Any veteran of family vacations will tell you that it can be hard to please everyone at once. If everyone has a different idea of what makes the ideal getaway, you have to get creative with your choice of destination. But the good news is that, if you're looking for the perfect vacation spot to satisfy the interests of a diverse group, a beach house rental in Fort Meyers, Florida has a little something for everyone.
Located on the western coast of Florida, Fort Myers is a beach town. You'll want to rent a beach house along this stretch of pristine coast to serve as your home base, no matter which direction your diverse group will end up going each day. With a Fort Myers beach house rental, you will have the ideal place to spend your down time together, just steps from the relaxing and idyllic setting of the Gulf of Mexico.
For those in your vacation party who want to stick near the water and the beach house, there is plenty to do in and around the water. In addition to sunbathing, swimming, and other traditional beach pastimes, a number of boat tours and fishing charters are available to show you the scenery. For example, The Magic Wind company's 38-foot coastal cruiser brings up to 6 passengers out to the Gulf of Mexico to experience the sea to find dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and other aquatic life. If you prefer a fishing charter, check out Sanibel Offshore Fishing Charters, which offers charters for deep sea fishing, inshore/bay fishing, shark fishing, and goliath grouper fishing.
In addition to boat tours, there are several other places where a nature lover can enjoy the local wildlife. The northern and western parts of Fort Myers border the Caloosahatchee River, which leads out to the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve. This wildlife sanctuary is home to over 200 species of fish, over 150 species of bird, and several species of sharks. In addition to opportunities for fishing, kayaking, birding, and beachcombing, this preserve offers an educational wading program four times a year. For a walking park adventure, consider the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, with a 1.5 mile boardwalk from which to view birds, snakes, alligators, otters, and other local creatures. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium provides a few different ways to enjoy the wonders of the natural world—in addition to nature trails, it offers a museum, a planetarium, and butterfly and bird aviaries.
Two of the primary attractions of the region are the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both famed inventors and business men. If you have an interest in history or science, these historical homes are a must-see. Additionally, the Imaginarium Science Center, a hands-on science and aquarium museum, allows kids and adults alike to experience science in action. Popular exhibits include the Dino Discovery Dig, the Sea-to-See Touch Tanks, the Sporty Science Arena, and the WIMG Weather Station.
If you've never heard of a "skatium," you're in for a treat. The Fort Myers Skatium offers ice skating, an athletic gymnasium, and a fitness center all in one. Programs and lessons are available for basketball, and indoor soccer, while the ice rink hosts figure skating, hockey, and public skating sessions. An arcade room tops it off, making the Skatium the ultimate destination for people who enjoy any type of sport. If you prefer golf, Fort Myers Country Club is one of the oldest golf facilities on the west coast of Florida, but it offers all the modern conveniences due to its renovation in 2014.
Whether your ideal vacation revolves around the great outdoors, scientific or historical discovery, or sporty competition, For Myers has something for everyone. Plan your next family vacation in a Fort Myers beach house and discover everything that this diverse town can offer!