Fort Myers climate
June through September can have temperatures in the 80s and 90s (Fahrenheit) and can be very humid and very rainy. On average, the warmest month is July when temperatures sometimes reach the upper 90s.June through November is the hurricane season.December to May is the most pleasant time of year with average temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees and much less rain. January is the coolest month, when the temperature range is 50s to low 70s.
Best Time to Fly to Fort Myers
Most visitors prefer to book Fort Myers flights from mid-December to May. The beaches, hotels, restaurants, shops, and attractions are all busy, but spare rooms are rare so book flights and hotel rooms early.
Budget-minded travelers have discovered that along the coast, ocean breezes make the summer quite bearable and many coastal cities lower their prices considerably. Cheap flights to Fort Myers and reduced hotel rates are likely from May through mid-December.
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Getting around Fort Myers
You’ll need a car to get around Fort Myers, the beaches and the surrounding attractions.
Fort Myers Travel Information
- If you’re a Red Sox or Twins fan, catch a flight to Fort Myers for MLB Spring Training. The Red Sox practice at City of Palms Park and the Minnesota Twins at the Lee County Sports Complex.
- The Shell Factory, a North Fort Myers landmark, claims to have the largest collection of rare sea shells, sponges, coral, fossils, and sea-life specimens along with shells, things made from shells, and shell collections. In case that isn’t enough, there’s also a nature park, petting zoo, botanical trail, gourmet fudge, and more. Admission is free.
- Shelling is a main attraction at Sanibel Island; however, read up on seashell ecology so you don’t collect any shells protected by Florida law. To learn more about shells, stop in at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, which has displays of over a million shells from around the world. The annual Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, held for three days every March, features demonstrations of shell art and shell crafts and has shells and shell crafts available for purchase. Admission is free, and a donation is requested.
- Loggerhead turtles, an endangered species, nest and lay their eggs on Estero Island (Fort Myers Beach) from May through August. The incubation period is 55 to 65 days, and hatching can extend through October. See the Turtle Time Web site for guidelines on what to do during the nesting and hatching season.
- The best known of Fort Myers' historic treasures are “Seminole Lodge,” the winter home of Thomas A. Edison, and Henry Ford’s neighboring winter home, “The Mangoes.” Edison’s home includes his laboratory, where everything is just as it was when he worked in the lab. There are tours for both estates and scheduled events and activities throughout the year.
- Eden Vineyards and Winery, Florida’s oldest winery and vineyard, is about 10 miles east of Ft. Myers. This is the southernmost federally licensed and bonded winery and vineyard in the U.S.
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