Travel information about the southwest region of Florida

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From Peace River Valley's early colonial settlements and the sophisticated offerings of the "Cultural Coast" around Sarasota and Bradenton to the Gulf Islands and the fun of canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing and boating, South West Florida has something for every taste.

The region includes the areas of Charlotte Harbor, Fort Myers/Sanibel, and Naples/Marco Island as well as the Florida Keys.

Central west region of Florida

Charlotte Harbor Area

Charlotte Harbor The Gulf Islands is located halfway between Sarasota and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast. Activity choices range from canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing and boating to strolls on the beach, shelling, exploring historic communities, shopping and dining.

Punta Gorda

Fort Myers/Sanibel Area

Fort Myers, on the Gulf Coast between Naples and Sarasota, serves as a gateway to a stretch of islands known for their white-sand beaches, bird life, lush subtropical foliage and recreational opportunities. Known as Florida's tropical getaway, the area consists of 590 miles of shoreline and 50 miles of shell-filled beaches.

Fort Myers
Fort Myers Beach

Naples/Marco Island Area

Florida's Paradise Coast brings together the natural wonder and wildlife of the Everglades with the spectacular white sand beaches of Naples and Marco Island at the southwestern tip of Florida's Gulf Coast. You don’t have to wander far from Naples’ storied streets to plunge into the wildest and rawest of Florida nature in the Everglades.

Bonita Springs
Marco Island

Florida Keys - Key West Area

The Florida Keys, spanning some 110 miles and connected by bridges and causeways, are a popular destination for Americans looking for a tropical vacation without leaving their own country. The islands of the Florida Keys run south west from Miami and are a favorite destination for families, couples, watersports enthusiasts and escapees of all kinds. Fishing is one of the Keys’ greatest attractions.

Key Largo
Key West

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