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Living a Resort Community Lifestyle in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Fort Myers Beach is a barrier island on the west coast of Florida (Gulf of Mexico).  This resort community has long been popular with people from the eastern half of the country who come here for the warm weather, beaches, seafood, and outstanding fishing.  The strip has many motels and condos, which tend more to the latter as it goes south toward Bonita Springs and Estero.  The City of Fort Myers is just a few mile to the northwest along Summerlin. Where the bridge leads to the northern part of the island there are a wealth of seafood restaurants and stores.  The resort islands of Sanibel and Captiva,, which are more upscale, are just to the north.

Where to Retire in Fort Myers Beach and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the median home value was $653,920 in early 2022. Condos can be found that are priced in the $100's, along with manufactured homes and mobile home communities. Beautiful homes and condos on the water are priced in the millions. There are 55+ communities here, see link at top left.

What Is Special about Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach offers beautiful beaches with all type of water recreation, great restaurants, tiki bars and shops. There is a trolley to take you along the beaches, to the hotels, and down the main drag. Sanibel Island is nearby for a day trip which offers a quieter setting and great beachcombing. You can get to Key West in just 3 hours aboard the Key West Express that leaves from Fort Myers Beach.

What Is Not Special about Fort Myers Beach

It is a tourist destination and there are crowds; summers are very hot.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average temperature here in January is 65 degrees with July's average at 83 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fort Myers Beach is for those that love the outdoors and of course the beach. There are many restaurants and pubs with great seafood! Several festivals are held throughout the year. The Lions Club Shrimp Festival held in March celebrates the shrimping industry on Fort Myers Beach. Taste of the Beach takes place in May when local restaurants compete by offering samples of their dishes. The American Sand Sculpting Championship in November is the largest sand sculpting event in the United States. The Boat Parade is a popular Christmas event. For cultural activities, nearby Fort Myers has a lot to offer.


Crime rate is below the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are hospitals and medical facilities in nearby Fort Myers, about 15 miles away.


Fort Myers Beach is served by LeeTran buses operated by the county, and the community has a trolley service with stops along the beach, and offers discounted fares for seniors; the nearest airport is Southwest Florida International Airport, about 20 miles away.

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