Southwest Florida

If you want your South Florida experience a little quieter, and with a lot more green head to the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. Here, nightclubs give way to nature reserves, glitz and glamour to history and culture—all without sacrificing a grain of white sand or a gust of tropical breeze. Most folks mosey over to visit Everglades National Park, the region’s biggest attraction, where exotic wildlife is plentiful. But Southwest Florida’s other, lesser-known parks are just as alluring. Ranger-led hikes through Big Cypress National Park let you not only take in the swampy surroundings, but the protected culture of its Native American inhabitants. Once a hideaway for pirates and conquistadors, Captiva Island is an outdoors enthusiast’s paradise. You may not find buried treasure on neighboring Sanibel Island, but you’re sure to dig up a couple of their famously beautiful seashells. Stroll along the palm-tree lined streets of Fort Myers, which still retains the sleepy charm that enticed Thomas Edison over a century ago, and frolic along the gleaming beaches near Naples. Who needs neon lights and pounding speakers anyway? Not Southwest Florida.


Top Destinations in Southwest Florida

Estero

Fort Myers

Marco Island

Naples
Port Charlotte

Sanibel Island

West Palm Beach

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