Welcome to Estero, the rising star of Southwest Florida. More and more people are calling Estero home, and it’s easy to see why. Estero features dozens of beautiful communities surrounded by fantastic weather in a relaxed environment.
Estero is a 20 square mile slice of Paradise on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast. The town is home to Florida Gulf Coast University and the Mound Key and Koreshan state parks, and also hosts the Florida Everblades professional Ice Hockey team.
Estero is known for its unspoiled nature preserves and the area’s white-sand beaches. The community also offers some of the finest golf courses in the state of Florida. Southwest Florida’s premier shopping and dining destinations can be found in Estero at Miromar Outlets and Coconut Point.
Estero is served by the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Built around the spring-fed Estero River flowing into Estero Bay, the town of Estero is bordered by Bonita Springs and Naples in the South and Fort Myers in the North.
Mound Key in Estero Bay once served as the ceremonial center for the Calusa Native America tribe, and the area was later settled by European fishermen and their families. In 1894, a utopian community led by Dr. Cyrus Reed Tate purchased a 320-acre tract along the Estero River. Dr. Tate’s followers incorporated the town in 1904 as Estero. The group, now the College of Life Foundation, donated the land to the State of Florida, which turned the settlement into the Koreshan State Historic Site.
For much of the 20th century, Estero was an area of sprawling grazing land and citrus farms. Extensive development began in the 1990’s, with the construction of the Miromar Outlets shopping center and Germain Arena (then Everblades Arena) and now features several residential communities. In May of 2013, Fortune 500 Company Hertz announced they would be moving their corporate headquarters to Estero. Hertz will be the first Fortune 500 Company to have their headquarters in Lee County, and the 17th in the state of Florida.