By Chelle Walton
From the Tampa Bay zone to Naples and the Everglades, this consultant covers all of Florida's coastal towns, cities, nature preserves, barren region parts, and seashores at the state's western shore. details on watersports is given, plus information on eco-treks into gator territory, scorching air balloon rides, airboat tours, cycling trails, biking routes and old strolling excursions.
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137 Events 139 Cape Coral/North Fort Myers 140 Basics 140 Sights & Attractions 140 Fishing & Boating 141 Hiking & Biking 142 Other Land Sports 142 Where To Eat 142 Where To Stay 143 Page ix Pine Island & Out-Islands 143 Basics 144 Sights & Attractions 144 Fishing & Boating 145 Hiking & Biking 147 Where To Eat 147 Where To Stay 148 Camping 148 Fort Myers 149 Basics 149 Downtown Sights & Attractions 149 Outlying Sights & Attractions 151 Fishing & Boating 151 Snorkeling & Diving 152 Hiking & Biking 152 Other Adventures 153 Where To Eat 153 Where To Stay 154 Sanibel & Captiva Islands 155 Basics 155 Sanibel Sights & Attractions 156 Captiva Sights & Attractions 158 Fishing & Boating 158 Snorkeling & Scuba 160 Hiking & Biking 160 Shelling 161 Where To Eat 161 Where To Stay 162 Shopping 163 Fort Myers Beach 164 Basics 164 Sights & Attractions 165 Fishing & Boating 165 Other Water Sports 166 Hiking & Biking 167 Other Adventures 167 Where To Eat 167 Where To Stay 168 Nightlife 168 San Carlos Park/Estero 168 Basics 169 Sights & Attractions 169 Page x Fishing & Boating 169 Where To Eat 169 Camping 170 Bonita Springs/Bonita Beach 170 Basics 170 Sights & Attractions 171 Fishing & Boating 172 Hiking & Biking 172 Where To Eat 173 Where To Stay 173 South Coast & Everglades 175 Transportation, Etc.
Many of the parks provide recreational opportunities that allow families to play while immersing themselves in nature. If you plan on exploring the parks to any extent, consider purchasing an annual family pass for $80 ($40 for individuals). Endangered/Threatened Species Florida is home to more than 100 fragile species. Almost 40 of these are listed on the US Fish and Wildlife Service list of endangered and threatened animals. Those found in West Florida include the Florida panther, West Indian manatee, wood stork, bald eagle, red-cockaded woodpecker, Florida scrub jay, roseate tern, American crocodile, Atlantic loggerhead turtle, Eastern indigo snake, and sand skink.
In some places, youll find huge cruise ships or showboats with dinner, shows, gambling, and dancing. Prices vary greatly. Several options are given in every chapter. In the Everglades and other shallow water areas, air boat tours make it easiest to get around. Tours cost about $10-$15 per person. Reservations are usually required for charters and tours. Powerboat rentals will cost you anywhere from $50 to $250 for a half-day, which amounts to four hours, either morning or afternoon. Daily rates usually cover eight hours.
Adventure Guide to Florida's West Coast (Hunter Travel Guides) by Chelle Walton