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What earns Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades its Paradise Coast nickname are the estuaries, mangroves, cypress swamps, forests and beaches that are home to dolphins, birds, black bears, manatees and other wildlife. You never know what you may see when you explore the Paradise Coast’s natural side.

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    Flowers at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

    Flora, fauna and wildlife can be found at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Immokalee.

  • Family-Friendly Fun in Nature
    On Florida's Paradise Coast, a simple picnic on the beach at sunset can be an awe-inspiring experience to share. Here are a few other suggestions that promise cherished memories for your clan. And... Read More >
    An Everglades Adventure
    "Going west" usually means a rugged trek over bleached sands and through snow-capped mountains. If there's water, it's the austere Pacific. But in the Everglades, you'll find tha... Read More >
    Snook Fishing in Southwest Florida
    Snook season starts September 1 each year, adding to the allure of the endless fishing possibilities in the area's vast system of estuaries, bays, creeks, flats, near shore and off shore waters. I... Read More >
    Ghost Orchid Hunting
    The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park became nationally famous following the release of Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief. The book examines the life of orchid "poacher" John Lar... Read More >
    Bird Watching and Wildlife Spotting
    There's a good reason it's called Florida's Paradise Coast. More than 80 percent of Collier County in southwest Florida, which encompasses Naples, Marco Island and the western side of the ... Read More >
  • Paradise Coast, Florida - Island Hopping
    The Paradise Coast is a beach lover's and boater's paradise with the famed Ten Thousand Islands and miles of pristine beaches. It's easy to find your own secluded stretch of paradise here to relax, reconnect and experience the beauty of untouched nature.
    Paradise Coast, Florida - Island Hopping
    The Paradise Coast is a beach lover's and boater's paradise with the famed Ten Thousand Islands and miles of pristine beaches. It's easy to find your own secluded stretch of paradise here to relax, re... - 0:16 Play
    Paradise Coast, Florida - Island Hopping
    The Paradise Coast is a beach lover's and boater's paradise with the famed Ten Thousand Islands and miles of pristine beaches. It's easy to find your own secluded stretch of paradise here to relax, reconnect and experience the beauty of untouched nature.
    Rookery Bay Kayak Tour Naples, Florida
    Get up close to nature during a two-hour guided kayak tour of Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples, Florida! Glide across smooth, shallow waters; paddle through maze-like mangrove tunnels; see the Rookery Is... - 0:31 Play
    Rookery Bay Kayak Tour Naples, Florida
    Get up close to nature during a two-hour guided kayak tour of Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples, Florida! Glide across smooth, shallow waters; paddle through maze-like mangrove tunnels; see the Rookery Islands that host scores of graceful wading birds. Keep watch for dolphins and manatees, and experience the beauty and tranquility of the Southwest Florida environment as it can only be seen by kayak. Brought to you by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research reserve and The Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades.
    Florida's Paradise Coast Nature Experience
    Come and experience Florida's Paradise Coast. Collier County is the home of Florida's untouched Everglades. Enjoy airboat rides, swamp walks, bird watching or the Everglades parks. The destination off... - 1:59 Play
    Florida's Paradise Coast Nature Experience
    Come and experience Florida's Paradise Coast. Collier County is the home of Florida's untouched Everglades. Enjoy airboat rides, swamp walks, bird watching or the Everglades parks. The destination offers experienced experts to assist you with exploring all the wonders of the Everglades. Also, enjoy the natural beaches, sea life, area zoo and educational programs offered.
    Paradise Coast, Florida - Family Airboating
    An airboat ride in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades is an exhilarating experience that gives you a fascinating look at the wealth of wildlife in the area. - 0:16 Play
    Paradise Coast, Florida - Family Airboating
    An airboat ride in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades is an exhilarating experience that gives you a fascinating look at the wealth of wildlife in the area.
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