Residents seeking a quieter lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the Gulf Coast often take up residence in Alva. This intimate, rural community is home to less than 3,000 residents, yet is only a few miles from from Fort Myers and all its venues, culture and entertainment! Downtown Fort Myers, provides endless entertainment options, as well as a multitude of excellent, cafe's, restaurants, arts and bars! Alva is the home of a small library dating back to 1909 and a chapel that opened in 1901. The Alva Library was the first library in what is today Lee County, Florida and was constructed in classical revival-style and is still open to the public!