April 24, 2014

Discover Southwest Florida: The Guide

Beaches bingo: With 30 miles of coastline to explore, you are sure to find the perfect spot of sand in Southwest Florida.BEACHES

What color will the Gulf of Mexico be today? Turquoise with hints of aquamarine? Green and silvery gray? Will it be dancing in and out of sparkling sunbeams beneath a cornflower blue sky, or will it be as smooth as a newly polished mirror, reflecting pure white cotton candy clouds?

No two beaches here along the Gulfshore are exactly alike. Though strung closely together along 30 miles of coastline, each has its own personality. Even the same beach changes, offering a fresh palette with each new dawn. Today a single gull stands sentry on the sand. Tomorrow, perhaps, flocks of terns and gulls, herons and egrets will share the shoreline with skittering sandpipers.

Some beaches are fringed with sea oats; others with gnarled mangroves, lush stands of sea grape and coco plum. Along one beach are Mediterranean-style mansions; on another are Old Florida tin-roofed cottages.

Some beaches are dotted with colorful umbrellas and cabanas; others bear only the tracks of skittering ghost crabs.

The subtle beauty of our beaches is often found in the smallest details. Look closely to admire luminescent jingle shells glittering in the wet sand, or the purple flowers snaking from the dunes on the fast-growing railroad vine. 

 

Collier County Parking

Parking is free with a City of Naples or Collier County beach-parking permit, which full-time residents and taxpayers may obtain from any community park. Without a permit, beachgoers should use metered parking spaces or pay $8 per vehicle for county beaches. Yearly permits for visitors staying within Naples’ city limits are available for $50 at the customer service desk at City Hall, 735 Eighth St. S., across from Cambier Park. (239) 213-1800.

 

MARCO ISLAND

South Marco Beach is located on South Collier Boulevard, with parking available a short walk across the boulevard on Swallow Street. Includes restroom facilities. $8 metered parking. (239) 252-4000. Open from sunrise to sundown.

Tigertail Beach, a county park located at the end of Hernando Drive, has a bathhouse, restrooms, boardwalks, picnic area, volleyball court, playground, butterfly garden and concession stand offering beach equipment rentals, food and drinks. Parking $8 per vehicle. Lot fills quickly. (239) 252-4000. Open sunrise to sundown.


NAPLES

Clam Pass Recreational Area is a county park near the Naples Grande Beach Resort on Seagate Drive. Golf carts transport visitors over a three-quarter-mile boardwalk to a beach with a picnic area and concession stand. Chairs, cabanas and watersports equipment available for rent. Restrooms and foot showers available. Parking $8 per vehicle. (239) 252-4000. Shuttles run daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is at the intersection of 111th Avenue North and Gulfshore Drive. Facilities include grills, picnic areas, restrooms with wheelchair access and outdoor showers. Use of the boat ramp is $3 plus tax. Park rangers conduct nature programs. Admission $4 per car carrying one passenger; $6 per car carrying two to eight passengers; or $2 for a pedestrian, bicyclist or extra passenger. (239) 597-6196. Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Lowdermilk Park is located along Gulf Shore Boulevard at Banyan Boulevard. The park offers 1,000 feet of beachfront, outdoor showers, gazebos, picnic tables, a playground, volleyball court, concession stand and duck pond. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Metered parking $1.50 per hour. (239) 213-3029. Open sunrise to sundown.

Via Miramar Beach has public access on Gulf Shore Boulevard North, just south of Harbour Drive, with ample parking and an outdoor shower. A short walk south takes you to the jetty at Doctors Pass, which provides Gulf access from Naples Bay. Metered parking. Open sunrise to sundown.

Naples Fishing Pier, at 12th Avenue South in the heart of Old Naples, has showers, restrooms, a bait shop and a snack bar. Dolphins are seen frequently. Metered parking is located nearby, with additional parking and access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard. (239) 213-3062. Amenities open 9 a.m. to sunset weekends, 10 a.m. to sunset weekdays; pier open 24 hours. naplespier.com

North Gulf Shore Boulevard Beach, located at the end of Seagate Drive, is open 8 a.m. to sunset. Outdoor shower. Metered parking. (239) 252-4000.

Vanderbilt Beach Park, at the end of Vanderbilt Drive, is a tree- and residence-lined county beach. Vanderbilt offers parking with handicap accessibility to the beach, restrooms and showers. Snacks and watersports rentals available at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, and Vanderbilt Inn resorts. Metered parking or parking garage available. (239) 252-4000. Open sunrise to sundown.

 

Lee County Parking

Residents can purchase Lee County parking permit stickers at the Terry Park Administration building, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, (239) 533-7275; Estero Community Park and Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, (239) 498-0415; and Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, (239) 432-2154. Without a permit, visiting beachgoers should pay fees or feed parking meters as applicable. Gated beach entrances close at sunset; all other beaches close at 11 p.m. Beach parking passes may be purchased by visiting leeparks.org or by calling (239) 533-7440. 

 

Relax: From rustic beaches with limited access to full-service resorts, you can choose the best experience at which to catch some rays.BONITA SPRINGS

Barefoot Beach Preserve. Look for the signs at the intersection of Barefoot Beach Boulevard and Bonita Beach Road. Enter past the security booth and continue two miles. This 342-acre preserve contains a coastal hammock and a one-mile nature trail. Facilities include changing rooms, showers, restrooms, snack bar and canoe launch. The preserve also offers nature interpretation stations. Collier County beach parking permits or $8 per vehicle for parking. (239) 252-4000.

Bonita Beach Park off Bonita Beach Road at 27954 Hickory Blvd. Facilities include picnic tables, grills, playground, sand volleyball court, restrooms, changing rooms, watersports rentals and a concession stand. Guided walks available on the mile-long nature trail. Parking $2 per hour. Only Lee County parking stickers purchased before Dec. 1, 2010 will be accepted. Lots fill quickly. Beach access is north of the main beach. Open from dawn until dusk.

Little Hickory Island Beach Park is between Bonita Beach and Lovers Key. Popular beach for fishing. Restrooms, picnic tables and showers available. Parking $1 per hour.

Dog Beach, where Fido may run free. Located at 8800 Estero Blvd. No facilities available for humans, although parking is free. (239) 533-7275.

 

CAPE CORAL

Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway. Located on the Caloosahatchee River, the area features picnic tables, restrooms, outdoor showers, tennis courts, a free boat ramp, barbecue area, bait shop, public pool and a large beach pavilion available for rent. Marine biology workshops are offered. Free parking; $10 per boat trailer to park. (239) 574-0806. Pool hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FORT MYERS BEACH

Bowditch Point Regional Park. Take Matanzas Pass Bridge onto the beach, turn right at foot of bridge and follow Estero Boulevard to the end. Seventeen acres of recreational area and nature preserve. Includes restrooms, showers, picnic tables, concessions, grills, hiking paths, wheelchair-accessible beach access and a pavilion available for rent. Parking $1 per hour. A trolley (50-cent fare) runs every 15 minutes from Main Street Park-and-Ride lot. (239) 533-7275. Open dawn until dusk.

Bunche Beach on San Carlos Bay, on John Morris Road off Summerlin Road before the Sanibel Causeway, overlooks Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. Here, 731 acres are nature preserves, making it a popular location with fishermen and paddlers. No facilities; limited parking. (239) 765-6794. Open sunrise to sunset.

Fort Myers Beach is just east of Lynn Hall Park and features plenty of beach bars and cafés. Rent WaveRunners, go parasailing, jet-boat and more. Park at Lynn Hall, in a private lot or at meters under the bridge; or ride the 50-cent trolley. (239) 765-6794.

Lakes Regional Park is located off Gladiolus Drive. Bathrooms, showers, bike rentals, canoe rentals, freshwater fishing allowed, boats allowed with trolling motor only (call to register). No swimming. Pavilions for rent, biking and walking trails. Train ride runs along the lake. (239) 533-7581.

Lovers Key State Park. Barrier islands between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach. Parking is plentiful. Admission $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists, $4 for single-occupancy vehicles, $8 for motor vehicles carrying up to eight passengers. The park features pavilions, nature trails, a concession stand and a bridge linking the two barrier islands. Canoe, kayak and bike rentals available. Public boat ramp; suggested donation of $2 to launch. (239) 463-4588. Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Lynn Hall Memorial Park, located in the heart of Fort Myers Beach. Turn right at foot of Matanzas Pass Bridge, left off North Estero Boulevard. Amenities include restrooms, a playground, fishing pier, picnic shelters, grills, and shops and restaurants at Times Square pedestrian mall. Parking $2 per hour. Lots fill quickly. (239) 765-6794. Open dawn until dusk.

 

Kid-friendly: Local beaches offer extra play areas for children.SANIBEL/CAPTIVA ISLANDS

Algiers Beach/Gulfside City Park. Located off Casa Ybel Road on Sanibel Island. Named after a steamboat once pulled ashore and turned into a house, these beaches offer shaded picnic areas, boardwalks and restrooms. Pet friendly. Parking $2 per hour. (239) 472-6397.

Bowman’s Beach is located off Sanibel-Captiva Road on Bowman’s Beach Road. Popular Sanibel beach, noted for its wildlife, shelling and seclusion, it offers plentiful parking plus restrooms, changing rooms, showers, drinking fountains, picnic tables, grills and parking for recreational vehicles. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (239) 395-1860.

Sanibel Causeway beaches. Visitors pay a toll to Sanibel and Captiva islands. Beaches are located on both sides of the road with picnic tables and restrooms on the second island and offer excellent shelling and fishing. Leashed pets welcome. No fee to park.

Lighthouse Beach is at the site of a historic, working lighthouse at the southeastern tip of Sanibel. Small fishing pier, restrooms, drinking fountains, hiking paths and parking for recreational vehicles. Parking $2 per hour. (239) 472-6397.

Tarpon Bay Beach, on Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel. Pets on leashes allowed. Has restrooms and parking for recreational vehicles. Parking $2 per hour. (239) 472-6397.

Turner Beach is at the north end of Blind Pass, which separates Sanibel and Captiva islands. Popular with families and fishermen, although signs caution against swimming due to swift currents. Restrooms and outdoor showers available. Open sunrise to sunset. (239) 395-1860.

 

Magical Moments
Have you ever witnessed a spectacular event, totally unexpected, that was over in the blink of an eye? You hesitate to tell the story, because even you wonder if it really happened. We expect those kinds of magical moments here in Paradise. A mighty osprey with a five-foot wingspan crashes into the water beside your boat to emerge with a silvery fish in its powerful talons. A surreal flicker of luminescent green flashes on the horizon the instant the sun disappears below the horizon. It’s the middle of winter and you realize that you are here, now, wiggling your toes in the warm sand.

 

Uptown’s downtown: Mercato has become one of the hottest shopping districts in the area. Photo courtesy of Advanced photography specialistsSHOPPING 

In need of some serious “retail therapy?” We’ve got you covered. Many of the glamorous labels in clothing, jewelry, leather goods and accessories one expects to find in Paris, Milan and New York are available right here on the Gulfshore. Boutiques like Hermès, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and Christofle share their Naples address at Waterside Shops with moderately priced favorites such as Gap, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic.

World travelers will love Mercato, patterned after the charming old world mercatos of Italy. Tucked among the unique specialty shops are a blend of restaurants, pubs and lounges, a Whole Foods Market and a sophisticated movie theater complex.

Wherever you find yourself from Naples to Fort Myers, a full-size shopping mall with ample parking is nearby. You can find top department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as value-priced stores like Target, T.J. Maxx and JCPenney. Scores of locally owned shops offer distinctive apparel and gifts, and talented jewelers stand ready to create custom bling for you or your beloved.

On Marco, Sanibel and Captiva islands, you’ll discover laid back, island-style shopping villages. Of course, one simply must do the elegant Old Naples shopping and dining district of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South. And whether for artsy daytime shopping and gallery hopping or nighttime action, a great place to be is the downtown Fort Myers River District.

NAPLES

Fifth Avenue South, six blocks in Old Naples, (239) 435-3742. Continental ambiance offers a mix of sophisticated restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Among the retailers are Petunias, Gallery O, Port Royal Jewelers, Best of Everything, The Lady From Haiti and Moore, and Abbott’s Frozen Custard. Fifth Avenue is home to more than 20 restaurants and sidewalk cafés, as well as the Downtown Naples Information Center at 800 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 103. The Sugden Community Theatre is on Fifth, and The von Liebig Art Center is just around the corner. fifthavenuesouth.com.

Third Street South and the Avenues, located in the heart of Old Naples, (239) 434-6533. Featuring a collection of more than 100 charming shops, the thriving Gallery Row and premier culinary finds. Shops include Marissa Collections, Tickled Pink, Gattle’s, Jami’s and C. Orrico. Restaurants include Campiello, Sea Salt, Handsome Harry’s, Jane’s, Ridgway Bar and Grill, and Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe, among others. In addition to providing a source for area information, the street’s concierge will hold and assist with package deliveries, and arrange transportation. Third Street South is also a Naples’ Wi-Fi hot spot, so bring your laptop. thirdstreetsouth.com.

Tin City, on U.S. 41 at Goodlette-Frank Road, (239) 262-4200. Originally a 1920s clam shelling and oyster processing plant. More than 30 eclectic shops offer kitschy souvenirs, collectibles and handmade goods. Try waterfront dining at Riverwalk Fish & Ale House and Pincher’s Crab Shack, or grab a quick bite at Café Europa, a fixture in Tin City for decades. tin-city.com.

Bayfront, on Goodlette-Frank Road at U.S. 41, (239) 649-8700. Enjoy the colorful European-style architecture while browsing the shops and galleries of this center that includes several dining options, residences and a marina. Specialty stores include Murano Lighting Gallery, Bayfront Clothing Boutique, The Weatherburn Gallery and Jennings of Naples. Restaurants include Stoney’s Steakhouse, Roy’s, Tavern on the Bay and Shane’s Cabana Bar. Other services include Robert of Philadelphia salon, Prudential Florida Realty and Stoneburner Properties. bayfrontnaples.com.

North from Old Naples on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail), fine-jewelry lovers or collectors will encounter several upscale jewelry and watch retailers with buildings that resemble the jewels within. Thalheimers is at 3200 Tamiami Trail N., at U.S. 41 and Ridge Street, thalheimers.com. It offers fine Swiss watches, custom and designer jewelry, Lladro gallery and other giftware. Bigham Jewelers, featuring jewelry from internationally acclaimed designers, is farther north at 2425 Tamiami Trail N., bighamjewelers.com. The striking Bigham building is also home to Trudy Labell Fine Art and Eyetopian Optical.

Village on Venetian Bay, Gulf Shore Boulevard North at Park Shore Drive, (239) 261-6100. A newly renovated waterfront village with a taste of Old Italy. Stroll by the bay and shop at more than 50 upscale specialty boutiques for men and women, including A Horse of a Different Color, Pearl, Simply Natural, Wildflower, and Mondo Uomo and Donna, as well as galleries, design studios and waterfront restaurants including Cloyde’s Steak and Lobster, M Waterfront Grille, Miramare, Bayside, The Village Pub and a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop. venetianvillage.com.

Coastland Center, 1900 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 262-2323. The only enclosed retail center includes well-known names such as Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears and more than 150 specialty stores, including G By Guess, Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever21, Gap, Express and Victoria’s Secret. Dining options include Charley’s Steakery, Calistoga Bakery Cafe, The Cheesecake Factory and an extensive food court. coastlandcenter.com.

Shoppes at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Beach Road at Airport-Pulling Road. Mediterranean-style shopping and dining village featuring Pei Wei Asian Diner, Elements Therapeutic Massage, Zazou, Emack & Bolio’s, Absinthe Restaurant, Diva Doghouse & Co., The Good Life, Bump Maternity, Pizzaiolos, European Wax Center and more.

Waterside Shops, U.S. 41 at Seagate Drive, (239) 598-1605. An outdoor shopping center set among artistically tiled fountains and anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Home to luxury boutiques including Bur-berry, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Gucci, Coach, Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, Apple, Kate Spade and Calypso. Dining options include BrickTop’s Restaurant, Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen and the Silver Spoon Café. watersideshops.com.

Mercato, U.S. 41, north of Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 594-9400. Anchored by Whole Foods, Naples’ newest mixed-use development also includes The Capital Grille, AZN Azian Cuizine, The Pub, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, McCormick & Schmick’s, Blue Martini, Silverspot Cinema, Gigi’s Children’s Boutique, Byte Shop, Pandora, Vogue Couture, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie and Books-A-Million. mercatoshops.com.

 

MARCO ISLAND

Esplanade, 760 N. Collier Blvd., (239) 394-7772. This shopping plaza is set on Smokehouse Bay with fine dining, select retailers, specialty stores and commercial offices. It also houses a 77-boat-slip marina and a bayside sunset amphitheater. Restaurants include CJ’s on the Bay, Tara Steak and Lobster House and Guy Harvey’s Island Grill. esplanadeshoppes.com.

Marco Town Center Mall, North Collier Boulevard at Bald Eagle Drive. More than 40 shops, restaurants and cafes in a casual outdoor setting. Dining options include the Crazy Flamingo, Susie’s Diner, Summer Day Market and Café, and locally owned boutiques such as La Scarpa, Periwinkles, Blue Mangrove Gallery, Georgie’s and Sandpiper Clothiers. marcotowncentermall.com.

 

Retail therapy: Whether you are looking for high-end fashion or a sweet treat for a hostess gift, local shopping has everything you need. Photo courtesy of Norman Love ConfectionsBONITA SPRINGS

The Promenade at Bonita Bay, U.S. 41 and South Bay Drive, (239) 261-6100. A courtyard village includes upscale retail shops, restaurants and offices. Shops include Weekends, DuFrane Jewelers, Bonne Nuit, Evelyn & Arthur, the Mole Hole, Mondo Uomo and Donna, and Jami’s and JCC. Restaurants include the Silver Spoon Café, Molino’s Ristorante and Roy’s. promenadeshops.com.

 

ESTERO

Coconut Point, south of Corkscrew Road on U.S. 41, (239) 992-9966. Set on seven acres, the shopping area is part of a 500-acre, master-planned community. Shops include J.Crew, Apple, Coach, Sephora, Gymboree, West Elm, Lucky Brand Jeans, Best Buy and more. More than 25 dining offerings include The Grape Wine Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ted’s Montana Grill and Blue Water Bistro. Hollywood Theaters round out the experience. simon.com.

Miromar Outlets, exit 123 off I-75 at Corkscrew Road, (239) 948-3766. Miromar offers an extensive selection for bargain hunters with more than 140 outlet shops. Factory stores include Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Off Fifth, Escada, Polo Ralph Lauren, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, J.Crew, Coach, Movado and Bose. miromaroutlets.com.

Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road, (239) 390-5111. Comprehensive resource for design professionals and consumers. More than 40 showrooms present furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen and bath products, art, accessories, wall coverings and much more. Design referral services, college-level courses and event facilities are available. miromardesigncenter.com.

 

FORT MYERS

Bell Tower Shops, U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway, (239) 489-1221. A scenic, open-air, upscale retail center with 40 specialty stores, fine dining, a 20-screen movie theater and well-known hotel accommodations. Stroll through lush landscapes and enjoy special events throughout the week. Anchors include Saks Fifth Avenue and Bed Bath & Beyond. thebelltowershops.com.

Cypress Square, 13451 McGregor Blvd. Nestled in a lush garden setting, Cypress Square offers fine dining and exclusive shopping like Jennifer’s, Blu Sushi and Prawnbroker Restaurant.

Edison Mall, U.S. 41 and Colonial Boulevard, (239) 939-1933. Featuring many of the nation’s top department and specialty stores such as Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, the Disney Store, Yankee Candle, Journey’s, Justice, PacSun, Bath & Body Works and Foot Locker. simon.com.

Gulf Coast Town Center, I-75 and Alico Road, (239) 267-0783. Lifestyle center featuring the first Bass Pro Shops to open in Southwest Florida. Shops such as JCPenney, SuperTarget, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ron Jon Surf Shop are intermixed with restaurants including PF Chang’s, FirePit City Grill, Miller’s Ale House, Blu Sushi and Islamorada Fish Co. Regal Cinemas 16 adds to the lively evening atmosphere. gulfcoasttowncenter.com.

Park Shops at Andrea Lane, Andrea Lane and U.S. 41. Features Vino 100, Bonefish Grill, Mirage Boutique and more.

The River District, historic downtown Fort Myers, is experiencing a resurgence of retail and commercial development with a surge in art galleries. It’s a destination for shoppers looking for the perfect gift or unique home furnishing.

Tanger Outlet Center, 20350 Summerlin Road, (239) 454-1974. Stroll canopied boardwalks in a plush, tropical setting and shop more than 45 name-brand and manufacturer outlets, including Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Jones New York, Reebok, Calvin Klein, Gap, Samsonite and Nike. tangeroutlet.com.

 Pet plus: Most shopping districts are puppy-friendly.

SANIBEL ISLAND

Periwinkle Way, Sanibel’s main road, features open-air shopping perfect for casual strolling. From seashells to souvenirs and clothing to crafts, there is something for every taste.

Periwinkle Place is home to restaurants, a day spa, a toy store, shops featuring unique gifts, galleries, apparel boutiques and jewelry stores. Some stores include Island Pursuit, Chocolate Expressions, Peach Republic and the original Chico’s. periwinkleplace.com.

 

CAPTIVA ISLAND

Chadwick’s Square, at the entrance to South Seas Resort on the north end of Captiva Island, (239) 472-5111. Features a unique selection of specialty shops with everything from beachwear to home furnishings, including a pizzeria, gallery, jeweler, florist, clothing shops, antique dealers, grocery and beauty salon.

 

OUTLET PARADISE
Estero, located between Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, is an outlet shopper’s dream. Miromar Outlets has 140 big-name stores from Jockey to Neiman Marcus. Staying on the islands? Check out Naples Outlet Center near Marco Island or Tanger Outlets near Sanibel Island.

 

 

Seaworthy: Jade N. Riedel’s Boats on the Beach on display at The von Liebig Art Center.GALLERIES & VISUAL ART

Art collectors come from around the globe to acquire fine paintings, sculpture, photography and objets d’art here on the Gulfshore. Scores of studios with artists in residence reflect our love of all things beautiful. From oil and watercolor to glass, bronze and clay; from exquisite miniatures to massive one-of-a-kind installations; art treasures come in all sizes and all media. 

In addition to the spacious, world-class museums such as the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art and community art collectives such as The von Liebig Art Center (Naples) and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Fort Myers), don’t miss the scores of smaller galleries all along the Gulfshore. Besides the recognized “gallery rows” in Old Naples, downtown Fort Myers and on Pine Island, you’ll discover important works of art in all media tucked into historic tin-roofed cottages and turn-of-the-century fisherman’s shacks, in museums and visitors’ centers, as well as art associations and artisans’ studios. On the first Friday of each month, the Historic River District of Fort Myers celebrates the arts with gallery open houses, receptions and live music. Old Naples has its Thursdays on Third (Third Street South) and Evenings on Fifth (Fifth Avenue South).

Not all the art along the Gulfshore is restrained by gallery walls. Regional and international artists have been commissioned by both city and private organizations to grace both indoor and outdoor spaces with sculptures, murals, fountains and mosaics.

It begins in Fort Myers, the minute you enter the terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport, with the stunning Children of the Everglades exhibit. These historic photographs and artifacts depict the lives of the Seminole-Miccosukee Indian children, including patchwork clothing, pine-needle and sweet-grass baskets, palmetto dolls and historical documents.

AVE MARIA

Ave Maria Gallery and History Exhibit, 5072 Annunciation Circle, Suites 102–103, (239) 280-2500. Fine art gallery and source of historical records pertinent to Ave Maria and founder Tom Monaghan.

 

MARCO ISLAND

Artist Colony at the Esplanade, 740-760 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, (239) 642-0528. More than a dozen artists showcase paintings, sculpture, photography and other works. marcoislandartistcolony.com.

Blue Mangrove Gallery, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 417, (239) 393-2405. Painted works, glass sculpture, photography, metal work, textiles and jewelry. bluemangrovegallery.com.

Marco Island Center for the Arts/Art League of Marco Island, 1010 Winterberry Drive, (239) 394-4221. Includes two large galleries and hosts classes, workshops, exhibits, art shows and events. marcoislandart.com.

 

NAPLES

Adams Galleries, 5201 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 3, (239) 403-0040. Original oil paintings in Italian, Mediterranean, impressionist, tropical and contemporary styles. adamsgalleriesflorida.com.

Alan Brown Gallery, (239) 403-4487. Art by contemporary masters, including Tommy Simpson, Leo Kaplan, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers and James Rosenquist. By appointment only. alanbrowngallery.com.

Arsenault Studio, (239) 263-1214. Paintings by Paul Arsenault. Call for events and appointments. arsenaultstudio.com.

Art 41, 4115 Ninth St. N., (239) 263-0933. A wide variety of original contemporary/transitional paintings, sculptures and more created by local Naples artists. jcrabtreefineart.com.

Art Gallery Old Naples 2, 1187 Eighth St. S., (239) 560-9569, (941) 587-4040. Gallery featuring the work of Karen Stone and Lynne B. Wilcox. Monthly shows featuring works in pastel. artgalleryoldnaples2.com.

The Artwork Shop, 1309 Third St. S., (239) 262-5272. Oil and silk portraits, prints and posters. Custom framing available.

Atelier Contemporary, 561 Palm Circle E., (239) 213-0712. Studio of Janis Siegel and Louis Salvati. Large-scale, free-form sculpture and paintings. Call for appointment. salvatisiegel.com.

Auctions Neopolitan & Gallery, 1100 First Ave. S., (239) 262-7333. Consignment and auction gallery featuring unique furniture and decorative items. auctionsn.com. 

Barbara Groenteman Fine Art Gallery & Studio, 5760 Shirley St., Unit 7, (239) 572-3386. Features the work of Barbara Groenteman, specializing in fine-art watercolors with tropical, floral and Florida wildlife themes executed in a realistic technique. barbaragroenteman.com.

Calusa Gallery, 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 404, (239) 594-3888. Custom frame shop and eclectic art gallery featuring paintings, limited-edition etchings, original paintings and custom-framed mirrors. calusagallery.com.

The Clay Place, 1555 Shadowlawn Drive, (239) 775-1078. The gallery of potter Jim Rice, features functional artwork, including tiles, platters, clocks, mugs, plates, and decorative and architectural pieces. naplesclayplace.com.

The Darvish Collection Inc. Gallery of Fine Art, 1199 Third St. S., (239) 261-7581. Nineteenth to 21st century European and American oil paintings, marble and bronze sculptures. darvishcollection.com.

DeBruyne Fine Art Gallery, 275 Broad Ave. S., (239) 262-4551. Contemporary artists, antique paintings and sculpture. debruynefineart.com.

Dennison-Moran Gallery, 360 12th Ave. S., (239) 263-0590. A contemporary American craft gallery featuring the work of more than 150 artists and craftsmen, including the owners, painter Mary Moran and goldsmiths Kathleen and Robert Dennison.

The Dexter Gallery, 707 12th Ave. S., (239) 262-5446. Paintings by Naples artist Richard Dexter.
theflowergallerynaples.com.

The Emily James Studio & Gallery, 780 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 200 (over Starbucks), (239) 777-3283. Portraits and paintings of landscapes, seascapes and European scenes and more by Emily James, a native Floridian. emilyjamesart.com.

The Englishman Fine Art & Antiques, 1190 Third St. S., (239) 649-8088. Original antique art displayed alongside fine antique and decorative furniture and accessories. theenglishmanusa.com.

The Everglades Gallery, 15505 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 273-5813. Photography gallery highlighting Southwest Florida landscapes by John Brady. timeandlight.com.

Fantasy & Faux, 1750 J & C Blvd., Suite 1, (239) 298-1072. Hand-painted furniture, accessories and murals; specializes in Venetian plaster, faux painting and faux bois. fantasyandfaux.com.

Fifth Avenue Design Gallery, 365 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 417-3650. Jamali fine art, cork paper, frescoes, canvas and sculpture; high-end interior design gallery. fifthavenuedesigngallery.com.

Four Winds Gallery, 340 13th Ave. S., (239) 263-7555. Gold and silver jewelry by award-winning Native American artists. Masterworks of art and sculpture, basketry, pottery and weavings. fourwindsnaples.com.

Funky Flamingo Studio, 2725 12th St. N., (239) 434-7006. Features work of batik artist Muffy Clark Gill. Call for appointment. funkyflamingo.com, mufflyclarkgill.com.

Galerie du Soleil, 393 Broad Ave. S., (239) 417-3450. Original drawings, paintings, sculpture, glass, pastels and mixed media artwork. galeriedusoleil.com.

The Gallery at ArtMove, 5465 Jaeger Road, (239) 262-8816. The exclusive U.S. marketing representative for the Mondazzi Collection, showcasing works by Italian contemporary sculptor and painter Marcello Mondazzi. artmovellc.com/marcello_mondazzi-2.

The Gallery at Geary Design, 4646 Domestic Ave., Suite 102, (239) 594-1600. An experience in modern art and design, featuring an ever-changing presentation of original paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper, plus original studio furniture and contemporary lighting. gearydesign.com.

gallery O, 600 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 106, Naples, (239) 776-7056. Handmade arts and crafts, home décor, gifts, Belizean hardwoods, jewelry and more from Latin America, the Caribbean and South America. thegalleryo.com.

Gallery One, 670 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-0835. More than 200 artists and colorful art glass, paintings, sculpture, Frogman bronze frogs, ceramics and unique jewelry. galleryonenaples.com.

Gardner Colby Gallery, 365 and 386 Broad Ave. S., (239) 403-7787. Representing an exceptional group of living American and international artists and sculptors. gardnercolbygallery.com.

Guess-Fisher Gallery, 810 12th Ave. S., Crayton Cove, (239) 659-2787. Owners and artists Natalie Guess and Phil Fisher feature their artwork (batik, clay, watercolor and oils) and the work of other Florida artists. natalieguess.com.

Harmon-Meek Gallery, 599 Ninth St. N., Suite 309, (239) 261-2637. Promotes American artists dating from 1920 to the present. harmonmeekgallery.com.

HW Gallery, 1305 Third St. S., (239) 263-6640. Offering modern, contemporary and traditional art. hwgallery.com.

Jo-Gi Gallery, 761 12th Ave. S., Crayton Cove/Old Naples, (239) 659-5644. The gallery’s niche is contemporary French fine art, bringing part of Paris and Provence to you since 2000. Jo-Gi’s unique collection offers original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition lithographs. jogigallery.com.

The Lady From Haiti And Moore, LLC, 785 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 649-8607. Colorful Caribbean art, including native steel drum sculpture, papier-mâché, jewelry and gifts from the third world. New partner Teri Moore carries clothing lines for the elegant yet casual woman. theladyfromhaiti.com.

LaRocco Galleries Inc., 5430 Yahl St., (239) 593-5827. French art deco furniture, lighting and decorative arts. laroccogalleriesinc.com.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1300 Third St. S., Suite 201, (239) 643-4448. Conducts regularly scheduled auctions of fine jewelry and timepieces, Asian works of art, post-war and contemporary art, prints, American and European art, fine furniture and decorative arts, books and manuscripts, and vintage couture and accessories. Holds general auctions and facilitates consignments to its Chicago auction house. lesliehindman.com.

Longstreth Goldberg Art, 5640 Taylor Road, (239) 514-2773. Southwest Florida’s largest contemporary art gallery; contemporary painting and sculpture by European and American artists. plgart.com.

Marianne Friedland Gallery, 359 Broad Ave. S., (239) 262-3484. Major works by modern and contemporary American masters. mariannefriedlandglry.com.

Marjorie Pesek Fine Art, 660 Ninth St. N., Suite 37A, (239) 293-4167. Specializing in commissioned portraits of dogs, cats and people, created by using a collage technique called “layered imagery” that involves assembling hundreds of photos into one complete mosaic portrait. marjoriepesek.com.

Mary Mariner Gallery and Art Studio, 2205 Hawksridge Drive, Suite 904, (239) 353-0013. Working studio of Mary Mariner, who specializes in impressionism and abstracts.

Naples International Pavilion, Livingston and Immokalee roads, (239) 949-5411. A new 60,000-square-foot venue for International Fine Art Expositions art fairs and other events. ifae.com.

Native Visions Gallery, 737 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 643-3785. Featuring the world’s premier nature artists. Traditional and contemporary landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and florals. Oils, pastels, glass art, bronzes, stone and wood carvings, with limited-edition prints. nativevisions.com, callofafrica.com.

New River Fine Art, the Colonnade at 600 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 102, (239) 435-4515. Fine American and European contemporary, modern and impressionist paintings and sculpture, including glass. newriverfineart.com.

Nora Butler Designs, 800 12th Ave. S., (239) 572-4701, (239) 403-8287. Art gallery, gift boutique and working studio featuring Butler’s whimsical, tropical and coastal-inspired colored-pencil drawings. norabutler.com.

North Naples Arts Alliance, (239) 821-1061. More than 20 independent artist studios and galleries located in the Pine Ridge Industrial Park. Offers studio art classes. 

Peter Garon Studio. Landscape-reminiscent oil and acrylic paintings. petergaronstudio.com.

Provenance Naples, (239) 263-4457. An online store specializing in fine antique china, porcelains, crystal and silver as well as furnishings. provenancenaples.com.

Rick Moore Fine Art, (239) 434-6464. Virtual gallery representing international artists and a variety of techniques. rickmooregallery.com.

Rosen Gallery & Studio, North Line Plaza at 2172 J & C Blvd., (239) 821-1061. Provides a unique artistic experience uniting three gallery spaces that surround the working studios of featured artists, including painters, sculptors and potters. rosenraku.com.

Shaw Gallery of Naples, 761 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-7828. Celebrating its 23rd season in the heart of Old Naples, Shaw Gallery of Naples represents a group of 40 nationally and internationally acclaimed painters, sculptors and glass artists. shawgallery.com.

Sheldon Fine Art, 460 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 649-6255. Traditional and contemporary originals and limited editions by world-renowned national and local artists. sheldonfineart.com.

Silver Eagle, 651 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 403-3033. Contemporary and traditional Native American arts and crafts from more than 20 Indian nations, including handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, artifacts, prints and more; plus a new gem and mineral gallery. silvereaglegallery.com.

Sweet Art Gallery, 2054 Trade Center Way, (239) 597-2110. Featuring modern, contemporary and abstract artwork by local, national and international artists. thesweetartgallery.com.

Trudy Labell Fine Art, 2425 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 434-7778. An extensive collection of artwork ranging from cutting-edge realism to abstract minimalist construction. trudylabellfineart.com.

Up Art & Design Gallery, 340 Eighth St. S., (239) 641-3898, (239) 263-3898. A reservoir of contemporary design work as the “SoHo of Southwest Florida,” the gallery exhibits emerging and mature nationally and internationally notable artists and offers Naples’ most unusual card shop, with humor and art panels. The gallery’s changing shows feature mixed media sculptures, reliefs, drawings, paintings, glass works and photography. Meet resident artist and cartoonist John Carroll Long and architect Andrea Clark Brown, who share views of their in-house studios with works in process. upartanddesign.com.

Vallez Studio Gallery, 1187 Eighth St. S., Unit 1, (239) 262-0381, (239) 404-4802. Paintings and prints by Naples artist Jerry Vallez. jerryvallez.com.

The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St. (off Fifth Avenue South), (239) 262-6517. Features international, national and local art exhibitions; holds art-related lectures; hosts nationally ranked art festivals; provides art classes and workshops for adults; and hosts a summer art education program for children. naplesart.org.

Weatherburn Gallery, 452 Bayfront Place, (239) 263-8008. National and international artists and their interpretations of landscapes, interiors, urbanscapes and still-life. weatherburn.com.

 

OCHOPEE

Big Cypress Gallery, 52388 Tamiami Trail, (239) 695-2428. An eco-tour destination featuring the black-and-white photographs of landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. clydebutcher.com.

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, (239) 495-8989. Eight studios, an art library and two galleries. artcenterbonita.org.

International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), 27598 Riverview Center Blvd., (239) 949-5411. Organizes and manages international art fairs in Naples, New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Palm Beach, including the Naples International Art and Antique Fair and the new Art Naples. ifae.com.

Shaw Gallery, 8200 Health Center Blvd., Suite 103, (239) 947-4938. Located in a modern, contemporary center, Shaw Gallery of Bonita Springs exhibits nationally and internationally acclaimed painters, sculptors and glass artists. shawgallery.com.

The Sultan Gallery at KVS Interior Design, 3820 Via Del Rey, Bonita Springs, (239) 949-6700. Showcases the work of Southwest Florida’s leading artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors and creators of pottery and distinctive craft items. Out-of-region and international artists are featured on an occasional basis. The Sultan Gallery’s intention is to keep the spotlight on the extremely talented artists who live and work in Southwest Florida.
kvsinteriordesign.com/sultan-gallery.

 

CAPE CORAL

Cape Coral Art League, 516 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5657. A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Cape Coral and surrounding areas. Classes and monthly art shows run October through May. capecoralartleague.com.

Cape Coral Arts Studio, 4533 Coronado Parkway, (239) 574-0802. An art gallery housing works from local and state artists; art supply store, gift shop, and fine-crafts classes and workshops. capeparks.com.

Harbour View Gallery, LLC, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 104, (239) 540-5789. A cooperative gallery with changing exhibits of paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass art and more. harbourviewgallery.com.


ESTERO

Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery, FGCU Arts Complex, (239) 590-7199. Exhibits student and faculty work as well as regional, national and international artists. fgcu.edu. 

 

FORT MYERS

Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, (800) 305-0185. Authentic tribal art from Africa, aboriginal Australia and native North America. tribalworks.com.

Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Free monthly art gallery exhibitions and special events, year-round art classes and workshops. artinlee.org.

Art of the Olympians, 1300 Hendry St., (239) 332-5055. Inspiring individuals to explore, discover and value the power of their creative potential through arts, education and sport programming. The museum showcases Olympic sports memorabilia and features artwork by international Olympians. artoftheolympians.org.

Arts for ACT Gallery and Boutique, 2265 First St., (239) 337-5050. A nonprofit gallery featuring 75 artists. Operated by Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT). artsforactgallery.com.

Art League of Fort Myers, 1451 Monroe St., (239) 275-3970. Art gallery, workshops, classes and special events. artleagueoffortmyers.org.

Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison State College, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 489-9313. Hosts eight exhibitions annually, including one student show, to benefit students and the public. bobrauschenberggallery.com.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Gallery showcases a variety of paintings, mixed media and other works from Southwest Florida artists. broadwaypalm.com.

Daas Gallery, 1542 Broadway, (239) 939-1194. Contemporary, edgy, modern works by local and international artists. daasgallery.com.

Gallerie Unique, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Bell Tower Shops, (239) 332-2121. Fort Myers’ landmark fine art gallery, featuring original and limited edition works of art by renowned international, national and regional artists. gallerieunique.com.

Greg Biolchini’s North Shore Studio, 81 W. North Shore Ave., (239) 910-6088. Teaching and working studio providing workshops in oil, pastel, portraiture, figure and still life. biolchini.com.

HOWL Gallery, 1514 Broadway, Suite 101, (239) 332-0161. Hybrid art gallery combined with a high-end custom tattoo studio and retail art store. howlgallery.com. 

In One Instant Gallery of Photography, 1526 Jackson St., (239) 834-0995. In addition to showcasing images produced in the analog traditions of film and paper as well as in today’s digital mediums, the gallery explores the history and evolution of photography and its role in society over the past 190 years. inoneinstant.com.

Laurel Fine Arts Foundation, 12577 New Brittany Blvd., (239) 936-0305. Featuring the Art of Vavrina, a Modern Impressionist. artofvavrina.com.

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., in the historic Federal Building, (239) 333-1933. It offers regular exhibits by local, national and international artists as well as concerts, performances by theater groups and other events. sbdac.com.

Space 39, 39 Patio De Leon, (239) 690-0004. Modern and contemporary art gallery. spacethirtynine.com.

SYZYGY Gallery, 2224 First St., (239) 337-5100. Christina Jarmolinksi’s acrylic, figurative and spiritual art and jewelry design of semiprecious stones; Rob Dekoter’s photography and web design, along with stone jewelry from India. syzygygallery.com.

WM. NORTH Gallery, 16521 S. Tamiami Trail, Gannon Antique and Art Center, (239) 489-2211. Impressionist oil paintings by William North and adjacent print gallery selling North’s Work; bookstore sells hundreds of rare art books. northgallery.com, orangesinart.com.
 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Donora and Shell Mound Blvd., (239) 463-3909. Working gallery with classes, painting groups, artwork for sale and show, and famous artist workshops. fortmyersbeachart.com. 


PINE ISLAND

Berreitter Photography and Gallery, 3366 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, (239) 246-8670. Documentary photography and features Excitations Discovery Channel. berreitter.com.

Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery, 4332 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, (239) 283-1335. An eclectic variety of art, books, and clothing. pinebaygallery.com.

Crossed Palms Gallery, 8315 Main St., Bokeelia, (239) 283-2283. Pottery, glass, jewelry, paintings and metal sculptures.

Island Décor & More, 4206 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-8080. Four thousand square feet of nautical and tropic gifts, souvenirs and home décor. island-decorandmore.com.

Koucky Gallery & Gardens, 5971 Baypoint Road, Bokeelia, (239) 283-4414. A pottery studio and gallery nestled in a tropical setting. Pottery and watercolor classes available October through April. kouckygallery.com.

Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, 4637 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-6453. National headquarters of renowned artist Leoma Lovegrove. Colorful art depicting Florida’s flora and fauna. Two other locations: 1101 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, and 1101 First St., Fort Myers. leomalovegrove.com.

The Potter’s Workshop, 3058 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, (239) 283-2775. Working pottery studio with adjacent gallery. thepottersworkshop.com.

Trader’s Hitching Post, 4618 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-4040. The oldest gallery on the island, featuring authentic Native American jewelry and art for more than 25 years. tradershitchingpost.com.

Wildchild Gallery, 4625 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-6006. More than 120 local artists. Island-inspired oils, sculptures, pottery and more. wildchildartgallery.com.

SANIBEL/ CAPTIVA ISLANDS

BIG Arts Center, 900 Dunlop Road, (239) 395-0900 and BIG Arts on Periwinkle Gallery and Gift Shop, 2244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-9700. Educational classes and workshops, Phillips Gallery and Founders Gallery, Schein Hall, a 414-seat concert hall and sculpture garden. bigarts.org.

Hirdie-Girdie Art Gallery, 2490 Library Way, Sanibel, (239) 395-0027. Sanibel’s premier co-op of unique, award-winning Southwest Florida art, including paintings, wood turning, jewelry, photographs, basketry, wood carving, pottery, sculpture and fused glass. hirdiegirdie.com.

Island Style, 2075 Periwinkle Way, Suites 6 and 10, Sanibel, (239) 472-6657. Fine contemporary American crafts. islandstylegalleries.com.

Jungle Drums Gallery, 11532 Andy Rosse Lane, (239) 395-2266. A variety of art in all price ranges. Media presented from local and international activists includes metal, wood, clay, glass, jewelry and much more. jungledrumsgallery.com.

Sanibel Art & Frame Co., 630 Tarpon Bay Road, Unit 8, Sanibel, (239) 396-1350. Tropical paintings and prints. sanibelartandframe.com.

Sanybel’s Finest, 1700 Periwinkle Way, Suite 8, Sanibel, (239) 472-8222. A gallery of arts and crafts, gifts and jewelry; features local artists on various media, including original paintings, prints, giclee, sculpture, stained glass and wood carving; custom framing and shipping available. sanybels-finest.com.

Tower Gallery, 751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, (239) 472-4557. Expressionist and abstract paintings, gyotaku, black-and-white photography, raku ceramics and more by a cooperative of 24 artists. towergallery.net.

Three Crafty Ladies, 1628 Periwinkle Way, Heart of the Island Plaza, (239) 472-2893. Fine art and craft supplies, beads, scrapbooking, shell crafts, quilting, books, fabrics and mixed media. threecraftyladies.com.

2 Islands Gallery Fine Art, Chadwick’s Square, (239) 472-7633. Handmade baskets, pottery, painting, fiber sculptures and weaving, gold and silver jewelry, wearable art and more. 2islandsgallery.com.

Watson MacRae Gallery: A Sanctuary of Art, 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-3386. Fine art and artisan glass, ceramics and jewelry by local and nationally know artists. watsonmacraegallery.com.

 

Sunset stroll: A jog along the beach is one of Southwest Florida’s purest pleasures.SPORTS AND RECREATION

Would you rather see a live professional baseball game or go deep-sea fishing? Would you pass up a chance to see a professional hockey game in favor of a spectacular cycle trip from Naples Bay to Lover’s Key? 

Here’s the good news: The calendar here is so packed with options that you need not give up one for another. Fort Myers is the spring training home of both the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. The Florida Everblades pro hockey team calls Estero home, and our own minor-league baseball team, the Fort Myers Miracle, plays all summer. In addition to dog races, The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track simulcasts the Kentucky Derby and other top horse races.

And then there’s the water. If you’re not sailing, paddling, cruising, fishing or swimming in it, getting your golf ball out of it, strolling or cycling beside it, or staring at it from your cabana, deck or balcony, maybe you took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

You can join a personal water-craft safari or take a wild ride on an airboat. Or, if you’d rather keep your head way, way above water, book a helicopter flight and see all of Paradise from the clouds.

 

 

Boat Tours and Charters, Watersports and Marinas

EVERGLADES CITY

Captain Doug’s Everglades Safari, one mile past the bridge on S.R. 29, (800) 282-9194. Narrated, scenic tour of the Everglades. captaindougs.com.

Everglades Day Safari, Fort Myers pick-up: 14900 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, (239) 472-1559 or (800) 472-3069. An intense, all-day excursion from the waters of the Ten Thousand Islands to the swamps of the Everglades. ecosafari.com.

Everglades Island Airboat Tours/Totch’s Island Boat Tours, 929 Dupont St., Everglades City, (239) 695-2333. Descendants of Everglades legend Totch Brown lead airboat tours. airboateverglades.com.

Everglades National Park Boat Tours, S.R. 29, Chokoloskee Causeway, (239) 695-2591. See mangrove forests, manatees, dolphins, bald eagles and roseate spoonbills.

Jungle Erv’s Airboat Tours, half mile west of U.S. 41 on S.R. 29, (877) 695-2820. Guided tours of marine and estuarine environments.
jungleervairboatworld.com.

 

MARCO ISLAND

Blue Runner Charters, at Marco River Marina, (239) 253-4805. Offshore wreck and reef fishing for groups up to six. Children welcome. bluerunner-charters.com.

Caxambas Park, end of South Collier Blvd., (239) 642-0004. Boat ramp, four-acre park, restrooms, fuel, bait, concessions and picnic area. 7 a.m. to sunset daily.

Marco Island Princess, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 642-5415. Daily cruises include lunch buffet, sightseeing, sunset hors d’oeuvres and sunset dinner buffet cruises. marcoislandprincess.com.

Marco Island Sea Excursions, 705 E. Elkcam Circle, (239) 642-6400. Offers support services to meeting planners for all water activities available in the area. seaexcursions.com.

Marco Island Ski and Water Sports, 400 S. Collier Blvd. at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa, (239) 642-2359; 560 S. Collier Blvd. at Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort, (239) 642-3377; or 600 S. Collier Blvd. at Marriott’s Crystal Shores, (239) 394-4344. Dolphin-watch, sunset tours aboard the Calusa Spirit, parasailing, WaveRunners, eco-tours and more. marcoislandwatersports.com.

Marco River Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-2502. Half-day and full-day boat rentals, dockage, tackle shop and ship’s store, service boat sales and repair. marcoriver.com.

Marina at Factory Bay, 1081 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 389-2929. Seventy-one floating docks accommodate boats up to 105 feet. Short- or long-term, water, cable, clubhouse with wireless Internet, laundry, showers, restrooms, ice and free pump-out. themarinaatfactorybay.com.

ScubaMarco, 1141 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 389-7889. Full-service dive shop offering certifications, trips and equipment. scubamarco.com.

Stop’s Marine Charters, 385 Angler Drive at Calusa Marina, (239) 394-8000. Personalized fishing, shelling, sightseeing, eco-tours and snorkeling tours for up to six passengers. stopsmarinecharters.com.

Sunshine Tours, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 642-5415. Sightseeing cruises and fishing trips based at the Rose Marco River Marina. sunshinetoursmarcoisland.com.

 

NAPLES

A & B Charters, at the Port of Call Marina, (239) 263-8833. Half-, full- and multiday deep-sea charters for up to 10 passengers; half-day and full-day inland fishing trips for up to 10 passengers. aandbcharters.com.

All Water Excursions, (239) 594-0213. Customized sunset charters, eco-tours, fishing excursions, luxury charters, party boat trips, water activities and more. allwaterexcursions.com.

Bayfront Marina, Goodlette-Frank Road and U.S. 41, (239) 649-8700. Short- or long-term dockage. 42 new slips accommodating yachts up to 40 feet in length. Restrooms, showers, restaurants and shops. bayfrontnaples.com.

Bayview Park, Danford Street off Thomasson Drive, (239) 252-4000. A 4-acre park along Naples Bay. Water access, restrooms, picnic shelters and playground. Sunrise to sundown.

Captain Marvel Charters, 880 12th Ave. S., (239) 261-7159. A six-passenger charter boat offering full-, half- and multiday deep-sea fishing trips. captmarvel.com.

Capt. Mike Bailey, Port-o-Call Marina, (239) 825-4292. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing and eco-tours aboard Ms. B Haven. fishinnaples.com.

Cocohatchee Nature Center, 12345 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 592-1200. Offers narrated boat cruises, kayak and canoe rentals in a mangrove estuary.

Cool Beans Cruises, 278 Capri Blvd., (239) 777-0020. Private charter cruise aboard the Cool Beans Catamaran for up to six people. coolbeanscruises.com.

Collier Boulevard Boating Park, S.R. 951 just north of the Marco Island Bridge, (239) 252-4000. Two boat ramps. Sunrise to sundown.

Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides Inc., 20610 Tamiami Trail E., (239) 389-7433. Native Seminole Indian tour guide takes you on a 45-minute airboat tour of a 200-acre private piece of the Everglades. cbairboatrides.com.

Cruise Naples Inc., 1200 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-4949. Sightseeing and sunset cruises aboard Double Sunshine, bay fishing aboard Naples Explorer and deep sea fishing aboard Lady Brett 45. tincityboats.com, cruisenaplesflorida.com.

Grand Slam Charters, Port-o-Call Marina, (239) 571-2878. Capt. Will Geraghty offers backcountry and offshore fishing charters. captainstales.com.

Gulfing Adventures, 2032 Davis Blvd., (239) 431-1770. Learn Florida trout fishing tips and techniques to find more fish and get more bites. Master these techniques and find yourself catching more fish on the next fishing trip. florida-trout-fishing-tips.com.

JetSki Naples, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-4949. JetSki rentals, dolphin and nature tours. jetskinaplesflorida.com.

Mangrove-Outfitters Fly Shop and Guide Service, 4111 Tamiami Trail E., (239) 793-3370. Experienced back-country fishing guides operating out of a full-service fly shop. mangroveoutfitters.com.

Naples Charter Boats, (239) 417-3474. Private boat charters, deep-sea and backwater fishing, dolphin watches, sightseeing cruises, restaurant trips and sunset cruises for groups of six or less. naplescharterboats.com.

Naples City Dock, 12th Avenue South on Naples Bay, (239) 213-3070. Newer docks accommodating vessels up to 110 feet. Fuel dock, restrooms, bait and ice, close to restaurants, ships’ store and trolley service.

Naples Landing, 1101 Ninth St. S., (239) 213-1819. Public boat ramp.

Naples Princess, 550 Port-O-Call Way, (239) 649-2275. See the homes of Port Royal or watch the sunset aboard the Naples Princess, a 96-foot yacht. Daily cruises include lunch buffet, sightseeing, sunset hors d’oeuvres and sunset dinner cruises. naplesprincesscruises.com.

Naples Watersports, 550 Port-O-Call Way, (239) 774-0479. Powerboat and other water recreation vehicles available for rent. naples-boatrentals.com.

Nautilus Boat Tours, 179 S. Bay Drive, Vanderbilt Beach Marina, (239) 597-4408. Lunch, sunset and dinner cruises; kids programs; private charters available. nautilusboattours.com.

SCUBAdventures, 971 Creech Road, (239) 434-7477. Snorkeling, scuba training, sales and rentals.
scubadventureslc.com.

Scuba Outfitters of Naples, 1949 Davis Blvd., (239) 280-5500. Five-Star PADI Dive Center offering education and equipment. scubaoutfittersnaples.com.

Manatee Sightseeing Eco-Adventure, 525 Newport Drive, (239) 642-8818. One-and-a-half-hour personal eco-boat tour for two to six passengers. Quality visuals of manatees are guaranteed on this waveless ride aboard a covered boat. see-manatees.com.

South Bay Marina, 179 South Bay Drive, (239) 597-2063. Marina with fuel, bait, tackle, concessions, boat rentals and charters. southbaymarinafl.com.

Southwest Florida EcoTours Inc., (239) 776-9050. Pick-ups: Granada Shoppes, 1016 Immokalee Road; Park Shore Plaza, 4255 N. Tamiami Trail; Books-a-Million, 2063 Tamiami Trail N.; Naples-based eco-tour company offering half-day and full-day journeys into the Everglades and the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Boat tours and air boat rides. southwestfloridaecotours.com.

Sweet Liberty, at the City Dock, 880 12th Ave. S., (239) 793-3525. Beachcombing, dolphin tours, cocktail cruises and eco-tours on a 53-foot catamaran. sweetliberty.com.

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina, 26107 Hickory Blvd., (239) 992-0991. Pontoon boats, charter, kayaks, bait, supplies, fuel and slips. Landing for the Great Calusa Blueway canoe and kayak paddling trail.

Bonita Boat Rentals, 26395 Hickory Blvd., (239) 992-2137. Twenty-two-foot pontoon boats for rent. Choose either 35 horsepower with seating for up to 10 passengers or 50 horsepower with seating for up to 12 passengers. Rates start at $80 for two-hour charter up to $215 for a full day. bonitabr.com.

Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail, 27908 Hickory Blvd., (239) 992-0487, (239) 825-7559. Jet skis, chairs, cabanas, umbrellas and parasailing. bonitajetski.com.

Fish Trap Marina, 4794 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 992-6055. Bait, tackle, rod and reel repairs and backwater charter fishing.

High Hopes Charters, depart from Bonita Beach, (239) 273-6122. Private charter fishing aboard a 24-foot center console for up to four passengers. highhopescharters.com.

Imperial River Boat Ramp, 27551 Tamiami Trail S., (239) 229-2063. Park, restrooms and fishing pier. Parking $5 per vehicle. Sunrise to sunset; boat ramp open 24 hours.

 

CAPE CORAL/ PINE ISLAND

Matlacha Boat Ramp, 4577 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 229-7367. Two-slip boat launch with parking. Access to Matlacha Pass. Parking $10. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

ESTERO

Estero River Outfitters, 20991 Tamiami Trail S., (239) 992-4050. Canoe or kayak the Estero River to Estero Bay. Rentals and launch.
all-florida.com/swestero.htm.

 

FORT MYERS

Adventures in Paradise and Port Sanibel Marina, 14341 Port Comfort Road, (239) 472-8443. Canoe and kayak ecotours, dolphin watches, sunset cruises, fishing and power boat rentals. Trolley access. adventureinparadiseinc.com.

Back Country Fishing Charters with Capt. Paul Hobby, 13371 Electron Drive, (239) 433-1007. Light-tackle and fly-fishing for snook, redfish and tarpon. fishinghobby.com.

Davis Boat Ramp, 2227 Davis Blvd., (239) 690-5030. Community boat ramp with parking $5 per day. Dawn to dusk.

J.C. Sightseeing and Dinner Boat Cruises, 1300 Hendry St., (239) 334-7474. Lunch, dinner and sightseeing tours aboard a 600-passenger, triple-deck paddle wheeler on the Caloosahatchee River and more. jccruises.com.

Mullock Creek Marina, 18501 Mullock Creek Lane, (239) 267-3717. No bridges to the Gulf. Bait, tackle, ice, concessions and fuel available. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Colgate Offshore Sailing School, 16731 McGregor Blvd., (239) 454-1700. Beginner to advanced cruising, coastal navigation, live-aboard cruising, offshore sailing adventures, performance sailing and racing, and more. offshoresailing.com.

Punta Rassa Boat Ramp, 18500 McGregor Blvd., (239) 765-6794. Trailer and car parking, $10 per 24-hour day. Restrooms, two double ramps, fish-cleaning stations.

Florida Sailing and Cruising School, 3444 Marina-town Lane N.W., (239) 656-1339. An American Sailing Association certification facility. Courses in powerboat and sailing instruction. flsailandcruiseschool.com.

Scubavice Dive Center, 12600 McGregor Blvd., (239) 481-4733. Scuba instruction, snorkel lessons, service, sales and rentals. scubavicedivers.com.

Team Arcure, 1439 S. Larkwood Square, (239) 225-5211. Guided fishing in Pine Island Sound. Offers fly-fishing and light tackle charters and instruction. teamarcure.com.


FORT MYERS BEACH

Captain Tony’s Fish’n Express, 18800 San Carlos Blvd., (239) 415-0515. Night, full- and half-day fishing charters. capttonys.com.

Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-3600. Full-service marina with dry or wet storage, ship’s store, rentals, charters and service. thefishtalemarina.com.

Fun Rentals, 1901 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-8844. Rent Harley motorcycles, WaveRunners, bicycles and scooters. funrentals.org.

Getaway Marina, 18400 San Carlos Blvd., (239) 466-3600. Half-day, full-day and night fishing trips. Boat rentals. getawaymarina.com/private.htm.

Paradise Parasail, 1160 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-7272. For all ages, fly up to four people at a time. Group and child rates. paradiseparasail.com.

Ranalli Parasail and Watersports, 2000 Estero Blvd. at DiamondHead Beach Resort, (239) 565-5700. Parasailing, WaveRunner dolphin tours, cabana and umbrella rentals. ranalliparasail.com.

Salty Sam’s Marina, 2500 Main St., (239) 463-7333. Waterfront dining, fishing and sailing charters, daily Key West ferry, boat rentals, fuel, dockage, ships store, service, storage and repair. saltysamsmarina.com, seakeywestexpress.com.

Seahorse Scuba, (239) 872-6295. Private instruction and certification for adults and children, summer camp. seahorsescubaftmyers.com.

Snook Bight Yacht Club and Marina, 4675 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-4371. Wet and dry storage, rental boats, boat repairs and maintenance, laundry, fine dining restaurant, members’ benefits and live bait. snookbightmarina.com.

 

NORTH FORT MYERS

Marinatown Yacht Harbour, 3446 Marina-town Lane, (239) 997-2767. Live-aboard marina with 135 deep water slips, laundry facilities, showers and restrooms, water, power, and wireless Internet hookup and pump-out service. marinatown.net.

 

SANIBEL/ CAPTIVA ISLANDS

Captiva Cruises, (239) 472-5300. Daily trips to Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca Grande and Cayo Costa. Wildlife cruises, sunset cruises with live entertainment, sailing charters. captivacruises.com.

Jensen’s Resort & Marina, Captiva Island, (239) 472-5800. Water taxi service to outer islands. Rentals and charters. jensen-captiva.com.

The Marina at Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa, 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive, (239) 466-2115. 13 boat slips, WaveRunner, canoe and kayak rentals, dolphin adventure eco-tours, and boating trips offered on the 100-foot Sanibel Harbour Princess. sanibel-resort.com.

’Tween Waters Marina, 15951 Captiva Road, (239) 472-5161. Dockage, charter boats and kayaking excursions, canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals. tween-waters.com.

Ultimate Charters, (239) 542-9315. Light-tackle fishing, sightseeing and shelling cruises around Sanibel, Captiva and Pine Island. ultimatecharters.com.

 

Golf


MARCO ISLAND

Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, 1370 Borghese Lane, (239) 259-1100. 18-hole course.

The Rookery at Marco, 400 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 389-6600. An 18-hole, 7,180-yard, par-72 course at the Marco Island Marriott. rookeryatmarco.com. 

 

NAPLES

Arrowhead Golf Course, 2205 Heritage Greens Drive, (239) 596-1000. An 18-hole, par-72, 6,850-yard course. arrowheadgolfnaples.com.

Bonita Bay East, 3700 Wildwood Blvd., (239) 353-5100. Two Tom Fazio-designed Audubon International Signature golf courses. bonitabayeast.com.

The Club Pelican Bay, 707 Gulf Park Drive, (239) 597-1183. Three nine-hole golf courses. theclubpelicanbay.com.

Coral Isle Golf Center, 4748 Championship Drive, (239) 732-6900. Putting and chipping greens. coralisledrivingrangenaplesmarco.com.

Cypress Woods, 3525 Northbrooke Drive, (239) 593-3392. Par-72, Gordon Lewis-designed, 18-hole course, pro shop. cypresswoodsgolf.com.

Forest Glen Country Club, 3855 Forest Glen Blvd., (239) 348-1332. An 18-hole, 6,532-yard, par-72 course. forestglengcc.com.

Glen Eagle Golf and Country Club, 1403 Glen Eagle Blvd., (239) 354-3167. An 18-hole, 5,600-yard, par-70 course. gleneaglecountryclub.com.

Hibiscus Golf Club, 5375 Hibiscus Drive, (239) 774-0088. An 18-hole, par-72 course with PGA instruction. Clubhouse with pro shop. hibiscusgolf.com.

LaPlaya Golf Course, 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, (239) 254-5001. An 18-hole, par-72, 6907-yard course open to guests of the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. laplayaresort.com.

Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, 8004 Lely Resort Blvd., (239) 793-2223. Three championship courses. lely-resort.com.

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Par-72, 6,488-yard championship course. Warm-up range, short-game area, 14,500-square-foot putting green. naplesbeachhotel.com.

Naples Grande Golf Club, 7760 Golden Gate Parkway, (239) 659-3700. Designated as one of the 10 Best New Golf Courses in Florida by Travel + Leisure Golf. Private instruction led by South Florida PGA Teacher of the year Mark Durland. naplesgrande.com.

Naples Lakes Country Club, 4784 Inverness Club Drive, (239) 732-6700. An Arnold Palmer Signature course. Six sets of tees ranging from 4,535 yards to 6,665 yards. napleslakesfl.com.

Quality Inn and Suites Golf Resort, 4100 Golden Gate Parkway, (239) 455-1010. A family-friendly, 18-hole, par-72, 6570-yard course with lighted driving range. naplesgolfresort.com.

Riviera Golf Club, 48 Marseille Drive, (239) 774-2011. An 18-hole, par-62 course. Three sets of tees ranging up to 4,521 yards. rivieragolf.com.

Tiburón Golf Club, 2620 Tiburón Drive, (239) 594-2040. Two 18-hole courses. Home of the Rick Smith Golf Academy. tiburongcnaples.com.

Valencia Golf and Country Club, 1725 Double Eagle Trail, (239) 352-0777. An 18-hole, near 7,000-yard, par-72 course. valenciagolfandcountryclub.com.

Vanderbilt Country Club, 8250 Danbury Blvd., (239) 348-2662. Par-72,18-hole championship golf course is open to the public May through December. vanderbiltcountryclub.com.

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Bonita Fairways, 9751 W. Terry St., (239) 947-9100. An 18-hole, 3,400-yard, par-61 executive course. Newly designed holes by Gordon Lewis. bonitafairways.com.

Hunters Ridge, 12500 Hunters Ridge Drive, (239) 947-6467. An 18-hole, 6,636-yard championship course. huntersridge.net.

Raptor Bay Golf Club, 23001 Coconut Point Resort Drive, (239) 390-4600. Ranked among the top 10 favorites by Gary Van Sickle, senior writer for Sports Illustrated. First resort course in the World to receive Audubon International’s Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification. raptorbaygolfclub.com.

 

CAPE CORAL/ PINE ISLAND

Alden Pines Country Club, 14261 Clubhouse Drive, Bokeelia, (239) 283-2179. A 5,596-yard, par-71 course with 18 holes.

Coral Oaks Golf Course, 1800 N.W. 28th Ave., (239) 573-3100. An 18-hole, 6,623-yard, par-72 course. coraloaksgolf.com.

Hunter’s Run Golf Club, 1006 S.E. Fourth Place, (239) 574-4454. A nine-hole, 1,765-yard, par-30 course.

 

ESTERO

Old Corkscrew Golf Club, 17320 Corkscrew Road, (239) 949-4700. A Certified Silver Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. oldcorkscrew.com.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, 21251 Stoneybrook Golf Blvd., (239) 948-3933. An 18-hole, par-72, 7,353-yard course. stoneybrookgolffm.com.

Grandézza Golf Club, 11471 Grande Oak Blvd., (239) 948-2900. The course is defined by undulating greens, rolling fairways and sharp elevation changes. grandezzacc.com.

Miromar Lakes Golf Club, 18520 Miromar Lakes Blvd. W., (239) 481-5721. An 18-hole, 7,400-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Signature championship course with plans for an 18-hole signature course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. miromarlakes.com/miromargolfclub.

Pelican Sound Golf and River Club, 4561 Pelican Sound Blvd., (239) 948-4331. Three nine-hole courses ranging from 4,600 to 7,100 yards. pelicansoundgrc.com.

Villages at Country Creek, 21131 Country Creek Drive, (239) 947-3840. An 18-hole executive course. villagesatcountrycreek.org.

 

FORT MYERS

Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way, (239) 768-9421. An 18-hole, 7,537-yard, par-72 championship course. colonialgolfclub.com.

Cross Creek, 13050 Cross Creek Blvd., (239) 768-1922. An 18-hole, semi-private executive course. crosscreekcountryclub.com.

Crown Colony Golf and Country Club, 8851 Colony Crown Blvd., (239) 590-9044. An 18-hole, Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. crowncolonygcc.com.

Eagle Ridge, 14589 Eagle Ridge Drive, (239) 768-1888. An 18-hole, 6,500-yard championship course with pro-shop and snack bar. playeagleridge.com.

Eastwood Golf Course, 4600 Bruce Herd Lane, (239) 321-7487. An 18-hole, 6,772-yard, par-72 course. cityftmyers.com/eastwood.

Fort Myers Beach Golf Club, 4200 Bay Beach Lane, Fort Myers Beach, (239) 463-2064. An 18-hole, 3,091-yard semi-private executive course. fmbgolfclub.com.

Fort Myers Country Club, 3591 McGregor Blvd., (239) 321-7488. Host to The Coors Open, a Pro-Am golf tournament that began in 1963. cityftmyers.com/countryclub.

Gateway Golf and Country Club, 11360 Championship Drive, (239) 561-1036. Hosts five major tournaments and eleven casual tournaments throughout the year. gatewaygolf.com.

Golfview Golf and Racquet Club, 14849 Hole-in-One Circle, (239) 489-2264. The low-handicap golfer may opt to drive across the 4.5-acre lake on four holes, while the less skilled can stay inland with shorter tee shots.

Heritage Palms Country Club, 10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, (239) 278-9090. Two 18-hole championship courses. Voted Lee County’s No. 1 Country Club for Golf Course and Restaurant three years by subscribers of The News-Press in Fort Myers. heritagepalmscountryclub.com.

Hideaway Country Club, 5670 Trailwinds Drive, (239) 275-6232. An 18-hole, par-67, Presidential-length, 5,002-yard course. Open to the public in summer. thehideawaygolf.com.

Lexington Country Club, 16257 Willow Crest Way, (239) 437-3380. Water hazards come into play on 17 holes. There are also 88 sand bunkers on the course. lexingtoncountryclub.com.

Riverbend Golf Course, 6270 Riverclub Court, (239) 543-2200. An 18-hole, semi-private, executive, par-60, 3,075-yard course.

San Carlos Golf Club, 7420 Constitution Circle, San Carlos Park, (239) 267-3131. An 18-hole, semi-private course. Practice facilities include an aqua driving range, pitching and chipping area, practice bunker and a large putting green. sancarlosgolfclub.com.

Terraverde Country Club, 17000 Terraverde Circle, Fort Myers. (239) 433-7733. A nine-hole, 1,260-yard course. terraverdecountryclub.com.

 

NORTH FORT MYERS

Del Tura Golf and Country Club, 18621 N. Tamiami Trail, (239) 731-7814. A 27-hole, Presidential course. Amenities include a full-service restaurant and recently remodeled pro-shop. delturagolfclub.com.

El Rio Golf Club, 1801 Skyline Drive, (239) 995-2204. An 18-hole, par-60, 3,004-yard executive course.

Herons Glen Championship Golf and Country Club, 2250 Avenida Del Vera, (239) 731-4520. An 18-hole, par-72, 6,375-yard semi-private course. heronsglenrecdist.com.

Pelican Preserve Golf Club, 9802 Pelican Reserve Blvd., (239) 985-1707. Twenty-seven holes of championship golf by renowned course architect Chip Powell. pelicanpreservelifestyles.com.

Sabal Springs Golf and Racquet Club, 3347 Sabal Springs Blvd., (239) 731-0101. Semi-private, 18-hole, 3,279-yard, par-60 course.

 

SANIBEL/ CAPTIVA ISLANDS

Beachview Golf Club, 1100 Par View Drive, (239) 472-2626. An 18-hole, par-70, semi-private course. Open to the public. beachviewgolfclub.com.

Captiva Island Golf Club at South Seas Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, (239) 472-2535. A Gulf-side, nine-hole, 1,394-yard, par-27 course open to guests of the resort. southseas.com.

The Dunes Golf Club, 949 Sandcastle Road, (239) 472-2535. An 18-hole, par-70, 5,570-yard course. dunesgolfsanibel.com.

 

Tennis


MARCO ISLAND

The City of Marco Island Racquet Center, 1275 San Marco Road, (239) 389-5454. Two hard-surface courts and six Har-Tru clay courts, all lighted. Two indoor racquetball courts.
 

NAPLES

The Academia Sanchez-Casal at The Naples Tennis Club and Resort, 4995 Airport-Pulling Road N., (239) 261-5777. Features 37 championship clay courts and one hard court. naplesbathandtennis.com.

Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, 735 Eighth St. S., (239) 213-3060. Twelve lighted Hydro-grid Har-Tru courts. Leagues, clinics, lessons and other social events available to all. allentenniscenter.com.

East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, (239) 793-4414. Eight lighted clay tennis courts, four lighted racquetball courts, soccer and softball fields, walking trail, lighted skate park, roller hockey rink and community center.

Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., (239) 252-6128. Four lighted tennis and racquetball courts, playground, boat ramp, bocce and shuffleboard courts.

Naples Community Tennis at the Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, (239) 597-8431. Ten lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and full-service pro shop operated by Naples Community Tennis. naplescommunitytennis.com, ymcapalms.org.

Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Six Har-Tru clay courts and pro shop. naplesbeachhotel.com.

Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, (239) 566-2367. Four lighted tennis courts and four racquetball courts.

Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd., (239) 353-9669. Four lighted, comfort-cushioned tennis courts and four racquetball courts. Hosts ralleyball for kids.

 

FORT MYERS

Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach, (239) 765-4222. Four outdoor tennis courts operated by the town of Fort Myers Beach.

Brooks Community Park, 50 South Road, off U.S. 41 just south of Page Field, (239) 432-2154. Four tennis courts at a 10-acre park. Dawn to dusk daily.

Fort Myers Racquet Club, 1700 Matthew Drive, (239) 321-7550. Eight lighted clay courts, two hard courts, club house with snack bar.

Rutenberg Park, 6500 South Pointe Blvd., (239) 432-2163. Eight tennis courts, two racquetball courts on a 40-acre park.

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA ISLANDS

Beachview Tennis Club, 1100 Par View Drive, (239) 472-9099. Five Hydro-grid courts, pro-shop. beachviewgolfclub.com.

The Dunes Tennis Club, 949 Sandcastle Road, (239) 472-3522. Thirteen Har-Tru courts, clinics, full-service pro-shop, weekly tournaments. dunesgolfsanibel.com/tennis.

Golf Secret
We adamantly defend our claim to the most golf holes per capita in North America. Our lush, subtropical courses and ocean links bear the signatures of the greatest golfers and course designers of our time. Many of our 90-plus courses are private or semi-private, but watch for special play-around promotions. Several hotels also offer guest privileges at private courses. And here’s a secret: The South Florida PGA offers a summer golf pass to more than 200 courses throughout the region for play between May 1 and Oct. 31 for just $48!

 

Rock around the clock: From touring bands to Broadway shows, the arts are covered along the Gulf coast. Photo by Joan MarcusARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 

Whether your taste runs to black-tie evenings or karaoke clubs, Broadway shows, improv or anything in between, the cultural scene on the Gulfshore is sure to please. You may slip into a cozy bistro for late-night jazz, laugh the night away at a comedy club, or attend a fascinating lecture. You can enjoy a community theater performance or even audition for a part in one.

Our performance stages range from the super-glam Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts to the intimate, Arcade Theater, a former turn-of-the-20th-century vaudeville house in the historic Fort Myers River District and the sophisticated G&L Theatre in Naples. Also in Fort Myers is the 1,851-seat Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the popular Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. In Old Naples, the Sugden Community Theatre, home of the renowned Naples Players, is a sparkling jewel in the crown of Fifth Avenue South. Some of the oldest and most venerable theaters on the Gulfshore thrill audiences on Marco and Sanibel Islands.

We have two first-rate indie film festivals: the Fort Myers Film Festival in March, and the Naples International Film Festival in November. Naples also is the winter home of the Miami City Ballet Co., and the highly acclaimed Opera Naples is now in its seventh season, with performances from November to May.

MARCO ISLAND

Performing Arts

The Marco Players, 1055 N. Collier Blvd., (239) 642-7270. A nonprofit community theater company that stages a variety of productions, from comedies and dramas to musicals. themarcoplayers.com.

Live Music/Dancing

Snook Inn, 1215 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-3313. Casual entertainment daily. Live music Friday through Sunday, 6-10 p.m. snookinn.com.

Stan’s Idle Hour, 221 Goodland Drive W., Goodland, (239) 394-3041. A local’s favorite, Stan’s “Sunday Show” every week starting at 1 p.m. Entertainment on Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. stansidlehour.net.

Comedy

Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Suite 218, (239) 389-6900. Dinner, comedy shows with national touring comedians and performing groups. offthehookcomedy.com.

 

NAPLES

Performing Arts

Classic Chamber Concerts, (239) 434-8505. Brings world-class musicians and concerts to the Naples community and its youth. classicchamberconcerts.org.

Gulfshore Playhouse, (239) 261-7529. Presenting New York-quality classics, new works, cabaret, children’s productions, education and more, exclusively at the Norris Center. gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

Naples City Improv, (239) 682-0638. Improvisational comedy troupe performing at the Norris Center and other locations. naplescityimprov.com.

The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-7990. Presents a variety of productions on two stages and offers a children’s theater program, KidzAct. Recently named one of the Top 10 community theaters in the country. naplesplayers.org.

Opera Naples, 2408 Linwood Ave., (239) 963-9050. Stages operas with professional artists and supports opera education and apprenticeships for young artists. Performances in the Performing Arts Hall of Gulf Coast High School. operanaples.org.

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the 100-voice Philharmonic Center Chorale, the Philharmonic Youth Symphonia and the Youth Chorale. Hayes Hall features concerts and Broadway shows. Florida’s west coast home to the Miami City Ballet, the Phil also presents events in two auditoriums, four art galleries and two sculpture gardens. Hosts more than 400 events per year. thephil.org.

TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road, (888) 966-3352. Nonprofit, professional, equity theater company. Performances held at the G&L Theatre on The Community School of Naples campus. theatrezone-florida.com.

 

Live Music/Dancing

Blue Martini, 9114 Strada Place, Mercato, (239) 591-2583. Live music, drink specials, dancing, outdoor patio bar, stage room, VIP area. bluemartinilounge.com

Campiello Ristorante, 1177 Third St. S., (239) 435-1166. Live jazz music Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m. campiello.damico.com.

Club NooShi, at Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 592-0050. Dance La Rumba Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; live entertainment every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Stylish dress, two full bars. VIP and bottle service. Outdoor seating and lounge. noodlescafe.com.

Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Pelican Larry’s, 2700 Immokalee Road, Suite 13, (239) 597-5013. Live music or DJ Wednesday through Saturday. pelicanlarrys.com

Silver Spoon Café, 5375 Tamiami Trail N., Waterside Shops, (239) 591-2123. Live music Friday and Saturday early evenings until 8:30 p.m.

South Street City Oven & Grill, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 435-9333. Live music throughout the week, karaoke on Tuesday and open mic on Thursday. southstreetnaples.com.

Sunset Beach Bar at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Solo guitarist Monday through Saturday.

Vision Night Club, 11901 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 591-8383. Three rooms with DJ and dancing Thursday through Saturday. VIP bottle service.

Yabba Island Grill, 711 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-5787. DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30 p.m. yabbaislandgrill.com.

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Performing Arts

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, (239) 495-8989. Presents various music, dance and theater performances in its Live at the Promenade series at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. artcenterbonita.org.

Live Music/Dancing

Sneaky Pete’s, 3465 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 498-8887. Live entertainment seven nights a week, including karaoke on Mondays.

The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 405-8566. Dining and dancing. Live music Wednesday through Saturday. thestagebonita.com.

Voda Lounge, 26821 South Bay Drive, Suite 115, (239) 770-8368. An over-21 dance club in the Promenade at Bonita Bay. vodaswfl.com

 

CAPE CORAL

Performing Arts

Cultural Park Theatre performing Arts Center, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5862. Live performances, adult and children’s educational programs. culturalparktheater.com.

Live Music/Dancing

The Joint at Cape Harbour, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 108, (239) 542-0123. Waterfront cabana bar with live music Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Monkey Bar & Steakhouse, 1428 Lafayette St., (239) 549-8800. Live entertainment seven nights a week.

 

FORT MYERS

Performing Arts

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 481-4849. Home of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Variety of touring productions, including Broadway shows, musicals, plays, dance and ballet programs, and pop music concerts. bbmannpah.com.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Features buffet dining and Broadway’s best musicals. Off-Broadway Palm Theatre, a 90-seat black-box theater featuring musical revues. Theater-themed gift shop located in the lobby. broadwaypalm.com.

FGCU Theatre Lab, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., (239) 590-7268. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts stages productions in this black-box theatre. theatrelab.fgcu.edu.

Florida Repertory Theatre, at the Arcade Theatre, Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry streets, (239) 332-4488. Professional regional theatre company that produces Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning comedies, dramas and musicals. The Wall Street Journal recently called the Florida Rep “profoundly satisfying.” floridarep.org.

Gulf Coast Symphony, (239) 277-1700. Community orchestra that performs a variety of classical and pop performances at local venues. gulfcoastsymphony.org.

Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Featuring the 12,000-square-foot William R. Frizzell Cultural Centre, the 150-seat indoor Foulds Theatre, the 1,500-seat outdoor Margaret Morrow Frizzell amphitheater and three art galleries. Live performances, monthly art exhibits, festivals and other events. artinlee.org.

Seminole Gulf Railway, Colonial Station, four miles west of I-75 on Colonial Boulevard, (239) 275-8487. Theatrical troupe presents a murder mystery aboard a moving train; guests help solve the crime while enjoying five courses. Reservations required. semgulf.com.

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, 12651 McGregor Blvd., (239) 418-1500. Performing since 1961, presenting classical and pops concerts November through April. swflso.org.

Theatre Conspiracy, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 936-3239. Nonprofit theater group performs everything from the classics to cutting-edge works and world premieres at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. theatreconspiracy.org.

Live Music/Dancing

Buddha Bar & Grill, 12701 McGregor Blvd., (239) 482-8565. Live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. Ages 21 and older.

City Tavern, 2206 Bay St., (239) 226-1133. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. mycitytavern.com

Groove Street Grill & Discotheque, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 437-2743. Ladies night Thursdays at 9 p.m.; dancing Saturdays.

Indigo Room, 2219 Main St., (239) 332-0014. Karaoke Monday and open mic Wednesday. Open until 2 a.m.

Red Rock Saloon, 2278 First St., (239) 689-8667. Live music nightly.

Spirits of Bacchus, 1406 Hendry St., (239) 689-2675. Live music Saturday nights.

Comedy

Laugh-In Comedy Café, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 479-5233. Featuring national touring comedians. 21 and up. laughincomedycafe.com.


FORT MYERS BEACH

Live Music/Dancing

The Cottage Beach Bar & Grill, 1250 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5440. Live music nightly from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the over 21 crowd.

Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach Rum Bar & Grille, 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, (239) 765-9660. Live bands every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. docfordsfortmyersbeach.com

Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, 340 Old San Carlos Blvd., (239) 463-3474. Live music from 6-10 p.m. on the outside patio. smokinoyster.com.

Valerie’s Lounge & Liquors, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., Suite 312. (239) 466-7788. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA ISLANDS

Performing Arts

Big Arts Center, 900 Dunlop Road, (239) 395-0900. A performing arts hall, galleries, sculpture garden, classrooms and extensive schedule of dance, music and theater productions, classes, children’s programs, festivals and more. bigarts.org.

Big Arts Herb Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-6862. The 160-seat theater presents shows ranging from comedy and vaudeville to musicals and drama. bigarts.org.

Sanibel Music Festival, (239) 344-7025. Brings world-class musicians to Sanibel in a series of performances held at the Sanibel Congregational Church. sanibelmusicfestival.com.

Live Music/Dancing

The Jac Bar, The Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-1771. Live entertainment nightly. jacarandaonsanibel.com.

Keylime Bistro, 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-4000. Live entertainment seven days and nights.

RC Otter’s Island Eats, 11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-1142. Live music daily.

 

Howl at the moon: From the Shy Wolf Sanctuary to the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, there’s always a family adventure just around the corner.ATTRACTIONS

Ever heard the howl of a wolf so close it took your breath away? Few visitors are aware of Naples’ Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Though not a zoo—it’s a safe habitat for wolves, wolf dogs and other exotic animals that have been abused or abandoned—you can visit by appointment, and donations are appreciated.

Among the most beautiful and exciting zoos in Florida is the historic Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. In contrast, if a quirky Old Florida roadside attraction is your thing, check out Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs. And if your taste runs more to delicate flying flowers, head straight to the Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers.

Still, most of the wildlife here in Paradise thrive in their natural habitats. State and national preserves protect our native black bears, foxes, deer, coyotes, rare Everglades fox squirrels and endangered bird species. The bays and rivers are home to manatees, dolphins and an exquisite array of fish life. The swamps and backwaters house large populations of alligators and birds, including magnificent raptors and white pelicans. The 26,000-acre Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is helping to save this endangered species from extinction.

Don’t just read about it. Take a swamp walk through Fakahatchee Strand, which is called the Amazon of North America. Drive the winding roads through the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, home to 220 species of birds. Camp or hike at Big Cypress National Preserve. Stroll the boardwalks of Corkscrew Swamp, land of prairies, cypress knees and lettuce lakes, where wood storks nest and rare orchids grow.

 

CHOKOLOSKEE

Historic Smallwood Store; Ole Indian Trading Post and Museum, 360 Mamie St., (239) 695-2989. Established in 1906. $3 adults, $2.50 seniors, children under 12 free. Open daily: Dec. 1–May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 2–Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. florida-everglades.com.


EVERGLADES CITY

Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway, (239) 695-0008. Tells the story of 2,000 years of human habitation in the southwest Everglades. Admission is free; donations welcome. Open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. colliermuseums.com.

Wings 10,000 Islands Aero-Tours, 650 E. C. Airpark Road, (239) 695-3296. Fly in an Alaskan floatplane over the Everglades, the Keys or Ten Thousand Islands. Operates seasonally November through May.

 

OCHOPEE

Big Cypress National Preserve, (239) 695-1201. Fifty miles east of Naples on Tamiami Trail. 729,000-acre preserve of cypress swamp, mangroves, sawgrass prairies and natural freshwater rivers. nps.gov.

Wooten’s Airboat and Swamp Buggy Tours, 32330 Tamiami Trail E., (239) 695-2781. Airboat and swamp-buggy tours through the mangroves and marshlands of the Everglades and Cypress Swamp. wootensairboats.com.

 

IMMOKALEE

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave., (239) 658-2466. Fifteen-acre living history museum recollects the history of cattle ranching in the area. Admission is free; donations welcome. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
colliermuseums.com.

Lake Trafford Marina and Airboats and Alligators, 6001 Lake Trafford Road, (239) 657-2214. Airboat rides and boat tours through Corkscrew Swamp. laketrafford.com.

Seminole Casino, 506 S. First St., (239) 658-1313. Gaming machines and live-action poker. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. theseminolecasinos.com.

 

MARCO ISLAND

Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, (239) 389-6447. Permanent exhibits, such as life-size diorama of a Calusa Indian village, are set to open in 2011. The museum showcases traveling exhibits. Visit the Historical Society’s website for exhibit details and hours. themihs.org.

Marco Island Trolley Tours, (239) 394-1600. New service providing a narrated 90-minute, 11-stop tour with visits to local resorts, businesses and visitor centers.

Double R’s Fishing Tours, (239) 642-9779. Specializing in light tackle, inshore and offshore fishing. doublersfishingandtours.com.

Everglades Excursions, (800) 592-0848. Departs from Marco Island or Naples for narrated, full- or half-day trips aboard a “comfort-controlled” safari wagon. everglades-excursions.com.

 

GOLDEN GATE

Golden Gate Aquatics Facility, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., (239) 353-3636. Heated pool, children’s activity pool, 110-foot open slide, 110-foot tube slide, a pair of 1-meter springboards and a 3-meter springboard. Walk-in fee $3. All water facilities managed by Collier Parks and Recreation close if the air temperature is 59 degrees or below.

 

NAPLES

Collier County Historical Museum, 3301 E. Tamiami Trail, (239) 252-8476. Five-acre botanical complex interpreting the history, archaeology and development of Florida and Collier County. Admission is free; donations welcome. colliermuseums.com.

Collier-Seminole State Park, 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, (239) 394-3397. Canoe rentals, boat ramp, electric and water hookup for campsites. $5 per car for up to eight people, $22 for camping. floridastateparks.org.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Drive, (239) 262-0304. Newly expanded environmental organization that educates visitors about Southwest Florida wildlife and habitats. Daily guided tours, Discovery Center, nature trails, boat tours of the Gordon River included in admission fee. Also available are naturalist-guided boat tours of Rookery Bay and special presentations by topic experts. conservancy.org.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Blair Audubon Center, 375 Sanctuary Road W., (239) 348-9151. Award-winning boardwalk meanders through a cypress forest. Day, sunset and night tours available. Admission fees apply. corkscrew.audubon.org.

CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecological Watershed) encompasses 60,000 acres. Managed by Land & Water Trust at 4600 C.R. 850, (239) 657-2253. More than five miles of natural hiking trails through marsh, pine flatwoods and cypress dome ecosystems. Primitive campsites available. Free admission. See website for events and hikes. crewtrust.org.

Double R’s Manatee & Eco Tours, (239) 642-9779. Two-and-a-half-hour tour of the Ten Thousand Islands and the Everglades. doublersfishingandtours.com.

The Edge Johnny Nocera Skatepark at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., (239) 213-3027. Forty-thousand-square-foot skateboarding and biking facility. Beginner to advanced levels. Visitor’s pass $10 per day or $30 per week. naplesgov.com/Departments/ParksandRecreation/EdgeSkatePark.aspx.

Everglades Day Safari, (239) 472-1559. A comprehensive exploration of the Everglades by airboat, convention boat, wildlife drive and nature walk. $145 for adults, $125 for children ages five to 11. Lunch included. ecosafari.com.

Everglades Excursions, (800) 592-0848. Departs daily from Naples or Marco Island for narrated full-day or half-day trips aboard a comfort-controlled safari wagon. everglades-excursions.com.

Everglades National Park, entrance located south of the Tamiami Trail/Route 29 entrance, (305) 242-7700. Largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Explore by canoe/kayak or walking trails. Forty-seven wilderness campsites. Other features include visitor centers, tram tours, lodging, boating and fishing. Entrance fees apply. nps.gov.

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, on Janes Memorial Scenic Drive, just west of Copeland on S.R. 29, (239) 695-4593. A linear swamp 20 miles long and five miles wide. Home to the world’s only bald cypress-royal palm forest. Features a boardwalk, seasonal canoe trips and guided tours. Admission is free. floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand.

Florida Sports Park, 8250 Collier Blvd., (239) 774-2701. Host to the Swamp Buggy Races, special events and concerts.

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), in North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, (239) 514-0084. Scheduled to open February 2012. A spectacularly designed environment that will foster play-filled learning through 13 interactive exhibits teaching children about the Everglades, a farm, outer space and more. cmon.org.

Holocaust Museum Southwest Florida, Sandalwood Square, 4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7, (239) 263-9200. History and lessons are taught through the surviving artifacts, tours and a dedicated library. $8 admission. holocaustmuseumswfl.org.

King Richard’s Fun Park, 6780 N. Airport-Pulling Road, (239) 598-2042. Medieval-themed amusement park featuring laser tag, rock climbing and go carts. kingrichardspark.net.

London Aviation, 100 Aviation Drive S., (239) 643-4468. Helicopter and airplane tours, charters, flight training, photography, service and sales. londonhelicopters.com.

Naples Botanical Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Drive, (239) 643-7275. Newly reopened with 70 acres of gardens, lakes and facilities including an interactive Children’s Garden plus Asian, Caribbean and Brazilian gardens. naplesgarden.org.

Naples Depot, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-6525. Travel back to the days when Naples relied upon the railway for trade and transportation.

Naples Museum of Art, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. The 30,000-square-foot museum at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts features 15 galleries. $8 adults, $4 students. thephil.org.

Naples Preserve and the Hedges Family Eco-Center, 735 Eighth St. S., (239) 261-4290. A .4 mile self-guided tour on an elevated boardwalk. Home to plant and animal species associated with one of the oldest Floridian ecologies.

Naples Trolley Tours, 1010 Sixth Ave. S., (800) 592-0848 or (239) 262-7300. Fully narrated trolley tour covering more than 100 points of interest. naplestrolleytours.com.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, (239) 262-5409. New giraffe exhibit. Daily activities include Meet the Keeper, alligator feedings primate expedition tours and other presentations. $19.95 adults, $12.95 children three to 12. caribbeangardens.com.

North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, (239) 252-4021. Calusa fossil dig play area for children, interactive playground, and a 90-acre wetland preserve area. Free admission.

Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S., (239) 261-8164. Built in 1895. The oldest home in Naples restored to its original condition. Requested donation of $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12. napleshistoricalsociety.org.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, (239) 417-6310. View aquariums, interactive exhibits and art gallery. Participate in field programs, take a guided kayak tour. rookerybay.org.

South Naples Citrus Grove, 341 Sabal Palm Road, (239) 774-3838. Bagged tangerines, grapefruit and oranges to sell on premises or to ship as gift boxes. naplescitrus.com.

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, (239) 252-4021. Water slides, lazy river, water playgrounds and pools. Up to 48 inches tall, $5.50; over 48 inches tall, $12; three and younger, free.


BONITA SPRINGS

Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, (239) 992-2591. Wildlife includes alligators, Florida panthers, black bears, flamingos, otter show and the world’s largest American crocodile. $15 adults, $8 children three to 10.

Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, 10601 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 992-2411. Dog racing, adopt-a-greyhound program, live poker and dining room. naplesfortmyersdogs.com.


CAPE CORAL

Cape Coral Historical Museum and Rose Garden, 544 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-7037. Monthly lectures, group tours, historical preservation. capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org.

Four-Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, north of Midpoint Memorial Bridge, (239) 574-7395. Includes 365 acres of mangroves and 6,600 feet of nature trail. Canoe/kayak rentals available. Free admission and parking.

Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park, 35 N.E. Pine Island Road, (239) 574-4386. Paintball, 19-hole miniature golf, arcade, go-cart tracks, fish-feeding dock and batting cages. greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., (239) 574-0558. The 12-acre water park features three high speed slides, river ride, tot spot and 427-foot electric slide. See website for operating schedule. sunsplashwaterpark.com.


ESTERO

College of Life Foundation, 8661 Corkscrew Road, (239) 992-2184. Dedicated to preserving the historic Koreshan communal heritage. Donations accepted. Tours by appointment.

Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., (239) 498-0415. A 55-acre park featuring an amphitheatre, lighted playground, dog area and two recently transplanted historic structures.

Florida Everblades at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, (239) 948-7825. Florida Everblades hockey October to April; Germain Arena offers public skating, concerts and special events. Restaurant and sports bar on premises. florida-everblades.com, germainarena.com.

Koreshan State Historic Site, U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road, (239) 992-0311. Campground, canoe rental, picnic area, boat landing and nature trails. $5 per vehicle (up to eight people); $26 camping fee per night. floridastateparks.org/koreshan.

Mound Key State Archaeological Site, in Estero Bay at the mouth of the Estero River, (239) 992-0311. Accessible only by boat. No facilities. Canoe and kayak rental available at Koreshan State Historic Site. floridastateparks.org/moundkey.


FORT MYERS

Babcock Wilderness Adventures, 8000 S.R. 31, Punta Gorda, (800) 500-5583. View wildlife on a 90-minute swamp-buggy ride around Babcock Ranch, which is set within a 90,000-acre “working” ranch. Reservations required. $19.95 adults, $12.95 children three to 12. babcockwilderness.com.

Bamboozles Skating and Event Center, 2095 Andrea Lane, (239) 482-7199. Includes snack bar, game area and novelty center. gobamboozles.com.

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., (239) 275-3435. Butterfly aviary, nature trails, a natural history museum, Audubon aviary, planetarium and new insectarium exhibit. calusanature.com.

Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St., downtown Fort Myers, (239) 321-7524. A 10-acre park along the Caloosahatchee River with a playground, including equipment for handicapped children, fishing pier, dock facilities.

Charlene’s Classic Carriages, (239) 543-2290. Downtown carriage tour; specializing in weddings and special events. charlenesclassiccarriages.com.

ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), 17391 Durrance Road, (239) 543-3246. Global Farm tours the edible landscape nursery and herb garden and six climate demonstration areas. Adults $10, children over six $5, children under six free. echonet.org.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., (239) 334-7419. Tour Thomas A. Edison’s chemical research laboratory and museum filled with hundreds of his inventions. Admission fees apply. edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway, (239) 321-7510. In-line and ice-skating programs for all ages. $3 skate rental. Adults $7, children 12 and younger $6. yourpagemaker.com/fmskatium.

Fossil Expeditions, (239) 368-3252. Walking or kayaking expeditions that search for bones and teeth of ancient mammoths, mastodons, tortoises, saber-toothed cats, whales, dolphins and sharks. fossilexpeditions.com.

GAEA Guides, guided kayak tours, (239) 694-5513. Kayak clinics, bird, manatee, full-moon, sunset and bat kayak tours. All guides are Florida Master Naturalists trained by the University of Florida. gaeaguides.com.

Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, (239) 768-4210. Hosts Minnesota Twins spring training games, plus the minor league Fort Myers Miracle. Open April to September. $8.50 box seats, $6.50 general admission. miraclebaseball.com.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum, 2000 Cranford Ave., (239) 321-7420. Exhibits on weather, water, the human body, physics and math. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 children and students, free for children under three and members. imaginariumfortmyers.com.

Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, (239) 533-7581. Swimming, nature trails, mini-train rides, bike and boat rentals, picnic sites, concession stand and Wi-Fi. Pavilion and lodge rentals available with advanced notice. leeparks.org.

Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, (239) 543-7469. Concerts, trade shows, expos, rodeos, company picnics and more. leeciviccenter.com.

Manatee Park, 10901 S.R. 80, east of I-75, (239) 690-5030. Picnic areas, non-motorized kayak/canoe launch, fishing deck on the Orange River and native plant habitats. Parking $1 per hour, $5 per day. leeparks.org.

Palm Tree Park, corner of Edwards Drive and Lee Street, (239) 334-0839. Palm trees and a memorial to the 82nd Airborne.

Seminole Gulf Railway, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Colonial Station, (239) 275-8487. Murder-mystery dinner train and holiday-themed excursions. Reservations required. semgulf.com.

Shell Factory and Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, (239) 995-2141. Fun park with shell-themed shopping, dining and nature park and botanical garden. shellfactory.com.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Six Mile Cypress Parkway (one mile north of Daniels Parkway), (239) 533-7550. Boardwalk trails, picnic areas and new interpretive center. Parking $1 per hour, $5 per day. leeparks.org.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Big “M” Casino, 450 Harbor Court, (239) 765-PLAY (7529). Gaming aboard a 162-foot yacht. All-you-can-eat buffet, bingo, live entertainment. Ages 21 and up. bigmcasino.com.

Estero Island Historic Cottage and Nature Center, 161 Bay Road, (239) 463-0435. The center celebrates the history of Fort Myers Beach with artifacts and photos. Cottage open Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Matanzas Pass Wilderness Preserve, 199 Bay Road, (239) 463-0435. 56-acre sanctuary for native plants and animals. Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman’s Wharf, (239) 765-8101. Touch tanks and interactive exhibits. Requested donation for admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children older than six. ostegobay.org.

 

 

ALVA

Eden Vineyards and Winery, 19709 Little Lane, Alva, (239) 728-9463. Vineyard producing six grape wines from hybrid grapes as well as wines from tropical fruits. edenwinery.com.

Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, 17980 Palm Beach Blvd., (239) 694-0398. A 1,115-acre wildlife preserve with five miles of trails, fishing deck, picnic area. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 per day.

 

GASPARILLA ISLAND

Gasparilla Island State Park, via the Boca Grande Causeway at C.R. 775 and Placida, (941) 964-0375. Featuring the Boca Grande lighthouse built in 1890 to mark the entrance from the Gulf of Mexico to Charlotte Harbor. $3 entrance fee per vehicle is collected via honor collection box. floridastateparks.org/gasparillaisland.


Sea grazing: Southwest Florida’s unspoiled coast offers a great chance to see sea life up close.PINE ISLAND

Museum of the Islands, 5728 Sesame Drive, Bokeelia, (239) 283-1525. Features island culture, past and present. Call for hours. $2 adults, $1 children. museumoftheislands.com.

Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Drive, (239) 283-2062. Tour the internationally significant Pineland archaeological site and learn about Calusa culture and their environment. Requested donations are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. flmnh.ufl.edu/rrc.

 

SANIBEL ISLAND

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, (239) 395-2233. Exhibits displaying shells from Southwest Florida and around the world. $9 adults, $4 children ages five to 16, free for children ages four and under. shellmuseum.org.

Cabbage Key, at channel marker 60 on the Intracoastal Waterway. A tiny island built on a Calusa Indian mound, accessible by boat. Restaurant, bar and inn.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Drive, (239) 472-1100. Mangrove forest, cordgrass marshes and West Indian hardwood hammocks. Education center. Bicycles, canoes and kayaks for rent. Tours available. $5 per car, $1 adult bicyclist or hiker. fws.gov/dingdarling.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, (239) 472-2329. Four miles of trails (with an observation tower), exhibits, a touch tank, butterfly house, and Nature Shop and Bookstore. Specializing in barrier island ecology. $5 adults, free for children under 17. sccf.org.

Sanibel Historical Village and Museum, 950 Dunlop Road, (239) 472-4648. Tour eight restored buildings, including a 1926 Sears Roebuck kit house. $5 adults. sanibelmuseum.org.

Sanibel Lighthouse, Lighthouse City Park, Point Ybel, (239) 472-1080. The lighthouse on the southern tip of Sanibel was first lit in 1884. The park features a lush tropical landscape, beach and bayside fishing pier.

 

 

Pampered Guests: Whether it’s affordability or unparalleled luxury, chances are you can find accommodations to match your needs.ACCOMMODATIONS

A perfect vacation doesn’t end with the setting of the sun or the last dance after midnight. It continues with a deep and satisfied sleep. Whether you envision a world-class destination resort or a rustic fishing lodge, a charming Old Florida cottage, a sleek city hotel, a romantic island hideaway or a condo overlooking a championship golf course, it’s all here for the choosing.

Maybe your idea of luxury is to step out of your room and into the spa, or stroll from your deck right onto the beach. You may prefer downtown action, or your dream might be a historic bed-and-breakfast inn. Here you’ll find everything from five-star and five-diamond hotels to modestly priced and comfortable family-friendly lodgings. You can even rent a beachfront mansion or a privately owned condominium for a seasonal stay. And our little paradise on the Gulf is renowned for its destination resorts for weddings, reunions, corporate events and other important gatherings.

 

MARCO ISLAND

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, 560 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 394-5000. Four-diamond resort featuring Gulf-view accommodations. Heated pool with whirlpool spa, restaurant, café and lounge; watersports rentals. Non-smoking. marcoisland.hilton.com.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort, 480 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 393-1400. Luxury one- or two-bedroom suite resort with fully equipped kitchens, balconies. Spa services, rooftop gardens, swimming pool, dining and meeting rooms. marcoresort.com.

Marco Island Lakeside Inn, 155 First Ave., (239) 394-1161. Nineteen suites decorated in Old Florida style and situated by the only freshwater lake on Marco Island. marcoislandlakeside.com.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa, 400 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 394-2511. Recently renovated with 727 guest rooms and suites. Two outdoor pools, playground, game room, 18-hole championship golf course, water activities, casual and elegant dining. marcoislandmarriott.com.


NAPLES

Bellasera Resort, 221 Ninth St. S., (239) 649-7333. This four-diamond, resort offers a choice of studio, one, two or three bedrooms. Heated outdoor pool with spa, fitness center and restaurant. bellaseranaples.com.

Doubletree Guest Suites Naples, 12200 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 593-8733. A designated Florida “Green Lodge” hotel of 101 one-bedroom suites overlooking the Cocohatchee River and wildlife preserve. Includes a fitness center, business center and meeting space. doubletree.com.

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (888) 564-1308. All-suite hotel featuring heated pool, lap pool, fitness center, indoor and outdoor dining. Golf and guest privileges at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. edgewaternaples.com.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown, 1785 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-3500. Heated outdoor pool, exercise room, laundry and business center. marriott.com/fairfieldinn.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Naples, 3808 White Lake Blvd., (239) 530-3355. Located east of the highway. Offering business services, laundry and complimentary breakfast. marriott.com/fairfieldinn.

Fairways Resort, 103 Palm River Blvd., (239) 597-8181. Secluded environment yet minutes from beaches and shopping. Heated pool, whirlpool spa, gas grills, Internet access and continental breakfast. fairwaysresort.com.

Hampton Inn Naples Central, 3210 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 261-8000. Heated pool and complimentary breakfast buffet, wireless Internet access, located north of downtown. napleshamptoninn.com.

Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 430-4900. Florida Green Lodging Resort and four-diamond hotel featuring 191 guest rooms and suites, beach shuttle, fitness center, indoor heated pool, bar/lounge and Shula’s Steak House. hiltonnaples.com.

Inn at Pelican Bay, 800 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 597-8777. Featuring oversized rooms with lake views. Heated pool, fitness center, lobby bar, continental breakfast and golf privileges. innatpelicanbay.com.

Inn of Naples, 4055 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 649-5500. Newly renovated, featuring outdoor pool, fitness center and complimentary breakfast. innofnaples.com.

Inn on Fifth, 699 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 403-8777. A boutique hotel on Fifth Avenue. New rooftop pool and hot tub, fitness center, full-service spa, restaurant and pub. Six blocks from the beach. innonfifth.com.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, 9891 Gulfshore Drive, (239) 597-3123. Beachfront resort featuring 189 guest rooms and suites, waterfront dining, golf course, pool and full-service spa. laplayaresort.com.

Lemon Tree Inn, 250 Ninth St. S., (239) 262-1414. “A touch of Key West in the heart of Old Naples.” Features heated swimming pool, a courtyard garden and 34 tropical-themed guestrooms. lemontreeinn.com.

Naples Bay Resort Hotel, 1500 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 530-1199. Luxury waterfront resort. Suites, cottages, spa, restaurant and marina. naplesbayresort.com.

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. A 125-acre resort featuring 317 renovated guest rooms and suites, spa and fitness center, on-site championship golf and tennis center, children’s programs, beachfront pool and four restaurants. naplesbeachhotel.com.

Naples Courtyard Inn, 2630 Tamami Trail N., (239) 261-3870. Tropical inn with oversized pool and chickee bar area, complimentary breakfast and business services. naplescourtyardinn.com.

Naples Grande Beach Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, (239) 597-3232. This waterfront hotel offers guest rooms, suites and villas. Pools and a 100-foot water slide, private cabanas, multiple restaurant and lounges, fitness facility, tennis courts, spa and 80,000 square feet of event space. Privileges at Naples Grande Golf Club. naplesgranderesort.com.

Park Shore Resort, 600 Neapolitan Way, (239) 263-2222. Botanical walkways and a private lake with two waterfalls. One- and two-bedroom condo suites, heated pool, spa, tennis court, restaurant on 13 acres. parkshorefl.com.

Port of the Islands Resort and Marina, 25000 Tamiami Trail E., (239) 394-3101. Studio and cottage suites located 30 minutes from downtown Naples in the Everglades. Restaurants, pool, tennis court, game room, skeet and trap shooting. poiresort.com.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. The Ritz is a five-star, five-diamond resort, with six restaurants, world-class spa, a nightclub, tennis, two pools, high-tech entertainment lounge, children’s programs and water sports. Guests enjoy golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, 2600 Tiburón Drive, (239) 593-2000. Boasting two Greg Norman golf courses, three restaurants, coffee shop, bar/billiards room and lounge. Heated outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis, Rick Smith Golf Academy, Ritz Kids Club and use of the amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples_golf_resort.

Staybridge Suites Naples, 4805 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 643-8002. One- and two-bedroom suites. Business services, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool spa, chickee bar, barbecue grills and kids eat free. One mile to the beach. Pets welcome. staybridgesuites.com.

Trianon Old Naples, 955 Seventh Ave. S., (239) 435-9600. Located in residential Old Naples, the Trianon offers elegant suites and guest rooms, lounge, outdoor heated pool, continental breakfast and concierge services. trianon.com.

Vanderbilt Beach Resort, 9225 Gulfshore Drive N., (239) 597-3144. Fully equipped efficiencies and apartments. On-site waterfront dining at the Turtle Club. Heated pool, beach access and tennis court. vanderbiltbeachresort.com.

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Comfort Inn of Bonita Springs, 9800 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 992-5001. A non-smoking property featuring heated pool with spa, complimentary continental breakfast and high-speed Internet access. comfortinn.com.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 27891 Crown Lake Blvd., (239) 948-0699. Close to attractions, restaurants and shopping. Outdoor pool. Two miles from the beach. hiexpress.com.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 8901 Highland Woods Blvd., (239) 949-5913. Upscale inn three miles from Bonita Beach. Standard and boutique studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, fitness center, continental breakfast, concierge service. homewoodsuites.com.

Trianon Bonita Bay, 3401 Bay Commons Drive, (239) 948-4400. Boutique hotel with 100 guest rooms and suites, outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, complimentary continental breakfast, conference room, lakeside restaurant and bar/lounge. trianon.com.

 

CAPE CORAL

The Resort at MarinaVillage, 5951 Silver King Blvd., (239) 541-5000. Guest rooms combine hotel and residential living with grand rooms, master suites, guest suites, dining terraces and access to amenity decks. Amenities include boat slips, waterfront dining and shopping and a spa. marinavillageresort.com.

Casa Loma Motel on the waterfront, 3608 Del Prado Blvd. S., (239) 549-6000. Guest rooms with kitchens. Heated pool, boat and fishing dock, and recreation room. casalomamotel.com.

Cape Harbour Vacation Rentals, 5828 Cape Harbour Drive, (239) 540-1851. One-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums surrounding a 76-slip, deep-water marina. Marina features shops, art galleries and restaurants. capeharbourvacations.com.

 

CAPTIVA ISLAND

Captiva Island Inn, 11508 Andy Rosse Lane, (239) 395-0882. A bed and breakfast 360 steps from the shore. Bike, kayak and WaveRunner rentals. Pool, with award-winning restaurants within walking distance. captivaislandinn.com.

South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, (866) 565-5089. Reaching 330 acres on the northern tip of Captiva, the newly restyled resort features multiple restaurants, lagoon pool and cabana complex, nine-hole executive golf course, children’s programs, yacht harbor and water sports. southseas.com.

’Tween Waters Inn, Island Resort, 15951 Captiva Drive, (239) 472-5161. Beachfront resort featuring a collection of guest cottages, efficiencies and guest rooms. Multiple dining options, marina with boat rentals, exercise area, pool and hot tub. tween-waters.com.

 

ESTERO

Embassy Suites Hotel, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, (239) 949-4222. Separate living room and bedroom with a wet bar, pull-out sleeper sofa and easy chair. Pool, fitness center and complimentary breakfast from on-site restaurant. embassysuites.com.

Hampton Inn & Suites, 10611 Chevrolet Way, (239) 947-5566. This hotel has 94 rooms with smoking and nonsmoking options. A swimming pool, fitness room, business center and meeting room. hamptoninn.hilton.com.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, (239) 444-1234. Overlooking Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, this four-diamond resort features 454 guest rooms and suites, multiple restaurants and lounges, spa, golf course, pool with waterslide, fitness center and access to a beach with pavilion via water taxi. coconutpoint.hyatt.com.

Hyatt Place Coconut Point, 23120 Via Villagio, (239) 495-1395. All rooms are smoke free and offer free WiFi. Fitness center, outdoor pool, coffee and wine bar, guest kitchen and daily complimentary continental breakfast. coconutpoint.place.hyatt.com.

 

FORT MYERS

Courtyard Fort Myers Cape Coral, 4455 Metro Parkway, (239) 275-8600. Redesigned, located close to downtown Fort Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport and the beach. marriott.com.

Crowne Plaza, Fort Myers, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, (239) 482-2900. Modern high-rise with newly renovated guest rooms. Sports café and tropical pool with waterfall. Adjacent to the Bell Tower Shops. cpfortmyers.com.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Downtown Historic, 2431 Cleveland Ave., (239) 332-3232. Renovated amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, restaurant, outdoor pool and business services. Kids eat free. holidayinn.com.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, (239) 561-1550. One- and two-bedroom options. Restaurant, outdoor heated pool and fitness center. Within walking distance of Gulf Coast Town Center. hiftmyersairport.com.

Hilton Garden Inn, 12600 University Drive, (239) 790-3500. All guest rooms equipped for business. Outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour business center and meeting space. hilton.com.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers, 5255 Big Pine Way, (239) 275-6000. One- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchen, complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet. Pool and exercise room. Located within Bell Tower Shops. Pets welcome. homewoodsuites.com.

Hotel Indigo, 1520 Broadway, (239) 337-3446. Stylish boutique hotel in Fort Myers River District. Oversized guest rooms, rooftop pool, lounge and spa; martini lounge and restaurant. hotelftmyers.com.

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Fort Myers-Sanibel Gateway, 20091 Summerlin Road, (239) 466-1200. Featuring outdoor heated pool, whirlpool spa, full-service restaurant and lounge/bar, game room, fitness center, high-speed Internet. Pets allowed. lq.com.

Sanibel Harbour Marriot Resort & Spa, 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive, (239) 466-4000. Four-star, four-diamond resort set among 85 acres of gardens. Featuring guest rooms, suites and condos. Multiple pools, whirlpool spas, tennis, fishing pier, kayaking, six restaurants, full-service spa and fitness center. sanibel-resort.com.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Best Western Beach Resort, 684 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-6000. Newly renovated with all oceanfront rooms. Heated pool, playground, picnic areas and water sports. Pets allowed, complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet available. bwbeachresort.com.

DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa, 2000 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-7654. This resort with 124, one-bedroom suites features a heated outdoor pool, two whirlpool spas, fitness center, casual and elegant dining, and watersport rentals. diamondheadfl.com.

GullWing Beach Resort, 6620 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-4300. A luxury condo resort features one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchen, washer and dryer. Amenities include a fitness center, beachfront pool, whirlpool spa, beach cabana rentals, tennis court and gazebo. gullwingfl.com.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach, 6890 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-5711. Oceanfront resort features outdoor pool, fitness facility, lounge, restaurants and kids eat free. holidayinn.com.

Lovers Key Resort, 8771 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-1040. All suites feature fully equipped kitchens and private balconies. Heated lagoon-style pool with waterfall and spa; restaurant and high-speed Internet access. Adjacent to Lovers Key State Park. loverskey.com.

Matanzas Inn Resort, 414 Crescent St., (239) 463-9258. Bayfront resort featuring cottages, guest rooms and villas. Heated pool, hot tub and restaurant on site. Dockage available for boaters. matanzasinn.com.

Palm Terrace, 3333 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5783. Eight rental apartments situated around a courtyard with heated swimming pool, barbeque grills and shuffleboard court. Beach access across the street. palm-terrace.com.

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa, 275 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-6181. Four-star resort located on 12 acres. Amenities include undersea fantasy pool, 200-foot fishing pier, dockage, poolside bar and children’s programs. pinkshell.com.

Pointe Estero Resort, 6640 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-1155. Sixteen-story beachfront tower condo resort. Tennis court, pool with whirlpool spa, activity programs, volleyball, trolley service and water sports. pointeestero.com.

PINELAND

Tarpon Lodge, 13771 Waterfront Drive, (239) 283-3999. Rooms in the Island House, historic lodge or cottages. Amenities include boat dockage, restaurant and lounge with live music. tarponlodge.com.

SANIBEL ISLAND

Beachview Cottages, 3325 W. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-1202. Small inn, one- or two-bedroom cottages and studio apartments with beach and bay views. Heated pool, bicycle and beach chair rentals, pet friendly. beachviewsanibel.com.

Casa Ybel Resort, 2255 W. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-3145. Newly renovated, luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites. Nature sanctuary, tennis, both Olympic-sized and wading pool, spa services, get-fit kits, kids club, cabanas and poolside café. Dine at the scenic Thistle Lodge. casaybelresort.com.

The Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages, 6460 Sanibel-Captiva Road, (239) 472-1252. Small inn and cottages with marina, bikes, canoe rentals, private dock and pool. Pet friendly. Certified Florida Green Lodging. castawayssanibel.com.

Holiday Inn Sanibel Island, 1231 Middle Gulf Drive, (239) 472-4123. Quaint resort with 98 rooms and suites. Private beach access, bike rentals, restaurant, outdoor heated pool with sun deck, tennis courts, wireless Internet and complimentary beach cabanas. sanibelbeachresort.com.

The Palm View, 706 Donax St., (239) 472-1606. Five charming suites in a quaint and tranquil setting. Steps to the beach. Amenities include beach chairs, bicycles and umbrellas. palmviewsanibel.com.

Sandpiper Inn, 720 Donax St., (239) 472-1529. Modern suites in a tropical setting. Amenities include bicycles, hammocks and rocking chairs. sandpiperinnsanibel.com.

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, 17260 Harbour Point Drive, (239) 466-4000. Amenities include a spa, six dining venues, fitness center, two pools, tennis courts, access to two golf clubs and shopping. sanibel-resort.com.

Sanibel Inn, 937 E. Gulf Drive, (888) 565-5480. Nature-inspired beachfront resort. Fine-dining restaurant on premises, heated pool, gardens, bike rentals and beach bar. sanibelcollection.com.

Sanibel Moorings, 845 E. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-4119. Condo resort/rentals with one, two or three bedrooms. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, large barbecue grill area, canoe and kayak rentals, and dockage. sanibelmoorings.com.

Sanibel Sunset Beach Resort, 3287 W. Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5091. Offers 46 guest rooms, suites or studios. Continental breakfast, heated pools, private cabanas, tennis and shuffleboard courts. sanibelcollection.com.

Shell Island Beach Club, 255 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-4497. Two-bedroom villas overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Two heated pools, whirlpool spa and sauna, tennis court and picnic area with barbeque grills. shellisland.hgvc.com.

Song of the Sea, 863 E. Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5101. Thirty guest rooms with kitchens. Heated pool, whirlpool, WiFi, use of bicycles and complimentary breakfast. sanibelcollection.com.

Sundial Beach & Golf Resort, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5093. One-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Swimming pools, whirlpool spa, fitness room, access to the Dunes Championship Golf Course and tennis courts. sanibelcollection.com.

 

Local RX: With top-notch hospitals and world-class medical professionals, your health needs are covered in Southwest Florida.HEALTHCARE

Studies show that post-surgical relaxation in a beautiful environment can maximize the results and speed up recovery times. This is one of the reasons so many patients are opting to schedule everything from orthopedic and heart surgery to cosmetic rejuvenation and even long-term oncology care here on the Gulfshore. The primary reason, of course, is that this region is recognized as having some of the most skilled specialists and state-of-the-art medical facilities in America. 

Today’s cosmetic surgery procedures are so advanced that one can have a nip and tuck on Monday and dine out in glamour on Saturday. Bodies are sculpted, refined and enhanced; faces are refreshed and rejuvenated. Recovery is faster and the results last longer than ever. Many surgeons here offer full-service concierge staffs to arrange accommodations, transportation and even social activities during your treatment and recovery.

 

NAPLES

Advanced Medical Center, 1250 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 566-7676. Offering urgent care plus family medicine, drug screenings, a full-service pharmacy and lab and diagnostic work, with walk-in availabilities and appointments seven days a week. advancedmedicalcenter.com

Naples Urgent Care, 1713 S.W. Health Parkway, Suite 1, (239) 597-8000. Medical services include: routine physical examination, exercise stress testing, allergy immunizations, cholesterol screening, diabetes management, on-site laboratory and blood testing, flu shots, congestive heart failure management, osteoporosis, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, workman’s compensation injuries, hypertension management, women’s routine healthcare, school and sports physicals, pre-employment physicals, common cold and flu, and skin cancer evaluation. naplesurgentcareonline.com.

NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, 350 Seventh St. N., (239) 436-5000. A complete cardiac care facility with more than 500 participating physicians. Specializes in progressive cardiac care, oncology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, pediatric emergency medical services and diagnostics. Part of the two-hospital, 681-bed NCH Healthcare System and the recipient of multiple Specialty Excellence Awards, including: Top 5 percent in the Nation for Overall Clinical Excellence. nchmd.org.

NCH North Naples Hospital, 11190 HealthPark Blvd., (239) 552-7000. A 261-bed acute care facility and home to The Birth Center, which includes a level II neonatal nursery, Orthopaedic Center of Excellence, and the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging. Part of the two-hospital, 681-bed NCH Healthcare System. nchmd.org.

Physicians Regional Medical Center, 8300 Collier Blvd., (239) 354-6000. This 100-bed, acute-care hospital with all-private rooms has emergency services, pediatric and obstetrical services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services, plus a women’s center and medical offices. Part of the Physicians Regional Healthcare System. physiciansregional.net.

Physicians Regional Medical Center, 6101 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 348-4000. This 101-bed facility provides general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient and emergency room patients. Emphasis in orthopedic surgery, general and minimally invasive surgery, plastic surgery, colorectal, urology, neurology and cardiac care, as well as recently expanded stroke treatment capabilities. Part of the Physicians Regional Healthcare System. physiciansregional.net.

Physicians Regional Medical Group, (239) 348-4400. More than 30 physicians practicing at five full-service medical clinics in Naples and Bonita Springs. Seven were honored last year by Gulfshore Life as Top Doctors, as determined from surveys completed by Castle Connolly Medical in New York. physiciansregionalmedicalgroup.com

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Bonita Community Health Center, 3501 Health Center Blvd., (239) 949-1050. Comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation and surgical center. Radiology, endoscopy, pain management rehabilitation, day surgery center, walk-in clinic, on-site pharmacy and lab partnered with Lee Memorial Health System and NCH Healthcare System. bonitahealthcenter.com.

 

CAPE CORAL

Cape Coral Hospital, 636 Del Prado Blvd., (239) 424-2000. This hospital serves the Cape Coral, North Fort Myers and Pine Island communities. One of the “100 Top Hospitals” in the United States for orthopedics, the hospital features the area’s largest emergency department and 291 private beds. Services offered include a Joint Commission Certified Diabetes Program, Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, Lee Health Solutions (for those with chronic health problems), Special Care Nursery, oncology, urology, endocrinology and gastroenterology. Part of Lee Memorial Health System. leememorial.org.

Lee Convenient Care, 1682 N.E. Pine Island Road, (239) 424-1655. Provides quality, cost-efficient care in a short time frame for children and adults requiring prompt and/or minor emergency care. An appointment or referral is not required. Walk-in care is appropriate when: your primary care doctor is unavailable, you do not have a regular doctor, you have an illness or injury that is not life-threatening and needs prompt care, or you have routine health issues. leememorial.org/convenientcare.

Urgent Care Center of Southwest Florida, Cay West Pavilion, 1708 Cape Coral Parkway W., Suite 2, (239) 333-3333. State-of-the-art-urgent care center. Offers an alternative to emergency room visits for non-life threatening issues such as flu, migraines, sprains, fractures and lacerations. No appointment necessary. Open seven days a week. urgentcareswfl.com

 

ESTERO

Estero Urgent Care, 9250 Corkscrew Road, Suite 18, (239) 948-1310. Medical services include: routine physical examination, exercise stress testing, allergy immunizations, cholesterol screening, diabetes management, on-site laboratory and blood testing, flu shots, congestive heart failure management, osteoporosis, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, workman’s compensation injuries, hypertension management, women’s routine healthcare, school and sports physicals, pre-employment physicals, common cold and flu, skin cancer evaluation. esterourgentcareonline.com.

Urgent Care Center of Southwest Florida, Estero Medical Center, 10201 Arcos Ave., Suite 105, (239) 333-2273. State-of-the-art urgent care center. Offers an alternative to emergency room visits for non-life threatening issues such as flu, migraines, sprains, fractures and lacerations. Specialties available on site: allergy and immunology, dermatology, ENT, family practice, internal medicine, orthopedics including physical therapy and pain management, and full radiology services—CAT scan, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. No appointment necessary. Open seven days a week. urgentcareswfl.com.

 

FORT MYERS

The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, (239) 343-5000. The only comprehensive child health care facility between Tampa and Miami, as well as the only perinatal intensive care center in the area. Located within HealthPark Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital is committed to delivering superior care to the youngest of patients, their families and the community. Part of Lee Memorial Health System. leememorial.org.

Gulf Coast Medical Center, 13681 Doctor’s Way, (239) 343-1000. A state-of-the-art facility consisting of 349 beds, all-new private rooms, a 43-bed emergency room and 22 larger operating rooms. Services will include neurology and stroke care, comprehensive cardiovascular care, kidney transplantation, neurosurgery and spine surgery, outpatient rehabilitation, obstetrics, orthopedics, oncology, wound care and other specialties. Part of Lee Memorial Health System. leememorial.org.

HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center, 16131 RoseRush Court, (239) 343-7300. A 112-bed skilled nursing home whose goal is to enable patients to return home or progress to a retirement community. Offering all the services of a skilled nursing facility, including a full range of rehabilitative and subacute services, yet is adjacent to Lee Memorial Hospital’s HealthPark Medical Center, ensuring the best emergency medical care 24 hours a day. leememorial.org.

HealthPark Medical Center, 9981 S. HealthPark Drive, (239) 343-5000. Offering 368 beds, this state-of-the-art hospital is the primary location for Lee Memorial System’s Heart and Vascular Institute. It is also a designated Chest Pain Center and home to the new Endovascular Suite for endovascular neurosurgery. Services include cardiac, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation and surgical, and inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Part of Lee Memorial Health System. leememorial.org.

Lee Convenient Care, 4771 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, (239) 343-9800; 13279 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers (239) 997-9733. Provides quality, cost-efficient care in a short time frame for children and adults requiring prompt and/or minor emergency care. An appointment or referral is not required. Walk-in care is appropriate when: your primary care doctor is unavailable, you do not have a regular doctor, you have an illness or injury that is not life-threatening and needs prompt care, or you have routine health issues. leememorial.org/convenientcare.

Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Ave., (239) 343-2000. Lee Memorial Hospital was recognized as a “100 Top Hospitals” for stroke, orthopedics and intensive care. A 355-bed hospital, Lee Memorial provides 24-hour emergency and Level II trauma care, All-Star Joint Center, neuroscience, bariatric, senior behavioral health, oncology, diagnostic imaging, general surgery, urology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and other specialties. Part of Lee Memorial Health System. leememorial.org.

Regional Cancer Center, 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 200, (239) 343-9500. The Center provides comprehensive cancer care close to home. Services include radiation therapy and PET/CT scan, outpatient infusion area, Florida Cancer Specialists, Florida Gynecologic Oncology and LMHS physician offices. The facility also features a healing garden and meditation area. leememorial.org.

The Rehabilitation Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Ave., (239) 343-3900. Located within Lee Memorial Hospital, the 60-bed Rehab Hospital provides comprehensive, outcome-oriented medical rehabilitation services to enable patients to live at their highest level of physical, social and cognitive independence within the community. Part of Lee Memorial Health System. leememorial.org.

 

LEHIGH ACRES

Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd., (239) 369-2101. An 88-bed facility. Specialties include cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), pediatrics, radiology, reconstructive surgery and urology. The Fast Track is an extension of the Emergency Department for treating less urgent conditions in a timely manner. Part of Health Management Associates (HMA). lehighregional.com/default.aspx.

 

PORT CHARLOTTE

Fawcett Memorial Hospital, 21298 Olean Blvd., (941) 629-1181. Fawcett Memorial Hospital and its medical staff represent a broad range of services in many different medical, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitation specialties. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission. Part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a national healthcare system. fawcetthospital.com.

Peace River Regional Medical Center, 2500 Harbor Blvd., (941) 766-4122. Facilities include North Port Health Park and Murdock Medical Park. Offers a sports-specific program, Level II neonatal intensive care unit, center for balance disorders, bariatric surgery program, primary stroke center and a neuro-surgical/orthopedic center of excellence. Only licensed obstetric and pediatric units in Charlotte County. peaceriverregional.com.

 

ENGLEWOOD

Englewood Community Hospital, 700 Medical Blvd., (941) 475-6571. An accredited chest pain center with close to 125 physicians serving Charlotte and Sarasota counties. An HCA facility with specialized services available through its emergency care center, women’s wellness center, joint center and sleep disorder center. Free Consult-a-Nurse referral service 24 hours a day. englewoodcommhospital.com.

 

PUNTA GORDA

Charlotte Regional Medical Center, 809 E. Marion Ave., (941) 639-3131. As the area’s first and only comprehensive acute care cardiac facility, Charlotte Regional’s Top 100 distinctions and Excellence Awards honor both the medical staff and the hospital staff for outstanding achievement in progressive heart care. An HMA facility. charlotteregional.com.

Researched by Cayla Stanley

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