Get away for adventure on the Paradise Coast, a destination that includes Naples, the beaches of Marco Island and the state’s real authentic gem, the unparalleled Florida Everglades.
Naples, in Southwest Florida, has historically been a winter playground and vacation destination for the wealthy, drawn to the area by tropical weather, hunting and fishing. But over time, it has evolved into a family destination and a luxury travel haven. This region, combining the community of Naples, the beaches of Marco Island and the unparalleled beauty of the Florida Everglades, is called the Paradise Coast.
Here’s a trip that will show you why.
Begin your journey in Naples. This community has a small-town feel, with a charming historic district, waterfront restaurants and miles of beachfront, making it one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular vacation getaways. To the south is Marco Island, the largest and only developed barrier island among the Ten Thousand Islands. Add to that the area’s impressive number of preserves and parks providing endless outdoor options. But best of all, this destination is the gateway to Florida’s real authentic gem, the Everglades.
Interconnected by a wealth of ecosystems – from cypress swamps to mangrove forests, from hardwood hammocks to sawgrass prairies, including offshore marine habitats, the Everglades has been largely misunderstood by the public.
Luckily, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, its staunch environmental champion, wrote “River of Grass,” a book that rallied the public to protect the gently moving waterway – giving it an appropriate and enduring nickname.