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What to see in Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast Attractions


Unlike the glitzy Gold Coast, Florida's Gulf Coast attracts nature lovers and those looking for a peaceful resort retreat or perhaps a golfing or shelling holiday. The beaches are renowned for the vast amount of shells to be collected. There are numerous protected scenic areas and wildlife refuges in this part of Florida, including the Lee County Manatee Park, where tourists can view the endagered manatee in their natural habitat.

Naples and Fort Myers are popular cities to use as travel hubs and offer a sprinkling of good sightseeing, including the former homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and the impressive Southwest Florida Museum of History, all in Fort Myers. Just north of Fort Myers the Shell Factory and Nature Park showcases the area's celebrated shells and fossils, and just south of the city the Koreshan State Historic Site attracts visitors with its odd history and pretty scenery. Beautiful Floridian landscapes can be enjoyed at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and the Clam Pass Recreation Area, all near Naples, among many other places!


Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Famous inventor, Thomas Edison, and his friend, automobile magnate Henry Ford, both spent dozens of winters in the city of Fort Myers in the early years of the 20th century. Edison's home is the region's…

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Fort Myers

Billed as Florida's tropical island getaway, Fort Myers Beach is a haven for visitors seeking a relaxing family holiday. While it offers endless sport and recreational activities like…

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Koreshan State Historic Site

In the dying years of the 19th century, a former Civil War surgeon, Dr Cyrus Teed, founded a pioneer settlement on the banks of the Estero River, south of Fort Myers, where he led the community to…

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Lee County Manatee Park

A sighting of an endangered West Indian manatee, a shy and lumbering walrus-like creature whose numbers are dwindling, is a must for visitors to Florida. At the Lee County Manatee Park, on the Orange…

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Marco Island

Measuring just over six by four miles (10km by 6km), Marco Island is a bustling full service holiday community on the northern edge of west Florida's coastal wilderness area known as Ten Thousand Islands.…

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Naples

The sophisticated city of Naples lies on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The central area preserves its old world charm, while the modern section to the north bristles with high-rise luxury hotels…

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Sanibel and Captiva

Those who are searching for the tranquillity of the beach will delight in the Florida Gulf coast resort island of Sanibel, and its smaller sister, Captiva. The slow pace of island life rarely heats…

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Shell Factory and Nature Park

The beaches along this stretch of the Florida coastline are renown for their seashells. It contains one of the largest collection of seashells, fossils, corals, and sponges in the world. The Shell…

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Southwest Florida Museum of History

The Southwest Florida Museum of History chronicles the history of Southwest Florida, from the Paleo Indians through the Calusa, the Seminoles and the Spanish explorers to the early settlers. A pioneer…

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