Why Fort Myers is a Great Place to Retire

Posted by Katie Egan on Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 3:39pm

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Fort Myers is the best place to retire in the Sunshine State.

But don’t just take our word for it. It was also dubbed the No.1 place to retire by the U.S. News & World Report out of a list of more than 100 cities across the country. The report cites Fort Myers’ mild climate, lower-than-average cost of living and variety of attractions and entertainment as the main reasons for giving it the top prize. This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about living in Fort Myers and why Fort Myers is the best place to retire.

According to the local newspaper, Fort Myers’ The News-Press, the median home cost in the city is $219,200, which is slightly below the national average of $227,025. Fort Myers also boasts below-average sales tax rates and it lacks a state income tax.

What Makes Fort Myers the Best Place to Retire?

  1. Weather

  2. Restaurants

  3. Location 

  4. Arts and Cultural Events

Many would definitely consider Fort Myers to be an established metropolitan area, but parts of it are still growing, meaning there are a lot of opportunities here, especially when it comes to housing affordability. 

Southwest Florida's weather is a huge reason why many people want to retire here. It’s sunny and nice almost all the time and it rarely falls below 60 degrees in the winter. 

And you can’t beat the location! Fort Myers is less than an hour from Naples and even closer to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Not to mention, it’s close to other major Florida cities like Tampa, Miami and Orlando, making fun day trips very doable. 

The Weather is One Reason Fort Myers is the Best Place to Retire

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The gorgeous weather is what attracts vacationers and families to Fort Myers, whether they’re visiting on holiday or relocating to the City of Palms to raise a family, take a new job, or to settle down and retire. One thing many people look for when they think about where to retire is what activities are available. Fort Myers has something for everyone—whether you like being outdoors, fishing, playing golf, going to the beach, going out to eat, shopping or history. And the fact that you can be outside all year long makes these activities that much more enjoyable. No one wants to move to a city to retire only to be cooped up inside much of the year when the weather isn’t favorable. 

If You’re a Foodie, Fort Myers is the Best Place to Retire

Fort Myers is home to a variety of food options at just about every price point. There are so many Latin restaurants serving mouthwatering fare, it’s hard to keep up. Whether you’re looking for authentic Mexican tacos, food from Cuba, Peruvian or Columbian cuisine, you can find it here in Fort Myers. Downtown Fort Myers is home to a handful of great restaurants all within walking distance of each other. For a date night, you could try The Veranda or Bruno’s of Brooklyn. There are a variety of breweries here as well. Whatever you’re craving, we’ve got it in Fort Myers.

Location, Location, Location

Fort Myers is nestled along the Caloosahatchee River. It’s the site of the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and it features a charming and eclectic waterfront downtown. If you want to visit the popular vacation destinations of Sanibel and Captiva Islands or the city of Naples, they’re all less than an hour’s drive away. Fort Myers has all the conveniences you may need, but it also has easy access to other parts of Florida. If you fancy a day trip to cities like Miami or Tampa, it’s easy to get there and back in a day and have time to spare. The Caloosahatchee comprises part of the Okeechobee Waterway that connects the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Myers to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Stuart on the state’s east coast.  If you like water sports or being on the water, you’ll love retiring in Fort Myers. You can explore the islands near Sanibel and Captiva, like Pine Island, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Gasparilla. You might even see dolphins, manatees and other sea life. 

Arts and Cultural Events

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Another reason Fort Myers is the best place to retire is the abundant cultural and artistic events throughout the city, from the Alliance of the Arts to the charming Downtown River District, there is a good variety of eclectic galleries.

Downtown Fort Myers hosts weekly events during tourist season from Art Walk and Music Walk to Mystery Walk. There are also events in downtown Fort Myers nearly every weekend during high season. Art Walk is on the first Friday of the month. Shops and galleries stay open late, you can meet artists and see new exhibitions and demonstrations. Mystery Walk is held on the second Friday of each month. It’s for a variety of age groups and is something in which the whole family can participate. And finally, Music Walk takes place on the third Friday of the month. Listen to local musicians in bars, restaurants, outdoor stages, and on street corners, and discover your favorite new tunes.

Fort Myers is also the official Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. And if you like hockey, the local East Coast Hockey League team, Florida Everblades, plays in South Fort Myers at Hertz Arena.

Royal Shell Can Help You Find Your Next Retirement Home in Fort Myers

We have different types of homes available throughout Fort Myers. Let us know if you’d like to be near downtown, on the river, near the beach or in any other parts of Fort Myers. The next step is deciding what type of home you want. Whether it’s a luxury high-rise condo, large estate home, waterfront home with great views, in a golf course country club community, or an upscale gated community full of single-family homes, our agents can help you find your next dream home. We know the area well and we can help you find something that checks off the boxes on your wishlist. If you’d rather purchase land so you can build your own custom home, we can help with that, too. 

There are so many reasons Fort Myers is the best place to retire. If you’ve never been here, we also offer vacation rentals so you can experience the City of Palms firsthand. You’ll see why the weather, variety of restaurants, location and arts and cultural activities make Fort Myers the best place to retire.

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