It should come as no surprise that Fort Myers – and Florida in general – is a great place for seniors to retire. With warm weather, a low cost of living (and no income tax to boot), beautiful beaches and an abundance of 55+ communities, this thriving city has it all. It currently stands at #2 on the list of Best Places to Retire from U.S. World and News Report, beat out only by Lancaster, PA.
“We chose Fort Myers as the home of amavida due to all the many opportunities available here for residents,” says Heather Battey, Executive Director at amavida, a dementia care community in Fort Myers. “We are confident that anyone who chooses to retire to our resort-style senior living community will truly find a love of life.”
Since we’re entering the springtime season, we thought we’d highlight some of the top things going on in Fort Myers. Start marking your calendars!
World Class Beaches.
According to U.S. News and World Report, two of the top three Florida beaches – Sanibel Island and Naples – are located very near Fort Myers. For those in more northern states who are feeling rather weather-weary, the Florida coastline is looking very good this time of year. As the snow continues and as spring break starts happening in schools across the country, you can expect that the beaches (and the beachside retail) will be hopping.
Batter up! For fans of America’s favorite pastime, you’re in luck – both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins call Fort Myers home for spring training. Lots of great games will be starting soon in March, allowing residents to watch up-and-coming stars and grab a few games without having to spend the big-time money.
Festivals and Fun.
March is the season that festivals and other events kick off in the Fort Myers area (although there’s always something going on – just check the city’s events page!). Fort Myers beach holds major events throughout the year, kicking it off with The Lion’s Club Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival March 9-10, 2019. Come celebrate the shrimp industry, fill your bellies and get ready for an entire year of fun in the sun.
Entertainment and Nightlife.
Fort Myers has a little something for everyone, from casual happy hour concerts to symphony performances to community theatre (and that’s just for starters). There’s always something going on every night of the week, and seniors can take advantage of art shows, sunset celebrations, movie festivals and more. Enjoy a touring Broadway musical at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Take in a jazz concert, lecture, clinic or performance at the Shell Point Retirement Community. And don’t forget an evening aboard the Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train, which operates on Wednesdays through Sundays – it’s dinner, a game and a show all in one!
Go seashell hunting. Stroll along the beach, Go snorkeling. Whatever beach-related activity you want to do, you’ll find it in Fort Myers. But there’s so much more beyond the sands. The natural surroundings house numerous nature preserves like the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. You can also jump on a boat and head over to Cayo Costa State Park, an island filled with acres of pine forests. Don’t forget one last visit to Manatee Park, a 17-acre canal where these gentle beasts winter, before they head back to their homes. Or take a walk along the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve boardwalk and enjoy observation desks and guided tours.
Regular Community Events.
These events aren’t spring-specific, but instead take place regularly throughout the year. These events are cherished by the community and give locals a chance to shine:
- Art Walk – Visit exhibitions, galleries and performances on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine.
- Mystery Walk – Fancy solving a crime while strolling around town? Join participants every second Friday to play the interactive mystery for free.
- Music Walk – On the third Friday of every month, you can enjoy regional and local musicians along the streets, in different venues and at various attractions.
- Pet Walk – Even your four-legged friends can get in on the fun at the Pet Walk, which takes place every fourth Friday of the month. There are plenty of fantastic pet-themed activities!
- Caribbean Cruise-In Car Show at Salty Sam’s Marina & Parrot Key Caribbean Grill – On the first and third Monday, November through April, enjoy live music, dining specials and the finest classic and custom cars the area has to offer.
- River District Farmers’ Market – Get your greens every Thursday throughout the year at the River District Farmers’ Market. Shop from local providers of baked goods, cheese, seafood, flowers and more.
“At our 32-acre retirement community, we love providing our residents with a carefree, meaningful and active lifestyle,” says Heather. “We welcome seniors and retirees to come visit Fort Myers and see why so many have chosen to call it home.”
For more information about the engaging lifestyle in Fort Myers, or to learn more about our resort-style senior living community, contact us today at 877.969.0712.