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FIRST LOOK From the beautiful landscape of the Ten Thousand Islands to the wildlife wonders of the Naples Zoo, here are some of Southwest Florida’s top attractions.

BUCKLE UP Photographer Simon Hare captures scenes from the vast Everglades. Explore the wonders of Southwest Florida’s great outdoors, as seen through an exhilarating airboat ride. BY SIMON HARE

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FORT MYERS FAST FORWARD The downtown area of Fort Myers boasts a rich history and a promising future. BY CHRIS WADSWORTH

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GATEWAY TO THE PAST The history of the lovely Marco Island is on full display at the Marco Island Historical Museum, with exhibits that showcase the past of the island that spans over 10,000 years. BY PAULA ROBERTSON

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FORT MYERS AND THE BEACHES A guide to the turquoise waters and sandy beaches of this picturesque Southwest Florida destination.

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SANIBEL AND CAPTIVA Take a closer look at all you can do in these breathtaking historic neighborhoods in the region.

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NAPLES There’s plenty of fun to be had in this tropical paradise, home to some of Florida’s most precious ecosystems.

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MARCO ISLAND AND THE EVERGLADES These neighborhoods are filled with nature, excitement and unique sights.

PARTING SHOT The breathtaking Marco Island Coast is showcased in this final photograph as a parasailor flies high above the ocean.

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FIRST LOOK Tropical islands, beautiful golf courses, wild life sanctuaries, museums and an old-fashioned theatre are a few of Southwest Florida’s mustsee sights.

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Ten Thousand Islands

The romantic name is an overstatement—these islets number in the hundreds, not the thousands—but the unspoiled labyrinth of the mangrove ecosystem cannot be overstated. Visitors accessing the national wildlife refuge by boat marvel at the rich diversity of native species, with more than 200 varieties of fish among the sea grass beds and mangrove roots, and nearly the same number of bird species above water. Bottle-nosed dolphins and manatees make entertaining cameo appearances. Gulf Coast Visitor Center, 815 Oyster Bar Lane, Everglades City, 239.695.3311, www.nps.gov/ever


Ding Darling National Wildlife Rescue

This protected 8,000-acre ecological gem on Sanibel Island is refuge to more than 200 bird species, many of which are rare or endangered. Most visitors will have a chance to see wildlife such as alligators, crocodiles, manatees and Atlantic loggerhead turtles within the mangrove forests and sea-grass beds. One Wildlife Drive, 239.472.1100, www.fws.gov/dingdarling

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

Make a splash at this 6.1-acre water park located within North Collier Regional Park. Besides trying out the water dumping buckets, water pistols, and family and tadpole pools, you can also take a thrilling ride down one of five fantastic water slides or relax on inner tubes down Sun-N-Fun’s lazy river. 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 239.252.4000, www.napleswatermark.com 14

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A visit to this sprawling estate is like stepping back to the turn of the last century. The property is a national historic site and boasts nine historic buildings, including Edison’s winter research lab, the winter home of automobile maker Henry Ford and a museum that pays tribute to Edison and Ford’s inventions. 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239.334.7419, www.edisonford winterestates.org

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Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum

Dive into the world of shells and learn more about the fascinating role mollusks play in the ecosystem, architecture, history, medicine and religion at the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to its preservation. With more than 30 permanent exhibits, this natural history museum is not just about the local eye candy, it also displays world record-sized shells as well as exotic beauties from the Japanese province and more. 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, 239.395.2233, www.shellmuseum.org

Florida Repertory Theatre Naples Golf Courses

Located along the sun-drenched shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is one of Florida’s most popular golf destinations. With more than 80 championship courses in the area, there are plenty of places to play or watch one of the many state, national and professional tournaments hosted in Naples. www.pga.com/golf-courses/details/fl/naples 16

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The Florida Repertory Theatre is considered one of the top repertory theater companies in the U.S. Located in the restored 1908 movie palace, Arcade Theatre, in the Fort Myers River District, a wide variety of shows are produced throughout its October-toMay season. 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239.332.4488, www.floridarep.org

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Imaginarium Science Center

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Curious visitors interact with the past and present at this hands-on science and aquarium museum in Fort Myers. Exhibits include touch tanks where you can feel live sea action, over 60 different interactive displays, dinosaur fossils, small animals, a mini studio where guests can try their hand at becoming a live weather forecaster, plus many other family-friendly activities. Check their website for daily schedules and special events. 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers, 239.321.7420, www.imaginariumfortmyers.org

Naples Zoo

The zoo is home to lions and leopards from Africa, Malayan tigers and Florida panthers, and it’s one of the few zoos in the country to house the very rare fossa, a catlike carnivore from Madagascar. The newest member of the zoo family is the giant anteater from South America. The Primate Expedition Cruise takes visitors on a catamaran ride past islands inhabited by monkeys, lemurs and apes. 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, www.napleszoo.org WHERE GUEST B OOK

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BUCKLE UP Photographer Simon Hare captures the wonders of the great outdoors in Southwest Florida, as seen through an exhilarating and fast-paced airboat ride through the vast Everglades. Strap on and get ready for an exciting ride that many would consider to be unforgettable. PHOTOS BY SIMON HARE


Left: airboats zip past Bear Island on Chokoloskee Bay, taking passengers on an exciting journey. Right: grass-edged pools of water sit peacefully on Big Cypress National Park.


Left: an airboat takes a few passengers on a wild ride through the Everglades. Right: a pelican poses for the camera; a family of raccoons take center stage.


What better way to experience Southwest Florida’s natural habitats than flying down the Everglades bayou via airboat as the prop wash reaches speeds of up to 150 miles per hour? Exploring these parts and finding wildlife such as the American crocodile, alligator, Florida panther, pelican, raccoon and various other types of species provides

an authentic experience unique to this part of the world. In fact, the Everglades is the only place on earth where crocodiles and alligators have been able to co-exist in the same ecosystem, so expect to see an abundance of them. You can also find the West Indian manatee and bottlenose dolphin closer to the coast and saltwater bay areas.

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Because this method of exploration is such a hot commodity, there are a number of airboat tour companies that provide these services including Everglades Safari Park, Everglades City Airboat Tours and Airboat In Everglades.

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Each tour provides its own adventure, from hiking and camping to holding baby alligators, and many photo opportunities to share with family and friends, like the ones you see here.


Left: a tour airboat operator entertains an alligator while safely inside the boat. On some tours, passengers are granted the opportunity to hold a baby alligator. Right: a mangrove tunnel opens up to a scenic lake area.


FORT MYERS FAST FORWARD While strolling around scenic downtown Fort Myers, it’s easy to assume this is the way it has always been: lots of chic shops, trendy restaurants, hip nightclubs and galleries. In reality, downtown Fort Myers and the surrounding neighborhoods possess a rich history to match the beautiful setting. Here’s a look at some of the boom years that have helped make Fort Myers what it is today. BY CHRIS WADSWORTH

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From left: A historical photo of neighborhood children riding bicycles along First Street; First Street today.


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private homes around Fort Myers. The entertainment district grew quickly as soldiers on leave headed to the music halls and restaurants downtown. “All of a sudden, the city got this jolt of electricity, a big injection of youthful energy,” says Amy Bennett Williams, a local historian, author and a writer with The News-Press newspaper. “Fort Myers repurposed a piece of the old Pleasure Pier, moved it onshore, and it became the USO Hall.” As the idyllic 1950s rolled into the swinging 1960s, downtown Fort Myers and the entire area experienced yet another swell. There were two huge factors that made life in Fort Myers more attractive than ever: bug spray and air conditioners. The 1950s saw the rise of the home air conditioner, which brought cooling temperatures year-round to an otherwise steamy, hot Southwest Florida. Add in the development of widespread mosquito control techniques and suddenly a sticky climate and annoying bug bites weren’t a big barrier to enjoying life in Fort Myers. “This led to lots of big developers with largescale projects buying huge pieces of land,” Williams says. “They catered to people’s fantasies of owning their own little piece of paradise.” This led to a booming economy, exports of goods and more travel into the area. Today the city buzzes with activity in the historic downtown waterfront, the midtown area and other parts of the city as new businesses, award-winning restaurants, lively nightlife and artistic venues provide energy and growth. Southwest Florida residents and visitors enjoy festivals, cultural events, lush parks and green spaces, and historic sites throughout the year in all six neighborhoods that comprise the city. The new Luminary Hotel & Co. is on the horizon, and will encompass shops and restaurants open to the public, a rejuvenated convention center and an amphitheater. In midtown, the Collaboratory is taking shape—a new technology hub that is a collaboration between the city and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, connecting the City of Fort Myers with more speed and capability than ever before.

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Turn the pages of that old, yellowed calendar back to the mid-1880s when Fort Myers saw its first real growth spurt. Visitors to that long-ago downtown would find many of the same streets they see today. First Street and the surrounding blocks were lined with saloons and shops much like today, but the streets were made of dirt and the sidewalks of wood. There were cowboys, too. “Early on, there were full herds of cattle being driven down what today is Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,” says Matt Johnson, former general manager at the Southwest Florida Museum of History and today’s executive director of the IMAG History & Science Center. “It was a cattle trail that continued on down McGregor Boulevard and down to Punta Rassa, where the Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa is today.” Fast-forward to the Roaring Twenties and downtown Fort Myers was undergoing another boom. This is the era in which many of today’s buildings were built. The Mediterranean Revival architectural style was popular, and you can still see this influence on the streets of old Fort Myers. With the affluence of the 1920s and a surge in traveling, Florida was an attractive destination. “At the time, it was changing from that old frontier town into more of a cosmopolitan downtown,” Johnson says. “The old bars and cowboys were going away and there were new businesses and restaurants. This was the era of the Bradford Hotel, the Royal Palm Hotel. They were very high-end places for wealthy Northerners to come down to and vacation.” The Great Depression hit the Fort Myers area hard. Visitors from the North disappeared. The need for local exports like citrus and timber dried up and the area went back to being a small, quiet Southern town. But this all changed with the coming of World War II. A huge airbase—Buckingham Army Air Field—was built on swampy land just 10 miles or so east of downtown Fort Myers. More than 20,000 military men and women flooded the area. This influx was more than the base could hold, and many servicemen ended up being billeted in hotels and


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GATEWAY TO THE PAST Marco Island Historical Museum’s exhibits open a window into 10,000 years of the island’s history.

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Marco Island, the largest barrier island within the Ten Thousand Islands area, has a unique and fascinating past spanning more than 10,000 years, a past explored at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Visitors to the museum can take a captivating stroll through time via the museum’s new, permanent “Windows & Doors to History” outdoor gallery as Marco Island patrons underwrote each of the faux windows and doors that encircle the outside walls of museum campus buildings. This expansive exhibit is brought to life by renowned artists John Agnew, Paul Arsenault, Merald Clark, Muffy Clark Gill, Tara O’Neill, Jarrett Stinchcomb and Malenda Trick, who created original works of art that depict vivid scenes from Marco Island’s storied history. From the Pleistocene, Archaic, Glades and Calusa periods to Marco’s pioneer era and period of modern development, this unique walk through history immerses viewers in the ceremonies and life events of the island’s ancient to modern day inhabitants. Some of the money raised will also go toward funding an exhibit of rare Native American artifacts discovered in Marco Island during Frank Hamilton Cushing’s archaeological expedition in 1896. The artifacts will be on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Cushing expedition produced some of the greatest discoveries in the history of North American archaeology. Because the artifacts were buried in an oxygen-free

layer of muck, these rare wooden objects—between 500 and 1,500 years old—were astonishingly well preserved. Many began disintegrating upon exposure to the air. Those that survived, along with lifelike watercolors and field photographs of the pieces captured by expedition artist Wells M. Sawyer, provide insight into the daily lives of the Calusa Indians who controlled South Florida until the Spanish arrived in the 16th Century. The rare artifacts include the world-famous Key Marco Cat—a feline statuette that has captured the public’s imagination for more than a century. According to Marco Island Historical Society Curator of Collections Austin J. Bell, “At only six inches tall, and carved from buttonwood, the Key Marco Cat has been described as one of the finest pieces of pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America.” Other important pieces in the exhibition include a ceremonial mask, human, alligator and sea turtle figurehead. The artifacts will be showcased within the museum’s award winning “Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island” exhibit from December 2018 to April 2021. “The ‘Windows & Doors to History’ gallery starts the pictorial storytelling about the people who made these extraordinary objects for use in ceremonies and their daily lives,” notes Bell. The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, 239.642.1440. Visit their website at colliermuseums.com.

“Carved from buttonwood, the Key Marco Cat has been described as one of the finest pieces of pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America.”

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With its powdery beaches and shallow waters, Southwest Florida is a beautiful part of the Sunshine State with its own storied history and culture. For years, people have fled to the region to escape the cold winters up north—including some of our nation’s most inspired inventors. Now home to many year-round residents, including retirees and younger families looking for a quiet place to raise their children, each part of Southwest Florida has something different to experience for both residents and visitors alike. From beaches to historical sites, there’s a venue for every interest. 32

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Fort Myers and the Beaches With sunshine throughout the year, northerners have called Fort Myers home for years, and some of the early adopters were the influential Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. In fact, their spacious winter homes are open to the public, sending visitors back in time to 100 years ago. The 20-acre Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located on sprawling gardens with exotic plant life from around the world, including the famous banyan tree on the property. During a guided tour you can walk through Edison’s research laboratory and see firsthand some of the first Model T cars invented by Ford, the father of the assembly line. Their homes are still in pristine condition, so much so that you almost expect one of the inventors to walk into the halls as you explore the property.

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For those living in Fort Myers today, there are endless things to do around town. The first Friday of the month in downtown is the Fort Myers Art Walk, with local galleries, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment. There’s also plenty of shopping, with the Edison Mall, Tanger Outlets and Bell Tower Shops showcasing stores of all kinds. At the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, enjoy the great outdoors during the day and at night with daily shows, animal presentations and the butterfly house. At night, look up to the sky to learn about astronomy or sit in the planetarium for space and laser shows. Other science fun can be had at the Imaginarium, where the whole family can participate in a fossil dig, feel sea creatures in the touch tank, watch a 3D movie, experience the environment of the Caloosahatchee River and be a part of many other interactive exhibits. While the city’s urban landscape is filled with condos and hotels built up on its beaches and canals, it’s the natural habitat that makes the West Coast of Florida so special. Fort Myers Beach, located on Estero Island, threads white sand beaches along the shore for seven miles. Lee County’s Manatee Park is aptly named, as visitors in town from November through March can witness the sea cows bobbing and 34

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frolicking in the warm water. Even if you’re there during the off season, there are plenty of fun outdoor activities to enjoy, including kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, bird and wildlife watching, and strolling through the park’s butterfly garden. For sports fans, the city is home to the minor league baseball team Fort Myers Miracle, but during Spring Training, major league players from the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins call the place home. The Sox practice at Fenway South while the Twins work out at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. Catch the teams at practice or buy tickets for exhibition games, which is an affordable way to see your favorite players in action. At the college level, Florida Gulf Coast University has teams constantly playing against neighboring Florida teams, and they also travel across the country to compete in swimming, soccer, basketball, tennis and other sports. Shoppers will want to visit Fort Myers’ Gulf Coast Town Center. Make a stop at Ron Jon, one of Florida’s most iconic surf stores, filled with ocean gear, clothing and home decor. Other sporting goods options are Bass Pro Shops and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Dining options include Foster’s Grille, Miller’s Ale House and Connor’s Steak & Seafood.

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Head south to Fort Myers’ sister city, Cape Coral, which also has a history of catering to retirees. The coastal community boasts more than 400 miles of canals and four large nature parks. Sirenia Vista Park is home to manatees and ospreys, while gopher tortoises and herons can be found at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. A peaceful butterfly house and nature trails are at Rotary Park. Fun for all ages can be found at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, with more than two dozen wet and dry attractions on 15 tropical acres. Little ones can frolic in the water at Pirate’s Cove or the Rain Tree, while bigger kids can test their strength at the Sand Dollar Walk or venture down the drop slides. For a look at Old Florida, the small town of Estero is a treasure trove of history. The spring-fed Estero River, which flows to Estero Bay, first brought Native Americans and then Spanish settlers to this area. In 1894, a religious group practicing Koreshanity were led by their leader, Cyrus Teed, off to the city to erect New Jerusalem. Teed and his followers founded a utopian community called the Koreshan Unity, but their numbers dwindled after the supposedly immortal leader died in 1908. Today, the community is preserved as the Koreshan State Historic Site, providing an interesting view of old buildings—under renovation 36

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and preservation—built at the turn of the century, as well as a natural parkland with fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. If shopping is your desire, Estero’s Coconut Point mall is filled with upscale retail such as an Apple store, Chico’s, Pandora, Clarks, Banana Republic, Pier 1 Imports and many others. Grab a bite at one of the many casual eateries and head back to the shops for more browsing. Bargain hunters should stop into Miromar Outlets for good deals on a large variety of designer merchandise. South of Estero is Bonita Springs, home to charming neighborhoods and upscale resorts. Once a small farming and fishing town, Bonita Springs officially became a city in 1999. Much of the development here occurred recently and the downtown area is undergoing a transformation that began in 2004. The Center for the Arts Bonita Springs has a packed schedule of touring bands and music, as well as art exhibitions, film showings and three fine arts and crafts festivals every year. For those into nature, Bonita Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park, and many other parks and preserves are open to the public to witness animal and plant life. For those traveling with Fido, the Dog Beach at Lover’s Key State Park is open for dogs to romp and play in the waves.

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Florida repertory theatre Edison & Ford WintEr EstatEs This historic landmark includes Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s winter homes, Edison’s Guest House, the Caretaker’s Houses, Museum and Botanic Research Laboratory on more than 20 acres of beautiful gardens, including the award-winning Moonlight Garden. The 15,000-square-foot museum features the new Smithsonian Spark!Lab with interactive invention stations for kids of all ages! The Museum Store and Ford Cottage Shoppe are full of gift items and the Garden Shoppe offers native and heritage plants. The site is also available for the public to enjoy the park-like environment for special events, weddings, corporate functions and educational programs. The Estates offer visitors of all ages a chance to step back in time and experience “old Florida.” Multiple tour options are available, including Guided and Self-Guided, Homes and Lab Tours, Garden Tours, and Foreign Language Tours are offered on select days. Guide maps are available in multiple languages. Package tours including a river boat cruise are also available and waterfront dining is offered at Pinchers seafood restaurant. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December.

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“One of America’s Top Repertory Companies!” Celebrates 20 Years! -The Wall Street Journal Florida Rep is a fully professional and nationally recognized regional theatre company serving all of Southwest Florida. Reaching 80,000 people in the River District annually, Florida Rep performs six days a week during its September to May season. Founded in 1998 by Producing Artistic Director, Robert Cacioppo, Florida Rep produces a wide variety of work – from cutting-edge Pulitzer & Tony Winning dramas to entertaining musicals and comedies. As one of the area’s largest non-profit organizations, Florida Rep is also dedicated to active Educational Programming and produces work throughout the year that benefits 31,000 young people all over Southwest Florida. In numerous national reviews, The Wall Street Journal has called Florida Rep “An Excellent Theatre Company” with a “Sterling track record” and called its work “Profoundly satisfying…Splendid… Absolutely perfect…As good as Broadway,” and told readers across America to “Make haste to Fort Myers, where the weather is warm and the theater fine!”

Fort Myers River District • Historic Arcade Theatre Bay Street between Jackson & Hendry 239-332-4488 • www.FloridaRep.org photos (top left to right) Florida repertory theatre Marquee Courtesy of Bryelle dafeldecker • Night and Day photo Courtesy of Michael Galvez • Disgraced photo Courtesy of Nick adams photography • The Mousetrap photo Courtesy of Vandy Major. pictured left to right: larissa Klinger and dan Fenaughty in Night and Day. rachel Burttram and amir darvish in Disgraced. Matthew Faison, Molly Coyne, Brian hatch, and Courtney Feiman in The Mousetrap.


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Sanibel and Captiva These two islands radiate the natural beauty of Southwest Florida with its turquoise waters and sandy beaches dotted with seashells, and resorts designed for a day under the sunshine. Originally home to the Calusa Indians, Sanibel’s 10,000 acres offer fresh sea breezes, shell-laden shores, whispering palms and stunning sunsets. It is home to the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a popular recreation destination and an essential estuarine habitat along the migratory Atlantic Flyway. One of the most popular stretches of sand in Sanibel is Bowman’s Beach, well-known by locals as the place to find the most gorgeous seashells lying atop powder white sand. 40

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Lighthouse Beach is home to the Sanibel Island Lighthouse, sometimes known as the Point Ybel Light, which has been guiding ships into shore since August. With its beautiful statuesque figure, it’s arguably one of the most photographed structures on the island. Unfortunately, as it’s not open to the public, it can only be admired from the sand below. Another historical point of interest is the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, a collection of buildings that will give visitors a glimpse of old Florida living from the late 1800s onward. For shopping and dining, there are plenty of nooks on the island with shops and outdoor eating. Olde Sanibel Shoppes has the award-winning Over Easy Cafe, while Tahitian Gardens is packed with jewelry stores, resort wear and Florida-style restaurants. To the north and just over the bridge is the smaller island of Captiva, welcoming visitors with its soft Australian pines creating a canopy over the road. Glimpses of the shoreline and grand waterfront homes are revealed through breaks in the lush tree line. The bridge over Redfish Pass is a new part of the landscape because until 1921, it wasn’t even its own island. However, due to a large hurricane, the pass was created by nature, forever separating Sanibel and Captiva.

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Naples This tropical paradise has a cool downtown with lots of shops and eateries. The beach is steps away, the perfect place to take in sunsets. The largest city in Collier County, Naples is situated along 10 miles of Gulf beaches and is home to more than 70 golf courses. Often called the “Golf Capital of the World,” it’s said that the city has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. For a day out on the greens, check out the courses at Arrowhead, Links of Naples, the Country Club of Naples, and dozens more places that have drawn some of the biggest names in the sport. The city is also known for its love of art and is home to dozens of galleries and the Artis-Naples, a cultural complex housing the 42

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Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic. Artists of all kinds are on exhibit, from international talent to local Florida artists. The Philharmonic draws some of the biggest names in show business, from world renowned orchestras, Broadway musicals and classic performers to singer-songwriters on the road. There are also ongoing art classes and special seminars for art lovers of all ages. There are many ongoing art events in Naples. The first Saturday of the months from November to April is Naples Art in the Park. Just under two blocks from Fifth Avenue, visitors can see brilliant art up close with area artists displaying works in watercolor, mixed media, photography, jewelry and woodworking. Hosted once a year, the Naples National Art Festival invites artists from around the country. The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts is a collection of more than 230 artists and crafters who show off their work. The Mercato is a modern shopping district stuffed with upscale dining chains and shopping options and even has a Whole Foods Market. For a more vintage feel, downtown Naples’ shopping and dining is found along Fifth Avenue and the “Old Naples” district is a few blocks away along south Third Street. Bars and locally owned restaurants

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define most of Fifth Avenue, along with a design district on the west end, while Third Street is home luxury gift shops, fine jewelry and apparel boutiques, as well as coffee shops and wine bars. At the west end of nearly every avenue, you’ll find public access to Naples Beach where you’ll discover calm Gulf waves and that famous white sand. If you have children in tow, the 12-acre Cambier Park in the heart of the old city has an amazing array of recreation for all ages. The huge play structures are a hit with little ones and include many bouncy bridges, zip lines and various tunnels and towers to play in. The park is also home to top-notch tennis courts, which are always active with players working on their serve or engaging in a playful volley. Cambier is also the destination for many festivals, art shows and music performances year-round. The Edge Johnny Nocera Skate Park at Fleischmann Park has over 40,000 square feet of wood and concrete ramp structures for the ultimate skating and BMX biking experience. Both beginners and advanced riders can session the bowl, pool and snake run. The Naples Preserve (at the corner of U.S. 41 and Fleischmann Boulevard) is perfect for a mellow nature walk. You’ll likely see gopher 44

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tortoises in their natural habitat, native plants, birds, butterflies and more. The peak months for viewing wildflowers and butterflies are between August and September. The Hedges Family Eco-Center, also on-site, is a resource for learning about Southwest Florida’s native animals and plants, and will help you arrange a way to see some of these organisms in the wild. Children’s activities and lectures are scheduled throughout the year. Less than a mile east down Fleischmann Boulevard is where you’ll find the Naples Zoo, which is home to a variety of wildlife such as birds, mammals and reptiles. In addition to being home to the native Florida panther, lions, leopards, monkeys and honey badgers, the Naples Zoo also tends to some of the rarer species in the world, such as the fossae of Madagascar and the loud-barking, meat-eating Asian deer. Remain outdoors and continue enjoying Naples’ beauty at the Naples Botanical Garden just south of Naples Municipal Airport in East Naples. Over 170 acres of gardens provide all different types of flora and knowledge in preserving and cultivating plant life. Explore all the joys the garden has to offer such as walking trails, a hands-on interactive children’s garden, butterfly garden and a natural preserve.

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While aboard one of our brand new, high quality vessels. Explore our sugar sand beaches, lunch at a waterfront restaurant, tour waterfront realestate or take in an afternoon of fishing. Bayfront Rentals offer 20’ Sundeck Sport Deck Boats, 20’ Pontoon Boats, single and tandem Kayaks, Paddleboards and Bicycles. The water adventure begins at Bayfront Rentals located at the Bayfront Inn 5th Avenue.

Whether its sitting on our Waterside Terrace or in our covered dining space, both options will offer breathtaking views of the Naples Bay. Our unique, tropical menu items include fresh salads, grilled and raw seafood, tapas and complete entree selections. Our experienced bartenders will mix up your favorite concoction of choice! On most weekends, guests can enjoy an electric mix of acoustic sounds of live entertainment by local musicians. For the early risers, we host a delicious A La Carte Breakfast selection in our Bambu Tropical Bar & Grille!

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VINTINO’S

PREMIUM CIGARS & SMOKING LOUNGE Vintino’s Premium Cigars & Smoking Lounge is Naple’s premier cigar destination. With plenty of space, ample seating, and numerous TVs, every seat is the best seat in the house! Or if you prefer to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather we have our spacious covered outdoor lounge with seating for your largest party and several large screen TVs. Our walk-in humidor is one of SW Florida’s largest with nearly one hundred thousand cigars representing hundreds of brands. We stock a cigar for every palette including limited releases from Ashton, Opus X, Padron, Rocky Patel, Tatuaje, and many, many more! Whether you are here to cheer for your favorite sports team, catch up with friends, or for a quiet escape, Vintino’s is Naples favorite spot to enjoy a cigar!

NAPLES-FORT MYERS GREYHOUND TRACK “A long time landmark and popular recreational and entertainment facility on Florida’s southwest coast, the racetrack operates year ‘round with greyhound racing, full card simulcasting of dogs and thoroughbreds and a 34 table casino-style Poker room. Since the 1970’s, the track has offered quality racing, charitable and special events, civic and social amenities and has provided a classic entertainment center for residents. We invite you to visit the track and poker room to enjoy a truly tropical setting of our greyhound track….unique in the country.” 10601 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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Marco Island and The Everglades Marco Island offers a way to live and play in paradise while the Everglades preserves Florida’s most treasured natural lands. The area south of Naples is surrounded by some of the state’s most important wildlife sanctuaries, including Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Refuge. These parks are an important part of Florida, serving as a peaceful sanctuary for at-risk animals such as the Florida Panther, American crocodile and West Indian manatee. 48

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At 26,400 acres, the panther sanctuary was created in 1989 in an effort to bring up the animal’s numbers. Seeing a panther is very unlikely, as there are fewer than 200 left in the entire state. All panthers are tracked using radio collars, and oftentimes their deaths are the result of being hit by a vehicle. Just north of Big Cypress National Preserve on U.S. 29 on the Tamiami Trail is the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. It’s a 2,000-foot-long boardwalk through old growth cypress swampland and it’s truly a stunning place. At the southernmost tip of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Marco Island, flanked by nearly 100 miles of islands, bays and estuaries, is the largest inhabited island in the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands ecology. A dozen key historic markers across the island chart Marco Island history, including ancient burial mounds, island marinas, an 1883 historic inn, remnants of the Caxambas Clam Colony, the remains of the Marco Island Witch Watchtower and more. The Marco Island Historical Society has two free museum locations you can visit. One is in the Shops at Olde Marco and the other is located within the Marco Island Area Board of Realtors office.

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When it’s time for the beach, visitors can access some of the 3.5 miles of beaches at South Marco Beach and Tigertail Beach. At Tigertail Beach, the shallow lagoon is perfect for swimming and windsurfing. There are also restrooms, a playground, showers, and sailboards, kayaks and cabanas for rent available onsite. It’s also an ideal destination for outdoor sports such as boating, kayaking and snorkeling. For casual dining and cocktails, Marco Island’s Town Center is a good bet with lots of restaurants and places to get a drink. The Esplanade Shoppes is also a good choice, with a number of restaurants and retail stores. Along the Mediterranean-style village is a marina, a fun place to walk to see the boats, and if you’re lucky, dolphins, too. Marco Walk is a shopping and dining favorite with its charming, open-air plaza and movie theater. Shopping goes beyond beach wear, with stores that offer artistic items of local flavor and interesting souvenirs. Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, has a free gallery that includes a gift shop selling locally produced art pieces. Visit the Blue Mangrove Gallery in the Marco Town Center Mall for beautiful fine handmade gifts, one-of-a-kind souvenirs and local paintings, photographs and 50

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sculptures from more than 300 artists including many Florida-based ones. Continuing south off of Tamiami Trail, Everglades City is Southwest Florida’s gateway to the Ten Thousands Islands National Wildlife Refuge and 1.5 million acres of the impressive Everglades National Park. Boat tours are available in Everglades City, which is also the starting point for kayaks and canoes to traverse the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway in and out of the stunning mangrove islands. Ride on the fast airboats, cutting through the swamp for prime alligator viewing spots that only the tour guides would know best, and get to experience a variety of nature and its resident animals. Corey Billie’s is a 15-minute drive from Naples, convenient for those who don’t want to go far to experience Florida’s wildlife. Hop in the car and take a scenic ride along Turner River Road and Loop Road within the Big Cypress Preserve for sightings of deers, birds, otters and more. On the eastern edge of Big Cypress Preserve, an hour from Fort Myers, is Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Chokoloskee Island, a teardrop shaped island located near the southern border of Collier County, is accessed by a long causeway that begins in Everglades City.

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La Tavola literally means the table. The place where family and friends gather to share laughter, love and life! We use only fresh, carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients to make sure that your meal is exceptional every time. Known by islanders as the place to enjoy a culinary adventure, you will love the feeling of family in our comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. A full bar and extensive wine list add to the class of our fine American cuisine. Where Food, Family and Friends Meet‌ We look forward to serving you soon! Business Hours: Mon - Sat 11AM to 10PM, live entertainment nightly.

Stilts Bar & Grill is a gulf front gem nestled above the dunes and the glistening sands of the Southern end of pristine Marco Island. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Stilts offers perfect sunsets, fresh coastal cuisine, and casual beachfront bar.

961 Winterberry Drive – Marco Island

600 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145

239.393.4960

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Stilts offers locals and visitors a casual place to hang out and enjoy a tropical cocktail or cold beer after a day at the beach. Stilts offers an American menu featuring Chef inspired daily specials. Breakfast is offered on Friday thru Sunday from 8:00 AM -11:00 AM. Happy Hour Daily from 3 to 6pm. Enjoy live music seasonally.


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Come TasTe The DifferenCe! What makes a restaurant great? Is it local press, rave reviews, awards and accolades? These are signs of a great restaurant but not what creates one. Passion is the key. At Fin Bistro owners Kathy & Brian are beyond passionate about your experience in their restaurant. With over 40 years in the industry they know what it takes and love making it happen. Chef Brian works directly with local fishermen to ensure your fresh catch was in the water yesterday! Each dish receives his attention as it leaves his kitchen. Kathy works with the service staff to make sure your every need is met. Attention to detail is the key and the combination of their talents and their love for creating an unforgettable dining experience is what makes Fin Bistro a truly great restaurant! Fin Bistro has a full bar and an extensive wine list. They have

truly unique menu offerings, incredible dessert selection and plenty of seating - indoor and out. They can accommodate large groups as well as offer an intimate setting for that romantic dinner or the perfect table for your whole family. Whether you are here on vacation or business, Fin Bistro needs to be at the top of your must-dine experiences while on Marco. Come see why the locals consider this to be their hidden gem on Marco Island! Please visit their website for current business hours, as well as, the current menu. Reservations are recommended yearround, but walk-ins are always welcome! 657 S Collier Blvd Marco Island, Fl 34145

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THAI SUSHI BY KJ Fresh ingredients are the key to any good meal. At Thai Sushi by KJ you can’t get any fresher! Enjoy a wide variety of sushi grade fishes prepared by a master sushi chef. Try one of the many specialty rolls for a combination of flavors that is truly memorable. If you prefer your food cooked, our kitchen will delight you with traditional Thai delicacies all made fresh to order for you! Spicy or mild, you will always Fresh ingredients are the key to any good meal. enjoy your meal. Beer and wine served daily. At Thai Sushi by KJ you can’t get any fresher! Enjoy –a Fri wide4 variety of 10 sushipm grade fishes Open Mon pm to and 12 pm to prepared by a master sushi chef. Try one of 10 pm on Sat & Sun. Outdoor seating the many specialty rolls for a combination ofand take flavors that is truly memorable. If you prefer out available.

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HILTON

MARCO ISLAND BEACH RESORT & SPA Inspired by our beautiful seaside paradise, The Spa Hilton Marco Island is a harmonious blend of atmosphere, services, and products that leave guests feeling truly refreshed. Offering the most exotic treatments, our full-service Spa gives guests the experience they desire and more. Ten ultramodern treatment rooms, a boutique salon for hair services, and a number of other amenities are available to day patrons in addition to Resort guests. Guests are welcome to retreat to the exclusive Spa Garden after their rejuvenating services, where they can relax in plush, luxurious lounges and enjoy the soothing sounds of the ocean. Specials, packages, and group rates are available. 560 S Collier Boulevard, Marco Island FL 34145

239.642.2144

www.thespahiltonmarcoisland.com

STONEWALLS FINE FOOD FAST

Marco Island’s only “fast casual” restaurant has been owned and operated by the Burke family since 2010. They use only the freshest ingredients and serve food favorites in an upscale, friendly atmosphere. Breakfast selections include LavAzza Italian coffee, homemade baked items & unique and traditional favorites. For Lunch and Dinner you will find best sellers such as Specialty Sandwiches, Flatbreads, Homemade Pizzas with dough made fresh daily, salads and Giant Baked Potatoes. Beer and wine compliment the island’s favorite Seafood Chowder and Award Winning Chili. “FINE FOOD FAST” ensures a reasonably priced tasty meal in a timely manner with daily specials like Chicken Salad or Meatloaf that appeal to all ages. Daily dinner specials, carry-out, catering and more are always available most days 8:30am to 8:30pm. Ask about our Happy Hour. 551 S Collier Blvd. A short walk from beach hotels

239.389.1995

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SUNSET GRILLE BEST BEACH BAR ON MARCO

Accessible from the beach, Sunset Grille is located on Marco Island’s beautiful South Beach. We offer everything a sports bar should and everything a Caribbean Beach Bar would. From the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico to the excitement of rooting for your favorite team, to the stunning sunsets you watch as dolphins play in the water, the Sunset Grille has it all! And don’t forget about the food! We have 5 star ratings from Trip Advisor and are known for our crab cakes, steak and chicken Phillies and our famous coconut shrimp. Come see why locals and visitors alike call us the best Beach Bar on Marco! Open everyday from 11 am to 10 pm. Located in the ground floor of the Apollo Condominium 900 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island

239-389-0509 www.sunsetgrillonmarcoisland.com

ISLAND BIKE SHOP Serving Southwest Floridians and visitors alike for over 25 years, Island Bike Shop is your “hometown” store away from home. We offer sales, service and a great fleet of rental bikes to choose from. Whether you are a novice or pro, stop in to one of our two convenient locations today. Come meet our friendly professional staff and look over our huge inventory of kids bikes, beach cruisers, scooters and more. There is something for everyone here and you can’t beat our prices! Both stores are open Mon - Sat 9 to 6, Sun 10 to 3. Marco Island 1095 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145

239.394.8400 Naples (Shops at Hammock Cove) 4342 Thomasson Dr., Naples, FL 34112

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Up, Up and Away WATER SPORTS—SUCH AS PARASAILING—ARE ONE OF THE MORE POPULAR WAYS TO TAKE IN THE BEAUTY THAT IS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. THIS EXHILARATING RIDE ABOVE THE CRYSTALCLEAR OCEAN PROVIDES A WONDERFUL VIEW OF THE MARCO ISLAND COAST.

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