GENERAL INFORMATION

AIRPORT

The Fort Myers Sanibel area is served by Southwest Florida International Airport, with international and nonstop domestic service from many cities. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is located approximately 30 minutes from Fort Myers Beach and 45 minutes from Sanibel Island. About 20 airline partners serve RSW with nonstop service throughout the U.S. and international service to Canada and Germany. With flights to major gateways like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and more, travelers have access to convenient connections worldwide. Various taxi and car rental companies offer service at Southwest Florida International Airport. For more information click here.

PRIVATE TRANSFER

Book your private transfer for your arrival / departure trip clicking here.

EMERGENCIES

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1; this is for an ambulance, police or fire emergency.

RESTAURANTS

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TAXES

The total local sales tax rate is 6.0% and is applied to all goods purchased.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public bus transportation is offered, however the most efficient means of transportation is taxi, uber or rental car. For more information click here.

CLIMATE

Mild and sunny with average historical temperatures High 77⁰ F / Low 55⁰ F. Travelers should pack lightweight, breathable clothing, and expect to dress in layers, as air-conditioned hotels, stores and restaurants can sometimes be chilly compared to outside temperatures. Sunscreen is a must, as are hats for the whole family, because the sun is quite strong for most of the year. Attire at even the most exclusive hotels is resort casual; jackets for men are rarely required.

CURRENCY

The United States’ currency is the US Dollar. There is a currency exchange center at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Credit cards are widely accepted. For more information click here.

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUEST

A foreign national or alien entering the U.S. is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, or are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada.

SHOPPING

Colorful galleries, knick-knack souvenir shops, open-air outlet malls and high-end retailers give any savvy shopper enough to keep their hands full. Most shops and malls open around 10:00 am and close mid-evening, except for Sundays where hours may be condensed or shops are closed.

TIPPING

While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at all sit-down restaurants which offer table service as many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage. Some ‘mandatory gratuities’ (tips) are required if they are disclosed on the menu or elsewhere, most typically when a large group is being served. Standard tipping for food and beverage is 15-20% of service; for taxi driver is 15-20% of fare; for baggage personnel is $1-2 per bag.