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Welcome to Southwest Florida

We're showcasing all that Southwest Florida has to offer right here. Make this web site your springboard for jumping into the Cities and Lifestyles that make up our paradise!

You'll find dining directories that provide locations and cuisine information. Our Sports and Outdoors sections offer detailed park and beach information -- directions, phone numbers and photos. Visitor Information sections includes helpful telephone numbers such as area transportation, road service, hospitals, and Chambers of Commerce, along with general area information, history and historical photos.

360-Degree PanImage Tours are available throughout our Southwest Florida websites -- NO PLUG-INS NEEDED! Just click and view -- here are just a few ---

Naples Downtown - offers information on Third Street South, Fifth Avenue, Crayton Cove, restaurants, eateries, shopping and more.

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Historical photo albums, wildlife, nature and scenery -- here are links to a sampling of what you will find throughout our Florida City Guides


Marco Island Historical Photo Album
- An Everglades hunting camp in 1906, a Seminole Indian Village in the 1940's - see how Marco Island looked at the turn of the century.


Historical Swamp Buggy Photos
-- Collier County's early development in the 1930's and 1940's was highlighted by the emergance of strange looking vehicles featuring huge balloon tires, gun racks, and usually sporting an unusual name like "Dirt Dobber or Tumblebug". These buggies were born out of necessity, as there was no effective way to penetrate the vast, boggy mire known as Collier county except for the versatile "Swamp Buggy".

Known as Swamp Buggies, Woods Buggies, and Hunting Buggies, these vehicles were used for everything from Sunday afternoon outings to hunting expeditions into the Everglades.

Our newest Southwest Florida Web Sites

The R. L. Bailey Realty, Inc. website www.naples-real-estate.com is your source for Naples and Southwest Florida Real Estate. Whether you are looking for an estate home in Port Royal, a waterfront vacation property on Marco Island, or a foreclosure in Golden Gate Estates, R. L. Bailey Realty can help you find what you are looking for. Their experience and expertise can guide you through the process of understanding Naples and southwest Florida from a real estate perspective. Visit our website www.naples-real-estate.com and find what you are looking for.


St. Matthew's House - Naples, Florida - St. Matthew's House is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen with a recovery program. Our goal is to feed the hungry and to help people recover lives lost to addiction and homelessness.

 

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Southwest Florida Events

Southwest Florida Nature Festival ~ January 13-15, 2017 - Naples
Rookery Bay 300 Tower Road
Guided field trips including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours offered in conjunction with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Field trip prices range from $15 - $135, and registration is required. Contact: 239-530-5940

Naples Boat Show
Date: January 19-22, 2017 10:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Naples Municipal Airport (160 Aviation Dr N)
Description: The Naples Boat Show is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is the largest premier recreational show in the Naples-Marco Island area. The show will feature displays by Marinas, Boat dealers, and other marine related businesses.
Admission: General 1-Day $10, Kids 12 and under FREE
Parking: Free onsite parking

Swamp Buggy Races
Date: January 28-29, 2017

February 10-12, 2017 ~ Everglades Seafood Festival
Everglades City
Arts and crafts, music, carnival rides, food - free admission
Contact: 239-695-3781

Naples National Art Festival
Dates: February 18 & 19, 2017 in Cambier Park

February 25, 2017 ~ Burrowing Owl Festival - Cape Coral
Exhibits, live animals, tours, wildlife presentations
10am - 4pm Rotary Park
Contact: 239-980-2593

Kidís Fishing Clinic (FREE) - Naples
Date: March 11, 2017 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: Naples Pier (25 12th Avenue South)
Description: The Kidsí Fishing Clinic is a one day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation, with the help of Outreach and Education (O&E) Subsection of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The primary goal of this program is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Floridaís marine ecosystems and ethical angling skills. The Clinic also teach fundamental saltwater fishing knowledge and skills while promoting a positive fishing experience.

Naples St Patrick's Day Parade
March 11, 2017 on Fifth Avenue South from 11am - 1:30pm
Followed by celebration at Sugden Plaza
Contact: 239-213-1000

Downtown Naples Festival of Arts
March 18 & 19, 2017 along 5th Avenue
More than 230 booths
Contact: 239-262-6517

March 25, 2017 ~ Cape Coral Jazz and Blues Festival
5:30pm on the river at Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village / Tarpon Point
Contact: 239-573-3128

Seafood & Music Festival - Naples
Date: April 1-2, 2017 11:00am-8:00pm daily Location: Florida Sports Park (8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd)
Description: The Seafood & Music Festival is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is Naples only event of its kind. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. The show will feature displays by delicious seafood vendors, marinas, and other local businesses.
Admission: General 1-Day: $15, General 3-Day pass: $40, VIP 1-Day admission: $35, VIP 3-Day pass: $100, Kids 7 and under FREE with a paying adult
Parking: Free onsite parking. Donations to Lely High School Athletics are appreciated.

April 26-30, 2017 ~ Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

April 28-29, 2017 ~ Smoke on the Water Barbecue & Music Festival
2301 First Street, Fort Myers
Contact 239-333-1933

May 7, 2017 ~ Taste of the Beach - Fort Myers Beach
11am - 4pm - Old San Carlos Blvd. Restaurants offer tastings of their signature dishes
Contact: 239-454-7500