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Southwest Florida is a region located along Florida’s Gulf coast, extending from south of the Tampa Bay area, west of Lake Okeechobee and mostly north of the Everglades.
Southwest Florida generally refers to the coastal geographic areas including the counties of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota, and Manatee.
The area is world famous for its outlying barrier islands and the beautiful Gulf beaches, which lure millions of tourists to the shorelines each year. Some of these beautiful beaches include the world renowned Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach.
The beaches of Southwest Florida are some of the finest in all of Florida. This is because of their fine, white, sugar sand, gradual slopes, and gentle surf, making them some of the safest beaches in the world, and an ideal location for fun in the sun.
Visitors come from all over to enjoy the soft sand for sunning, building sand castles, beach volleyball, and many other activities.
Prior to the 20th century, Southwest Florida was a minimally developed area. It was one of the best kept secrets by some of the area’s most famous winter residents, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
Both of these men realized what a beautiful piece of paradise they had discovered, and chose to build their winter homes in Fort Myers. Decades later, around the close of the 20th century, the area began to see huge increases in the population.
Several inland cities were placed on the top 10 list of US cities in terms of population growth annually. This trend has continued into the 21st century.
In Southwest Florida, you have access to several major highways, including Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and Interstate 75, both of which connect Southwest Florida to Tampa (to the north), and to the East Coast area of Greater Miami–Ft. Lauderdale.
The area is also home to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), which is located in South Fort Myers. This airport is one of the busiest single runway use airports in the country, and served over 7.5 million passengers in 2010.
It offers non-stop flights to various cities in Europe and Canada, in addition to at least 36 domestic U.S. city airports.
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