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9 of the Best Airbnbs in Fort Myers, Florida

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Located in southwestern Florida, Fort Myers is a popular gateway to a series of picture-perfect islands like Sanibel and Captiva.

Sure, those islands both have lots to do on their own, but you can find all that (and more) by staying put in Fort Myers. It has beautiful, shell-strewn beaches with white sands and cobalt waters, but it also offers plenty to see and do of its own.

While Fort Myers hotels are some of the most expensive in the state, according to a MiamiHotels.org survey, you can often find much better values here by booking a private home. And some of the best airbnbs in Fort Myers are surprisingly affordable.

Whether you want to watch dolphins dance through the surf, witness manatees putting on impromptu performances for human audiences in the waterways, spend your days around a pool, relax on the beautiful sandy beaches, or find something else entirely, one of these fabulous airbnbs in Fort Myers will be perfect for your next sunny escape.

1. Tropical Florida Mansion

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Why you should stay: It’s like having your own private resort – just look at that pool.

  • Location: Fort Myers
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $750/night

This home is a vacation destination unto itself, with a lagoon-style pool, waterfall spa, steam room, workout room, mesmerizing gulf views, and 100 feet of river frontage. You can even fish right from your own dock.

Enjoy breathtaking river and sunset views from nearly every vantage point in this 6,000-square-foot mansion. While while it has a fabulous kitchen and outdoor grill, you can request to have a private chef come to whip up a fantastic meal or serve breakfast in bed.

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2. Luxury Cosmopolitan Villa

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Why you should stay: Endless amenities, ideal location, and mesmerizing views.

  • Location: Cape Coral
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $480/night

This four-bedroom luxury villa comes with a long list of amenities – so many that you may not want to leave at all. And there’s really no reason to, although cute little Cape Coral’s downtown is fairly close. The rental comes with a pool and spa where you can soak or swim while watching colorful sunrises and sunsets, along with a grill, outdoor kitchen and shower, fishing equipment, bikes, beach gear, pool toys, and much more.

If you’d like to get out on the water and explore, you’ll be able to bring your boat (or rent one) and dock it here. It’s just a short ride to the pristine white, shell-covered sands on Sanibel Island. There are eight TVs inside, along with all the modern essentials, too. It’s also on a primo lot on an intercoastal waterway.

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3. Mid-Century Getaway

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Why you should stay: Rent your own tropical backyard oasis – and bring a dog, while you’re at it.

  • Location: Fort Myers
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $278/night

Located in the historic area of Fort Myers close to downtown and lots of restaurants, this mid-century home has a beautifully landscaped backyard that some say feels like a Caribbean vacation. It’s totally fenced in, making it one of the best airbnbs in Fort Myers if you plan to travel with your furry best friend. It has a shaded patio area with a hammock and swing along with a gorgeous pool that’s ideal for a morning dip or hanging out all afternoon.

While you’ll probably be spending most of your time outside, the largest bedroom comes with a fabulous freestanding tub, perfect for a leisurely soak before bed to ensure a great night’s sleep.

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4. Beachfront Condo

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Why you should stay: Have the beach and a pool right at your doorstep, plus a large covered lanai.

  • Location: Sanibel
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

You can book this beachfront condo with confidence, with full refunds provided up to a day before check-in. But you’ll really miss out if you cancel on this cute little rental. It’s on Sanibel Island along the sparkling turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, easily reached via the causeway from Fort Myers. The island is renowned for hosting some of the country’s most pristine stretches of fine white sands, and lots of shells. In fact, many make their way here all the way from the Caribbean.

A stay here not only provides a gorgeous view, but puts you steps from the surf, sunbathing, and all sorts of fun beach activities. The condo even comes with amenities like beach towels and chairs. If you get tired of the saltwater, the condo is right next to the pool.

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5. The River View 1008

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Why you should stay: Relax in the water while enjoying amazing views of a much larger body of water.

  • Location: Cape Coral
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
  • Rates from: $279/night

Enjoy magnificent views looking out to the Caloosahatchee River, a pool, and opportunities for sighting dolphins, manatees, and stingrays by staying at this airbnb. Not only will you have lots to do outside and in the surrounding area, but fantastic amenities await inside, too, including big screen TVs and a game room, complete with a pool table and bar.

“Wonderful home right on the point. Perfect location if you like to get out on the water. We had a boat delivered and spent a couple of days out on the river. The game room was perfect for the teenage boys. I don’t think we could have found a more perfect location.”

James, Summerville, SC
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6. The Island Hideaway

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Why you should stay: Secluded indoor and outdoor living for the perfect Fort Myers vacation.

  • Location: Cape Coral
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

Enjoy a quiet location while being just minutes from shopping, dining and more with a stay at the riverfront The Island Hideaway. Start your day with a tasty coffee from the Nespresso machine, placed so you can gaze out at the amazing views from the kitchen while you wait for your coffee to brew. Afterward, look forward to plenty of fun in the sun, with a pool and complimentary use of kayaks and bikes.

While many guests simply enjoy their days hanging out around the pool and relaxing in the hot tub, be sure to spend time on the dock, where dolphins and other wildlife are frequently spotted. Because of the large lot – and well-places rows of palm trees – you won’t see any other house when you relax in the pool or on the back deck.

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7. Gorgeous Italian Estate

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Why you should stay: Get the best of Italy at the beach at this Euro-inspired home.

  • Location: Fort Myers
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $175/night

Live like a VIP with a stay in this 4,000-square-foot Italian estate that sits on more than a half acre. It comes with a nearly endless list of luxuries like a hot tub and massive lanai.  It’s also in a perfect location close to all the sights, from beaches and golfing to shopping and dining.

The owners really paid attention to detail in this home, and the result is a magazine-worthy interior that’ll have you snapping photos to recreate back at home. It’s quite shocking that a home this beautiful starts at just $175 a night and is one of the most affordable airbnbs in Fort Myers, especially considering it sleeps eight guest. There is an extra fee to heat the pool and hot tub, so make sure to discuss that with the owners in advance if you plan on doing some serious soaking.

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8. Beautiful San Carlos Home

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Why you should stay: Roomy and affordable home that blends indoor and outdoor living.

  • Location: Fort Myers
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

This beautiful home comes with all you need and then some, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a place where you can arrive and just take it easy for the rest of your stay. But if you do want to leave, it’s close to nearby attractions, from beaches to dining and shopping. It has a screened-in pool, hot tub, and even an outdoor Smart TV with Roku.

But one of the best features of the home is the blend between the indoor and outdoor living space. Two garage-sized doors roll up to connect the pool and the lanai, which blends right into the main living areas. It almost feels like the pool (which has a hot tub, naturally) is part of the main living room.

“Was great to have the pool and lounge area right off the main living. There were beach towels, an umbrella, chairs, toys, and wagon to take to the beach!”

Sarah, Villa Hills, KY
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9. Luxury Waterfront Cape Coral Home

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Why you should stay: Get the ‘wow’ factor while staying at one of the most affordable airbnbs in Fort Myers.

  • Location: Cape Coral
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $190/night

This Cape Coral home sits along the canal, allowing you to relax in the heated pool and spa while watching the boaters go by – or allowing you to go join them. If you want to cast a line, you can fish right off the deck, where you can also drop in a kayak or paddleboard. It ticks all the boxes, with every amenity you could ever want, including a great price. This impressive home comes in to less than $25 per person per night if you fill every bed.

Guests who’ve stayed commonly use the word “wow” to describe it, often mentioning that “the pictures don’t do it justice.” You’ll also get to use the home’s cycles, and fortunately, Cape Coral is a very bike-able town. Be sure to book this airbnb before the owners realize they could raise their prices.

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Plan Your For Fort Myers Trip

  • Paddle the waterways at Lovers Key State Park, one of the best spots in the area for spotting manatees, along with bottlenose dolphins, bald eagles and other wildlife.
  • Soak up the sunshine, go beachcombing, or just dip your toes in the soft white sands at beautiful Fort Myers Beach.
  • Shop the historic Fort Myers River District, a downtown hub with palm-lined streets and an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, antique stores, and galleries.
  • Take a day trip to the “Sea Shell Capital of the World,” Sanibel Island, known for its powdery white sand beaches – more than 250 types of shells have been found there.
  • Cool off at Florida’s largest waterpark, Sun Splash, with everything from heart-pounding water slides to a lazy river and an interactive play zone for the little ones with geyser fountains, slides, and gushers.
  • Explore the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates to learn about the area’s history, with Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s estates now serving as museums to honor their founders and reveal their challenges and accomplishments.
  • Visit the IMAG History & Science Center, with plenty of hands-on and interactive activities for kids and adults.

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