Introduction to Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in Lee county, is 7 miles S of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 108 miles S of Tampa, Florida. It is within the Fort Myers-Cape Coral metropolitan area.

Fort Myers Beach History

The Calusa Indians were the first inhabitants of the present day town of Fort Myers Beach. The territory was under British and Spanish control from the the late 17th to the mid 19th century. In the mid 18th century, the Calusa Indians were displaced, and the Cuba, Ranchos and Creek Indians took control of the region. Following the Homestead Act of 1862, American settlements were established. William Case established a cottage rental industry on the island in the early 1900s. Estero Island, where Fort Myers Beach is located, was known at that time as "Crescent Beach." Development remained slow until the 1950s, when the tourism industry gained momentum. Fort Myers Beach was incorporated as a town on December 31, 1995.

Fort Myers Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Bailey Matthews Shell Museum.
  • Museum of the Islands.
  • Thomas Edison Winter Estate.
  • Lovers Key State Park.
  • Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Naples Zoo.

Things To Do In Fort Myers Beach

Exhibits in the Museum of the Islands and Bailey Matthews Shell Museum focus on local history and nature. The Henry Ford Estate and Thomas Edison Winter Estate are two nearby historical sites. Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is situated on the Gulf Coast, and Fort Myers Beach features miles of white, sandy, "natural beaches." Pier & Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Bowditch Point Regional Park are two of the popular parks within the town. Since both are along the Gulf of Mexico, they offer numerous opportunities for hiking, swimming and sunbathing. The Lovers Key State Park is home to a variety of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, marsh rabbits, West Indian manatees, roseate spoonbills and bald eagles.

Fort Myers Beach Transportation

The closest major airport is Southwest Florida International Airport.

Fort Myers Beach Higher Education

Edison Community College, Florida Gulf Coast University and Manatee Community College are near the town of Fort Myers Beach.


Total Population 6,668
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 53.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,054
Age of the Population 66


% of people married 58.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $73,851
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 11.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 11%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $933
Median House Value $347,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.9%
Irish 18.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Myers Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Lee
Metro Area Fort Myers - Cape Coral
Standard Zip Codes 33931
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33932
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.451
Longitude -81.948

Fort Myers Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 75 F
Apr Temp 63 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 69 to 86 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Distance 31.9 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 75 F
Apr Temp 58 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 86 F
Annual Precip 50 inches
Distance 53.2 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 57 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bonita Springs 47,915 $66,186
Cape Coral 165,843 $55,103
Fort Myers 68,472 $49,428
Naples 20,603 $117,646
North Fort Myers 40,560 $51,307
Sanibel 6,899 $126,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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