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Fort Myers

by , SmarterTravel Staff
For seashell collectors, Sanibel Island can't be beat. And, if you're seeking low fares, it's equally hard to top Sanibel's closest airport, Southwest Florida International, which has an abundance of low-cost carriers like AirTran, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit, and USA3000. (Photo: Visit Florida)
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Florida's Fort Myers promises an affordable summer vacation of white-sand beaches and lazy days of shelling, swimming, and kayaking. Nearby Sanibel and Captiva islands, once hailed by Condé Nast Traveler as "destinations approaching perfection," round out the offerings. Pair airfare deals offering solid value with hotel offers around the region, and you've got a sunny summer bargain.

On the airfare front, Continental had a mid-July sale fare from New York of $239 round-trip, including taxes and fees, available at press time. USA3000 had a mid-August round-trip fare of $231 from Chicago, including taxes and fees. And Bing's price predictor suggests that, at least on these routes, fares could drop further in the next week or so, offering even better value.

Hotels around the region are boosting their appeal by dropping prices for the coming season. At the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, we found a rate of $152 per night for a mid-July stay that includes a car rental, a daily $25 gas card, and either a bike or kayak rental. With the Escape to Estero Island promotion, rates start at $99 per night at four beach resorts, and the fourth night is free. For more summer specials around the region, browse a list of the latest hotel offers.

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