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Naples began as a quaint, quiet fishing town. Many years later it has now become a safe haven for northerners seeking refuge from brutal winters.
Though a good amount of its population is only visitors throughout the year, many of those visitors as well as locals find Naples to be a great fishing spot. Grab your pole and go down to Naples Pier, where each night you’ll be greeted by sunset gazers and dolphin.
Visit any one of Naples’ beautiful beaches and you’ll see why so many people call this place home. Naples prides itself on the consistent priority it puts on the preservation of nature both in and around the city. That’s why you’ll see a variety of wildlife including birds, dolphin, eagle, and more. It truly is God’s paradise.
Naples is also known for its great shopping. Stroll down 5th Avenue and visit the many city blocks of art galleries, specialty stores and dining. Naples has some of the most exquisite shops in Florida; from art galleries to antiques to jewelry stores, you’ll find everything unique in this upscale community.
From its beautiful golf courses, to the Har Tru tennis courts sprinkled within communities all around town, Naples can satisfy even the most discriminating sports enthusiast.
If you’d rather watch sports, catch a Florida Everglades hockey game at Germain Area, and cheer on your favorite college sport at Florida Gulf Coast University. There are pro-golf and tennis tournaments, a greyhound race track and even speedboat races on the Gulf of Mexico. Southwest Florida is also the spring training home to some of your favorite baseball teams, including a class A minor league team, Fort Myers Miracle.
Bonita Springs – Florida
Beautiful Bonita Springs is a community that combines unparalleled natural amenities with a dynamic business environment. Blending our historical past with our upscale lifestyle, rich in cultural and educational opportunities. Bonita Springs is excited about there formation into a new City.
From Wiggins Pass on Bonita’s southern extreme to Lover’s Key near the areas northeastern edge, beaches offer the chance for everything from a morning walk on a near-deserted stretch of sand to a low-tide shelling excursion.
The simplest route to the beach is to go west on Bonita Beach Road – which says it all – until you see the water. Many small beach access areas are dotted along the Gulf side of the road. One spot you should be sure to visit is the newly refurbished Lovers Key State Recreation Area. Even a drive by the park is enough to convince a skeptic that this must indeed be paradise. Sand is a brilliant white here, and visitors have an opportunity to explore the many mangrove islands. These “water-walking” trees are as much a part of Southwest Florida as the dolphins, manatees and capering, clowning brown pelicans.
Estero – Florida
Estero, the Spanish word for estuary, with a population of approximately 10,000, located between Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, is one of the fastest growing communities in Lee County.
In 1997, Florida Gulf Coast University opened and major development has taken place, including Miromar Outlets with over 90 shops, Germain Arena, home of the Everblades hockey team, Sea Dragons basketball team, and the Firecats arena football. These are just a few of the reasons for Estero’s growth. Estero High School is one of the newest and most advanced high schools in Lee County and offers a wide range of championship sport teams.
If you like the outdoors you will enjoy Estero, which is rich in natural beauty and wildlife. The Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay offer the allure of saltwater and white sand beaches. Estero Bay offers some of the best fishing in Florida with both fresh and salt-water fishing. Enjoy boating in the bay, gulf, or river while you watch the dolphin and manatee. The Estero River is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. Estero offers great golfing from public to private courses and Southwest Florida has over 150 golf courses.
The Koreshan State Historic Site is located in Estero. It was once the headquarters for the Koreshan religious sect. The remains of this pioneer settlement are preserved on the banks of the Estero River.
Port Charlotte – Florida
Port Charlotte On Charlotte Harbor located on the picturesque West Coast of Florida, between Sarasota and Fort Myers, the Charlotte County area is home to clear skies, pristine waters, and beautiful sunsets…
Port Charlotte is a relatively new community developed in the late 1950’s. It encompasses the unincorporated area of Charlotte County and is comprised mostly of single family homes with a spattering of condos and town homes. The county has an area of approximately 820 square miles and a population of approximately 139,000 (2000). Port Charlotte has a small town nature but offers the advantages of city life nearby. (Ft. Myers only 25 minutes and Sarasota only 35 minutes).
Port Charlotte is located North of the Peace River and has access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico via a series of canals and waterways that total more than 165 miles in length. There are miles of natural shoreline bordering the Harbor and rivers, making it an ideal choice for waterfront living. Port Charlotte offers recreational activities for every lifestyle, including golf courses, yacht clubs, parks, and more.
Sunset … it’s the premiere thing that sets the West Coast of Florida apart from the rest of the state.
North Port – Florida
North Port has the distinction of being the smallest big city in the state of Florida. Incorporated in June 1959, North Port is considered the fourth largest municipality in land size in the state of Florida. Only 10% of the area is populated with just over 18,000.
Strategically located near the rapidly growing west coast of Florida, North Port is between Naples and Tampa. U.S. 41 passes directly through the center of town while I-75 is close by with two exits located in the municipality.
North Port is now the fourth fastest-growing municipality in the state and has a flourishing youth population. There are two elementary schools in the city. North Port now has a brand new high school. North Port presently accounts for nearly 80 percent of the growth in Sarasota County schools.
One reason for the growth in young families and low impact fees for affordable housing. The city has areas such as Sabal Trace and Duck Key for high-end homes. In North Port Estates, many of the lots run to five acres, a paradise for horse-lovers.
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