The stunning southern Gulf Coast of Florida, including Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades, makes up what is called the Paradise Coast.
Add the extraordinary white sand beaches to the crystal blue Gulf waters and tall swaying coconut palms, and you have an unsurpassed tropical Paradise right on the U.S. mainland.
The area of Naples was settled in the 1800s as a vacation destination. When the promoters touted the stunning bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy" the name of Naples stuck.
Besides the many water and nature oriented activities available along Florida's Paradise Coast, there are many other things to do and see. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens puts Tiger Forest, Panther Glade, and African Oasis within one beautiful botanical garden.
The performing arts community is largely why both CNN and Money Magazine have recognized the Naples area as one of the top five "Best places for a long life in the United States." The Philharmonic Center for the Arts plays host to celebrities and regularly brings in touring Broadway shows.
The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre has been designated as one of the top three Community Theater companies in the United States.
Retirees renting a budget timeshare here will be glad to know that Naples proclaims itself the "Golf Capital of the World." With over 80 championship golf courses at your disposal, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the links and bring that handicap down!
Or you can spend your vacation exploring these 3 major land reserves.
1. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, covering over 11,000 acres, was established by the National Audubon Society to preserve the largest remaining stand of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America.
A 2-mile long boardwalk carries you over fascinating swamp and marsh ecosystems, and through important breeding grounds for the endangered Wood Stork and other wetland birds.
3. Of course the most famous major land reserve along the Paradise Coast is the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.
Thirty-six species designated as threatened or protected live in the park including the American Crocodile and the West Indian Manatee. The park also contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.
From performing arts to golf to endangered panthers, and all near sugar-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Florida's Paradise Coast can't be beat for a budget-friendly Florida timeshare rental vacation.
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