Car Rental / RV Rental in Fort Myers: The best companies
by Paul Joseph | Published July 10, 2020
A gateway to the southwest Florida region and a major tourist destination, Fort Myers is renowned for its white sand beaches, exceptional golf and fishing, and array of shopping opportunities. Nestled alongside the Caloosahatchee River, it combines idyllic waterside living with an abundance of entertainment, recreational and cultural activities to enjoy.
A palm-lined street in Fort Myers (Photo: Paul Hamilton via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)
For those visiting Fort Myers who like the idea of gaining the freedom afforded by having their own transport, there are a number of car rental companies located here, catering to all budgets, tastes and needs. We’ve compared all of these choices and picked out the best option in Fort Myers’ downtown district and at the airport based on a number of factors, including rates, customer service, and opening hours. And for travelers wanting the option to sleep aboard, we’ve also selected our favorite RV rental company.
For car pick-ups in downtown Fort Myers, we recommend Payless, who pride themselves on serving price-conscious leisure and business travelers. Located on Fowler Street, their office is open from 8am-4pm on weekdays and with slightly shorter hours on weekends. Their fleet includes cars of varying sizes, including compact, economy, mid-size, full-size and standard, meaning whatever your requirements you’re likely to find something suitable, whether it’s a cheap car rental or luxury rental cars. During our search we unearthed a compact Nissan Versa or similar priced at $331 for a week’s rental and a Hyundai Elantra or similar for $350. Payless also offer a range of reasonably priced indemnities, including roadside safety plans, roadside assistance, and emergency sickness protection.
There are a total of 11 rental car companies at Fort Myers Airport, some located onsite and others offsite, and we’d pick Sixt as our favourite. They offer everything from the small and simple like a Kia Rio or Toyota Yaris through to larger and more lavish models such as a Mercedes-Benz CLA or Jeep Grand Cherokee. For the former you can expect to pay around $308 per week (this was the cheapest rate we found) and the latter about $380 or upwards. The priciest deal we found was $816 for a Chevrolet Suburban SUV, which combines sporty performance with plenty of space. Included in the price for all of these deals is free cancellation and policy amendments, theft protection, and collision damage waivers.
A popular option for couples and families keen to have the option of sleeping in their own transport is hiring an RV. Outdoorsy is a peer-to-peer rental marketplace that connects RV owners with other campers, often enabling you to save a fair bit of money on booking through an agency that rents out RVs directly. In and around Fort Myers, Outdoorsy has a wide selection of RVs for hire, including a Sportsman 190 trailer for $525 per week that sleeps three and is available in the city’s northern districts, a Class C for $1,365 per week that sleeps six and can be picked up from neighboring Cape Coral, and a Coachmen Freelander for $1,728 per week that sleeps 7 and can be hired from the downtown district. As for the booking process, the website is easy and intuitive to use, and once booked, you can add a range of protections against accidents, trip cancellation, damage, and more.