch beaches and treat yourselves to endless family-friendly attractions, restaurants and resorts in Fort Myers and surrounding areas along southwest Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast. And don’t miss the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates. Back in 1916, Ford bought land in downtown Fort Myers, next door to Edison, his mentor. Now, both estates serve as museums that honor their founders and remind all of us about what they overcame and what they accomplished. Downtown Fort Myers is the hotspot for nightlife and dining, enjoy the beauty of the up and coming riverfront district a great pedestrian area nestled along the Caloosahatchee River.
Fort Myers Beach is one of the world’s safest family beaches. Before bridges connected Estero Island to the mainland Fort Myers Beach was a 7-mile stretch of coastline known for its shallow water, no undertow and little else. These days, the safe beaches remain, along with family-friendly resorts, charming Gulf-side seafood restaurants and nightlife that gets going just after yet another immaculate sunset. Where this island really shines is the various recreation possibilities.
Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks. The tropical climate is a considerable attraction to the area, with the water being the next major attraction. Collier Seminole State Park, just a few miles from the island, has primitive camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, picnic grounds, and a mile-long nature walk. Narrated boat tours of the park run on a daily basis. Briggs Nature Center features a half-mile boardwalk where visitors can observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Also available: narrated boat trips, shelling excursions, canoe trips and self-guided canoe trips.
Is a tiny fishing town in close proximity to Cape Coral on the way to Pine Island. Here you still find cozy cottages, bed & breakfasts, fishermen tending their nets, bait shops and shrimp boats. Little unique art galleries and great casual dining and bars.
With rich cultural offerings (including resident orchestral and theater groups), this town of just fewer than 20,000 people offers big-city-pay-offs minutes from beaches with some of the finest snowy white sand in the region. A strong arts community has kept the downtown scene as beautiful as the shoreline. Shopping mavens love to scout for antiques and artisans finds at Tin City, an open-air marketplace. Always a center for fresh seafood, the town has undergone a recent culinary boom. And with so much within reach of its neighborhoods, it’s one of the most walkable cities.
Pine Island is the largest island (17 miles long and 2 miles wide) on the west coast of Florida, just 15-20 minutes from Cape Coral, 30 minutes from Ft. Myers and one hour from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). Pine Island’s secluded, quaint and “country waterfront” atmosphere is a huge part of its charm. Fringed with mangroves rather than white sand beaches, Pine Island has escaped the concrete, blacktop and skyscrapers found in the more touristy, beachy communities. Current legislation prohibits high density, high-rise development in the foreseeable future . . . designed to preserve our unique, rural island heritage for generations to come.
Sanibel Island is world renowned for its shelling white beaches and the “Sanibel Stoop”. Island living at its finest. A place to relax, get-away celebrate your wedding, honeymoon or anniversary or just lay back on the beach with the book you’ve been wanting to read. Wild life refuge, exclusive shops, dining and endless bike paths make this an ideal spot for the whole family and a second or first home.