Top Reasons to Stay at Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort
The resort sits at the edge of a waterway that links to the Everglades, the Ten Thousand Islands, and picturesque bays along Florida's balmy southwest coast. Popular pursuits nearby include charter fishing, kayaking through mangrove tunnels, and riding airboats through the swamp.
Boaters can dock at the onsite marina, which also features houseboat rentals and manatee-watching tours. Sometimes you can spot gators and other swamp wildlife.
The intimate guest rooms are decorated in warm brown and gold tones and equipped with free WiFi and cable television. Some boast screened-in lanais that look out onto the waterfront.
Guests have access to an outdoor heated pool and a fitness center for low-key recreation.
Naples, Florida: Nature Retreat near the Everglades
Located along the southwest edge of Florida on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a small city set among wandering waterways and scenic estuaries. Everything in Naples seems impeccably clean, from the bleached sand of its 10-mile-long pristine beaches to the bathwater-warm water that’s as clear as glass. One of the prettiest spots is Naples Pier. This dock extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving plenty of room for a crowd of anglers to cast their lines for pompano, a plump silver fish that makes for good eating.
In nearby Everglades City, there's many tour opportunities to get outdoors. You can observe subtropical nature by touring the Everglades in a swamp buggy or air boat. A kayak tour of the Mangrove forest penetrates deep into the dense vegetation.
More than 80 championship golf courses are located throughout the Naples area, and the city bills itself as the Golf Capital of the World. It's a lofty claim, to be sure, but Naples has warm, tropical weather year-round and the second-most golf holes per capita in the country, according to World Golf.