Fort Myers – Tarpon, Real Estate, and Grouper

I like Fort Myers because of its central location. Commuters can go north on State Road 41 or I-75 and be in Sarasota in about an hour or go south to Naples. Two bridges, the Edison and South Cleveland, make it easy to get to North Fort Myers quickly and easily. Cape Coral is right across the Caloosahatchee River and  through North Fort Myers or South on MacGregor Blvd. to the Cape Coral Bridge. Fort Myers is like the rest of Florida –  busier in the Winter when the Northern residents return, but it is easy to get around even in the Winter.

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It’s affordable to live in Fort Myers. Houses average $138,000 and rents $837. There are historic neighborhoods along with new developments. The beach is not far from Fort Myers – only a few minutes away on CR 865.  I like the Greek gyro at Platka’s which serves any other Greek dish I’m hungry for. I can also hike, fish and enjoy the outdoors in the Estero Bay Preserve State Park just a few minutes east of Fort Myers Beach.

It’s hard to get bored in Ft. Myers. We can visit the home of  Thomas Edison and spend the good part of a day exploring the historic downtown district, visiting the antique stores. Sanibel Island is only a short trip away and is one of the most popular resort spots in Lee county. I can book a weekend or plan a longer vacation with their all inclusive deals. If I’m in the mood for boating, there are several marinas where I can rent a boat and cruise the river or take a short trip to the Gulf of Mexico. In the summer I can go tarpon fishing (Fort Myers has one of the largest tarpon migrations of the South in May, June and July) or enter one of the fishing tournaments. When I want to spend the day golfing, the area has over 50 golf courses for me to choose from all in and around Fort Myers.

There’s plenty of places to eat in Fort Myers. If I want seafood, I can go to Randy’s Fishmarket on Highway 41 and have grouper. If  I’m more in the mood for Italian, Sasse’s on Evans has authentic Italian fare that is cooked in a woodburning stove. Bonefish Grill is a favorite spot – it is a chain but the service is friendly and the food is great. Grouper and Chips may look a bit rough, but the food there is delicious. Fort Myers is one of the best places in southwest Florida for its location, things to do and places to eat.

Fred Sylvester, of Accredited Building Consultants, is a State of Florida Certified Home Inspector and Commercial Building Inspector with over 35 years of construction experience. Fred specializes in Southwest Florida, including Home Inspections and Commercial Building Inspections in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples FL.
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