Whether travellers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island & the western portion of the Everglades – is a natural and cultural gem. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, world-class golf, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.
Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible with additional connectivity from many US gateways into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).
They call it the Paradise Coast. It’s the Southwest Gulf Coast area of Florida that includes the resort cities of Naples and Marco Island, along with The Everglades and several national, state, local and private parks and nature preserves. Providing wide open spaces and outdoor adventure – exactly what you will be looking for in abundance post lockdown.
The white sands of Naples Beach hold obvious appeal, and the historic Naples Pier, open 24/7 for fishing as well as people, bird and dolphin watching, is a popular gathering spot for visitors and locals alike to watch the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is located in a 52-acre old-growth historic botanical garden and is a great spot for families. The zoo, accredited by the Association for Zoos & Aquariums, continues to add new exhibits that entertain as well as educate.
With over 90 golf courses in the greater Naples and Marco Island area, the region draws professional and leisure players from all over the globe. Although many courses are private, some turn semi-private in the off-season, meaning they offer non-members access between May and December, providing excellent value.
The Everglades National Park is teeming with protected species including the Florida panther, American crocodile and West Indian manatee, and is the 10th largest national park in the United States. Many don’t realise the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park is FREE to enter and the gateway to the saltwater portion of this expansive national park. Many say it’s the most beautiful section of the park, and a favourite with sport fishermen and paddlers for its natural wilderness and quiet beauty.