The Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades is located at the southwestern tip of Florida's Gulf Coast. The area is easily accessible by highway or air, yet once you arrive, there is a distinct feeling of being away from it all in what is truly Florida's Last Paradise.
Main access to the area is via I-75, known as Alligator Alley in the section between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale. From I-75, six exits offer entry into the area. Exit 80 to SR 29 leads to Everglades City, Immokalee and Ave Maria. Exit 101 to SR 84 leads visitors to downtown Naples. (This is the best exit for visiting Fifth Avenue South, Third Street South, the Naples Pier and the many shops, galleries and restaurants in Old Naples.) Exit 101 is also the exit for Marco Island -- just follow Collier Boulevard (SR 951) west to the island. Exit 105 leads to Naples and Golden Gate. Exit 107, Pine Ridge Road, leads you directly to U.S. 41. This is the best exit to reach Clam Pass Beach Park. Exit 111, Immokalee Road, leads to North Naples to the west and the National Audubon Society's renowned Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary just 15 miles east, as well as the towns of Ave Maria and Immokalee. Exit 116, Bonita Beach Road, offers access to Barefoot Beach Park and the growing number of shops and restaurants in North Naples.
The area can also be reached from Miami via U.S. 41, also known as the historic Tamiami Trail. This two-hour drive takes you through the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. There are numerous scenic stops along the way. Drivers passing at sunrise and sunset are often rewarded with stunningly beautiful imagery. Any time of the day you may also spot many species of birds and wildlife.
For the latest traffic information, you can call 511 toll-free. Ask for Southwest Florida 511 and then say either the road name or city name for news. Or visit www.SouthwestFlorida511.com.
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), the region's largest airport, is just 40 minutes to the north in Fort Myers via I-75. Most major domestic airlines serve the airport, along with Air Berlin direct from Germany. The airport has a newly expanded terminal. Nonstop fights are available to and from 40 domestic and five international airports.
The Naples Municipal Airport has charter flights and sightseeing biplane rides available. The airport is a major private jet facility. Check its website for more information on charter, commuter and sightseeing flights.
The Collier County Airport Authority operates three airports in the region: Marco Island Executive Airport, which can accommodate jet traffic; Immokalee Regional Airport; and Everglades Airpark in Everglades City.
For more information, call:
- Marco Island Executive Airport, 239-394-3355
- Everglades Airpark, 239-695-2778
- Immokalee Regional Airport, 239-657-9003
Naples Air, Inc. is an FAA-authorized air charter company approved to fly to 48 states, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Naples Air provides charter services covering a wide range of needs, and serves customers at Naples Municipal Airport, Marco Island, Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. They also offer scenic biplane rides out of Naples Municipal Airport.
Greyhound Bus Line offers regular service into Naples.
2540 Davis Blvd.
Naples, FL 34104-4331
Collier Area Transit offers the public CAT bus service within Collier County. Routes traverse the north and east Naples areas to Marco Island and Immokalee. CAT busses aren't permitted to travel west of the Tamiami Trail, so unfortunately there are no routes to any of the public beach access areas.
The Naples Trolley is a private trolley tour service operating in Naples. The Naples Trolley Tour is narrated, with a lot of information about local shopping and attractions. You can get on and off the trolley as many times as you wish with a one-day ticket.
Naples Bay Water Shuttle provides fun, convenient and affordable transportation between the main waterfront locations on Naples Bay. Passengers enjoy a scenic boat trip and have easy access between Naples Bay Resort, Bayfront Center, Tin City, Port O' Call Marina and the Boathouse restaurant and Naples City Dock area.
Jump On Express (JOE) is a free shuttle between Naples' top nightlife districts - Mercato, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South. The service runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 1am. Either park at Mercato in north Naples or downtown and enjoy a progressive dinner or some night-spot hopping!
Dolphin Transportation offers customized car, limo and airport shuttle services for individuals and groups. Additonally, they have a Historic Naples Tour aboard a vintage trolley and they offer transportation to the Seminole Casino in Immokalee on public shuttles as well as private group transportation.
Ambassador Limousine (239) 948-1522
Checker Cab/Metro Cab (239)-455-5555
Classic Luxury Airport Transportation (239) 394-1888 or (800) 553-8294
Cruisers/Atlas Limousines (239) 226-0237
Dolphin Transportation (239) 530-0100
Gulf Coast Luxury Limousines (239) 394-4687
MBA Airport Transportation (239) 225-0428
Naples Airport Shuttles (888) 569-2227
Naples Transportation, Tours & Event Planning (800) 592-0848
NTTEP Airport Shuttle (239) 262-3006
Taxi Time Airport Shuttle (239) 777-8294