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Do you love to travel? Have wanderlust? .. then head down to SW Florida. You will find some of the best sugary white sand beaches and sparkling azure blue seas and an array of colorful exotic foliage. You can watch dolphins frolic along the shoreline and pelicans lazily glide along over the surf. The sub- tropical weather of SW Florida allows activities and sports all year round with an abundance of sunshine. Florida is known for its many golf courses where you can test your mettle on the green and known world wide for some of the best tarpon, snook, redfish and trout fishing and greatest offshore fishing for the “big ones”. Divers and Snorkelers come from all over to the Florida Keys to see the many different species of colorful tropical fish and the beautiful coral of many varieties on the reefs. Viewing shipwrecks is a popular diving experience.

In Tampa, Busch Gardens will excite the whole family and it is one place not to miss. Tarpon Springs, the sponge divers town and where one can get the best Greek salads. Travel further south to Fort Myers, located on the south side of the Caloosahatchee river and home for the world popular Edison and Ford Winter Estates, where visitors tour the historic homes of these two famous men, also view Edison’s laboratory housing inventions and exhibitions and the extensive gardens. Baseball fans can watch the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins in spring training. The Southwest Florida Sanibel Island International Airport is located at Fort Myers. Travel less than an hour’s drive and go to and sister island Captiva Island. Sanibel Island home to the world famous J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge with its 6,000 acres of mangrove jungles and wetlands which encompass a large portion of Sanibel Island, it is home to dozens of endangered species, manatees, alligators, raccoons, colorful tropical birds and much more. You can explore the refuge by car, foot, bicycle, kayak or guided tram tour. An experience the whole family will enjoy. Sanibel Island is also world renowned for its abundance of “treasures from the sea”, pastel colored seashells that are deposited on the beaches by the thousands with each changing tide. The shell seekers gathering the shells are known to have the “Sanibel Stoop”.Taking a canoe or kayak venture down mangrove lines channels teeming with colorful fish and birds is a trip back to simpler times.

Travel another 45 miles south brings you to sophisticated Naples, a town that is manicured and hosts many notable personalities, Fifth Avenue shopping and world class restaurants. Stroll down 5th Avenue and 3rd Street and browse the fabulous shops and art galleries. The fishing pier is a gathering spot for the locals and there are over 72 golf courses in the area. The Naples docks house many yachts and boats and one can engage a captain and crew for a fabulous fishing trip. One should not miss a visit to the Naples zoo and Botanical Gardens. A very enjoyable time is spent there. Naples has white sand beaches, fantastic golfing, exciting shopping and at days end the most breathtaking sunsets.

On the way south going to Marco Island from Naples a stop on the Isles of Capri, an island a total of just 600 acres. A sumptuous lunch or dinner is enjoyable while overlooking the water.

A short drive on to Marco Island, which is located in Collier County, as is Naples, and known for its high quality of living. A population of 15,000 permanent residents and 35,000 during peak winter season. Marco Island sits on the northern point of the enchanting Ten Thousand Islands, and is the largest barrier island of the Ten Thousand Islands.

Travel south you will come to the little community of Goodland, a small fishing village and still has the “Old Florida” look and feeling. The crabbers crab pots are stacked along the way and one can purchase succulent stone crab claws, when in season, and fresh fish at the little store. It is place for the “snowbird” fishermen who travel south in the winter to SW Florida.

Travel south again and one drives through the Everglades called the “River of Grass” and down to Everglades City, again a community reminiscent of “Old Florida”, on the way stop and take an exciting and thrilling airboat ride and swoosh over the grass of the Everglades. On can keep traveling and go on down to the Florida Keys and exciting Key West, the last town in the United States, but that is another story (see websites FlKeys.org and Keywest-Florida.com for more information).

There is so much to see and do in SW Florida. Come on down.You will store so many wonderful memories for a lifetime.