SOUTHWEST FLORIDA OVERVIEW

Welcome to the one destination that offers an unforgettable Florida experience, along with excitement and adventure found nowhere else on earth.

Southwest Florida - One of America's most desirable places to live is home to a beautiful tropical climate with sunny skies, soft breezes, and occasional afternoon showers.

Selected as a favorite place among top executives and professionals for quality of life, abundant housing and lifestyle options, Southwest Florida is a great place to call home, whether you stay for a week, a month or a lifetime. Here you can enjoy a luxurious and laid-back lifestyle that defines truly unique communities of waterfront and golf course homes, sumptuous dining, world class shopping, a vibrant arts scene and more outdoor activities than one could ever imagine. Southwest Florida boasts miles of beautiful soft-white-powder-like sandy beaches, some of the best fishing in the world, acres of prime golf courses and unique communities. Naples, Marco Island, and the western portion of the Everglades make up Southwest Florida's Collier County – also known as The Paradise Coast. Collier is the largest county in the state of Florida, by land area, yet more than 80% of the vast expanse of land is preserved as park and nature preserve land by federal, state, county, city and private agencies. Beautiful beach communities surrounded by nature – it's no wonder the area is referred to as Florida's Last Paradise. It is truly paradise! Southwest Florida is an area filled with small town charm, international sophistication, and it is an area rich in culture and arts. Olde Naples is sprinkled with fine art, symphonic concerts and high-end shopping. A charming city on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples exudes stylishness. Stroll beautiful pedestrian walks with shops, art galleries and restaurants. See row after row of palatial homes surrounded by tropical landscaping. The area is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, golf courses, fishing, boating, water sports and spectacular sunsets.

NAPLES, FLORIDA

Naples is the most recognized and celebrated community in Collier County. The beautiful waterways, golf courses and prestigious homes decorate the landscape and give it the welcoming spirit of its famous Italian namesake. Driving through the historic section of the city, known as Olde Naples, one can expect to see tree-lined streets, quaint cottages, artful storefronts and welcoming open doors. In Olde Naples, you can mingle along while you enjoy perfect weather in perfect surroundings. Just minutes from downtown Naples lies the island of Marco. Known as a treasure for boaters, you will notice the Marco Island Yacht Club standing tall and proud the moment you cross the bridge to Marco Island. This laid-back area of Collier County provides a beautiful backdrop of sandy beaches, chickee huts, boat docks, and island life-style. Located between the city of Naples and the Everglades is another community often referred to as "The Heartland." This area is known for bringing together planting and harvesting, fishing and crabbing, and ranching and farming cultures to truly define diversity.

Arts and Culture

The vitality of art and cultural history in Collier County is evident by its filled events calendar. Art shows, theater, Philharmonic... all can be found thriving in Collier County.

Naples Real Estate and Business

Business opportunities in Collier County are growing in leaps and bounds. National business and trade publications have identified Collier County and Southwest Florida as a "top" place to live and operate a business. Just ask any one of the numerous entrepreneurs or veteran executive's who have journeyed to this area, started a business and now call it home.

OLDE NAPLES

Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South are the most travelled streets in Olde Naples.

Fifth Avenue South is Naples' Main Street and is filled with businesses ranging from fashion boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, cafes coffee and ice cream shops, delicatessens, European and American antique stores, traditional and contemporary art galleries, gift stores, jewelers, home furnishing and design showrooms, beauty salons, hotels, financial houses, bookstores, apartments, realtors, travel agencies, banks, a famous family food market, neighborhood pharmacy and professional offices. It has become a popular place for visitors and residents alike to stroll along the freshly landscaped promenades and enjoy sidewalk dining. Here's where you'll find that the aura of small-town friendliness and historical landmarks amid the sophisticated boutiques, neighborhood shops and colorful buildings of downtown Naples.

Third Street South, just a short walk from the Naples Pier, bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, on the east by Naples Bay and on the south by 10,000 islands. Noted for fabulous restaurants, unique shopping, quaint parks, art galleries, and old world charm, Third Street South has retained its natural beauty and grace throughout its transformation into one of the most attractive shopping and dining areas in the country.

Olde Naples is a charming area characterized by palm trees, cottages, elegant shops, art galleries and some of the best restaurants in the world.

The Gateway to the Gulf

Located north of Marco Island between Naples and Fort Myers, the community of Bonita Springs offers a unique and inviting Florida lifestyle. Beautiful beaches along with the glistening Gulf of Mexico and the natural beauty of Estero Bay, Bonita offers vacationers and residents a quiet paradise.

Bonita Springs and Estero combine to make two of the most recognized communities in Lee County. These communities are filled with tradition, culture and charm. Bonita Springs is ideally located between Naples and Ft. Myers, on Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Bonita offers a unique and inviting Old Florida lifestyle filled with charm. Just north of Naples, Bonita is filled with beautiful homes, cottages, vacation properties, and golf course communities. From business needs to shopping and entertainment to culture, Bonita Springs offers everything you could hope for. The diverse population has tripled over the last ten years. With everything it offers, Bonita's beautiful landscape creates a lifestyle fit for royalty.

The Culture

Arts and culture are vital to life in Bonita. The rich cultural history and diversity continue to grow with events planned throughout the year. The Bonita Springs Art Festival boasts some of the finest art from local, national, and international artists. The festival is held at The Promanade at Bonita Bay every November. You can also get your thrills from the large venue and sporting events at Germain Arena.

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