Fort Myers Beach : Florida

 

What it's Like to Retire in Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a barrier island located a few miles to the southwest of the City of Fort Myers.  It is a popular tourist destination where people go to the beach, enjoy fishing and boating, or just go for dinner. Shrimp and fishing boats congregate here and locals come to enjoy the seafood. To find out more about the area see our review of Fort Myers.  Picture of Fisherman Wading in Fort Myers Beach courtesy of Wikipedia and NOAA; picture of Fort Myers Beach and picture of Matanzas Pass courtesy of Wikipedia and Euku.

 

Where to Retire in Fort Myers Beach and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the median home value was $434,800 in late 2018, up from $420,000 at the end of 2017. Condos can be found that are priced in the $100's, along with manufactured homes and mobile home communities. Beautiful homes and condos on the water are priced in the millions. There are 55+ communities here, see link at top left.

 

What is special about Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach offers beautiful beaches with all type of water recreation, great restaurants, tiki bars and shops; there is a trolley to take you along the beaches, to the hotels, and down the main drag; Sanibel Island is nearby for a day trip which offers a quieter setting and great beachcombing; you can get to Key West in just 3 hours aboard the Key West Express that leaves from Fort Myers Beach.
 

What is not special about Fort Myers Beach

It is a tourist destination and there are crowds; summers are very hot.
 

Who will like retirement in Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a popular place for retirees as the average age here is 67. Those who want to enjoy the beach, boating or fishing would enjoy living here. The library offers classes, events, book discussions and notary services. There is a mix of of year-round residents and those that are seasonal.
 

Local economy is driven by

The economy is driven by tourism and retail.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

The average temperature here in January is 65 degrees with July's average at 83 degrees.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fort Myers Beach is for those that love the outdoors and of course the beach. There are many restaurants and pubs with great seafood! Several festivals are held throughout the year: The Lions Club Shrimp Festival held in March, celebrates the shrimping industry on Fort Myers Beach; Taste of the Beach takes place in May when local restaurants compete by offering samples of their dishes; The American Sand Sculpting Championship in November, is the largest sand sculpting event in the United States; The Boat Parade is a popular Christmas event. For cultural activities, nearby Fort Myers has a lot to offer.
 

Crime

Crime rate is below the national average.

 

Medical facilities

There are hospitals and medical facilities in nearby Fort Myers, about 15 miles away.
 

Transportation

Fort Myers Beach is served by LeeTran buses operated by the county, and the community has a trolley service with stops along the beach, and offers discounted fares for seniors; the nearest airport is Southwest Florida International Airport, about 20 miles away.
 

Valuable Links

Town of Fort Myers

 

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