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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    Big Cypress National Preserve

    A great egret lands in Big Cypress National Preserve.

  • Stone Crab 101: When, Where & How to Eat Naples Stone Crab Claws
    Everglades City, located south of Naples and Marco Island at the gateway to the western Everglades, is the birthplace of the stone crab industry and the second-largest supplier of stone crab claws in ... Read More >
    Fishing and Boating Tips
    With such a vast system of estuaries, bays, creeks, flats, near-shore and offshore waters, and freshwater lakes and canals, it's knowing where to cast your line that can make all the difference. W... 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 >
    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 >
    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 >
  • 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.
    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.
    The Jewel of the Everglades
    A 6-minute video by Jay Staton and Patrick Higgins leads you through the Fakahatchee. As you explore the wonderland of the foliage and wildlife, Patrick’s narration gives a Naturalist’s overview of th... - 6:00 Play
    The Jewel of the Everglades
    A 6-minute video by Jay Staton and Patrick Higgins leads you through the Fakahatchee. As you explore the wonderland of the foliage and wildlife, Patrick’s narration gives a Naturalist’s overview of the Fakahatchee Preserve State Park vast landscapes.
    Big Cypress Gallery Swamp Walks
    Guided Swamp Walks Behind Big Cypress Gallery leaving every hour on the hour at Clyde's Annual Open Houses Labor Day Weekend and Presidents Day Weekend. October - March we offer Swamp Walks every Satu... - 1:29 Play
    Big Cypress Gallery Swamp Walks
    Guided Swamp Walks Behind Big Cypress Gallery leaving every hour on the hour at Clyde's Annual Open Houses Labor Day Weekend and Presidents Day Weekend. October - March we offer Swamp Walks every Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00 make your reservations at www.clydebutchersbigcypressgallery.com or you can call Big Cypress Gallery and schedule a private walk any day of the week up to 12 people (239) 695-2428. You will have a guide to lead you into the The Big Cypress Swamp behind the swamp cottage at the Big Cypress Gallery which is a mysterious and secretive environment. There are not many people who brave the difficult swamps and cypress strands in order to understand the beauty and peace found in more than a million acres of swamps and land located in the Everglades eco-system of South Florida. The natural world of Big Cypress Swamp is a richly diverse wilderness of subtropical flora and fauna found nowhere else in our country.
    Naples Botanical Garden Collier Greens Program
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Naples Botanical Garden’s Collier Greens program is a network that supports local school and community gardens. Co... - 5:19 Play
    Naples Botanical Garden Collier Greens Program
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Naples Botanical Garden’s Collier Greens program is a network that supports local school and community gardens. Collier Greens offers professional development opportunities; fosters dialog among school garden professionals; assists with garden development; and provides technical garden support, curriculum resources, and other materials from workshops. WHERE TO GO: Di's Dazzle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLGTZlq3HQ8 WHAT TO DO: Athletes in Paradise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6GgDzyYnyM WHERE TO DINE: Fin Bistro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJo8bPaxQOM
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