Nature & Wildlife

What earns Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades its Paradise Coast nickname are the estuaries, mangroves, cypress swamps, forests and beaches that are home to dolphins, birds, black bears, manatees and other wildlife. You never know what you may see when you explore the Paradise Coast’s natural side.

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    Christopher B. Smith Preserve at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

    The eight-acre Christopher B. Smith Preserve at Conservancy of Southwest Florida is an upland and scrub habitat.

  • Shelling on Naples & Marco Island Beaches
    Bring back more than a tan from your beach vacation on Florida's Paradise Coast. Join a shelling excursion and your souvenirs could include starfish, sand dollars and fighting conch shells. Florid... Read More >
    Top Beaches in Naples & Marco Island, Florida
    Naples and Marco Island beaches have climbed to the top of countless "top beaches" lists and won many prestigious awards, ranking consecutively on Dr. Beach’s list of the top 10 best b... Read More >
    Water Adventures in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
    The pursuit of water recreation along Florida's Paradise Coast can take you on an airboat ride through the Everglades, paddling among the Isles of Capri or parasailing off Vanderbilt Beach. You ca... Read More >
    More Than Your Average Fishing Trip
    Don’t call Mike Bailey a charter boat captain. If you do, he’s apt to correct you — gently. “I’m a native guide,” he says, sitting behind the wheel of his 25-foot c... Read More >
    How to Catch a Tripletail in 5 minutes
    The fishing trip was winding down when Captain Mike Bailey got an idea. “Let’s see if we can get us a tripletail before we head back,” he announced. “What’s a tripletail?... Read More >
  • Adventures in Paradise: Dolphin Explorer
    Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Join the team at the Dolphin Explorer and go on a boat tour to find and learn about the playful dolphins that call the waters around Florida's Paradise Coast their home. Learn more about how you can experience the Dolphin Explorer here: http://bit.ly/1GHbAqT
    Adventures in Paradise: Dolphin Explorer
    Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Join the team at the Dolphin Explorer and go on a boat tour to find and learn about the playful dolphins that call the waters around Florida's Paradise Coast t... - 3:28 Play
    Adventures in Paradise: Dolphin Explorer
    Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Join the team at the Dolphin Explorer and go on a boat tour to find and learn about the playful dolphins that call the waters around Florida's Paradise Coast their home. Learn more about how you can experience the Dolphin Explorer here: http://bit.ly/1GHbAqT
    Birds of Paradise
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    Birds of Paradise
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    Sea Turtle Conservation and Protection
    After 130 million years of existence, the future of these magnificent creatures depends on us. Join us as we go behind the scenes with The Conservancy of Southwest Florida to find out how their team t... - 4:30 Play
    Sea Turtle Conservation and Protection
    After 130 million years of existence, the future of these magnificent creatures depends on us. Join us as we go behind the scenes with The Conservancy of Southwest Florida to find out how their team tracks, conserves and protects the Sea Turtle population here on the Paradise Coast.
    Paradise Coast Artificial Reef
    The Reef Project funded entirely through grants and private donors, with no taxpayer funds, will have major impacts on Collier County’s ecology and economy. The recreational ecosystem will include 36 ... - 3:05 Play
    Paradise Coast Artificial Reef
    The Reef Project funded entirely through grants and private donors, with no taxpayer funds, will have major impacts on Collier County’s ecology and economy. The recreational ecosystem will include 36 artificial reefs, creating marine life habitats, increasing fish populations, and impacting the local fishing industry
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