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Adventure into the Florida Everglades On the Paradise Coast (Video)

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 Pier

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.

Everglades City is the Stone Crab Capital of the World

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.

By Robin Draper, AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Feb. 21, 2017 

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.