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Nestled inland along the Caloosahatchee River, and separated from Fort Myers Beach by several miles of urban sprawl, the city of Fort Myers is often defined by what it's not: it's not an upscale, arty beach town like Sarasota or Naples, and it's not as urbanely sophisticated as Tampa or St Pete. While it isn't a city to base a trip around, it's worth making a trip to see, and it's striking distance from the region's top beaches.
In fact, after a recent face-lift, Fort Myers' historic district has become a quaint, brick-lined centerpiece sprinkled with cool galleries and restaurants, notable theaters and lively bars. Fort Myers is best known as the city where Thomas Alva Edison built a winter home and laboratory in 1885, and Edison's well-cared-for estate still constitutes the primary reason folks peel themselves off the sand to visit town. Yet Fort Myers has an ever-increasing number of good reasons to linger.
Definitely pick up a city map at the visitor center, though: the city limits are expansive, to say the least.
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