Estero is a coastal village on the western side of the Sunshine State; it nudges up against the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This little paradise is protected from high winds and waves by the many barrier islands that surround it. Estero was once “all orange groves,” as your grandmother would say. Now, this quiet town of 18,000 is home to Florida Gulf Coast University. With its many islands, sandy beaches, and natural green spaces, Estero has myriad places for outdoor enthusiasts to explore.