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Southwest Florida Sports and Outdoors

Southwest Florida is a recreational haven, most famous for its title as the “Golf Capital of the World.” Over 50 private and public golf courses dot the area, or are currently under construction. Each February, Naples is home to the popular Senior PGA event, which attracts the world's top golfers. Past winners have included such notables as Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Hale Irwin.

Tennis is avidly played throughout the area at both public and private facilities. Southwest Florida has also become the grand finale of the Master's Tennis Tour with the Nuveen Masters Tennis Championship, featuring players such as Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and local resident Johan Kriek.

Florida Snakes

Florida has 45 species of snakes, six are venomous and only three of them are ones you are likely to encounter in south Florida. The fearsome three some are the water moccasin or cottonmouth, eastern diamondback rattlesnake and dusky pigmy rattlesnake.

All are members of the pit viper family. The name comes from a pair of opening (pits) located on the head of the snake between each eye and the nostril at the tip of the head. Seeing the pits is a sure fire way to determine if the snake is poisonous but they are not always easy to see unless you are close, probably closer than you want to be, to one of these snakes.

Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)

Is it a cottonmouth or a watersnake? These two snakes - the former poisonous, the latter not, are often confused. Both are common around swamps, lakes, rivers or any other places where there is standing water.

Moccasins can grow to over five feet in length with the body of the snake ranging from olive green to nearly black. Depending on how darkly colored it is, you may or may not notice the crossbands on its body. Watersnakes are similarly colored and patterned and, at first glance, are very difficult to distinguish from a cottonmouth....
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With many miles of shoreline, numerous bays and canals, as well as the Ten Thousand Islands, Southwest Florida is a boater's heaven. Sail and power craft of all types and sizes, from small fishing boats to 100-foot yachts, cruise the waters. Commercial vessels offer fishing trips, sunset cruises, nature tours, canoe and kayak adventures, or paddlewheel excursions.

Parks and Beaches

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Bayview Park
Danford Street ~ 263-2734

Cambier Park/Norris Community Center
8th Street South and 8th Avenue South ~ 239-434-4690

Clam Pass Park
Seagate Drive ~ 239-597-3232

Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 US 41 South at Royal Palm Hammock ~ 239-394-3397

Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Rd. ~ 239-657-3771

Delnor Wiggins State Recreation Area
North End of Vanderbilt Beach ~ 239-597-6196

Fleischmann Park
1200 Fleischmann Blvd. ~ 239-434-4692

Lely Barefoot Beach
North Naples

Lowdermilk Park
Gulf Shore Boulevard South ~ 239-263-6078

Naples Beaches
Twenty-First Avenue South along Gulf Shore Blvd. to Seventh Avenue North

Naples Landing & Bay Front Park
Broad Avenue South

Naples Pier
12th Avenue South at the Gulf of Mexico ~ 239-434-4696

Park Shore Beach - Horizon Way Access
Harbour Dr. to Gulf Shore Blvd. North

Park Shore Beach - Vedado Way Access
Harbour Dr. to Gulf Shore Blvd. North

Vanderbilt Beach
North Naples

Via Miramar Beach Access
Harbour Dr. to Gulf Shore Blvd. North

Boat Ramp
State Road 951 & 952, Marco Island

Caxambas Park
Collier Blvd. South, Marco Island

Tigertail Beach
Hernandez Street, off Tigertail Boulevard, Marco Island

Everglades National Park Boat Tours
Copeland Avenue South West, Everglades City ~ 239-695-2591

Big Cypress National Preserve
US 41, Copeland

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
US 41/Hwy 29, Copeland ~ 239-645-4593

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Panther NWR was established in 1989 under the authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the Florida panther and its habitat. The refuge consists of 26,400 acres and is located within the heart of the Big Cypress Basin in southwest Florida. This subtropical ecosystem covers more than 2,400 square miles of diverse wetland and upland habitat types. The refuge encompasses the northern origin of the Fakahatchie Strand, which is the largest cypress strand in the Big Cypress Swamp. Orchids and other rare plants are found within the more »

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge includes over 6,300 acres of habitat, with 2,825 acres designated as Wilderness, and 950 acres of submerged habitat in the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area. The refuge informs and educates over 800,000 visitors annually in its 12,000 square foot Environmental Education Center and four-mile long Wildlife Drive. The refuge is home to 238 bird species, 51 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 32 species of mammals native to southwest more »




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