Once-quiet fishing villages, the neighboring towns of Estero and Bonita Springs, which meet at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point’s threshold, have blossomed into sophisticated parts of the greater Naples-Fort Myers whole. That means, for the resort visitor, endless opportunities for recreation, exploration and enrichment. Most visitors take to our famed waterways, from the gentle Gulf of Mexico waves and the Intracoastal Waterway to bays filled with dolphins and inland rivers just begging to be paddled. Besides kayakers, local waters beckon anglers, sailors, boaters, swimmers, windsurfers, kitesurfers and even regular old board surfers, when the waves kick up. Some of the nation’s top-rated beaches edge Gulf shores with duvet-soft white sand and seashells that are bound to turn the most indifferent spectators into shell collectors. From the natural, bird-populated beaches of Sanibel and Captiva islands to the north to the southward manicured parks of Naples, the region spreads a veritable feast of beaches. On the land side: golfing, tennis, biking, hiking and all other manner of recreation are available. City, county, state and even national parks make sure you have plenty of room to roam, experience wildlife and learn about the area’s unique wetland and forest environments. Hardly a day goes by when you can’t enjoy the rich resources and beauty of the great outdoors here. On those rare days when you choose to stay indoors, the region’s deep cultural sensibilities take over to entertain you with art galleries, museums, historic sites, theater, musical performances and more. From laid-back and restful to high-energy nightlife, shopping and playing, the Southwest Florida coastline fits your every mood. When it comes time to explore the wondrous world at our doorstep, take your pick of places that nourish the spirit with art and history, the soul with beauty and nature, and the body with the area’s fabulous seafood bounty. Attractions Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples. 239-348- 9151. A 2.25-mile boardwalk winds through a natural preserve, famous for its endangered wood stork nesting population and the largest stand of old growth bald cypress trees in the nation. Koreshan State Historic Site. U.S. 41, Estero. 239-992-0311. Restored and re-created buildings in a park setting recall the quirky history of an early 20th-century religious-scholastic cult that settled here. Year-round guided historic tours and seasonal botanical tours and demonstrations are available. Bonita Springs Beach Park. 27954 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs. 239-949- 4615. One of about 10 public accesses along the Gulf, it stays lively with water sports and sunning activities. Barefoot Beach Preserve. Bonita Springs. 239-591-8596. This preserve holds 342 acres of coastal hammock and an 8,200-foot-long beach edged in low dunes. Rangers give nature walks, shell talks and guided canoe tours. Delnor-Wiggins Pas State Park. 11135 Gulf Shore Drive North, Naples. 239- 597-6196. In the summer, loggerhead turtles nest along this protected beachfront. Year-round, its pass waters attract fishermen. Guided tours and talks focus on birds, sea turtles and other aspects of the environment. Clam Pas Park. Near the Naples Grande, 410 Seagate Drive. 239-353-0404. A complimentary tram takes beachgoers along a 3,000-foot boardwalk through dense mangrove swamps to a beach with available water sports. Six miles of canoe and kayak trails thread through the estuary; rentals are available on-site. Naples Philharmonic Cente r for the Arts. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1111. The three-story center is home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Naples Museum of Art. The museum features 15 galleries showcasing a variety of works by acclaimed artists from around the world. Among the permanent holdings are a miniatures exhibit, Dale Chihuly glass art pieces and works by modern Mexican and 20th-century American masters. The performing arts center hosts ballet, Broadway musicals, comedians, concerts and other diverse entertainment. The Naples Zoo. 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples. 239-262-5409. Various educational shows introduce you to the denizens of this subtropical oasis, which specializes in big cats and primates. Lush tropical gardens frame the wildlife exhibits. A boat ride travels around eight islands of monkeys, lemurs and apes. Downtown Naples. This district delights visitors with pastel buildings, shady promenades, charming boutiques, sidewalk cafés and an impressive collection of art galleries. Naples Pier. On the Gulf at 12th Avenue, Naples. Originally built in 1887, then rebuilt after a devastating hurricane in 1960, this wooden pier is the city’s most-visited attraction, popular with fishermen, strollers and pelicans. Palm Cottage Historic House. 137 12th Ave. South, Naples. 239-261- 8164. Near the Naples Pier, this periodfurnished house dates from 1895 and is the headquarters of the Collier County Historical Society, which gives tours. An adjacent historical garden demonstrates gardening trends of the period. Collier County Museum. 3301 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. 239-774-8476. Focusing on local history, this museum houses ancient Indian artifacts, relics from early pioneer days, historic photos and a re-created Seminole Indian village and Seminole War fort. Naples Botanical Garden. 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 239-643-7275. The grounds feature 160 acres of nature preserve and subtropical and tropical gardens that are being developed in phases with plants from warm lands around the world. Currently, the Children’s, Brazilian and Caribbean gardens are complete, along with a one-mile trail through cypress swamp, wetlands and oak scrub environment. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. 300 Tower Road, Naples. 239-417-6310. Gateway to the Gulf Coast’s largest and most pristine wildlife sanctuary, the center presents stateof- the-art, interactive exhibits about local creatures and their habitats. Upstairs, it explores history as it pertains to the environment. Staff members lead weekly guided nature walks and kayak tours. Lovers Key State Park. 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 239-463-4588. This secluded, 2.5-mile beach has a canoe/ kayak launch as well as bicycle and nature trails. Birds flock to the estuary and rangers lead birding and other tours. Collier-Seminole State Park. 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples. 239-394- 3397. The 6,470-acre park familiarizes visitors with the vegetation and wildlife of the Everglades. Explore mangrove and cypress swamps on land or by canoe. Fakahatch ee Strand State Preserve. East of Naples on Highway 41. 239-695-4593. Penetrate the mysterious world of endangered wild orchids, bromeliads, royal palm trees, alligators and white ibises on a drive, biking excursion or hike into this pristine Everglades preserve. A 12-mile (one-way) shell road, spur nature trails and an easy 2,000-foot boardwalk take you off the beaten path. Everglades National Park. Everglades City. 239-695-3311. The country’s third largest national park covers 1. 5 million square miles and is known for its rich bird life, alligators, crocodiles, sawgrass prairies and cypress swamps. Boat excursions, tram tours and ranger-led hiking and canoe trips are available with prior reservations. Smallwood Store Museum. 360 Mamie St., Chokoloskee Island. 239-695- 2989. Dating from 1906, the Smallwood Store is one of the oldest buildings in South Florida, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1994. Take a self-guided tour of this former Indian trading post to see historic photographs and vintage machinery, as well as furs, hides and examples of other items that Indians traded. The gift shop sells authentic Seminole crafts. Edison & Ford Winter Estates. 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-334- 7419. The homes, grounds and tropical gardens of famous neighbors Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford are a 30-minute drive from Bonita Springs. Across the street from Edison’s home, where the inventor spent his winters, a museum houses personal items and many of his original inventions and later patents, including 170 phonographs and, of course, light bulbs. J. N. “Din g” Darlin g Nationa l Wildlife Refuge. 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. 239-472-1100. This 6,400-acre sanctuary is home of more than 200 species of birds plus alligators, turtles, otters, bob cats and marine life. Canoes, kayaks and bikes are available for rent, and there are narrated tram and pontoon tours. King Richard’s Family Fun Park. 6780 N. Airport Road, Naples. 239-598- 2042. Our version of a theme park offers all the old-fashioned family fun along with modern attractions: a water park, laser tag, miniature golf, go-carts, bumper boats, a mini-train, roller coaster, batting cages and a castle full of video games. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-292-4021. There’s plenty of wet fun at this new county park. Do water pistol battle or float down a lazy river. A children’s museum is scheduled to open in the same park by spring 2010. Nightlife For some, a quiet walk on the beach accompanied by the percussion of breakers and the woodwinds of the whispering pines may provide the highest form of after-dark entertainment. If so, step into the moonlight at any of the string of beaches from Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach to Naples. For a bit of lively action beachside, try the Naples Pier, where couples stroll arm in arm as the sun sinks and the stars light up the night sky. For nightlife located within the resort, head to any of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa lounges and bars for conviviality, a perfect martini or something cold and frothy. You’ll find live entertainment Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Tarpon Bay restaurant and bar and weekends at Mangroves Bar and Belvedere Lounge. Also, many of the other resorts and restaurants in Bonita Springs have friendly bars, some with live music. Promenade Shops at Bonita Bay and Coconut Point Town Center pulse with young professionals, visitors, quiet diners and window shoppers. North of Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach is known for its never-ending party. Something of a Spring Break magnet, it remains, during other times of year, a great place to dance, drink and frolic barefoot on the beach. Other trendy hot spots await in Naples, particularly in the downtown area, where music spills out of Irish pubs, sidewalk cafés and vibrant nightclubs. Most serve food into the wee hours. Fifth Avenue South, downtown’s most electric artery, hosts street parties and art shows throughout the year, including holiday time festivities. Even on an ordinary evening, the nightlife is extraordinary, with an energy that is at once relaxing and revitalizing. Nearby, at the Third Street South shopping and dining arena, island music sets the mood and everyone circulates around alfresco restaurants, bars and pubs. With galleries to peek into and flowers to scent the warm night air, this party scene is purely Naples. Downtown is also the home to Naples’ oldest theater group, the Naples Players, which performs on Sugden Community Theatre’s two stages year-round. The complex, in the midst of Fifth Avenue South bustle, features a main stage plus a more experimental black-box theater and plays host to the Naples Jazz Society, ballet, opera and other performances. Closer to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, or “The Phil,” as locals call it, is the home of the 85-piece Naples Philharmonic. It also hosts audiences of up to 1,425 for Broadway shows, touring orchestras, opera, comedy, modern dance and the Miami City Ballet. Not far away in Estero, Germain Arena invites you to catch professional hockey from October through April, and arena football action from April through July. It also stages major rock and country music concerts and family shows. In Fort Myers, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall hosts Broadway tours of stellar proportions, along with musical concerts, symphony performances, family shows and big-name comedians. Head to downtown Fort Myers for professional theater productions at the historic Arcade Theatre, home of the Florida Repertory Theatre. No matter where you spend your evenings in the Bonita Springs area, they are bound to be filled with something out of the ordinary to send you home with sand-dusted, star-struck memories. Dining Poised between the sea and the fertile lands of the farming community of Immokalee, Bonita Springs’ restaurants serve the freshest possible fish, shellfish, fruit, vegetables and herbs. Early settlers were the first to take advantage of Bonita’s year-round Balmy climate, growing oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes and other field crops. Their legacy survives as a local appreciation for juicy goodness. At the same time, Bonita Beach grew as a fishing village, where bountiful snapper, grouper, redfish, mackerel and other tasty catches fed the villagers. Neighboring Fort Myers Beach became one of Florida’s premier shrimping ports. Its pink shrimp is still widely acclaimed as the sweetest in the world. With all that fresh-plucked bounty in its pantry, Bonita Springs and the surrounding region developed a local cuisine suited to the joy of pure flavors and simple pleasures. Local culinary styles still tend to allow the natural essence of homegrown products to shine through, but as the area developed as a culinary trendsetter and ethnic melting pot, restaurants began incorporating cooking methods and ingredients from other tropical climates, as well as those from classic kitchens around the world. Naples set a standard for fine dining in the 1990s when it reinvented its downtown as a fashionable setting for sidewalk supping and bistro bravado. Since then, the culinary contagion has spread to Bonita Springs, which has seen an explosion of fine dining venues and casual cafés, most recently at the new Coconut Point shopping and residential community. Local eateries run the gamut from barefoot burger joints and Old Florida fish houses to elegant steakhouses and cutting-edge restaurants with a Pacific Rim orientation. You’re likely to find Caribbean jerk chicken, Hawaiian opakapaka (fish), Persian lamb kabobs, Japanese-American fusion sushi, authentic Mexican tamales, French foie gras, homemade pasta or other international delights. All this can now be classified as Gulf Coast cuisine, so well have the diverse ingredients and methods blended. Yet certain dishes reign as iconic in this land of salty sea and tangy terrain. For one, the grouper sandwich is a must-try for all visitors to the area. Traditionally, it comes crispy fried, its tender flaky white meat captured at utmost succulence with light batter and a flash encounter in the deep fryer. Slather on some homemade tartar sauce, capture it in a bun, and you have the epitome of seafood à la Gulf Coast Florida. Cajun influences have produced a popular variation on the theme; namely, blackened grouper sandwich, packing a bit more fire than the original. Fort Myers Beach’s pink shrimp, known merely as “Gulf shrimp,” appears on practically every menu. Blue crabs, oysters, scallops and rock shrimp also abound, but the most cherished crustacean of all wears an armor-hard shell and is aptly named the stone crab. Originally discovered in the nearby waters of the Everglades, it comes freshest from local markets only during the weeks between October 15 and May 15. That’s when locals get elbow deep in crab claws. They like them cold and dipped in tangy mustard sauce or hot with drawn butter. Another sweet product in our bounty, the Key lime pie stands among the most hailed of local desserts. Made from the juice of the Ping-Pong ball-sized Key lime, it twists the tongue in sweet-sour delight. Don’t Be surprised when your wedge looks pale yellow; it only means it’s the real thing. Key limes are much lighter in color than their larger, greener cousins, and they have a more pungent flavor. Chefs may add whipped cream, meringue, berries, almond crust and all sorts of variations to the classic, which is simply a graham cracker crust with a filling made of lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Mangos, farmed locally, are growing in fame along the coast and star in a variety of treats during their summer season—from mango daiquiris to mango-glazed pork and hot mango cobblers. Our warm winters and steamy summers allow local farmers to grow everything from blueberries and sweet corn to avocados and guava. Shop produce stands and gourmet stores for a delightful selection of jams, chutneys, sauces, seasonings, packed-to-travel seafood, citrus, cheesecakes, pies and more regional delicacies. There’s no better way to relive the exotic offerings of the Gulf Coast table. Sports Our playground is year-round and the variety of sports and recreation you will find is equally boundless. Go by land, go by sea or take to the clouds. Not even the sky is the limit here! Golf. Recognized as the Golf Capital of the World, the Bonita Springs-Naples Coast claims the second most golf holes per capita in the United States. This lofty reputation begins here at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, home to Raptor Bay Golf Club and its 18-hole nature-sensitive course, designed by golf legend Raymond Floyd and certified for environmental soundness by Audubon International. Just for fun, try chipping into the floating golf hole in the lagoon outside Tarpon Bay restaurant. Beyond the resort, you have your pick of public and semiprivate golf courses in all shades of challenge and gamesmanship. There are even a couple of miniature golf courses nearby for putting a round with the family. Naples is home to several golf schools and any number of golf shops and pro shops. It was among the first in Florida to build a golf resort, and today local resorts boast some of the finest and most scenic courses. Tenis. Resort guests have access to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa’s two lighted tennis courts with stateof- the-art, all-weather HydroGrid design. Biking. Pick up your two-wheel steed from the resort and head out for adventure. Some of the most popular rides include the roads around the resort, the 3-mile bike path along Bonita Beach (which connects to the Vanderbilt Beach path), the 5.5-mile mountain bike trail at Collier-Seminole State Park through cabbage palm hammock and, for the hardy, the 12-mile (one-way) W.J. Janes Scenic Drive through Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Hiking. To explore nature on foot, check with the concierge at the resort for local ecotours and excursions. To set off on your own, head to the trails at nearby Barefoot Beach Preserve, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Down in Everglades territory, you can hike at Collier-Seminole State Park and at Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Experienced hikers can find challenge along Big Cypress National Preserve’s trails, which connect to the statewide Florida Trail. To the north, try hoofing it at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, both on Sanibel Island, or Six Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers. Running. Many elect the beach for their early morning jogs, but some of the area’s parks have running and fitness trails. Local bike paths are also a good place to run. Swimming. The 25-yard Lawn Lap Pool at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa affords a place for workout routines and a whirlpool spa for relaxing afterWard. Verandah Pool, an adult lap pool with adjacent hot tub and steam and sauna facilities, is available to resort guests at Hyatt Coconut Plantation Vacation Club. For pure fun, hit the resort’s 5,000-squarefoot Adventure Pool, with its 140-foot-long corkscrew slide, and the Waterfall Pool, surrounded by spacious sun decks. Ride the trolley to the Vacation Club and enjoy Alligator Alley Pool, a 1,000-foot lazy river; Tropical Pool, a free-form pool with zero entry and underwater seating; and Manatee Springs, a zero-entry toddlers pool. (During busy holiday weekends, use of Vacation Club pools may be restricted to set times.) For another splashy family experience, visit the new Sun-n-Fun Lagoon water park at North Collier Regional Park. Head to the resort’s private Big Hickory Island Beach Park, or any of several nearby beaches, for a plunge into warm seawater. Kayaking. The recreation department at the resort rents kayaks for paddling in Estero Bay and along the 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway trail. They also customize guided paddling tours to your family’s or group’s needs. Wilderness kayakers take to the 98-mile Wilderness Waterway in Everglades National Park. Fishing. All Water Excursions (AWE) departs from the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for public and private deepwater fishing, backwater excursions and fly-fishing charters. For landlubbers, the Naples Pier and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park offer some of the finest fromshore fishing in the immediate area. Boating. Local boating excursions specialize in shelling, fishing, sightseeing, sunset cruising, ecotours, lunch and dinner excursions, luxury yachting and just plain partying. The AWE team at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa can arrange any or all of these pleasures. If you prefer to captain your own adventure, ask about boat rentals. Airboating is a popular mode of getting around the Everglades. Check with the concierge for recommendations on a guided airboat tour. Swamp Buggies . Another peculiar mode of local transport, big-tired swamp buggies are perfect for staying dry in wet places. Tours depart from the Everglades City area. Sailing. For a more romantic, leisurely way to reach your destination—whether it’s the beach, into the sunset or nowhere in particular—the staff at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa can arrange a sailing charter to suit your whims. Windsurfing. Windsurfers typically head to the causeway leading to Sanibel Island, where breezes are steady. A concessionaire provides equipment and lessons for both windsurfing and kitesurfing. Parasailing. Ask the concierge about parasailing outfitters and get ready to soar. Ice-Skating. Germain Arena in nearby Estero, home of the Everblades professional ice hockey team, invites the public to use its indoor ice rink. Rentals and classes are available. Skateboarding. In-line skaters and skateboarders love the ramps and halfPipes at the skate park next to Bonita Springs Recreation Center and the ones at East Naples Community Park and Edge Skate Park in Naples. Shopping Shop on the sunny side, where fashions reflect easy-going and sophisticated lifestyles; where home décor takes a tropical turn, and gifts are inspired by seashells, pelicans, palm trees and hibiscus blossoms. Local shops and boutiques can be just as European as they can be Floridacentered. Shopping in Bonita Springs and Naples leaves no die-hard, buy-hard stone unturned. Art connoisseurs come here for fine art—from old Masters and African wildlife paintings to contemporary glass sculpture and pure whimsy. Most of the art galleries are concentrated in downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue South and along “Gallery Row” at Third Street South, but you will find delightful galleries scattered throughout the region. Another specialty sparkles and shines from windows along Tamiami Trail and in all the major shopping arenas: Those with an eye for precious metals and gems will find such stunning treasures as 18th-century royal jewels, antique Art Deco brooches, custom “Naples medallion” jewelry, fine Swiss watches, Native American turquoise, exquisite gold-plated sand dollar charms, silver sea horse earrings, and an entire range of fine and costume jewelry. Others find treasures at local antique stores that carry everything from historic china and retro golf clubs to Asian sculpture and European furnishings. Naples’ consignment shops provide another source for the value hunter. Because of the town’s affluent, transient population, the shops are stuffed with barely used designer clothing, furnishings and accessories at half the original price or better. For more bargain hunting, hit the flea markets in Bonita Springs and Naples. Miromar Outlets, minutes from the resort, sells name-brand clothing and other items at factory-outlet prices. Look for the International Design Center nearby for fine home decorating accessories and art. The region boasts a full menu of shopping centers and malls. A short drive from the resort, Coconut Point has become a vital open-air center for shopping, dining and entertainment. Bonita Springs clusters shops and restaurants under the name of The Promenade, a Mediterranean-designed, open-air center of winding sidewalks, fountains and upscale retailers. Thanks to friendly climates, most of the area’s shopping centers are outdoors, where shoppers can enjoy the breezes and sunshine. Many, such as Naples’ Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay, combine natural and man-made architectural elements in their design. Fountains shoot water into the air and palm trees wave behind dramatic columns, gazebos and bridges in this maze of name-brand clothing, jewelry and home goods stores. Gulf Coast Town Center, off Interstate 75, features a Bass Pro Shops. Feel as though you’ve been whisked off to Italy at The Village of Venetian Bay, where Italian facades hug the waterway with such realism you might expect a gondola to round the corner any minute. Minstrels enhance the festive atmosphere on certain days, and outdoor cafés contribute to its European air. Once an old tin-roofed dock, Tin City, in downtown Naples, retains that salty flavor In its style. Its 30 shops and restaurants are casual and affordable. Come here for T-shirts, inexpensive souvenirs and fresh seafood. Tin City lies one block off fabled Fifth Avenue South, the Rodeo Drive of Naples. It steps lively around the clock. By day, shoppers walk in search of oneof- a-kind gifts, jewelry, art and casual fashions. Nightfall brings a well-heeled, well-dressed crowd of diners, theatergoers and club crawlers drawn by the lights, music and stylish atmosphere. Third Street South and The Plaza shopping district claims its own charm and inimitable style. Street sculptures, historic buildings and bougainvillea line the main thoroughfare. Island music and laughter accompany lunch alfresco. Irresistible aromas waft through the street, where shoppers find exclusive designer clothing, distinctive home accessories and the finest in art, antiques and jewelry. Third Street South also boasts the world’s first shopping concierge, on hand to dole out buying advice, hold your packages or have them delivered to your room at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. When the midday heat of summer hits, Coastland Mall, with its tasteful, air-conditioned ambience, ensures you don’t have to put an end to your shopping trip. Its 150 outlets include all the major chains, plus a few one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops. Real Estate Like sand in your shoes, a love for Southwest Florida can easily sift into your psyche. It happens all the time to the innocent vacationer: a one-week fling turns into a lifetime commitment. When you decide you don’t want to leave this place, it’s time to cancel the newspaper back home and find yourself a real estate agent. Drive around the vast variety of neighborhoods in the region to get a feel for what would work best for you. Do you yearn for a door that leads directly to the beach? Or does your passion for golf mean you’ll be choosing from the area’s golf developments? If you’re looking for a second home, perhaps a condominium is the answer to worry-free ownership. If you have children, proximity to a school and playgrounds will dictate your decision. Do you prefer island isolation or living in the thick of downtown activity? Looking for a rambling estate or a cozy cottage? Homes and condominiums in Southwest Florida come in all sizes and configurations. You’ll notice some differences, however, between our domiciles and those you may find up north. For one thing, emphasis is on the outdoors, where we like to spend most of our time. That means favoritism toward lanais, sunny Florida rooms, screened pool enclosures, garden picnic areas and lots of windows to let the outside in when we can’t go out. Décor tends to reflect the sea, flora, fauna and sunshine we live amidst. Soft pastels, bamboo, bright tropical hues, palm fronds, fish, shells and bougainvillea blossoms inspire our inner spaces. When you live in Southwest Florida, you absorb the environment. The transformation happens gradually, but before you know it, you too will be a naturalized Southwest Floridian loving your new home. A resident of Sanibel Island, Chelle Koster Walton writes about tropical destinations for The Miami Herald, Away.com, various cruise publications, and other print and electronic media.
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