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This is part of many Florida-Media-Link websites offering travel and tourism guides with hotel and dining directories that provide locations and cuisine information. Sports and Outdoors sections offer detailed park and beach information -- directions, phone numbers and photos. Visitor Information sections includes helpful telephone numbers such as area transportation, road service, hospitals, and Chambers of Commerce, along with general area information, history and historical photos. This guide covers the areas of Marco Island, Naples, Golden Gate, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Ft. Myers Beach, Everglades City, Isles of Capri And Goodland Florida.


AUDUBON'S CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY
by Niki Butcher in the - The Muck-About Journal

If you have never known the primeval feeling of walking through a swamp, watching birds nest and gators feed, you have not been to the National Audubon's 11,000 acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, north of Naples. However, at Corkscrew, rather than walking through the swamps like Clyde does, you can walk on a boardwalk.

Last spring Clyde joined with other artists and authors in a celebration of Corkscrew's new boardwalk. During 1995-96 Corkscrew was linked with the Amazon Rain forest by building the world's greatest boardwalk out of sustainably harvested tropical hardwood. Corkscrew's new boardwalk runs for 2.5 miles and is five feet wide to accommodate the handicapped. The walk is routed through the deep, dark areas of a Cypress Hammock, and into small, open areas, scattered with wild Hibiscus and other native vegetation.

For the boardwalk celebration, Clyde presented an exhibit of photographs he had taken of the old boardwalk, which is now being torn down. Clyde doesn't normally take photographs of man made things, but he and I have very fond memories of hiking on that old rickety boardwalk. We both felt it was important that the old boardwalk be recorded for historical purposes, so that others can truly understand how wonderful, safe and solid if feels to walk on the new boardwalk. He also donated an image for a poster which is available at both the gallery, and at Corkscrew.

Corkscrew has helped Clyde and me understand, and fall in love with Florida. We always enjoy ourselves when we visit. Not only is the environment beautiful, but the people who run Corkscrew are warm and friendly.....


Naples Florida
The Naples area abounds with six beautiful beaches, from Barefoot Beach in the northern part to the Municipal Beach and Pier just south of downtown. One common thread that runs through all these beaches is their boundless beauty and unscathed nature that harks back to before large masses crowded these white sandy treasures. Locating a white sand retreat is easy here as almost every east-west street off of Gulfshore Blvd. leads visitors to a public access point.

While each beach has something different to offer visitors, Lowdermilk Park Beach is the catch-all of the six since it can meet the needs of even the most discerning guest. The nice sand and play area are perfect for younger children while the volleyball courts, gazebos, and concessions can keep older visitors content during a long day in the warm Florida sunshine. For sparkling white sand and crystal green water, make your way to the Municipal Beach and Pier. During the day, fishing is popular off of the long pier that stretches quite far into the Gulf and at night, a romantic stroll is calling as the subdued lights make way for a spectacular setting.

For those who prefer to get out on the water, swimming is popular at almost all of the beaches. The Clam Pass County Park, however, is rarely crowded and is the perfect place for a refreshing dip in the water or an outbound excursion. For an offshore adventure, rent a kayak, canoe, or sailboard from the concessionaire and explore the stunning waters and gorgeous terrain of the area. If you are not comfortable in the water, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is ideal for land lovers with its nature trails and observation tower that allow for a birds-eye view of the area.

A must-see on any trip the Naples area is the Caribbean Gardens, one of the oldest tropical gardens on the continent and featuring an array of exotic plants and animals. Hop aboard a catamaran for a cruise through the islands that contain primates living in their natural habitats or take a stroll through the botanical gardens on a guided tour to learn more about the extraordinary greenery. The Gardens allow you to get extremely close to exotic and endangered animals so take advantage of this rare opportunity with a day of learning and excitement...read the entire article..

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