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Southwest Florida offers so much more than most expect. There are acres of parks, nature preserves and still unspoiled land, mile upon mile upon mile of sugar sand beaches, endless water adventures, a cosmopolitan city in Naples and a growing foodie culture. Not surprisingly, many are happy to find their time is well-spent just right here. But for those who like a little spice every now and again, it’s important to note that it’s only 1.5 very scenic hours across the Tamiami Trail to the dazzling nightlife, concerts and major sporting events of Miami. Dash there for fun; come home to the life you always dreamed of.
A gem of beautiful beaches, enchanting nature preserves—and yet more shopping, Marco Beach has long been a playground for the “smart” people, sportsmen (and women) and nature lovers alike. It is the gateway to 10,000 Islands, a truly extraordinary nature preserve—and to a water-based lifestyle that only a Gulf island can claim. SUP—stand-up paddle boarding—takes on a new dimension as you glide by the wildlife of Tigertail Beach. For the more adventurous, kayaking the mangrove tunnels. And sport fishing is only a few minutes offshore or in the backwaters. Or you could while away an afternoon, stretched out on a sugar sand beach while all your worries drift away with the current. On Marco Island, there are no bad choices.
Naples is Florida at its best. It has a long history of culture and class, untrammeled preserves, as well as an active, eco-friendly lifestyle. And then there’s the shopping… 3rd Street, 5th Avenue, and the Waterside shops, to name a few. Naples is the self–titled “golf capital of the world,” so non-shoppers have plenty to experience as well. Finally, Artis-Naples provides a cultural anchor to the whole area. With multiple performance spaces, it is the home of the Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic.