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
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.
Spend the afternoon perusing the shops and restaurants of the
Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South shopping districts in
Walk to 12th Ave. South to Naples Pier for the best view of the
Florida sunset in town.
Day 2: Marco Island
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
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.
View the sunset from the water with a dinner cruise on
the Marco Island Princess. www.themarcoislandprincess.com
Day 3: The Everglades
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
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.