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Frequently Asked Questions

Fort Myers & Sanibel FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: What type of ground transportation is available between Fort Myers, Tampa and/or Miami?

A: Transportation between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and the Tampa/Miami regions is via taxi or automobile rental. Click here for transportation information.

Q: What is the cost of a taxi from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) to Fort Myers?

A: Approximately $35 for 1 to 3 passengers one-way and each additional person is $10.

Q: What type of transportation is available between Fort Myers and Key West?

A: If you choose to drive it takes about six hours. Air transportation and ferryboat transportation are available through the following companies:

Key West Express: www.seakeywest.com

Cape Air: www.flycapeair.com

Silver Airways: www.gosilver.com

Q: What are some good restaurants to try?

A: A great resource is the Places to Eat section on this site.

Q: I want to get married on the beach. How do I contact a wedding planner or find out which hotels can help me?

A: Click here.

Q: I am planning to relocate to the Fort Myers & Sanibel (Lee County) area. Where can I obtain more information about real estate, jobs, etc.?

A: The local Chambers of Commerce are your best resource for relocation information. Other resources include Lee County Government (www.Lee-County.com) or the local newspaper, the Fort Myers News-Press (www.news-press.com). Those planning to relocate a business will want to contact the Economic Development Office of Lee County, which offers a wide range of business assistance and can also help you access many free and low-cost business services in the community. Visit LeeCountyBusiness.com for more information.

Q: What events will be happening in your area during my visit?

A: Click here.

Q: Where can I rent children's equipment?

A: Away We Go! Inc. Fort Myers Beach, FL 239-463-2947. As well as a selection of baby equipment you can also rent beach equipment, beds and bedding, electronics, fishing equipment, bicycles, barbeque grills, medical supplies and more.

Other options are Baby’s Away, Fort Myers, (800) 870-7924. Baby’s Away specializes in the rental of baby equipment across Southwest Florida. And Baby Comfort Rentals (239) 948-9651 which provides all baby and toddler equipment and accessory rental.

Beach Baby Rentals, LLC of Fort Myers Beach provides free delivery and pickup to Fort Myers Beach and surrounding communities. Reserve online at www.beachbabyrentalsfmb.com or call (239) 765-0032.

What To Pack

Warm summers and mild winters make Lee County an ideal year ’round vacation destination. Travelers should pack lightweight, breathable clothing, and expect to dress in layers, as air-conditioned hotels, stores and restaurants can sometimes be chilly compared to outside temperatures.

Sunscreen is a must, as are hats for the whole family, because the sun is quite strong for most of the year. Attire at even the most exclusive hotels is resort casual; jackets for men are rarely required.

Tips for Exploring Our Area

You will find there is plenty to see and do on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. While visiting, please follow the tips below for a safe and sound excursion:

Travel Safe – Travel Smart

Here are some important travel planning tips to help you get the most from your visit to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

Red Tide

Red tide occurs naturally in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic alga (a plant-like microorganism). Beaches are not closed during a red tide.

For more information, visit the website of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute: http://myfwc.com/research/

View frequently asked questions about red tide: 
http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/faq/

View a current red tide status report: 
http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/