Unspoiled nature nearby
The Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located very near to Ft. Myers. It is as beautiful as the more famous Corkscrew Preserve, but much closer. If you enjoy wilderness areas this is a “must see”.
A 1.2-mile boardwalk lets you visit the site easily, without damaging plants and wildlife, or getting your feet wet. There are many birds, including egrets and pileated woodpeckers and beautiful wild plants. Bring your camera or camcorder.
To locate the slough, take exit 22 off I-75 south of Ft. Myers and go west one-half mile to Six Mile Parkway. Turn left (south) and go three miles to Penzance Crossing. Turn left onto Penzance; the preserve is another tenth of a mile on the right.
A BEAUTIFUL PART OF SW FLORIDA!
The Fort Myers area is a collection of rather small cities that seem to blend together and create a metro of nearly 800,000 and growing. That aside, there is a small town feel to most individual areas. I lived there for two years and, although I left to advance my career, it broke my heart to leave. A visit will surely be satisfying. In my opinion, stay away from Disney and Orlando and go to Ft. Myers instead. Take a week and enjoy it all, or as much of it as you can.
I recommend Sanibel Island, which offers upscale shopping and dining, some gorgeous beaches and shell collecting. The Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is also located on Sanibel and is worth a look.
For more of a "Spring Break" atmosphere, you should include a trip to Ft. Myers Beach. There is a restaurant or club for every taste and
a variety of beachfront resorts and hotels from which to choose. I'll include specifics in the THINGS TO SEE catagory.
The whole area of Ft. Myers and Naples is lined with gorgeous Palm Trees and a drive down McGregor Blvd will punctuate this
clearly. The Ft Myers area has virtually
every kind of restaurant you can imagine. Prices range from economical to astronomical, depending on your budget needs.
In fact, you could eat out 3 meals a day, 365 days a year and never come close to repeating restaurants !!!!! The age mix shifts with the season. There are many
retirement communities and "snowbirds" ( a local term for people who spend winters only), but there is a healthy crowd of college students and visitors from all walks of life during the period from January through May. It doesn't really matter where you hail from, because almost everybody is from "someplace else" originally. That means you will never have to
defend your "funny accent" like Yankees and Southerners always do when visiting eachother. I suggest a trip in Late October thru March when the humidity tends to moderate a bit. It is rarely truly "cold," but it can cool off during
certain rainy weather patterns in the winter.
There ARE some definite
DANGERS you SHOULD KNOW about that I will list under the danger and warnings section, but all in all Ft Myers-Naples and Marco Island is outstanding for a vacation. I'd pick it over many other Florida locales anyday.