Fort Myers is the next major city north of Naples, FL and is diverse in what it has to offer visitors. Set to the east of the Caloosatchee River, the city follows the journey of the river all the way to where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. This is where Fort Myers ends in the south and Fort Myers Beach (which is a city in its’ own right) begins. Historically, Fort Myers is an interesting place. It became a winter haven for the wealthy in the late 1800’s. Thomas Edison, the prolific and much admired inventor, made Fort Myers his winter home in 1887. His good friend Henry Ford liked Fort Myers so much he built a home directly next door to Edison. Today you can visit their riverfront winter retreats known as the Edison Ford Winter Estates and see what their homes were like.