Vacation to the Paradise Coast

The stunning southern Gulf Coast of Florida, including Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades, makes up what is called the Paradise Coast. The white sand beaches that stretch for 10 miles are so white they almost hurt your eyes. Add these extraordinary beaches to crystal blue Gulf waters and tall swaying coconut palms, and you have an unsurpassed tropical Paradise right on the U.S. mainland.

This is a place where budget-minded families and retirees can rent timeshares and enjoy unsurpassed natural wonders. Spend your vacation exploring several major land reserves. 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.

The Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to protect the endangered Florida Panther, the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. To maintain the protection of the refuge for the endangered animals, you'll be held to designated hiking trails and guided tours.

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.

There are many ways of exploring the exciting Everglades. Rent a kayak or canoe and go out on your own, or join a tour led by a naturalist. You'll be able to glide through mangroves and inch up close to rays, dolphins and manatees. Or you might want to choose a rousing air boat ride that will take you over saw grass prairies and deep into the Everglade jungles.

Back on the pristine beaches of the Paradise Coast, spend time with nature as you go "shelling." The coast of Marco Island has especially good tide work that brings up a wonderful variety of beautiful shells. Bring along a mesh bag and comb the beaches for what are sure to become the favorite of your Florida vacation souvenirs. See Naples timeshares for rent. See Marco Island timeshares.

(Photo shown is the Eagle’s Nest Beach Resort, Marco Island, Florida)
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  1. Anonymous Says:

    The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a must see if your at all into hiking and seeing unbelievable ecosystems.

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