Why I love my Fort Myers, FL home (from Northeast)
The beaches, tropical climate, nature, active outdoor "island" lifestyle are main reasons we moved here, but the people are what keep us here and make it home. The weather is always great (rarely <60 / >90) and RSW airport is very convenient. I grew up in Westchester county's affluent NY suburbs, boating on the Long Island Sound, winter vacations on east coast and alternating summers in Europe and Canada. I worked in corporate finance for 30 years and traveled often, but did not discover Sanibel until I had children of my own (and fishing became priority). We purchased a vacation condo, when our youngest son was attending FGCU (Dunk City!), and rented it out 1st 2 years. We quickly tired of the cold, excessive work hours, hectic schedules splitting our time and high cost of living (NY taxes). We love living here full time, in our small gated community, with a lovely social connection: events at our clubhouse, pool, spa, gym, library, large flat screen tvs, cable wifi (many snowbirds from the midwest and Canada, great friends and families). Within walking distance to great shopping, restaurants, bars (local as well as famous chains and bigbox) and short bike ride or quick drive to world class beaches, (Sanibel is shell capital, CROW and Ding Darling, nature conservation abounds - mangroves, birds, fish ), Lakes Park (farmers market, trails, splash park for kids, see alligator) birds, manatee, sea turtles, gopher tortoise, marinas, boat, fish, golf, tennis, pickle ball, bocce, kayak, paddle board, bird watch, amazing sunsets, snorkel, watch dolphin, etc. We see eagles, river otter, bobcats, tropical landscaping (palms, citrus, mango, avocado, orchids and airplants) and enjoy warm breezes from our lanai. We like exploring: downtown river district has music and art walk alternating Friday eves, great rooftop bars (Firestone's & Indigo Hotel) and fun outdoor dining (Capone's for Pizza, Ford's Garage for gourmet burgers, The Lodge for pulled wild boar & duck "wings", Mexican... Ford & Edison Estates, gardens and museums. We also enjoy good Sushi and Japanese Steakhouses (Blu, Osaka, Shima), Events and dining on the beach, hotels, live music, time square entertainers, volley ball, sunsets, breweries, home-made ice cream (Kilwin's and our favorite "LoveBoat") and chocolates (love Norman Love). Can't forget Spring Training and other sporting events, concerts and shows @ Germain arena, FLSW, theatres, art galleries, car and boat shows, etc. Plus Cape Coral, 10 mint car ride, has good tiki bars, pizza, bagels, Italian markets, bakeries, great New England Seafood (whole bellies, steamers, lobster, chowder, King crab legs). We are also minutes away from Healthpark and Lee Health, where we have had very positive experiences. Don't listen to the pessimists, Life is good here and we have no regrets. It's a great place to live and work, play, invest and/or winter/2nd home, retire full-time. Contact me and come see for yourself why we love it here!