Enjoy the Water: Boating

boating.jpgIt’s a great time to be a Southwest Florida resident, especially if you enjoy boating!  The water is clear, the sun is shining and the fish are biting.  Many of our providers spend their weekends captaining their own boats or enjoying the benefits of one of the many boat clubs in the area.  Regardless of living in Naples, Fort Myers or north to Port Charlotte, boat clubs line the gulf coast.  Please click on the following links to visit the boat club websites.

Freedom Boat Club

Southwest Florida Yacht Club

The Boat Clubs of Florida

Carefree Boat Club

Baywater Exclusive

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 http://calusablueway.com/  

The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is a 190-mile marked canoe and kayak trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida.

Colleges and Universities

Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Fort Myers,  is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Edison State College, has campuses in Fort Myers, Naples, Punta Gorda and LaBelle and offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Baccalaureate degrees, as well as various certificate programs.

Hodges University, located in Naples, offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s programs in the fields of health, business, professional studies and technology.

Edison & Ford Estates

Fort_Myers_FL_Murphy-Burroughs_House01Rich in history and culture, Southwest Florida was also the winter home to two of the most famous men in US history.  The beautiful winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are located near downtown Fort Myers and are open to the public for tours.  While visiting the Edison & Ford Estates, you will enjoy seeing the historical buildings, including both homes as well as Thomas Edison’s laboratory and the Ford and Edison museum.  The 20 acres of grounds also boasts beautiful botanical gardens that include over 1700 varieties of plants and trees.

Biking

Thanks to our sunny and warm climate, Southwest Florida is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors on two wheels.  Rather you prefer motorized or non-motorized bikes, you’re sure to find other biking enthusiasts to spend time with.

Bike Night Ft MyersFor you Harley guys and girls, both Fort Myers and neighboring Cape Coral host “Bike Night” which always produce a huge turnout.  Bike Nights are a way for area bikers to showcase their tricked out rides, meet up with friends, make new friends and enjoy food, drink and live music.

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If exercise and a Bianchi are your passion, Southwest Florida has a very active cycling community and there are a number of cycling clubs that you can get involved in.  The Caloosa Riders welcome new members of all ages to join them for weekly rides as well as charity fundraisers.  Naples Velo Community is the longest running bicycle club in Southwest Florida.  Southwest Bicycles Cycling Club was  designed as a more casual, recreational club and offers a variety of rides to accommodate all riding styles.

Play Ball! JetBlue Park

Jetblue parkSports fans will undoubtedly make it a priority to catch a game at JetBlue Park, which is touted as “Fenway South”, and is the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.  Having opened in March of 2012, JetBlue Park was modeled after the Red Sox northern home, Fenway Park and shares many of the same characteristics, including a “Green Monster” and a manual scoreboard. True Red Sox fans will appreciate their acknowledgement to tradition by playing “Sweet Caroline” during the 8th inning stretch and “Dirt Water” following a win.

In addition to the main field, JetBlue Park also contains six full size practice fields as well as a large agility field.  Only the agility field is off limits to the public.

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Naples

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Founded in the late 1880s, Naples is located off of Hwy 41, between Fort Myers and Miami.  Naples is home to Everglades National Park as well as Big Cypress National Reserve and several other major land reserves.  Downtown Naples is known for its many art galleries, antique shops, fine dining and high end shopping.  Naples beach is over 10 miles long  and is noted for its cleanliness and pristine white sand.

Fort Myers

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Established in 1886, Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Southwest Florida.  Fort Myers was built along the Caloosahatchee River as one of the first bases of operations during the Seminole Indian Wars. Fort Myers was named in honor of Colonel Abraham C. Myers, the son-in-law of the commander of Fort Brooke in Tampa.

Bonita Springs

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Just north of Naples, Bonita Springs is the preferred residential locale of several of our providers.  A local hot spot for all things water and relaxation, Bonita offers miles of pristine beaches, shopping and very diverse dining options, sure to please any palate.  The city is located on both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  Bonita Beach is located on a road-accessible, Little Hickory Island, that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. The Imperial River flows through the downtown district of the city and empties out into Estero Bay.

Hammond Stadium: Year-round Baseball

Hammond Stadium

Hammond Stadium, located in South Fort Myers, is home of the Fort Myers Miracle and spring training facility for the Minnesota Twins baseball team.  The stadium is named in honor of retired Lee County Deputy Administrator, William H. Hammond, Jr., who was instrumental in getting the Lee County Sports complex built to draw the Twins from their previous Spring home, Orlando, Florida.