The Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades is located at the southwestern tip of Florida's Gulf Coast. The area is easily accessible by highway or air, yet once you arrive, there is a distinct feeling of being away from it all in what is truly Florida's Last Paradise.
Main access to the area is via I-75, known as Alligator Alley in the section between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale. From I-75, six exits offer entry into the area. Exit 80 to SR 29 leads to Everglades City, Immokalee and Ave Maria. Exit 101 to SR 84 leads visitors to downtown Naples. (This is the best exit for visiting Fifth Avenue South, Third Street South, the Naples Pier and the many shops, galleries and restaurants in Old Naples.) Exit 101 is also the exit for Marco Island -- just follow Collier Boulevard (SR 951) westward to the island. Exit 105 leads to Naples and Golden Gate. Exit 107, Pine Ridge Road, leads you directly to U.S. 41. This is the best exit to reach Clam Pass Beach Park. Exit 111, Immokalee Road, leads to North Naples to the west and the National Audubon Society's renowned Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary just 17 miles east, as well as the towns of Ave Maria and Immokalee. Exit 116, Bonita Beach Road, offers access to Barefoot Beach Park and the growing number of shops and restaurants in North Naples.
The area can also be reached from Miami via U.S. 41, also known as the historic Tamiami Trail. This two-hour drive takes you through the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. There are numerous scenic stops along the way. Drivers passing at sunrise and sunset are often rewarded with stunningly beautiful imagery. Any time of the day you may also spot many species of birds and wildlife.
For the latest traffic information, you can call 511 toll-free. Ask for Southwest Florida 511 and then say either the road name or city name for news. Or visit www.SouthwestFlorida511.com.
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), the region's largest airport, is just 40 minutes to the north in Fort Myers via I-75. Fourteen airlines serve the airport offering non-stop flights to 47 destinations. International service is available to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas and Germany. The airport has a spacious new terminal complex with many shops and restaurants. J.D. Power released its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study and Southwest Florida International Airport ranked #1 in the country in the medium airport category. The study, in its 10th year, measures overall traveler satisfaction with large- and medium-sized North American airports in the areas of terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security check, baggage claim, check-in/baggage check and terminal shopping. RSW’s score of 792 was the highest in the entire study this year, where the average was 752 for medium and 719 for large airports.
The Naples Municipal Airport is served by Elite Airways and several charter flight operators. Elite Airways offers Saturday nonstop flights between Naples and NYC/Newark and twice-weekly direct service to Newark and Portland, Maine. Naples Air, Inc. is FAA-authorized for charter flights to 48 states, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and Naples Jet Center offers VIP charter service to destinations across the U.S. and around the world. Salt Island Seaplanes provides charter flights to Key West aboard an amphibious Cessna 206 seaplane. ExecAir offers scheduled flights to Miami and charter service to other destinations; and GulfCoast Airways provides charter flights throughout Florida and the Bahamas. In addition, FlexJet, which opened its first private terminal in the nation at the airport, and several other fractional-aircraft and charter-flight companies serve Naples. Parking is free at Naples Municipal Airport, which accommodates nearly 100,000 operations a year. The airport provides the full range of FBO services, several rental-car options and a U.S. Customs facility that saves time when traveling from Canada, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. Check Naples Municipal Airport’s website for more information.
Naples Air also provides charter services on Marco Island, Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers.
The Collier County Airport Authority operates three airports in the region: Marco Island Executive Airport; Immokalee Regional Airport; and Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. Marco Island Executive Airport and Immokalee Regional Airport can accommodate jet traffic.
For more information, call:
· Marco Island Executive Airport, 239-394-3355
· Everglades Airpark, 239-695-2778
· Immokalee Regional Airport, 239-657-9003
Greyhound Bus Line offers regular service into Naples.
2540 Davis Blvd.
Naples, FL 34104-4331
Collier Area Transit offers the public CAT bus service within Collier County. Routes traverse the north and east Naples areas to Marco Island and Immokalee. CAT busses aren't permitted to travel west of the Tamiami Trail, so unfortunately there are no routes to any of the public beach access areas.
The Naples Trolley is a private trolley tour service operating in Naples. The Naples Trolley Tour is narrated, with a lot of information about local shopping and attractions. You can get on and off the trolley as many times as you wish with a one-day ticket.
Naples Bay Water Shuttle provides fun, convenient and affordable transportation between the main waterfront locations on Naples Bay. Passengers enjoy a scenic boat trip and have easy access between Naples Bay Resort, Bayfront Center, Tin City, Port O' Call Marina and the Boathouse restaurant and Naples City Dock area.
Keewaydin Express provides water taxi service to Keewaydin Island and other waterfront stops around Marco Island.
Dolphin Transportation offers customized car, limo and airport shuttle services for individuals and groups.
TampaExpress provides taxi service between Miami, Naples, and Tampa.
Ambassador Transportation (239) 204-0783
Checker Cab/Metro Cab (239)-444-4444
Classic Luxury Airport Transportation (239) 394-1888 or (800) 553-8294
Dolphin Transportation (239) 530-0100
MBA Airport Transportation (239) 225-0428
Naples Airport Shuttles (888) 569-2227
Naples Transportation, Tours & Event Planning (800) 592-0848
NTTEP Airport Shuttle (239) 262-3006
Taxi Time Airport Shuttle (239) 200-0000
Uber Ft. Myers/Naples via the Uber App