From beaches and islands to waterfront dining and outdoor shopping, this southwest Florida destination is made for fun in the sun.
The scenic destination of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades is that rare place which blends beachfront resort luxury with access to real adventures in the Florida sunshine. Swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, explore the Ten Thousand Islands, go on an eco-tour of the Everglades, dine on fresh seafood and browse scenic shopping districts. These are just some of the outdoor experiences that await you on this southwest Florida getaway.
Rest and Relaxation on the Beach
Calm blue waves meet more than 48 kilometers of white-sand beachfront in this tropical paradise. Spend some time in the sun at one of the many relaxing resorts on Vanderbilt Beach, or discover a more natural and secluded shoreline at Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park. Families will enjoy picnicking and sports in Fleischmann Park, or sightseeing and fishing at the Naples Pier and Beach. No matter which beach you pick, there’s plenty of sand for everyone and stunning views everywhere you go, especially at sunset.
Stand-up paddleboarding, a fun family activity perfect for the calm waters of Naples area beaches
When you’re ready for more of an adventure, rent a kayak or charter a boat and explore the seemingly endless Ten Thousand Islands. Bring your camera to grab shots of the local wildlife and habitats of this iconic chain of coastal islands. For a true natural immersion, board the Sea Excursions’ Dolphin Explorer. A naturalist will guide you through the barrier islands while teaching you about the magnificent and intelligent dolphins that call this area home. You’ll also get the opportunity to participate in dolphin research.
Zipping around the Ten Thousand Islands on an airboat tour
Venture into the Everglades
The largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island, in an ideal place for a comfortable resort stay before heading into the nearby Everglades and Everglades National Park. The Everglades offers a truly unforgettable escape filled with alligator and bird sightings. For a peaceful journey through habitats filled with mangroves and cypress trees, paddle by kayak from Everglades City along the Paradise Coast Blueway. For a more high-powered ride into Big Cypress National Preserve, board a swamp buggy. These custom-made, open-air vehicles set on massive tires make it possible for your expert guide to take you deep into the swamps and prairies of this remote wilderness.
Taking in the expansive Everglades from a boardwalk trail
Al Fresco Waterfront Dining
Throughout your stay, you’ll want to sample some of the region’s best food – and here, the best food often comes with a view. Listen to the waves crashing gently against the dock and watch a romantic sunset as you dine on savory lobster and fish sandwiches at The Dock at Crayton Cove. Bite into succulent blue crabs and clams with the locals at the Boathouse on Naples Bay. For a delicious fine-dining experience, stop at The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach where you can sample surf-and-turf with your toes in the sand.
True toes-in-the-sand dining at a beachfront resort
Round out your trip at the area’s outdoor shopping malls. Feel the sea breeze as you explore the upscale shopping districts of Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South, where you’ll fall in love with chic boutiques and art galleries. The Mercato is where you’ll want to go for one-of-a-kind gifts, fashion and jewelry. Fashionistas on a budget will want to stop by the Miromar Outlets and The Naples Outlet Collection for the latest trends at a discount.