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Southwest Florida - On the Water

The biggest attraction for Southwest Florida is the glorious beaches, filled with white sugary sand, lapped by the gentle aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Along the coastline of Collier County there are 38 miles of shoreline, perfect for walking, jogging, sunbathing, shelling, fishing, and swimming.

Boating -- Rentals/Charters

Cool Beans Cruises - Set Sail Onboard "Cool Beans" our 42 Ft. Catamaran for up to 20 Guests, or "Cool Beans II" - our 33 Ft. Catamaran for up to 6 Guests, and Have the Time of Your Life!

Specializing in small groups per boat, you can escape from the crowds for a Personalized 3 Hour Day Sightseeing or a 2.5 Hour Champagne Sunset Cruise in the beautiful pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. See Naples and Marco Island the way they are meant to be seen, By Water!

Boating -- Canoe/Kayaks

Everglades Area Tours - offers a variety of guided kayak excursions

Boating -- Sailing

Sail Marco - The "Learn to Sail" program at Sail Marco is dedicated to promoting and teaching safe sailing for various experience levels.


Shelling on Sanibel Island


When should I shell on Sanibel?
The best time to collect sea shells is during low tide, when the water has retreated, exposing larger stretches of sand. During the low tide, the receding water has left many more shells along the beaches. In addition, during new or full moons, the water recedes further, allowing for better shelling. Traditionally, December and April tend to provide the most ample shelling opportunities....read more about Shelling on Sanibel Island, Florida >>


Fort Myers Beach

Always the main attraction and never fully appreciated until seen in person, the seven miles of sandy shoreline that line the town are truly a sight to behold. With towering palm trees providing ample shade and sugary white sand that seems to go on forever, you will feel as if you stepped onto a private, hidden paradise along the Gulf of Mexico. While the beach is a breathtaking beauty, the water is its own treasure since the lack of undertow and shallow depth make it the perfect place to swim or learn a new watersport. Generally considered one of the world's safest beaches, visitors can set out for an afternoon of jet skiing, sailing, or water skiing without a care in the world.

Since the best Fort Myers Beach attractions are the ones that nature has created, a stop at the Lovers Key State Recreation Area is always a worthwhile adventure. While there are four barrier islands that make up the park, Lovers Key is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins, bald eagles, West Indians manatees, and various other kinds of wildlife. Swimming, shelling, and sunbathing are all popular along the two mile beach, and the nearby Black Island offers extensive hiking and biking trails for those who prefer more active pursuits...read more about Fort Myers Beach


Marco Island Beaches
If you are searching for a quiet place to kick back on Marco Island, South Marco Beach can most likely accommodate your needs. The wide, flat, and expansive beach is perfect for throwing down a towel and soaking up some sun while the clear, green water is great for swimming since it is almost always calm. There are no facilities, however, so remember to pack any drinks or snacks you may need for the day. Nearby Keewaydin Islandís public beach, which is accessible by boat, is another popular option with visitors to Marco Island. This unspoiled beach is perfect for beachcombing and shelling or simply soaking in the breathtaking views of the coastline.

When you want a beach that has everything you could possibly imagine, then Tigertail Beach County Park is your best option. There are five boardwalks that make it easy to roam between the white sandy beach and the mangrove-lined parking lot in addition to concessions and restrooms. Upon arrival on the beach, you can gaze out into the expanse and catch sight of Sand Dollar Island, where a diverse selection of birds, such as the Black Skimmers and the Least Terns, make their home. Walking along the shore, keep your eyes peeled for a sand dollar or two or make your way to the volleyball courts for an exciting game near the water...read more about Marco Island »


Permit Fishing
When most anglers think about catching Permit visions of a flats skiff being poled over sun-drenched, salt-water flats come to mind. In Naples, Florida we have perfected techniques to catch permit, away from the flats, in deep water and at all times of the year.

It is true most Permit are caught from a skiff is shallow water, bigger and more easily caught Permit can be taken from offshore towers, ledges and underwater springs. There are several ways to take the fish but the first and most important step is to determine where the fish are....read more »


Everglades Bass Fishing
Using guides will provide you the tools you need to catch Evergladesís largest bass. The guides offer benefits, which these licensed men and women are trained to handle fishing needs. In Florida Everglades, you may encounter copperhead snakes, alligators, or other dangerous species.

Guides know where the dangerous species hang, therefore use guides if you are new to bass fishing...read more »


Southwest Florida Beaches
Florida has many beaches, all unique and distinctive in their own way. Southwest Florida has some of the best in the state with the beaches of Marco Island, Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach. All three beach areas are prime vacation destinations...read more »


 

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