Summer Fun in Florida’s Paradise Coast
Families Score with Fun Activities and Savings
Naples, Fla.(May 20, 2014) –Families seeking both fun and savings this summer can take advantage of the many great values available during the Florida’s Paradise Coast Priceless Memories, Priced Less summer promotion.
During the less-busy summer months, hotels rates and golf greens fees drop as more families put on their flip flops and head to the beach of Naples and Marco Island for some well-deserved R & R. Everglades adventures are also available, with the focus on most outdoor activities being on morning excursions to avoid the possibility of late afternoon thundershowers.
Hotels Make It Hard to Resist
Hotels in Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City make weekend getaways and longer stays hard to resist with a combination of great rates and activity options and packages. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is offering an extra day to stay and play – for free – with its stay two nights, get the third free offer between May 27 and September 30 except holidays. The offer is available, based on availability, during the resort’s popular SummerJazz on the Gulf free concert dates, scheduled for June 28, July 26, August 16 and September 13. www.naplesbeachhotel.com.
Naples Bay Resort encourages you to boat, eat, sleep and repeat with its irresistible Make Waves packages, which includes nightly accommodations, a 24’ Hurricane deck boat rental and two cocktails daily starting at just $229. www.naplebayresort.com.
Hilton Naples makes adventure affordable with its Sea, Play, Explore package in partnership with the Dolphin Explorer research team. The package includes standard double accommodations and four tickets on board the Dolphin Explorer – where you and the family will interact with a research team in an authentic scientific study on dolphins as your cruise the waters around Marco Island. Also included are four breakfast vouchers daily. www.hiltonnaples.com
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort’s Summer Getaway package includes overnight accommodations, a $25 per day resort food credit, a beach umbrella and free WiFi. www.hiltonmarcoisland.com.
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is enticing families with its Suntastic Savings package. The catch is, it must be booked by June 29. It’s available for stays now through September 30. The deal includes resort accommodations, a $25 hotel credit per night and kids eat free. www.marcoislandmarriott.com.
Activities & Attractions
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples – nicknamed C’mon – has a fun fundraiser coming up August 13 on the beach at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples. The Castles for Kids competition is open to teams of four kids and one adult, and there will be pirate, mermaids, music and beach games. The cost is $150 per team to benefit the children’s museum.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently reopened after extensive renovations that make the attraction one of the “greenest” or most sustainable in the country. The wildlife rehabilitation hospital recently received the LEEDS Platinum Certification. The Dalton Discovery Center lets families experience the various ecosystems of Southwest Florida from uplands, wetlands and through the Gulf including a saltwater touch tank. An electric boat ride provides a look at the mangrove estuary along the Gordon River and a peak at the new Gordon River Greenway Park that is now under construction that will provide walking and biking pathways and spots to launch canoes and kayaks. www.conservancy.org
Everglades Area Tours continues to offer its motorboat-assisted kayak tours through the summer months, with a focus on morning excursions to avoid afternoon thundershowers. This guide service is able to take up to six people AND kayaks out to the most beautiful sections of the Everglades Wilderness Waterway and the deserted, white sand beach islands along the Gulf of Mexico for several hours of fantastic eco paddling and wildlife watching. Everglades Area Tours is certified by the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism. www.evergladesareatours.com
Naples Zoo welcomed some interesting new animals in 2014 including several species from South America that are bizarre, cute and amazing. Check out the cotton topped tamarin, giant anteater, two-toed sloth and red-footed tortoises. Naples Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association for Zoos and Aquariums and is an active participant in the endangered species recovery program. You can see lots of rare wildlife at Naples Zoo, like the fierce African honey badger (only at 4 USA accredited zoos) and the rare striped hyena (only at 2 USA accredited zoos). It is the only zoo in Florida where guests can see the fosas (FOO-sahs) of Madagascar. You can even feed the herd of giraffe to support the expansion of the African habitat. www.napleszoo.org
What’s New and Hot on the Cuisine Scene
A flurry of hotly anticipated new restaurants has recently elevated the Paradise Coast dining scene, with more openings on the horizon.
The chic new signature restaurant at the newly expanded and renovated Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples, Avenue5, opened January 2014 with executive chef John Welch supervising the creation of cutting edge American cuisine. Downtown Naples’ Osteria Tulia, with interior design resembling an exquisitely-restored old world Italian farmhouse, established itself in its first year as one of the busiest and most popular restaurants in Naples. Chef Charles Mereday continues to surprise and delight at the new Mereday’s Fine Dining with his prix fixe lunch and dinner selections, all based on the highest quality ingredients available each day. Meredays is located at Naples Bay Resort. Chef Mereday opened his second Naples restaurant, Alto Live Jazz Kitchen, in early February at the downtown Bayfront complex. Alto is a classic jazz supper club reminiscent of the thirties and forties, with live, original musicians of local, national and international recognition.
Latin American cuisine is represented in fine fashion in the region. Masa brings an elevated level of Latin American cuisine to the north Naples local-favorite nightspot Mercato. The popular Martin Fiero Steakhouse has opened in a new location just east of downtown Naples, serving steaks and Argentinean and Uruguayan favorites. Inca’s Kitchen, La Cuisine and Gustitos Bakery offer tempting Peruvian cuisine
The Local is gaining traction serving farm and sea-to-table cuisine that is delicious, fresh, local and healthy. The Cider Press Café,one of the most-anticipated local restaurants, features a Florida-inspired, plant-based modernist cuisine. The vegetarian and vegan restaurant uses local organic produce and the latest techniques in food preparation to create a unique, sophisticated, and healthful dining experience. Cider Press Café includes a smoothie and juice bar to serve fresh ciders, smoothies, house-brewed kombuchas (fermented tea) and cocktails, all made to order from locally sourced produce and spirits.
For more information on summer savings during the Priceless Memories, Priced Less promotion, visit www.ParadiseCoast.com and click on the Deals section.
For a free visitors guide, brochure or other information on places to stay and things to do along the Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, visit www.ParadiseCoast.com or call 1-800-688-3600. Follow the destination on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theparadisecoast and on Twitter @ParadiseCoast.