Neighborhood Spotlight: Alva, Buckingham & Lehigh Acres
Get a glimpse into local life in Southwest Florida in this trio of neighborhoods. Explore the county’s first settlement of Alva, learn firsthand about Buckingham’s agricultural traditions and visit the relaxed community of Lehigh Acres. A network of freshwater canals and miles of protected land allow you to discover serene spaces to unwind.
On a quiet stretch in Alva, you can find 31 Produce. There you can pick your own produce, like fresh strawberries and juicy tomatoes, before meeting the farm’s miniature donkeys, dwarf goats and potbellied pig. Because Alva is set on the Caloosahatchee River, you can go offshore fishing and cast your line next to locals hoping to catch common snook and largemouth bass. Caloosahatchee Regional Park is another area gem known for its single-track mountain biking trails, walking paths and equestrian routes.
Buckingham’s agricultural roots run deep. At Buckingham Farms, true farm-to-table dining in the on-site restaurant celebrates ingredients that are grown on the 85-acre hydroponic farm. Savor a meal, grab fresh produce in the country market and browse for locally sourced honeys and homemade preserves.
Lehigh Acres was built as Florida’s first post-World War II retirement community and continues to thrive today. Tee off on the 9-hole golf course at Lehigh Resort Club and go bird-watching along nearby Harns Marsh Preserve Loop. Dining options offer everything from authentic Cuban cuisine to modern American and, of course, ice cream to cool off on a sunny summer day.
Get to know the neighborhoods around Fort Myers and immerse yourself in communities where local culture and natural treasures enrich your experience.