How to Spend 3 Days In Fort Myers

Sun, Sand, and Serenity: How to Spend 3 Days in Fort Myers

Sanibel Island

Welcome to Fort Myers, a captivating gem nestled along the southwestern coast of Florida. Known for its breathtaking beaches, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene, Fort Myers offers a delightful blend of relaxation and exploration for every traveler.

Join us on an unforgettable journey for 3 days in Fort Myers, as we uncover the best this area has to offer. From pristine sandy shores and views to wildlife refuges and culinary delights, your 3-day adventure here promises a diverse range of experiences that will leave you with a connection to nature you won’t forget.

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Best Time To Visit

Fort Myers, with its year-round sunshine, is a delight in every season. However, the best time to visit is between March and May. During these months, the weather is perfect – not too hot and with minimal rainfall. The winter crowds have thinned out, leaving the beaches and attractions less crowded, creating an intimate setting.

Where to Stay

There are many options of places to stay in Fort Myers, depending what type of accommodations you are looking for. Consider staying at a beachfront resort in Fort Myers Beach or a charming hotel in Sanibel Island. These locations offer a mix of luxury, comfort, and scenic views, perfect for a short retreat.

My favorite place to stay was the Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers Sanibel as it was a great location and had all the amenities we wanted.

With so many things to do in Fort Myers, below is my suggestion on how to plan your 3 days in Fort Myers to make the best of your visit.

Best way to spend 3 days in Fort Myers

Day 1: Sanibel Island Serenity

Start your journey by taking a drive to Sanibel Island, a paradise known for its stunning beaches and shell-laden shores.

Start your day with a visit to J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge and become one with nature. Explore the refuge on foot, by bike or the wildlife drive. I highly recommend exploring the refuge via one of the walking trails through the park. You will have the opportunity to see the wildlife and birds of Ding Darling.

Roseate Spoonbill flying

Spend the afternoon unwinding on Bowman’s Beach, a secluded spot perfect for sunbathing and collecting shells.

Shelling on Sanibel Island

You can venture to Lighthouse Beach for more serenity, collecting shells or to check out the famous Sanibel Lighthouse.

Sanibel Island Lighthouse

In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise with Captiva Cruises offering a picturesque view of the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards, check out Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille for a tropical drink and tasty meal.

tarpoon bay breeze

Day 2: Exploring Fort Myers

Start the day in the heart of Fort Myers. Stroll through the historic downtown, exploring its vibrant art scene, quaint shops, and cozy cafes. If you are a history buff, then visit Edison and Ford Winter Estates for a few hours of history of two American innovators. 

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Head to Lovers Key State Park for the afternoon. Here you will find lovely beaches for sunny rest, relaxation, swimming, and shelling. 

best way to spend 3 days in Fort Myers

If you are looking for more adventure, you can explore the park’s canals in a kayak or on a paddleboard, both of which can be rented from the park. The Black Island Trail is perfect for hiking or biking too! Keep your eyes open for manatees or dolphins while exploring the canals.

As the sun sets, head to the River District for a romantic dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants, followed by a leisurely walk along the Caloosahatchee River. 

Fort Myers Beach sunset

If you are looking to be in the hustle and bustle, then head to Fort Myers beach to catch the sunset and check out one of the many restaurants in the area. Our favorite restaurant was Nervous Nellies. They had the best key lime pie in Fort Myers!

Nervous Nellies - Best Key Lime Pie in Fort Myers

You may even get a cool visitor when you are enjoying your meal!

Snowy Egret Visitor @ Nervous Nellies

Day 3: Cape Coral Charms

Conclude your trip with a visit to Cape Coral. Rent a kayak or a paddleboard and explore the area’s waterways, a peaceful experience for nature-loving couples.

Cape Coral Canals

Afterward, visit the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery. This craft distillery offers free guided tours that take you through the art of rum-making, from the fermentation process to the final bottling and then you can purchase a bottle of your favorite rum.

Wicked Dolphin Distillery

Spend your last evening enjoying a dinner at the Cape Harbor. Visitors can stroll along the marina, admiring yachts and the views, and enjoy some live music and fantastic dining. I recommend enjoying a pizza at Fathom’s Restaurant & Bar.

Sanibel Island sunset

Remember, every moment in Fort MyersSanibel Island, and Cape Coral is an opportunity to find connections with nature and to create lasting memories with your loved one. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, there are many ways to spend 3 days in Fort Myers that promise an unforgettable getaway.

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  1. I love the Ft. Myers area (also side trips to North Captiva, Sanibel). How is Ft. Myers recovering from last year’s hurricane?

    1. Considering the damage done, it recovered very well. Some businesses didn’t make it through the down turn but many of them did. Definitely worth supporting local!

    1. It’s my first time hearing about Fort Meyers! I would definitely like to explore these activities on day 😻

  2. Ohh sounds like fun! I have been to Fort Myers but only to a hotel/resort for a biz get together. That beach was amazing. I do want to get to Sanibel though. Great suggestions.

  3. What a helpful detailed post and the pictures are beautiful!! I use to live in Florida long ago, but this makes me want to go back for another visit soon. Yum and I can just taste that key lime pie! 🙂

  4. Funny, I’m in Tampa right now, and love, love, love Ft. Myers and the Sanibel area. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I’ve been interested in visiting Sanibel Island the next time I’m down in the area. I’m saving this for my future trip planning!

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