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Southwest Florida: Fort Myers, Naples, and Marco Island




There's a lot to love about Southwest Florida. For one, its year-round temperate climate remains a draw for travelers worldwide, especially during the winter months. Beyond that, its multigenerational offerings, history, culinary scenes and so much more makes Southwest Florida a standout destination. Here are a few recommendations when planning a visit to Southwest Florida.

    The beautiful Fort Myers Beach offers sand, sun and lots of fun.

    Fort Myers

    One place in Southwest Florida where you can have it all is Fort Myers and its surrounding communities. Ideal for families, Fort Myers embraces culture and creative arts, and it also has a reputation for being a destination for festivals and events. From food to music, to sand sculpting, you are certain to experience a vast array of unique opportunities whenever you visit throughout the year. If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate learning about the personal lives and friendship of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford by taking a tour of the palatial Edison and Ford Winter Estates. This veritable time capsule also has a fantastic collection of antique cars, inventions, and artifacts from a bygone era. Gastronomic offerings in Fort Myers are vast and diverse: You can start your day with a hearty American breakfast at a popular local diner, have lunch or English tea at a British-themed restaurant and then dinner at a highly rated East Indian restaurant.

      HIgh-end shopping experiences await on 5th Avenue South in Naples. Photo credit: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

      Naples

      Situated along Florida’s Paradise Coast lies one of the wealthiest cities in the US: Naples. With over 100 local art galleries and a plethora of museums, this affluent city prides itself on being a center of arts and culture. The Naples Art District is a perfect example of local art at its finest. Everything from ceramics, paintings as well as photographic pieces can be found here. If you would like to experience an art class while also enjoying exhibitions, the Naples Art Association is the place to be. After enjoying all the artistic offerings of Naples, be sure to take advantage of some of Naples’ fantastic leisure offerings, including fishing, golfing, and jet skiing as well as amazing sunsets from its white-sand beaches. Naples is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the US, as well as high-end shopping offerings and so much more. And when it comes to dining, Naples doesn’t disappoint. Fresh seafood restaurants are very popular as well as eateries specializing in Italian, French, and Pan Asian cuisines.

        Naples

        Situated along Florida’s Paradise Coast lies one of the wealthiest cities in the US: Naples. With over 100 local art galleries and a plethora of museums, this affluent city prides itself on being a center of arts and culture. The Naples Art District is a perfect example of local art at its finest. Everything from ceramics, paintings as well as photographic pieces can be found here. If you would like to experience an art class while also enjoying exhibitions, the Naples Art Association is the place to be. After enjoying all the artistic offerings of Naples, be sure to take advantage of some of Naples’ fantastic leisure offerings, including fishing, golfing, and jet skiing as well as amazing sunsets from its white-sand beaches. Naples is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the US, as well as high-end shopping offerings and so much more. And when it comes to dining, Naples doesn’t disappoint. Fresh seafood restaurants are very popular as well as eateries specializing in Italian, French, and Pan Asian cuisines.

          HIgh-end shopping experiences await on 5th Avenue South in Naples. Photo credit: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

          No beach vacation is complete without ice cream!

          Marco Island

          About a 30-minute drive from Naples is Marco Island. This barrier island of nearly 16,000 residents is the largest island of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands and it is within close proximity to The Everglades. While Marco Island is replete with upscale offerings, one of its major draws happens to be its natural surroundings. With natural mangrove estuaries and unspoiled saltwater wilderness, families that vacation here should take advantage of teaching their children about the delicate ecosystem that makes up the region, while also enjoying some of the refined offerings of their resort. If you enjoy golfing, yachting and water activities such as fishing, Marco Island is ideal for you. Not surprising, seafood is the top cuisine in the region, however, you will also find amazing steakhouses and phenomenal Italian fare on Marco Island.

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                There's a lot to love about Southwest Florida. For one, its year-round temperate climate remains a draw for travelers worldwide, especially during the winter months. Beyond that, its multigenerational offerings, history, culinary scenes and so much more makes Southwest Florida a standout destination. Here are a few recommendations when planning a visit to Southwest Florida.

                  The beautiful Fort Myers Beach offers sand, sun and lots of fun.

                  Fort Myers

                  One place in Southwest Florida where you can have it all is Fort Myers and its surrounding communities. Ideal for families, Fort Myers embraces culture and creative arts, and it also has a reputation for being a destination for festivals and events. From food to music, to sand sculpting, you are certain to experience a vast array of unique opportunities whenever you visit throughout the year. If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate learning about the personal lives and friendship of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford by taking a tour of the palatial Edison and Ford Winter Estates. This veritable time capsule also has a fantastic collection of antique cars, inventions, and artifacts from a bygone era. Gastronomic offerings in Fort Myers are vast and diverse: You can start your day with a hearty American breakfast at a popular local diner, have lunch or English tea at a British-themed restaurant and then dinner at a highly rated East Indian restaurant.

                    HIgh-end shopping experiences await on 5th Avenue South in Naples. Photo credit: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

                    Naples

                    Situated along Florida’s Paradise Coast lies one of the wealthiest cities in the US: Naples. With over 100 local art galleries and a plethora of museums, this affluent city prides itself on being a center of arts and culture. The Naples Art District is a perfect example of local art at its finest. Everything from ceramics, paintings as well as photographic pieces can be found here. If you would like to experience an art class while also enjoying exhibitions, the Naples Art Association is the place to be. After enjoying all the artistic offerings of Naples, be sure to take advantage of some of Naples’ fantastic leisure offerings, including fishing, golfing, and jet skiing as well as amazing sunsets from its white-sand beaches. Naples is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the US, as well as high-end shopping offerings and so much more. And when it comes to dining, Naples doesn’t disappoint. Fresh seafood restaurants are very popular as well as eateries specializing in Italian, French, and Pan Asian cuisines.

                      Naples

                      Situated along Florida’s Paradise Coast lies one of the wealthiest cities in the US: Naples. With over 100 local art galleries and a plethora of museums, this affluent city prides itself on being a center of arts and culture. The Naples Art District is a perfect example of local art at its finest. Everything from ceramics, paintings as well as photographic pieces can be found here. If you would like to experience an art class while also enjoying exhibitions, the Naples Art Association is the place to be. After enjoying all the artistic offerings of Naples, be sure to take advantage of some of Naples’ fantastic leisure offerings, including fishing, golfing, and jet skiing as well as amazing sunsets from its white-sand beaches. Naples is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the US, as well as high-end shopping offerings and so much more. And when it comes to dining, Naples doesn’t disappoint. Fresh seafood restaurants are very popular as well as eateries specializing in Italian, French, and Pan Asian cuisines.

                        HIgh-end shopping experiences await on 5th Avenue South in Naples. Photo credit: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

                        No beach vacation is complete without ice cream!

                        Marco Island

                        About a 30-minute drive from Naples is Marco Island. This barrier island of nearly 16,000 residents is the largest island of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands and it is within close proximity to The Everglades. While Marco Island is replete with upscale offerings, one of its major draws happens to be its natural surroundings. With natural mangrove estuaries and unspoiled saltwater wilderness, families that vacation here should take advantage of teaching their children about the delicate ecosystem that makes up the region, while also enjoying some of the refined offerings of their resort. If you enjoy golfing, yachting and water activities such as fishing, Marco Island is ideal for you. Not surprising, seafood is the top cuisine in the region, however, you will also find amazing steakhouses and phenomenal Italian fare on Marco Island.

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                              About the Author: The above piece was written by Jason Gordon, a guest travel blogger, and Costco enthusiast. Jason Gordon is compensated by Costco Travel to share his travel experiences.


                               
                               
                               
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