Blissful isolation at a sandbar in the Ten Thousand Islands
The Dolphin Explorer setting off from Marco Island for sightseeing
Kayaking among the mangroves along the coast
Aerial view of a challenging hole on one of the many golf courses
Fifth Avenue South, the heart of downtown shopping and dining
Alligators sunning themselves in the Everglades
Taking a refreshing dip in the Gulf of Mexico
Sunset at Marco Island
Paradise refined and redefined
Shimmering Gulf of Mexico waters and wide, white-sand beaches stretch for more than 48 kilometers, offering a sanctuary of peace and tranquility. Feeling adventurous? Island-hop the Ten Thousand Islands or explore the Gulf of Mexico side of Everglades National Park for a fascinating look at nature and wildlife. Whether paddling a kayak or enjoying a leisurely, guided sunset cruise, inspiring experiences take you worlds away from the everyday.
Indulge every whim at some of the best resorts in the world. Four area properties made Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2013 Gold List of the best places to stay in the world: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples; The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; and the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. A stay at one of these award-winning resorts means you’ll enjoy five-star service, sumptuous spa treatments, gourmet dining on the beach and much more.
Sophisticated cuisine, succulent seafood and spectacular sunset views – it’s all on the menu in paradise. Dine on fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and one-of-a-kind culinary delights prepared by superb local chefs. Inspiring settings offer a feast for your senses, from fine dining right on the beach, to champagne dinner cruises alongside magnificent waterfront mansions, to elegant city cafes in historic downtown Naples.
There are plenty of opportunities to tee off in paradise. The National Golf Foundation ranked Paradise Coast as No. 1 in the USA for its abundance of golf holes. More than 90 courses offer play for every skill level, with courses designed by top golf architects, including Robert von Hagge, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
From one-of-a-kind attractions to unforgettable adventures, Paradise Coast offers families the best time ever. Don’t miss a cruise aboard the Dolphin Explorer, featured in the National Geographic book “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth.” This amazing eco-tour lets your family join the survey crew on an expedition in sighting and studying dolphins and includes a stop on an island for shelling. Another not-to-be-missed family adventure is an exhilarating airboat ride through the Everglades, where you’ll enjoy an up-close view of the coastal wildlife. Or visit the International treasure of Everglades National Park, the only subtropical preserve in North America and part of the country’s largest wetlands ecosystem. Join a boat tour at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City and explore the saltwater mangrove estuary portion of the park, where you'll spot bottlenose dolphins and numerous bird species.