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/// 7 Days Of Paradise

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Introduction

The Paradise Coast is famous for its sugar white sand beaches that stretch from Barefoot Beach Preserve at the northern tip of Collier County, throughout the city of Naples, along the four miles of Marco Island’s crescent shoreline, and into the deserted Ten Thousand Island region of the Everglades. Our beach parks range from those with full facilities to simple access points perfect for long beach walks on deserted sands. Numerous beach access points in downtown Naples, as well as Tigertail Beach Park on Marco Island, are perfect for visitors staying at nearby off-beach hotels.

 

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In addition to the allure of our beautiful beaches, you’ll find numerous public parks that showcase the unspoiled natural environment that surrounds us here in Florida’s Last Paradise.

 

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DAY 1
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Spending the morning relaxing at the beach should definitely be on the top of the to-do list during Day #1. Eyeing blue skies, sunshine, white sandy beaches and luscious gulf water will warm your body and soul.

Walking during the early morning along Naples Gulf Coat. Fishermen head to the Naples Pier in hopes of reeling in their fresh catch of the day. Colorful umbrellas dotting the beach and dolphins showcasing their graceful gliding form are sights common to the Naples visitor and Collier County resident. Achieve the full ambiance of the beauty of southwest Florida. Enjoy breakfast, shopping and walking along the streets of Old Naples before calling for a tee time at one of the many professionally designed golf courses in the area.

Catch the sunset and experience sight of the “green flash” is the perfect way to close Day #1. For the young at heart you can continue the evening by exploring Naples night life.

DAY 2
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Renting a Kayake, Jetski, or Boat in Naples is easy.

The pace picks up a bit as Day #2 opens with another blue sky, palms gently dancing in the breeze while being greeted by red hibiscus flowers which blanket the plant outdoors.

SW Florida is famous for its wildlife and heading out into the backwaters of the Everglades on one of the many eco boat tours is one of the best ways to see, experience, and learn about the area. Depending on the tour photography, history, shelling, birding, or just sightseeing are all options in experiencing the sights, colors, and life in southwest Florida.

After lunch at one of the outdoor and waterfront restaurants dotting the landscape in Naples, Marco Island, Goodland, or Isles of Capri, the area continues to lure the vacationer and the choices of activities are plentiful. Kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing, or shelling on the nearby islands is all readily available.

Sweet paradise finally settles in by rounding off the day aboard one of the area’s sunset cruises, cruising Naples Bay or along Marco Island’s crescent beach.

DAY 3
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Waking up early and walking the beautiful sandy beach gets to be habit forming in paradise. However, shopping is on the to-do list today, so your beach walking needs to be a bit more brisk. Joggers, mothers pushing strollers and children making sandcastles with grandpa and grandma are common sights. A hearty breakfast is on order before cruising unique boutiques and gorgeous shopping plazas.

Renting a limo and driver seems the best course of action today, making sure nothing is missed. The shops of Tin City, numerous internationally known galleries, the state of the art Botanical Gardens, and prized Caribbean Gardens are all a must-do in visiting Naples.

A late afternoon appointment at one of the many exclusive spas is mandatory before dressing to the nines for dinner. Finish your evening at the Philharmonic cultural and art center.

DAY 4
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There is plenty to explore in Southwest Florida. Renting a car, and driving east on Tamiami Trail heralds beautiful Everglades vistas and unique daytime activities. The Collier Seminole State Park is the first attraction you come to heading east on Hwy 41, or the Historic Scenic Highway of Tamiami Trail. History, picnicking and canoe/kayak trails add to the RV and camping facilities there.

Port of the Island is next, a gorgeous and unexpected oasis greeting the roadway traveler rounding the bend. A hotel restaurant and marina welcome the traveler. The various eco boat tours thoughout the Everglades and The Ten Thousand Islands offers kayaking, photographic tours, and information cruising, a must-do to get the feel of what the Everglades are all about.

Continuing east on Tamiami Trail, road side are attractions such as The Wind Dancer air boat ride, Joannie’s Café, the Skunk Ape Headquarters, the smallest post office in the United States and various Indian villages are all stops to make before turning south on HWY 29 towards Everglades City. Everglades City, once the county seat of Collier County, is a historic fishing village. Activities galore greet the road traveler, once the bridge is crossed into Everglades City proper. The Seafood Depot, Rod and Gun Club, Ted Smallwood Store and the Museum of the Everglades fill the afternoon with good food and great history.

End the day with a drive back through the Everglades at sunset towards another historic fishing village, Goodland, and then on to Marco Island is the perfect way to take advantage of this largest island in the ten

DAY 5
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Adventure is the name of the game, today, in southwest Florida. Renting a car, and driving east on Tamiami Trail heralds beautiful Everglades vistas and unique daytime activities. The Collier Seminole State Park is the first attraction you come to heading east on Hwy 41, or the Historic Scenic Highway of Tamiami Trail. History, picnicking and canoe/kayak trails add to the RV and camping facilities there.

Port of the Island is next, a gorgeous and unexpected oasis greeting the roadway traveler rounding the bend. A hotel restaurant and marina welcome the traveler. The various eco boat tours thoughout the Everglades and The Ten Thousand Islands offers kayaking, photographic tours, and information cruising, a must-do to get the feel of what the Everglades are all about.

Continuing east on Tamiami Trail, road side are attractions such as The Wind Dancer air boat ride, Joannie’s Café, the Skunk Ape Headquarters, the smallest post office in the United States and various Indian villages are all stops to make before turning south on HWY 29 towards Everglades City. Everglades City, once the county seat of Collier County, is a historic fishing village. Activities galore greet the road traveler, once the bridge is crossed into Everglades City proper. The Seafood Depot, Rod and Gun Club, Ted Smallwood Store and the Museum of the Everglades fill the afternoon with good food and great history.

End the day with a drive back through the Everglades at sunset towards another historic fishing village, Goodland, and then on to Marco Island is the perfect way to take advantage of this largest island in the ten

DAY 6
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Adding to the thrill of exploration, venturing afar adds even more excitement to a vacation that is already full of exceptional activities. Traveling north to Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel or Captiva is one direction for unlimited choices of sightseeing. The Thomas Edison House in Ft. Myers is one of the very popular choices for visitors and residents of all ages.

A day trip, heading south, either by boat or air, to Key West is a possibility for Day #6. Key West is the southern most tip of the United States and only 90 miles from Cuba. Historic homes, history and culture permeate this colorful town. The Key West Trolley is a must to get a bird’s eye view of the town, before striking out on one’s own.

Air Key West at the Marco Island Airport, or, The Sea Key West Express, docked in Marco Island, offers the adventurous traveler a choice of a one day trip, or the chance to spend the night in Key West and come back to the mainland the next day. Whichever choice, great food, clear blue water and gorgeous sights are at every turn.

DAY 7
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A week in paradise… realizing that dreams do come true, number one on the to-do list today is to talk to a real estate professional and explore property choices for your future. Choose from holiday investment rental, second home, or retirement property. The choices are endless in Naples. Tranquil beauty and a tropical lifestyle is indeed, at arms length in southwest Florida.


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