The best beach towns have lively urban areas to enjoy away from the sand, too, and you'll find that—and more—along the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers in the Historic River District. Within a few compact and photogenic blocks, you can stroll streets lined with century-old brick buildings and pop into art galleries, shop at one-of-a-kind boutiques or enjoy a rooftop cocktail and meal with sunset views.
The best way to discover the treasures of this district is by foot, so you can get a closer look at the largest concentration of historic buildings in Southwest Florida. Consider taking a walking tour of the area to learn about the characters who built Fort Myers or head out on a haunted history tour for some paranormal fun. On the first Friday of every month, Art Walk floods the streets with live performances, demonstrations and exhibitions at local art galleries.