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Lee County

Lee County is a county in the southwest of the US state of Florida of the United States of America.


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The county seat is Fort Myers, which has always been the center of a popular tourist area in southwest Florida.

Lee County was founded on May 13, 1887 and named after Robert E. Lee, a general of the American Civil War.

The county has an area of 3,139 square kilometers, of which 1,075 square kilometers are water surface.

It is approximately 190 km south of Tampa, where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River meet.


The following Lee County cities with corresponding population as of 2023:



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  • Cape Coral about 205,000
  • Pine Island about 2,400
  • Sanibel Island about 8,700
  • Captiva Island about 1,100
  • Fort Myers about 89,000
  • Fort Myers Beach approx. 9,500
  • Lehigh Acres about 114,000
  • Estero about 32,000
  • Bonita Springs approx. 59,000


Water sports and boating in particular is a big topic in our region. Many North Americans, as well as international visitors, own or rent a boat when they are in the area. Since navigating the river or Gulf of Mexico is not that easy due to shallow areas, it helps to have a nautical chart that shows routes, depths, etc. The map below shows detailed information and can be accessed here.


Nautical Charts




Lee County's History and Culture


Lee County's restaurants and dining experiences


Lee County's famous and world renowned beaches


Lee County's beautiful nature