3 Days in Naples and Marco Island

Wealthy in a laid-back way, Southwest Florida's Paradise Coast region features white-sand beaches and five-star resorts abutting the wilds of Everglades National Park, the home of eagles, alligators, manatees, dolphins, and the endangered Florida panther.

Day 1: Naples
10:00 AM
Before teeing off at one of two Greg Norman-designed, Audubon-certified championship golf courses at Tiburon Golf Club, consider a lesson at its new PGA TOURAcademy. 

2:00 PM
Spend the afternoon perusing the shops and restaurants of the Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South shopping districts in Naples. www.naplesdowntown.com

7:30 PM
Walk to 12th Ave. South to Naples Pier for the best view of the Florida sunset in town.

Day 2: Marco Island
10:00 AM
Zooming around on a personal watercraft is a blast. But you can make it educational too with Marco Island Ski and Watersport's guided nature and wildlife tour of the twisty, mangrove-lined estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands on the edge of the Everglades. www.marcoislandwatersports.com

12:00 PM 

Time for the beach, either in front of your hotel or at Tigertail Beach on the northern end of Marco Island, a preserve untouched by hotels and condominiums.

6:30 PM 

View the sunset from the water with a dinner cruise on the Marco Island Princess. www.themarcoislandprincess.com

Day 3: The Everglades    
9:00 AM
Go deeper into the Everglades at Big Cypress National Park. Both ranger-led and commercial tours are available, so decide if you want to walk along the boardwalk or hike inside the park, rent a canoe or kayak, or ride on a swamp buggy ATV. www.nps.gov/bicy

2:00 PM
After a long day trekking through the Everglades, pamper yourself with a spa treatment - all of the top resorts in Naples and Marco Island have spas that offer a wide variety of massages, rubs, and scrubs.