is the official seat of the county of Lee, Florida
, in the United States, and is its central commercial city. Fort Myers is moderately populated and continues to grow somewhat rapidly, owing to several factors. Top of the list, Fort Myers is a popular tourist destination in Florida, and visitors are attracted to it from far and wide.
Fort Myers was established officially around early 1866 and was named after Colonel Abraham Myers, a key person throughout the American civil war that lasted close to four years, and the Confederate States Army general.
Thanks to its rapid growth, Fort Myers has today developed extensively and prides itself in the futuristic look of the city, even with a few of the ancient structures still intact. Being a gateway into the southwestern region of Florida, Fort Myers has gained much fame for its wondrous and magical nature associated with iconic landmarks like the Seminole Lodge and 'The Mangoes.' The Seminole Lodge was the winter residence for America's greatest inventor, Thomas Alva Edison. 'The Mangoes,' on the other hand, was the winter home of one of America's greatest businessman, industrialist, and sponsor, Henry Ford.
Other attractive landmarks throughout Fort Myers include the iconic Sydney and Berne Davis Art Museum, the ever-stunning Murphy-Burroughs House, and the vast Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Outdoor activities in Fort Myers range from taking educational trips into the many museums, art centers, and memorial spots in the city, to having fun in the many themed fun parks across town.
Visitors love to visit the many beautiful beaches near Fort Myers for numerous water activities ranging from swimming, scuba diving, ship cruising, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling, among many others.
When to visit Fort Myers
Fort Myers enjoys a tropical savanna climate of Köppen classification Aw, with a slight bordering on the warm temperate climate of Köppen Cfa. The general characteristics of this weather are extremely hot and rainy summers, and warm to hot autumns, winters, and springs.
The wet season is characterized by thunderstorms and floods, and visitors remain advised. The hot season poses a significant danger when it comes to extreme sunburns, droughts, and cases of massive bush fires. Summer begins in May
and extends through September
. Days are extremely scorching with up to ten and a half hours of hot sun per day, and temperature ranges of as high as 100.4°F (38°C)! Humidity remains exceptionally high, making outdoors almost impossible. The season receives most of the rain, with June
being the wettest months with an average of 10.1" (256.5mm) in precipitation.
The rest of the seasons experience temperature highs of 78.1°F (25.6°C) and lows of 64.9°F (18.3°C) on average. The days are still hot, but the nights are a lot cooler and tolerable. The driest month is December
, with only 1.7" (43.2mm) of rain.
Fort Myers is a year-round travel destination because it enjoys warm to hot, pleasant weather all year round. However, the peak of the travel seasons happens to be between November
. This period has the best weather to allow for outdoor ventures under tolerable circumstances. Firstly, the extreme summer heat has cooled down considerably, and so has the hazardously high UV reading. Secondly, the period comes after the wet season between June and September, during which many weather-related hazards are experienced, like thunderstorms and slight flooding.