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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Fact Sheet

LOCATION: Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, between Naples and Sarasota (Lee County, between Collier and Charlotte counties).

AREAS OF INTEREST: Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands (Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Cayo Costa State Island Preserve), North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres.



652,000 acres, total land area

590 miles of shoreline

50 miles of white-sand beaches

100 plus barrier and coastal islands/Gulf of Mexico



75 F average annual temperature

84 F average annual high temperature

65 F average annual low temperature



Month                  High      Low

January                75F       54F

February               77F       56F

March                   80F       59F

April                     85F       63F

May                      89F       69F

June                     92F       74F

July                      92F       74F

August                  92F       75F

September            91F       74F

October                 87F       69F

November              81F       62F

December              77F       56F



78F average annual temperature

71F average fall/winter temperature

84F average spring/summer temperature

66F average winter low temperature

87F average summer high temperature



722,336 residents in Lee County

77,146 residents in City of Fort Myers

7,351 residents on Sanibel Island

179,804 residents in City of Cape Coral

7,085 residents in Town of Fort Myers Beach

54,198 residents in City of Bonita Springs

396,761+ residents in Unincorporated Lee County

5+ million visitors annually


AIRPORTS: Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), southeast of Fort Myers, serves Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties. Opened in 1983, it is the central gateway to Southwest Florida for domestic and international carriers. The airport’s new and improved Midfield Terminal opened in 2005. Smaller craft fly into Field Executive Airport and Page Field General Aviation Airport, near downtown Fort Myers.



Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 north-south

Alligator Alley and U.S. 41 east-west (east of Naples)



Miami 148 miles (2½ hours drive time)

Orlando 167 miles (3½ hours drive time)

Tampa 134 miles (2½ hours drive time)

Daytona 219 miles (4¼ hours drive time)

Jacksonville 311 miles (6 hours drive time)


PEAK SEASON: Jan. 15 through April. (Rates are generally lower during off-peak vacation season, excluding holidays.) Reservations are essential during peak season.


HOTEL/MOTEL & CONDOMINIUM/RESORT ACCOMMODATIONS: There are about 23,000 rooms range from inexpensive motels to idyllic cottages to condominiums and full-service resort properties.


CAMPING: More than 3,500 campsites, countywide may be found in the Lee County’s two state parks, one county park and various RV parks.


MARINAS: 20 marinas, many of which offer boat rentals or charters.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, University of Florida & Lee County Economic Development Office

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