Southwest Florida, including Naples, Estero, Bonita Springs, Marco Island and Ft. Myers, is considered to be one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Collier County, encompassing Naples, Marco Island, and the western part of the Everglades, is Florida’s largest county. This region, commonly known as The Paradise Coast, and Florida’s Last Paradise, boasts beautiful sandy beaches, world class shopping, fine dining, luxurious resorts, and championship golf courses.


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Beaches in Southwest Florida

The beaches of southwest Florida span for 30 miles, from Ft. Myers to Naples. These beaches offer  unsurpassed sunsets, soft, white sand, and gorgeous Gulf views. The popularity of southwest Florida can probably be attributed to these serene and unique sites.Naples’ beaches include: Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Delnor Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area, Lowdermilk Beach Park, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, Naples Pier, and Vanderbilt Beach.

Golfing in Southwest Florida

Florida is known for its large selection of golf courses catering to every level of player. Naples has earned the nickname “The Golf Capital of the World.” There are currently over 200 golf courses in Lee and Collier Counties alone. Golf courses in southwest Florida attract professional golfers and amateurs alike. The scenic settings surrounding these courses are truly magnificent.

Outdoor Activities in Southwest Florida

The Gulf of Mexico’s favorable conditions allow residents and visitors of southwest Florida to enjoy outdoor activities all year round. The calm seas and warm weather are perfect for boating, canoeing, kayaking, and snorkeling, just to name a few activities. Airboat rides through Florida’s Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, are a popular attraction. This experience allows observers to see the indigenous plant and wildlife that make the Everglades world famous.

Shopping in Southwest Florida

Naples has become a center of world-class shopping, attracting visitors from across the United States and the world. From local boutiques and specialty stores to large-scale malls, Naples is sure to please any shopper. Popular shopping centers include Fifth Avenue South, in Downtown Olde Naples, Third Street South, The Village on Venetian Bay, Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay, Coastland Center, and Miromar Outlets.

Pickleball in Southwest Florida

Naples has become known as the Pickleball Capital of the World, having hosted the US Open Pickleball Championship for years. This popular sport has continued to grow, attracting more players and fans to Southwest Florida.

Naples continues to top the charts, having earned numerous prestigious rankings including:

US News’ Best Places to Live: #7

US News’ Best Places to Retire: #2

US News’ Best Places to Live in Florida: #1

US News’ Safest Places to Live: #2

US News’ Best Places to Live for Quality of Life #3


US News’ Fastest Growing Places: #4

Gallup-Sharecare National Health and Well-Being (Health and Happiness): #1

WalletHub’s Best Small Cities: #1

WalletHub’s Bests Beach Town to Live In: #1

Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Best Beach Town to Live In in the US: #1