Imagine eating fresh shellfish right off the boat while sipping on your favorite beverage and floating lazily on a raft. Staring through your sunglasses, you look beyond the palm trees and lush exotic greenery that surrounds your home and observe a great blue heron flying by. Such a vision is made possible by the stunning beauty found in the Iona Area and its neighboring Lee County cities. Lee County is growing faster than most areas in the United States. One might be overwhelmed by the wealth of real estate choices in this region. While some people will prefer a 40-acre ranch on forested plains, others may wish to step directly out of their homes and onto a carpet of warm Florida sand along the Gulf of Mexico. For those who yearn to live on a golf course, there are also many gated golf communities to choose from.
Fine homes and estates overlooking the river, active retirement communities, affordable trailer parks, high-rise condominiums and gated residences abound in Lee County. In addition to the Iona Area, three very popular nearby communities are Naples, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida, nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is known for world class shopping, dining and abundant, challenging golf courses. It is also only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers and recreationists. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities. Naples is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida.
The historic downtown area of Fort Myers is one of Lee County's many jewels. Here, the streets are lined with specialty shops, boutiques, retail stores, restaurants, sidewalk delis, coffeehouses, bars, pubs and nightclubs. Fort Myers also has well-defined residential subdivisions filled with modern homes, manicured landscapes, public parks, schools and regional shopping centers. The beaches, parks and nature preserves of Fort Myers attract people of all ages. But this coastal community also features hands-on museums, skating rinks, family fun centers, resorts and fancy hotels.
The ultimate tourist destination in the region is Fort Myers Beach. Intermingled with gorgeous estates that offer oceanfront views, there are popular bars, clubs and restaurants. Water sports abound, as do land-based activities such as bike riding, volleyball and people watching from the strand. Fort Myers Beach is home to approximately 10,000 residents but the population in the city on any given day can swell to 40,000 and more depending on the number of visitors occupying hotel rooms or visiting any one of the city's many attractions or special events. These range from the Annual Mango Mania, ArtFest, Summer Slam Tournament, Children's Spring Festival or the Fort Myer's Beach Film Festival.
Together, the cities of Naples, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach serve to compliment and ultimately enhance the quality of life offered to residents living in the Iona Area of South Ft. Myers. If you are seeking an active lifestyle in a stunning beautiful natural setting, there might be no better place to call home than the Iona Area of South Ft. Myers.