Southwest Florida includes the Lee Island Coast with the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches to the natural Everglades to Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Keys

Includes Monroe, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Glades, Charlotte Counties

Southwest Florida Region Map
Upcoming Events in this Region

October 25 - 27, 2019

Location: Naples, Florida

The annual Stonecrab Festival is a weekend of food and fun starring of course, the stone crab. It’s also your chance to explore the beautiful Naples waterfront with activities on land and by water in and around Bayfront, Port of Naples Marina, Tin City and Naples Transportation and Tours General Store/Heritage Museum.

November 22 - December 1, 2019

Location: Wyndham Garden
8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Featuring 10 days of master sand sculptors competing on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world plus family fun and activities. 

November 29 - December 23, 26 - 30, 2019, January 1 - 5, 2020

Location: Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida

Visit the botanical gardens during the holidays for a special experience unlike any other. The natural beauty of the garden is enhanced by amazing lighting designs and live performances from Opera Naples and the Naples Ballet.

December 6, 2019

Location: Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Florida

Kick off the Christmas season with your local community here at Naples' tree lighting. Local choirs, bands, and other groups are there to provide entertainment.

December 6 - 8, 2019

Location: Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, Florida

You support both local creators and the arts as a whole when you buy your Christmas essentials at this Christmas Market. You'll find everything from gifts and decorations to delicious holiday treats, all made by local artists. 

December 6 - 8, 2019

Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Florida

Come to the Festival of Trees to see all kinds of festive trees decorated by local businesses to raise money for Goodwill. Each day has its own individual events for you to enjoy.

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 6 pm

Location: Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles, Fort Myers, Florida

Enjoy this parade of over 30 decorated boats on the shore, or you can enjoy it from one of the many restaurants and other locals along the bay.

December 7, 2019

Location: Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral, Florida

Kick off the holiday season at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Come for family friendly rides, live music on 4 stages, 3 food courts of festival foods, and an official tree lighting.

December 7, 2019

Location: Golden Gate Community Center, Naples, Florida

One of the area's biggest events of the year, come for a day of family fun and festive activities. Featuring tons of real snow you can play in!

December 7, 2019

Location: Founder's Square, Babcock Ranch, Florida

Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony that comes with live music and delicious food and drinks. You can also take advantage of photo opportunities with the Whispering Pines Clydesdale horses and Santa Claus!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Location: Imperial River, Bonita Springs, Florida

One of Southwest Florida's best boat parades, this event lights up the imperial river to celebrate the holiday season!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Location: Naples Canals, Florida

Gather around the Naples canals for a Christmas experience that could only happen here in Naples!

December 21, 2019

Location: Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral, Florida

Come to Four Freedoms Park to watch this festive boat parade and to enjoy food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus!

January 11 - 12, 2020

Location: Cape Coral, Florida

This festival has been serving as the top cultural festival for Lee county since its conception in 1985. Here you can listen to music to music from all different genres and be immersed in a world of art.

Residing in South Florida, Estero Bay Preserve State Park offers plenty of activities for those seeking something new and natural. Venture into the preserve either through the entrance at Winkler Point, Fort Meyers, or Estero River Scrub entrance. Hiking, cycling, and boating are some of the many things you can do to trek and explore this preserve with over 10,000 acres of natural land. 

A former site of a massive logging operation is now the largest state park in Florida, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and it is located in Copeland Florida. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park curates an abundant amount of animal and plant species that can not be found anywhere else in the United States. The beauty of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park are the divisions within the park. It is divided into four areas, Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, East River, Jones Grade Lakes, and Jane's Memorial Scenic Drive. Along with the four main sections of the park it has a hiking trail and a biking trail as well. Once you take a walk within the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, you get led into the heart of the largest royal palm and bald cypress swamp in the world, making Fakahatchee State Park a park like no other. 

Gasparilla Island State Park offers guests many activities, including snorkeling, swimming, shelling, and nature-watching. The star of the park is the restored Port Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890. 

Lying in Southwest Florida, Koreshan Park takes you back to a simpler life chosen by the Koreshans, a pioneer group in the late 1800's. The park offers traditional outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, boating, and hiking. You can spend your time touring the Koreshan settlement, tracking through the peaceful bamboo trails, or geo-seeking for unique finds. If you get hungry on your journey, the park offers cooked-from-scratch samples of the food Korehsans ate during their time on the banks of the Estero River. 

Lovers Key State Park has been donated to the people of Florida for its beautiful beaches and mangrove forests and is located in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The canals and lagoons are home to manatees, dolphins, and shorebirds. Lovers Key State Park, just like its name, is a romantic destination and perfect for beachside weddings. This gorgeous state park is perfect for a kayak ride along serene waters or enjoying the views from the sandy shore. 

Mound Key Archeological Park is situated in a forest of mangrove trees only accessible by watercraft from Lovers Key State Park or Koreshan State Park. The site is known for shell mounds built by the Calusa Native Americans which can reach more than 30ft high.

NAS Whiting Field is a U.S. Navy base in the town of Milton, Florida. Consisting of two separate airfields, one for training fixed wing aviators and the other for training rotary wing aviators, they are joined together by a common support area. Most future Navy aviators train at NAS Whiting Field as they pursue becoming fully qualified pilots. The NAS Whiting Field website states its mission is “to produce the military’s best trained Aviation Warfighter.”

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Ada's Greenleaf Grill in Fort Myers is an organic restaurant with vegan options. There is also an organic juice and coffee bar on location. Come checkout this great restaurant!

Ahana's Bombay Grille serves healthy Indian food with a few vegan and vegetarian options. A bistro style restaurant with food cooked fresh daily. 

Bahia Bowls Açaí Cafe is an açaí cafe with healthy, fresh food options. Vegan and vegetarian friendly with dishes for everyone. 

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte has provided over 80 years of health care services for the people in the Southwest region of Florida. Bayfront's staff are highly-trained physicians that provide care in over 25 specialties. Their top of the line technology makes it one of the only hospitals in the area with a New Vision medical stabilization program for people with drug, alcohol, and health-related issues.

Go taste a bit of Korean culture at this food truck. You won't regret it!

Cafe Nutrients is a plant based restaurant offering a variety of dishes. Organic health cafe with great vegan choices. 

Canine Cove has different sections for large and small dogs. It also has great amenities such as picnic tables, benches, and dog fountains. All fun for the whole family!

This hospital's origins can be traced back to 1916 when a group of community leaders set aside $300 and donated lumber from the dismantles courthouse to build the first hospital in Fort Myers.

Charlotte County seeks to provide safe and well maintained, fully accessible parks, athletic fields, beaches, playgrounds, boat ramps, and fishing piers. 

Natural foods selection that is vegan friendly. Plenty of protein choices to choose from to go with the great entrees available. 

More than 100 stores make up this great shopping destination. Kids will find lots of enjoyment from the carousel and the fun events held throughout the year while adults enjoy browsing the stores and the huge variety of dining options.

A mix of dining, shopping, salons, kids entertainment, and more make this outdoor mall the perfect destination for anyone looking for a good time. Catch a movie at the Regal's Hollywood Theaters after your grand day of shopping for even more fun.

Collier County offers unique options for physical recreation, beachside enjoyment, and community driven activities for all comers. Enjoy all these draws as well as the extensive array of sports programs and see what makes Collier so special.

Congo River Golf has 8 different locations in the state of Florida and it's so much fun here! The mini golf course is perfect for those with little kids, as well as the gemstone mining feature that sits on the grounds. But what makes this place so unique is the fact that there are live alligators here to pet and feed. Only the baby alligators can be held and pet but the bigger ones are more interesting to watch when they eat. So find a location near you to check this cool experience!

Key West's natural foods market and organic cafe. Serving vegan and vegetarian options, as well as some gluten-free meals. 

Delicious Raw is a unique juice bar with healthy raw options. Vegan and vegetarian friendly!

DePoo Hospital's goal is to unite families, friends, and neighbors by showing them the value that DePoo Hospital provides to them. As the community's only hospital, DePoo plays a critical role in Key West.

Duck Donuts has three locations in Florida and a Jacksonville location on its way. Duck Donuts offers donuts, coffee, sandwiches, and sundaes. Made to order donuts are available and speciality donuts.

Edison Mall is one of Southwest Florida's best shopping destinations. It has over 150 stores and restaurants including most of the classic mall stores and so much more. Events held throughout the year will always keep you coming back for me.

Escape Rooms Unlocked has three locations along Charlotte and Sarasota County. They offer seven different escape rooms. That's a whole lot of puzzles! Try to crack their codes and solve the mysteries behind each unique story line and room design. Invite friends and family to join your for a memorable experience, or get paired with strangers for an exciting way to meet new people. For larger parties or group events, Escape Rooms Unlocked has a portable escape room that they can bring to you! Check out their website and plan your next experience.

Gilded Grape has been offering fine wines for over 15 years and has events that you can either attend or host yourself, like Karaoke nights at the winery. They also have full tours of the facility and distillery.

Come enjoy outdoor activities in one of Florida’s most essential symbols: the Everglades. Glades county offers 40 miles of Lake Okeechobee trailheads, as well as 60 miles of Caloosahatchee and 52 miles of canoeing trails on Fisheating Creek. High school football is also huge in the city of Moorehaven, as well as recreational squash and tennis.

Complete fishing guide service docked at Port O Call Marina in beautiful downtown Naples, Florida. We run Fishing Charters out of Naples and Marco Island and offer half day, 6 hour or full day trips.

Green Cup Café in Fort Myers offers quality food for customers and a laid-back environment. There are vegan, gluten-free, and paleo menu options available. Green Cup Café has smoothies, made-to-order salads and wraps, vegan ice cream and more.

You'll find a little bit of everything at this fun outdoor shopping center. Stores containing everything from clothes to electronics, great dining, and tons of entertainment: it's all here. Don't forget to catch a movie at the Regal Cinemas movie theater.

Hangar 41 Winery & Brew Shop is much more than a winery. It helps those who want to get into the wine and beer making business by selling supplies. Since it is a winery and brewery, there are a lot of options for customers to enjoy.

Soul food on wheels! They serve mac n' cheese, fried chicken, brisket, ribs and more.

Hendry County offers a wide number of options for down to earth entertainment. The Big Cypress Indian Reservation is host to historic museums and recreation, a large number of festivals offer annual events of many varieties, and the town of Clewiston is host to a large number of parks and sport activities. Look out for the Hendry Athletic Complex as well.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium is located in Fort Myers, Florida.  A day of hands-on activities will keep everyone entertained.  Live Animal Encounter, Virtual Reality, "Sea to See" touch tank, Stingray feeding, Theater-in-the-tank along with other aquarium exhibits, science stations, and much more. 

A British inspired all day breakfast and lunch cafe with vegan and vegetarian options available. Laid back in a casual pond-enhanced setting.

John R Wood, Island Real Estate Inc. serves the Southwest Florida area. The John R. Wood network extends across all of Southwest Florida including Sanibel Island, so you are certain to have access to our expertise no matter which area you choose. Our Sanibel realtors are well acquainted with Sanibel Island real estate because they are also residents of Sanibel. Because we share the Sanibel and Captiva Island lifestyle, we are uniquely equipped to help you find your perfect Sanibel home.

Lee County boasts a number of diverse locations for park goers to enjoy the great outdoors. Visit a number of Preserves, watch or play a game of baseball, and later cool off at a Swimming Pool.

This is an organic cafe with healthy food dishes for everyone. Delicious plant-based vegan options and vegetarian friendly.

The Local Roots Farmers Market is located in Bonita Springs and is open October through April from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m on Saturdays. This farmers market, along with 7 other markets, is run by Local Roots LLC. Fresh fruit, flowers, baked goods, veggies, and seafood are some of the things available at the Local Roots Farmers Market.

Loving Hut is an Asian inspired vegan cuisine restaurant dedicated to health, compassion, and sustaining the planet. They have several locations in Florida and are always growing!

Mercato is the perfect center for entertainment and shopping in Naples. It is an open air market where you can find everything you're looking for. In addition to all the great shopping and dining you will also find a Silverspot Cinema.

This scenic and ocean based area of Florida features 22 parks and beaches that comprise more than 100 acres from Stock Key to Key Largo. Beautiful beaches and a taste of historic Florida make Monroe County a great travel destination.

Within walking distance from downtown, this dog park features many amenities. It has two off-leash areas for larger and smaller dogs as well as shade and benches.

Starting off as one of the first food trucks in the area, Organically Twisted is now a fun organic restaurant with a lot of great Vegan options. They are constantly evolving their menus but keeping the same great organic ingredients. 

The Pine Island Chamber works to support and promote the many businesses of Pine Island while being a place where tourists and locals can find information on the businesses and happenings taking place on the island.

The oldest structure on the island, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is a 1890s lighthouse on Gasparilla Island.

Port of Key West offers deepwater port activities of Cruise Ships and Navy vessels and includes cruise berths at Mallory Square, the Navy’s Outer Mole Pier, and the privately owned Pier B at the Weston Resort and is one of the nations busiest ferry port. 

The Punta Gorda Downtown Farmers Market is an award-winning farmers market in Punta Gorda. The market holds the title of the best small market in Florida and ranks 15th in the United States. The market is open from October through April from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m and May through September from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

Originally known as the Downtown Farmers Market, the River District Farmers Market is located in Fort Myers and is known for its local foods, craft-made items, and baked goods. The market is open every Thursday year-round, from 7:00 a.m until 1:00 p.m.

Shop for books and so much more while you browse the shop presided over by bookstore cat Kitty-Wan Kenobi. Tons of events make this a great part of the community.

The Sprouts farmers market is a nice sized store with just about any kind of grocery you may want or need. It's well organized and the employees are sweet to all of their customers! Be sure to check out the bulk section to choose your own nuts and grains. There are some yummy finds here including toffee coated peanuts. 

A create your own Asian stir fry restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options available. Enjoy your fresh Asian cuisine in an energetic atmosphere. 

This is a health focused cafe with delicious food options that are organic and 100% vegan. It was founded to educate people of proper nutrition and diet. 

The Surfside sunshine market is located in Cape Coral and is open all year round from 1:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. The market offers local veggies, baked goods, fruits, and more. There is free parking available and friendly, well-behaved pets are welcome.

A fun twist on BYOB: Build Your Own Bowl! Delicious healthy food with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. 

Exceptional shopping and fine dining make up the The Bell Tower Shops, an outdoor shopping center in Fort Myers. Come for the upscale shopping, return for the events throughout the year and the various dining options.

The Cafe is a mostly vegetarian restaurant made with fresh ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free options available as well. 

Enjoy the best of Florida here at The Village Shops On Venetian Bay, where you will find lots of shopping and dining options right on the water. This open air shopping center is about more than just getting your shopping done. Here you get a wonderful experience in the ideal Florida destination too.

The Third Street South farmers market is located in Naples and runs year-round on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m. More than 50 vendors come out each weekend to sell their products and connect with citizens and tourists.  

True Food Kitchen is a health driven restaurant with dishes for everyone. Vegan options available and vegetarian friendly. 

Turtle Time, Inc was established in 1989 in the state of Florida as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the recovery, conservation, state-permitted monitoring of sea turtles in the Fort Myers Beach to the Lee-Collier County line.

Vegan Kitchen is locally owned and 100% vegan. The healthy and unique meals are inspired by Asian cuisine. 

Naples' Waterside Shops is a peaceful place to get all your shopping done in a peaceful environment. Here you will find great amenities and food options to make your shopping day as enjoyable as possible. 

Known as NBC-2 on air, WBBH-TV is a NBC affiliated television station licensed to Fort Myers, Florida.

WFTX-TV is a Fox-affiliated television station serving Fort Myers and Naples, Florida.

This station is owned by Florida Gulf Coast University and is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) -member television station. It is licensed to Fort Myers, Florida.

A CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Fort Myers, Florida, United States and also serving Naples and Cape Coral.

WRXY-TV is a Christian owned-and-operated television station serving Fort Myers and Naples, Florida that is licensed to Tice. 

WXCW-TV is a CW-affiliated television station serving Fort Myers, Florida that is licensed to Naples, Florida.

WZVN-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station serving Fort Myers, Florida that is licensed to Naples.