If you’re in need of some sunshine, Fort Myers in south-west Florida basks in it all year round. This city, on the southern banks of the Caloosahatchee River, isn’t a pre-fab tourist hotspot, but a place with its own fascinating history, vintage buildings and, of course, the soft, sandy beaches you’d expect to find in this part of the world.
Car hire in Fort Myers is a convenient way to get around and we have several pick-up branches located around the city. You can visit the nearby wildlife and state parks, get out to see the rest of Florida, or even head on down to the Keys. You’ll also be close to Sanibel, Naples and other popular coastal areas, while the theme parks of Orlando and Tampa are at your fingertips.
We’ll get you out on the road in the car of your choice so you can see the sights and that sizzling sun.
Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
Address:15248 South Tamiami Trail
Opening hours:Mon-Sun 4:00AM-1:00AM
Address:10997 Terminal Access Road
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1700, Sa-Su Closed
Address:12490 Metro Parkway
Opening hours:Mon-Sun 6:00AM-11:00PM
Address:1 Private Sky Way
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0700-2300
Address:Page Field Aviation
Opening hours:Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
Address:4350 Fowler Street,
As you’d expect from a State that attracts millions of visitors annually, Florida has an extensive road network that takes in huge freeways and smaller, more picturesque routes. That’s also true of Fort Myers.
Speed limits will be clearly signposted, and you’ll be driving on the right side of the road, unlike in the UK. Seat belts are mandatory, as are child seats for those under four.
No additional driving permits are required, just your native country’s driving licence. Much of the USA is built for cars, so accessing the centre of Fort Myers and finding ample parking isn’t difficult.
From Fort Myers, you can hop on the I-75 – AKA the Alligator Alley – to drive south to Naples, although Highway 41 is a more scenic drive between the two places. The I-75 continues east to Miami, but please be aware that a few small sections are toll roads.
The same I-75 leaves Fort Myers to the north and is your fastest way to Tampa, Gainesville and then into Georgia and beyond. Again, H41 also snakes north, if you want more scenery and places to stop en route.
If you plan on combining some time by the beach with the wonderful theme parks of Orlando, you’re only a three hour drive or so away. Head north on the US 17 and, when you reach the I-4, head east. There are some tolls on this route.
If your heart is set on the Florida Keys, again you’ll be taking the I-75 south and then east to Miami, before joining the US-1 south. If you leave early in the morning, you’ll be kicking back on the beach at Key West by noon.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
You may just be here for a week on the beach, dipping your toes in the sea occasionally, or you may want to get out and see what Fort Myers and Florida have to offer. Either way, you’ll find this a laid back and charming area that has something for both culture vultures and sun seekers.
With sunshine all year round, it’s hardly surprising that many of America’s rich and famous winter here in Fort Myers. Two legends of industry, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, bought two properties adjacent to each other, such was their friendship, and these estates are now open to the public.
Edison’s house dates from 1886, while Ford moved into his in 1916 and one of the highlights of a visit is the botanical garden. Boasting over a thousand varieties of plants, it includes the first Banyan tree ever planted in the US.
With a research laboratory, museum and guided tours available, it’s a great glimpse into these two titans of American history, and how they lived.
The beaches in Fort Myers will not disappoint – and there’s a rich choice of them too. Fort Myers Beach has the soft, golden sand of your dreams and also attracts water sports enthusiasts with its excellent kayaking and parasailing. It’s easy to find places to stay and eat right on the long beach, or you can hop on a waverunner to watch dolphins or join a fishing boat.
The beautiful islands of Sanibel and Captiva, just off the coast, are popular with shell collectors, and you’ll come across some gorgeous examples as you let the sand squidge through your toes.
If you fancy a more active trip to Fort Myers, there’s lots to get involved with. The Babcock and Webb Wildlife Management Area, to the north, is a nature preserve that is remarkably unspoilt. There’s great places to go mountain biking and bird spotting here.
To the south of Fort Myers is Pine Island Sound and Aquatic Preserve. This protected shoreline is dotted with mangroves and home to pelicans, egrets and herons. Charlotte Harbor also has a state park with 100 miles of protected shoreline, peppered with marshes and pine flatwoods. You can follow trails to enjoy the wildlife or take to the waterways in a canoe or kayak.
If you fancy something completely different, park up your hire car and take the train – the murder mystery dinner train that is. On this 3 ½ hour train ride, that crosses the Caloosahatchee, you’ll enjoy a five course meal while watching a live murder mystery show played out. Tuck into Super Sleuth Salmon or Who Dunnit? Prime Rib as you try to be the on-board Sherlock who cracks the crime and wins a prize.
Hiring a car in Fort Myers opens up this wonderful part of the south-west Florida to you, and also means you can explore the rest of this sun-kissed state in comfort.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.