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Area Profile
Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades make up Southwest Florida's Collier County – also known as The Paradise Coast. Collier is the largest county in the state of Florida, by land area, yet more than 80% of the vast expanse of land is preserved as park and nature preserve land by federal, state, county, city and private agencies. Beautiful beach communities surrounded by nature – it's no wonder the area is referred to as Florida’s Last Paradise.

Real Estate Overview
Educational, emergency and medical facilities have kept pace with rapid residential growth in Naples. New single- and multi-family home communities, in styles ranging from Old Florida to Mediterranean, are built around a lifestyle, such as boating, golf, or an appreciation for nature. Many developments strive to combine every element, and offer pool, tennis and fitness centers as well.
 
Waterfront living is naturally at a premium, with developers capitalizing on breathtaking views by building skyward. Stylish condominium towers in Pelican Bay and Cape Marco on Marco Island are prime examples of luxury Gulf front living. Comprising condominiums and coach homes, The Colonnade at Park Shore even has its own private beach, while Pelican Harbor on Vanderbilt Beach Road offers condominium harbor homes with 70 boat slips close to the Gulf and to golf. Inland, many Naples developments also enjoy views of the water.

Golfing communities are Naples' specialty, with such outstanding examples as Lely Resort and Eagle Creek, east of town, Collier Reserve to the north, and Grey Oaks, located on Airport Road and Golden Gate Parkway. All offer beautifully sculpted championship courses amid landscaped settings. Wilderness Country Club in North Naples, a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, is a gated clubhouse community featuring five pools, several lakes and an 18-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills. Some excellent designers have 'carved' a place in the sun. They include; Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Joe Lee, and many, many more. In fact, we have more courses per capita than any area in the world.

Lifestyle
Completed in 1989 at a cost of almost $20 million, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Pelican Bay has a full program of music, dance and theater. At the Naples Playhouse, the local Naples Players regale the public with plays and musicals, while the Naples Dinner Theater puts on year-round professional productions. Open air concerts are held at Cambier Park and at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, which also holds a free admission Summer Jazz on the Gulf schedule. The Naples Spring Art Festival is another popular outdoors event, at which artists from far and wide exhibit and sell their work. Notable among the many resident art galleries in Naples are The Naples Art Association & Gallery, which sells paintings, sculptures, jewelry and ceramics. On Central Avenue, we have a fine modern library with extensive reference facilities, free video rental, theme exhibits, and a separate children's section.

Also for children, and the young at heart, is our famous Teddy Bear Museum, home to 3,000 unique, antique, and totally adorable stuffed bears and moving displays.

Part of Naples' considerable charm is afforded by the many select shopping centers, each distinctive in style, where you can browse and dine in comfort.

Activities & Attractions
Everglades Island Air Boat Tours
The only tour in Everglades City that gives you a choice of back country or open water to Totch's Island - 5th generation native guides.

Everglades Excursions Taking the "Safari Wagon" to the Everglades Jungle Cruise
Babcock Wilderness Adventures
If you wish to experience the thrill of meeting panthers, bison, birds, and dozens of wild alligators face to face, then this tour is a must
Bird Watching
View pictures of birds found in the Everglades and 10,000 Islands, such as Osprey, Blue Heron, & Roseate Spoonbill
Camping
Information on how to obtain FREE camping permits, and pictures of campsites
Golf
For 12 months of the year, the golfing enthusiast will find the golf courses in Southwest Florida open and challenging.

 State & National Parks & Sanctuaries
Links to Southwest Florida State and National Parks

 

Nature Tours
Explore the the unhibited islands of the Everglades and 10,000 Islands by Canoe or Kayak
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Rediscover natural fun in the heart of Naples. Explore this nationally accredited zoo with animals from alligators to zebras blended into a historic botanical garden - two attractions in one! See Tiger Forest, Panther Glade, and African Oasis. Enjoy exciting wildlife presentations all day and a cruise past islands of monkeys.

SEA
Beaches
 List of local beaches with information about facilities, parking, location and telephone numbers.
Fishing
Resource center for fishing in Southwest Florida. View information on fish species, food quality, tide charts, charters and much more.
Everglades Adventures
Take either a canoe or kayak tour by day and camp by night. Multiple day packages available
Cedar Bay Marina
Boat storage, rentals, storage and supplies
Kayaking
Explore the the unhibited islands of the Everglades and 10,000 Islands by Kayak.
Dawn Patrol Charters
Charter Guides
Satisfaction Guaranteed Charter Fishing Jungle Erv's Airboat World Large and small airboat rides thru the Everglades. Six Chuter Charters
Charter Fishing
Marco Island Sea Excursions
Fishing, Shelling, Airboat Tours, Sightseeing, Dinner Cruises

Sail Kahuna!
Sailing, swimming, shelling, and all the sunshine you can stand

 

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