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Warm up on the cheap: Fort Myers offers warm weather getaway

8:27 PM, Jan. 25, 2013
On a weekday morning at Fort Myers Beach, pelicans swirl, shoreline walking begins and sunbathing chairs aren't yet filled.
On a weekday morning at Fort Myers Beach, pelicans swirl, shoreline walking begins and sunbathing chairs aren't yet filled.
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Getting bumped from a flight to New York City gained me $400 in travel vouchers last year, but I procrastinated almost until they expired.

Where to go in January? Some place warm, of course, and a search for cheap flights on United Airlines steered me to Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Net cost on a nonstop, roundtrip for two: About $40, from O'Hare in Chicago.

The area's temps were in the low 80s, a sugary sand beach stretched for miles, friends were near, strangers were hospitable and we chose to not rent a car because this stay was a mere four days. ...

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