Naples, Ft. Myers and Sarasota are all located on the southwest coast of Florida.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Naples is well known for its high-end shopping, beautiful golf courses, world-class culture and elegant dining. But Naples is also an affordable family destination that appeals to nature lovers and beach aficionados.
Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the focal points for Naples shopping in the historic downtown area, with numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops. When it comes time for lunch or drinks and dinner, enjoy your meal with a water view, whether you choose a swank Naples beachfront resort or one of the local bayside bars.
Fort Myers is the gateway to Southwest Florida and a major tourist destination.
Fort Myers is best known for its white sand beaches, fishing, shopping – and the opportunity to learn about two of the nation’s most famed inventors and business persons (i.e. Thomas Edison and Heny Ford). You and your family can experience natural wonders, hand out on top-notch Fort Myers beaches and treat yourselves to innumerable family-friendly attractions, restaurants and resorts in Fort Myers and surrounding areas along southwest Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast.
But don’t miss the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates. Back in 1916, Ford bought land in downtown Fort Myers, next door to Edison, his mentor. Now, both estates serve as museums that pay tribute. their founders and remind all of us about what they overcame and what they accomplished.
The abandoned city scene with the Edison Theatre, from the movie Day of the Dead (1985) was filmed in downtown Fort Myers.
Sarasota is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, connections to the Ringling family, Amish community, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. The city is located at the southern end of the Tampa Bay Area, north of Fort Myers and Punta Gorda.
Sarasota offers visitors a blend of culture and fine dining, circus thrills and pristine beaches, and a wide array of shopping opportunities. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota pays homage to the Ringlings, the family behind America’s most famous circus.
Check out the old costumes, wagons, and the world’s largest miniature circus. Art lovers can appreciate the largest collections of Rubens canvasses in the world right in Sarasota, plus works by Old Masters. You can also tour Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, a magnificent 56-room Venetian Gothic palace and the Ringlings’ old family home. Fine shopping is available throughout Sarasota, including St. Armand’s Circle close to the coast.
Sarasota is also a popular golf destination.