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400 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA
While Marco Island itself is quiet and peaceful - read the perfect destination for families and couples to completely unwind at - the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is a nice break from that. While it too is geared towards business travelers,...
300 Goodland Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, USA
If you're looking for some serious, low-key R&R - look no further than Goodland, Florida. This little nook in the Marco Island area of South Florida is far away from the tourist scene in Naples and Marco. You can rent any of the homes down in the...
5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102, USA
Fifth Avenue is a hot spot in Naples. It was once known for it's shopping, but that's now changed to it's dining. There are many local restaurants in the area. Check out Salt - my favorite. For shopping, head to Waterside Shops, directly North on...
2808, 4962 Tamiami Trail N N, Naples, FL 34103, USA
As also featured in the AFAR Highlight of the Hotel Schloss Seefels in Pörtschach, Austria, the innovation of bathing Himalayan rock salt (in its original form) with Infra-Red has been used as a common holistic health practice since European...
4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112, USA
Delighted to discover this tribute to Roberto Burle Marx, known internationally as the "father of modern landscape architecture." The centerpiece of the Brazilian Garden is the only original Burle Marx ceramic mural in the United States. This was...
2600 Tiburon Dr, Naples, FL 34109, USA
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples is the perfect place to relax on a vacation. This is one of the private pools. There are grills and umbrellas at your disposal, and even a free shuttle to the Ritz-Carlton on Vanderbilt Beach.
9891 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL 34108, USA
La Playa has it all. From it's oceanfront locale to it's gorgeous weekend brunch, La Playa will fulfill all your beach and vacation needs. The spa at La Playa is also something you don't want to miss. The staff are friendly and extremely...
36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194, USA
Our national parks are such wonderful destinations for some fun adventure. So when I visited my friend in Miami earlier this year I got her to agree to go to the Everglades with me. We decided to do the 15 mile Shark Valley trail by bike. That...
33100 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141, USA
This vast and wild protected area about 45 minutes southwest of the mansions of Naples is home to such rare species as the Florida panther and the ghost orchid (made famous in the book The Orchid Thief). The over 700,000 acres of swampland at Big...
To begin to understand the true wilderness that occupies most of the southern tip of Florida, there is nothing like a visit the 734-square-mile wetland preserve of Everglades National Park. More than a national treasure, the park is a UNESCO World...
20 SW 2nd Ave, Florida City, FL 33034, USA
Florida City is the gateway to the Florida Everglades, where many people fuel up and get their gear together before wandering into the forest. The Everglades International Hostel is one such place to recharge before days of activity. Tucked into a...
1800 SE 18th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
During your stay in Hollywood Beach, be sure to check on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades. Groups ride in a private “swamp buggy” and cruise through the grassy waters of the Florida Everglades in a buzzing...
30205 SW 217th Ave, Homestead, FL 33030, USA
The Florida Everglades is certainly one of the most unusual places to find a winery and brewery, but Schnebly Redland's Winery excels in both arenas in what some would call "the middle of nowhere." Guests are greeted by a stunning wine bar ahead,...
2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
Located on seven-mile-long Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach is precisely the sugar-sand playground you come to Florida’s Gulf Coast to enjoy. Named among the best in America, the beach is long and wide, making it perfect for a stroll or bike...
Warm Mineral Springs, FL 34287, USA
People from all over the world are known to make a pilgrimage here. There are fifty-one healing, nourishing, essential minerals in the lake that is far more highly concentrated than any other spring in America. The water even flows out the Gulf of...
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
Founded in 1905 as a small café serving Cuban coffee and sandwiches to local cigar factory workers, the family-owned-and-operated Columbia has grown into an iconic Spanish restaurant that has been visited by generations of Tampa residents and...
900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
Sarasota is perhaps best known for its beaches, particularly the Siesta Keys, but the Marie Selby Botanical Garden is just as impressive. The gardens span 14 acres in which thousands of exotic plants thrive. A large majority of these plants were...
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
If you find yourself on the Gulf Coast of Florida don't miss Cà d'Zan the Ringling home. Built in the roaring twenties when the circus business was apparently rolling in the dough, the home spared no expense. Much of the construction done by...
Don Pedro Island, Florida, USA
Charlotte Harbor, Fla. is an inviting vacation locale near Sarasota. Guests will find accomodation options from hotels, to Palm Island Resort, to the more private beach houses of Don Pedro Island (available through Islander Properties, ask for...
2218 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, USA
Anna Maria Island is a barrier island off the west coast of Florida adjacent to Sarasota. Nestled between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it offers ritual gatherings for incredible sunsets. Pace is laid back and friendly It will become my winter...
1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239, USA
When my father suggested we check out a special place for his favorite paté I had no idea where we would end up. A Sarasota tradition for more than 50 years, this third generation family run business is a gem. Morton’s Gourmet Market is a premiere...
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