South Gulf Coast
The South Gulf Coast of Florida is a beautiful sun-drenched holiday destination complete with stunning beaches, cosmopolitan cities, exciting eco- parks and excellent shopping and nightlife opportunities. The area is also famous for fly fishing, especially in the mangrove forests of Everglades. Naples provides an amazing range of facilities for fly fishing and golfing in championship courses. In fact the city has the second highest number of golf courses per capita in the USA. The Naples Zoo’s night tour is one of its kinds and uses night-vision goggles to take you past the animals.
Marco Island, with its luxurious resorts and fine dining, is a playground for the rich and the famous. Bonita Springs has several beautiful beaches, freshwater lakes and islands to its credit. Captiva Island also has an impressive beach, Turner beach, where the main pastime is to collect colourful seashells. Estero is home to the Florida Gulf Coast University, one of the state’s youngest universities in the country.
The beaches here are different from the white sand beaches in the rest of Florida. The beaches here are more secluded, beautiful, palm-fringed and with several fishing piers. Among the best are Naples and on Bonita Springs. The South Gulf Coast of Florida enjoys 335 days of sunshine and even the winter promises glorious, warm days with yearly lows of 20°C.
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Gulf’ Bonita Springs is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Apart from the beaches, the region also has several freshwater lakes, streams and islands. Boating, fishing, shelling and golfing are just some of the activities that you can enjoy in Bonita Springs. Also on offer are extensive shopping, dining and entertainment activities. One of the main highlights is the Promenade, which is a fine blend of exquisite shops and restaurants offering a range of cuisine to suit all tastes. Bonita Springs is also home to several art museums and galleries and also has the Germain Arena, which hosts a wide variety of concerts and other events.
Located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, Captiva Island is sister to Sanibel Island. The main attraction is the Turner Beach which is a great place for soaking up the sun, catching fish and also finding colourful shells that the island is well-known for. The beach itself stretches from the northern tip of Captiva Island at Redfish Pass. A drive from the Turner beach, known as Captiva Drive, takes you past a giant cactus, bright bougainvillea, and other tropical flora along the sea and ending at downtown Captiva. The island offers superb accommodation, shopping, and dining. You can also enjoy a range of activities including golfing, tennis, fishing, boating, and some children’s activities.
Sandwiched between Naples to the south and the historic Fort Myres to the north, Estero was once famous as a citrus community. Today the city’s main claim to fame is the Florida Gulf Coast University, one of the state’s youngest universities in the country. Estero is also home of Germain Arena which hosts games for the Florida Firecats af2 arena football team and the Florida Everblades ECHL hockey team. It also hosts several concerts by well-known performers and other events. For the golfers, there is the Old Corkscrew golf club. For some great outdoor activities you can visit the Bowditch Point Regional Park and Koreshan State Historic Site.
Situated at the north of the picturesque Ten Thousand Islands and just south of Naples, Marco Island offers miles of white-sand beaches, luxurious real estate, glorious weather, excellent restaurants, fine shopping and great entertainment. Complimenting them are plenty of entertainment and recreational activities such as boating, fishing, golfing and tennis. Set amidst spectacular, subtropical beauty Marco Island is where the rich and famous travel to for fun and relaxation. Once you had your fill of the sun and sand, you can catch a comedy show at the Off the Hook Comedy Club or indulge in some retail therapy at the boutique shops at The Esplanade. The Marco Island Princess boat tour is also very popular with the visitors.
Naples is considered to be the crown jewel of the South Central Gulf Coast region of Florida. It is nestled on the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and is famous for its world-class shopping, dining and several golf courses. It is within easy distance of the Everglades where you can enjoy guided kayak eco-trips in Everglades National Park or Big Cypress Preserve. The tour takes through mangrove tunnels, past alligators and water birds to search for dolphins in the 10,000 islands. Boasting one of the calmest seas in the region, Naples makes a great destination for the water sports enthusiasts and picnickers. On offer are vast stretches of lovely green spaces and recreational facilities.