Planning Tools & Services
Use this section to find practical trip planning tools, and to see how the Lee County VCB can help you plan the perfect, stress-free getaway.
You'll find handy travel tips, weather information, local contact information and more. There's also resources for international travelers and special needs visitors.
Visiting the Fort Myers Sanibel area? Reach out to Visitor Services, the area’s one-stop tourism resource for any questions you may have. The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Visitor Services department is dedicated to assisting you with local information and recommendations. They operate Visitor Information Booths right at the airport and can also point you to chambers of commerce around town. Both options offer personal, one-on-one visitor assistance designed to help make your vacation as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. For more information call 239-590-4855, email VisitorServices@leegov.com, or go to Visitor Services.
International Travelers to Fort Myers Sanibel
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel welcomes international visitors. Use the information provided on this site in English to learn about the destination and plan your trip, or visit one of our foreign-language sites.
A visa and passport from your country of origin are generally required for entry from a foreign land into the United States. Check with your local embassy or consulate for current regulations and information about the maximum length of stay permitted.
Currency exchange is available at a couple of locations in Lee County, but there are numerous ATM machines where debit and credit card users can obtain cash from their home accounts. Look for symbols on the back of your card that match up with those on the automatic teller machine. Better yet, find out which banks in the U.S. use the same electronic transfer systems as the one at your financial institution in your home country before you leave.
Major credit cards, such as American Express, Visa and Mastercard, are readily accepted at many shops, restaurants, attractions and accommodations.
Canadian Wholesale Currency Exchange offers currency exchange services on demand for Canadian, American, United Kingdom and Euros. Travelex, on the second floor at Southwest Florida International Airport, is able to exchange most currencies on demand.
Canadian Wholesale Currency Exchange
5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 220
Fort Myers, FL 33907
800-932-3871 or 239-275-2160
Southwest Florida International Airport, Concourse B
11000 Terminal Access Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Visitor Information Booths at Southwest Florida International Airport
Five Visitor Information Booths are conveniently located throughout the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). The booths are located on the departure level as well as in the baggage claim area – stop here first when you arrive on vacation. Here’s what you’ll find:
- Comprehensive Local Info: Get information on accommodations, attractions, things to do and more, including transportation tips and resources for international and special needs travelers.
- Travel Materials: Pick up maps, brochures and the most recent edition of the destination’s award-winning visitor guide.
- Recommendations: Enjoy concierge-style services, such as getting recommendations on kid-friendly activities and more.
Booths are staffed by volunteer Tourism Ambassadors and are open year ‘round (excluding major holidays) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from January – April, and until 6 p.m. from May – December.
You may also contact the Visitor Services department directly at 239-590-4855 or via email at VisitorServices@leegov.com or go to Visitor Services with questions before or during your visit. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, excluding major holidays.
Local Chambers of Commerce
Below you’ll find contact information for all 10 chambers of commerce in the area. These agencies will be happy to give you detailed information on their specific part of the Lee County area. Many chamber offices serve as welcome centers; contact individual chambers for hours of operation.
Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce
5800 Gasparilla Rd., Suite A4, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone: 941-964-0568, email
Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
25071 Chamber of Commerce Dr., Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Phone: 239-992-2943, 800-226-2943
Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce
2051 Cape Coral Pkwy. E., Cape Coral, FL 33904
Phone: 239-549-6900, 800-226-9609, email
Estero Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 588, Estero, FL 33929
Phone: 239-948-7990, email
Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce
17200 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone: 239-454-7500, email
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
2310 Edwards Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-332-3624, 800-366-3622, email
Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce
3640 Pine Island Rd., Matlacha, FL 33991
Phone: 239-283-0888, email
Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce
25 Homestead Rd. N., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
2787 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 10, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
Phone: 239-997-9111, email
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce
1159 Causeway Rd., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone: 239-472-1080, email
Emergency Contact Phone Numbers
Emergency Management Office (hurricanes, wildfires, etc.)
239-332-3456 or 239-477-1000
Florida Poison Information Center
U.S Coast Guard
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Highway Patrol
American Red Cross
239-278-3401 or 239-261-8903
Elder Helpline (information and referral services for seniors 60 and older)
Local Hospitals & Medical Providers
Cape Coral Hospital
636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990
Gulf Coast Medical Center
13681 Doctor’s Way, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Healthpark Medical Center
9981 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Lee Memorial Hospital
2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901
Lehigh Regional Medical Center
1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Edison State College
8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, Florida, 33919
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Lee County, Florida
City of Bonita Springs
City of Cape Coral
City of Fort Myers
City of Sanibel
Town of Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Sanibel Welcomes Travelers with Special Needs
Welcome to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Florida's unspoiled island sanctuary. Each area of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is equipped to accommodate visitors with special needs. The following information will help you maximize the fun and relaxation of your island escape. We hope you will find a user-friendly, barrier-free environment during your stay here.
Click to view The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’s comprehensive Accessibility Guide. Created especially for people with disabilities, this resource contains accessibility tourism information about accommodations, attractions, beaches and parks, dining, local services and more. Quick-reference information is also posted below.
Florida state law requires guide dogs to be permitted in all establishments. Motorists must yield to people with white canes or guide dogs.
Out-of-state vehicles displaying disability parking permits or plates issued by another state are allowed to park in spaces designated for disabled people. Vehicles parked in disability spaces without appropriate permits or plates are subject to fines. For information about temporary tags, call the Lee County Tax Collector's office at 239-533-6000.
Beaches & Parks
* indicates offered beach wheelchairs, courtesy or paid rentals
Boca Grande & Outer Islands
Boca Grande Lighthouse Park*
Cayo Costa State Park*
Gasparilla Island State Park*
Bonita Beach Park
Yacht Club Public Park*
>Beach also has new ADA-approved playground
for 2- to 5-year-olds with handicapped swing
and access platforms to equipment.
Fort Myers Beach
Bowditch Point Regional Park
>Has beach access via mat.
>Trails are mulched so could be accessed.
Little Hickory Island Beach Park
Lovers Key State Park*
>Tram has wheelchair lift.
Lynn Hall Park
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Andi Rossi Lane Park
>Kayak and canoe access only.
Blind Pass Beach, Bowman’s Beach, Captiva Beach, Gulfside City Park, Lighthouse Park Beach, Sanibel Causeway Beaches, Tarpon Bay Beach, Turner Beach: Courtesy beach wheelchairs provided upon 24-hour notice to the City of Sanibel Police Department, 472-3111, Dispatch. SPD contracts with Billy’s Rentals for free chairs, based on availability.
Wheelchair Rentals – Beach and Regular
Advanced Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment (serving Lee County)
3462 Fowler St.
Advanced Medical Products (serving Lee and Collier counties)
8955 Wake Fern Dr.
Advanced Mobility Medical Depot (serving Lee County)
560 Pine Island Rd.
North Fort Myers
Billy's Rentals (serving the Sanibel & Captiva Islands area)
1470 Periwinkle Way
Budget Mobility (serving Lee County)
12165 Cleveland Ave.
239-936-5577 or 888-207-1013
Fun Rentals (serving the Fort Myers Beach area)
1901 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach
Happy Baby Rentals (serving the Fort Myers Beach area)
16401 Arbor Ridge Dr.
Scooters Plus (serving Southwest Florida)
3083 Cleveland Ave.
Rentals and repairs, electric or manual.
The following companies provide nonemergency medical transportation on a fee-for-service basis. Discuss fees before making an appointment for transportation.
AC Non-Emergency Transport
Advanced Quality Transport Service
Lee Tran (Lee County Transit)
239-533-8726, TDD: 239-277-5037,
Reduced fares may apply if the user is elderly or disabled.
Other Local Services
Center for Independent Living
3626 Evans Ave.
Toll free: 888-343-6991
Adaptive aids/equipment, disabled services and referrals, medical supplies and equipment.
Deaf Services Center of S.W. Florida Inc.
1860 Boy Scout Dr., Suite B208
Interpreter services for hearing-impaired people. Information, referral and assistive devices for demonstration and distribution.
Florida Division of Blind Services
2830 Winkler Ave., Suite 207
Informational and referral services for visually handicapped people.
United Way 211
Dial 211 from any telephone or 239-433-3900
24-hour information and referral service.
Online Resources for People with Special Needs
Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality, www.sath.org
Wheelchairs on the Go, www.wheelchairsonthego.com
Air Canada, www.aircanada.com/en/
American Airlines, www.aa.com
US Airways, www.usairways.com