What’s New in Naples, Marco Island and
Naples, Fla. (March 9, 2005) – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, located at
the southwestern tip of Florida‟s Gulf Coast, provides a diverse and naturally beautiful vacation paradise. In fact, so many people regularly refer to area as „paradise,‟ the smdestination has adopted The Paradise Coast as it‟s new brand. Visit www.ParadiseCoast.com for information on where to stay and what to do.
Here you‟ll find spectacular white sand beaches, nature preserves, two of America‟s
top rated bird watching locations (Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Everglades),
tree-lined avenues with art galleries and unique shops, excellent dining, fabulous golf,
backcountry and deep sea fishing, fascinating history, along with accommodations to
suit every taste and budget. With wonderful opportunities for tropical beachside
relaxation and unspoiled nature, there‟s no doubt that you‟ll find the region is truly smFlorida‟s Last Paradise. For more information log on to www.ParadiseCoast.com or
call 1-800-2-ESCAPE to request your free copy of Welcome to Florida’s Last Paradise,
the area‟s Official Visitors Guide.
Naples Municipal Airport now offers nonstop jet service between Naples and Delta‟s
largest hub in Atlanta with three flights daily on Delta Connection carrier Atlantic
Southeast Airlines. Passengers flying into Atlanta may now take a direct connection
into downtown Naples, landing just a few minutes from the resorts on Naples Beach
and Marco Island. Just to the north of Naples in Fort Myers, Southwest Florida
International Airport‟s new midfield terminal is on schedule for a mid-2005 opening,
bringing increased gate capacity and enhanced air service to the area‟s main international airport.
Naples Is #1!
The Travel Channel’s Beach Week Expert Panel selected Naples as America’s
Best All-Around Beach for 2005. Naples was selected based on the fact that the
destination provides something for everyone – from golf, shopping and dining to fantastic shelling, to family fun, and exciting natural adventure in the nearby Everglades.
Leading travel editors from Conde Nast, USA Today and Fodor‟s served as the 2005
Beach Week Expert Panel for the selection. Naples was prominently featured in the
America’s Best Beaches program that debuted March 6, 2005 on the Travel Channel.
Naples has also been dubbed the #1 Small Art Town in America by author Robert
Villani in the fourth edition of The 100 Best Art Towns in America, distributed in
March 2005 W.W. Norton. In choosing Naples as No. 1, Villani cited the area‟s
“amazing range of natural splendor,” along with its “sophisticated and serious art
galleries,” its art fairs, community arts centers and theaters and the Philharmonic
Center complex” that includes the Naples Museum of Art. Attractions
Private cruises into the Ten Thousand Islands portion of the Everglades are now
available onboard the Iva W., a 60-ft. wooden freighter from Chesapeake Bay that has
been converted to accommodate up to six passengers per cruise in three double
cabins. Cruises depart from Everglades City. Plan your itinerary to include stops at
deserted island beaches for shelling and exploring, or book a guided kayak fishing trip
from EvergladesKayakFishing.com to paddle your way to hook ups with tarpon, snook
and redfish in the Everglades backcountry. Perfect for a family group outing, small
corporate group or friends‟ getaway. www.ivawcruises.com.
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Naples Land & Water Tours is the only tour company in the greater Naples area to offer guided Segway tours.
Departing from the Charter Club Resort on Naples Bay, Segway riders follow their guide through the beautiful
streets of Old Naples, to Naples Pier, Cambier Park and the shops at Tin City. Other tour options include JetSki
and boat tours of Naples Bay, surrounding waters and deserted beaches. Groups from 15 to 40 can be
accommodated with 48 hours notice. www.napleswatertours.com.
Big Cypress National Preserve has opened two new pedestrian boardwalks to enhance the visitor experience in
the preserve. Travelers can pull off the Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway at the Kirby Storter Roadside Park and
take a short walk into the quiet coolness of an ancient cypress forest, or watch for alligators at Turner River
The Seminole Casino in Immokalee is the place to indulge in the latest game craze – POKER! With the
incredible rise in popularity of tournament poker, the casino expanded its poker playing area to 4,200 square
feet. Twenty-eight tables with eight seats each are now available. The casino was the first Indian casino in
Florida to start offering regular $10,000 tournaments, now it offers a no-limit tournament with just one re-buy
every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Free transportation is available for the weekday tournaments
along with free continental breakfast for participants. www.theseminolecasino.com
At Caribbean Gardens: The Zoo in Naples, a fascinating new multimedia show, Serpents: Fangs & Fiction,
educates guests on the positive impact of these misunderstood reptiles. The show runs alternately with the
multimedia Planet Predator show. The AZA-accredited zoo is located in a 52-acre botanical garden near
downtown Naples. www.napleszoo.com.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has a brand new $5 million lobby. A majority of the lobby‟s back wall was
replaced with large glass panes to provide guests with a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico immediately
upon entering the resort. The lobby features a sophisticated “Tropical Escape” look with new furnishings and
décor, a new Lobby Bar with an adjacent outdoor terrace and a higher ceiling that brings in an abundance of
natural light. www.naplesbeachhotel.com
The Lemon Tree Inn in Naples recently renovated its 35 rooms to add a tropical island touch to the boutique
hotel‟s charm. Four-poster beds, new linens and more make this affordable hotel even more charming.
Located within walking distance of downtown Naples shops and restaurants, the Lemon Tree offers excellent
value with Old Florida ambiance. www.lemontreeinn.com
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort has launched an expansive upgrade and renovation project for the hotel to
enhance guestroom, lobby and restaurant décor. The resort‟s Paradise Café has just emerged with new interior
design and an enhanced menu. A new spa is planned for 2006. www.marcoisland.hilton.com
The Inn on Fifth, Old Naples' elegant boutique hotel, opened a new spa facility – The Spa on Fifth . The Spa on
Fifth is shaped by Feng Shui elements and was inspired by Naples-based Jinx McDonald Designs. The spa
mixes Asian influences with tropical accents and provides an extensive array of anti-aging and rejuvenating
The Registry Resort & Club, a Naples landmark for 17 years, emerged last year from a $30 million
transformation with new guestroom décor and Luna, the resort‟s stylish new nightclub. Café Chablis, the
resort‟s all-day dining venue, features new furnishings and fixtures. A new spa is also in development at the
GreenLinks Golf Resort provides villa accommodations with access to three golf courses at Lely Resort just a
few minutes east of downtown Naples. GreenLinks has just doubled its number of guest units from 56 to 112.
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Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa has opened The Spa at Marco Island Marriott, its new 24,000
square foot Balinese-themed spa. The Spa is part of a $60-million plus full property renovation that includes
new guestroom décor, a new Tiki pool and The Rookery at Marco, the resort‟s completely renovated golf course.
Value Season is Just Around the Corner
Peak visitor season for the greater Naples area is January through April. By the end of April, hotel room rates
and golf greens fees drop dramatically, with reductions between 20 and 50 percent off high season rates.
More and more value minded visitors have discovered the upscale ambiance of the region at significant savings
between May and December. Spring, summer and fall are especially ideal for those interested in backcountry
fishing for popular game fish species including redfish, snook and tarpon. A number of area fishing guides are
expert at navigating the waters of the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands for the ultimate in angling action.
Savvy shoppers know that Naples has some of the best shopping in Florida, and many people visit in early fall
to get a jump on holiday shopping. High fashion, resort wear and gift boutiques, as well as a wealth of art
galleries, line the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South. The area‟s many affluent residents often deposit designer treasures including handbags, shoes, fashions and interior design items at Naples‟ many
consignment and second hand shops.
The Paradise Coast is Clear – No Damage from Florida Hurricanes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and the entire Collier County area of Southwest Florida emerged virtually
unscathed from the four hurricanes that impacted the state of Florida in 2004. All hotels, attractions and retail
outlets are open for business as usual. There is no hurricane damage to mar the beauty of the white sand
beaches and pristine natural environment surrounding this Everglades region. View our post hurricane photo
library at http://www.paradisecoast.com/media_center.php
The Greater Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism marketing
agency for Collier County, Florida, funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax. The CVB
provides information and free visitors guides for consumers, travel agents, tour operators and meeting planners
online at www.ParadiseCoast.com or by calling 1-800-2-ESCAPE, or 239-403-2384.