South of Lee Island Coast is Collier County, the region of southwest Florida where you’ll find the famous resort town of Naples. This historical town is a posh, refined community known for its unique juxtaposition of civilization and nature. In Naples, you can canoe through Everglades estuaries in the morning, attend a British-style tea in the afternoon and catch an evening concert at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
The town’s growth evolved gradually, allowing the community to remain clean, green and low-key, perfect for anyone longing to escape the rat race. Perhaps this is why more Fortune 500 CEOs live in Naples than anywhere else, and why it’s not unusual to witness corporate celebrities negotiating landmark deals on any of the town’s world-class fairways since golf and business often go hand-in-hand in Naples.
Shopping in Naples is a truly cosmopolitan experience, featuring low-rise historic shopping villages that are a blessing for pedestrians. Many of these stores are unique to Naples, where you can find such designer names as Donna Karan, Gianni Versace and Gucci. After shopping ’till you drop, experience a breathtaking sunset aboard the Naples Princess Yachts.
Marco Island Florida
Basking in the warm Gulf south of Naples lies the Ten Thousand Islands – the largest of which is Marco Island, known as the “gateway to the Everglades”. Marco Island features a wealth of serene island ambiance, world-class accommodations and pristine white sand beaches.
Marco Island provides the perfect jumping-off point to the Everglades, offering civilization and elegance at the gateway to America’s greatest wetlands. No other vacation opportunity in the world provides this level of sophistication in such close proximity to the adventure of eco-tourism, making it a perennial favorite among visitors everywhere. The island is blessed with a perfect climate, sheltered in the Gulf and protected by the nearby mainland. Marco Island’s one of the best places in the world for golf, boating, sailing and sunset cruises, among its more popular activities.
The internationally renowned Marriott Resort and Golf Club is only one of nearly 40 acclaimed courses on Marco Island, more per capita than any other region in the U.S. A spectacular course, the Marriott is carved from forests of southern pine and palm, laced with vast lagoons and cypress swamps. It’s simultaneously challenging and breathtakingly beautiful, and capitalizing on the natural contours of the land, water comes into play on no less than 15 holes.
One of the island’s best resources for accommodations is the family-owned Flagship Vacation Properties. The company offers weekly, monthly or seasonal rentals while its real estate group can assist in the purchase of a single family home or condominium. Additional services include the company’s property management division which offers peace of mind to homeowners and its concierge service which handles reservations for vacationers interested in Marco Island’s dining, entertainment, sporting events, boating and more.