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One of the most interesting stories behind Estero, Florida involves the Koreshan Unity. A turn-of-the-century (19th/20th) utopian society founded and incorporated what would later become the town of Estero, a community just south of Ft. Myers. They believed the earth was a concave cell that wrapped around the sun. Their scientific utopian communalism drew the attention of people like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. While the community is long gone, visitors to Estero can still enjoy the state historic site they left behind. Estero vacation rentals provide a glimpse into why these early settlers saw this beautiful area as a utopia.
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In addition to visiting the Koreshan Unity Historic Site, vacationers have easy access to nearby Ft. Meyers' and Naples' beaches. Bonita Beach Park is fifteen minutes away. Shelling is popular in this area as is fishing and golf. It's an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Estero sits on the Estero River, which leads to the Estero Bay. The river is a gentle waterway with lush mangroves and provides the perfect spot for a day of kayaking or canoeing.
The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve has 11,000 acres to explore both above and below water by paddle-boat, canoe, or kayak. Similarly, the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, and it features a 2.25-mile boardwalk that winds throughout the park for wildlife, bird, and habitat observation.
Southwest Florida International Airport is about fourteen miles away from Estero. Most people staying in Estero vacation rentals appreciate having a car to explore the nearby beaches and towns of Naples and Ft. Myers as well as the Everglades and "Alligator Alley."
Like most of Florida, Estero enjoys tropical temperatures much of the year. February's average highs are in the low 70s, and lows are around 50. Summers are steamy with temps in the high 80s and often bring afternoon rainstorms. The storms are heavy, localized, and brief. It may pour on one side of town and not the other. Locals joke that if you don't like the weather, you can cross the street. Hurricane season runs from the first of June through the end of November, with most of the Gulf's potential activity occurring in September.
The Germain Arena brings top-notch concerts, entertainment, and sporting events to the area. In nearby Ft. Myers, visitors can enjoy the Edison Festival of Light and its Grand Parade held every February. Ft. Myers Beach hosts a Taste of the Beach in May. The Boston Red Sox Spring Training is also held in the area.
In addition to its bountiful natural beauty, Estero is known for its shopping opportunities, both upscale and outlets. In Estero there are stores for every budget. Coconut Point is an open-air shopping experience. It's a 1.2 million-square-foot shopping, dining, and entertainment complex with 140 stores set on several acres of lakes. The budget-minded will love the Miramar Outlets, which has been voted Best Shopping Area in Southwest Florida every year since 1998. It boasts over 140 brand-name and designer outlets including Neiman Marcus Last Call.
Estero, Florida was incorporated by a group searching for a utopia. While they may have been wrong about the world being a hollow shell, they weren't wrong about this beautiful place. After a visit and a stay at an Estero vacation rental, you'll understand why.
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