Things to Do in Naples + The Gulf Coast

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More than 350 manatees winter in Crystal River. This outfitter lets you swim, scuba dive, or snorkel among the gentle, 1,200-pound giants where they... Read More

Visit the ersatz European mansion built by John Ringling. Read More

The more than 100-year-old chapel is open for weddings and vow renewals most days 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read More

Insider clout: For clients on a luxury Mediterranean cruise, Gordon set up a rendezvous with a top Tuscan winemaker who created a special batch of wine... Read More

Thanks to its gentle currents, the beach is a popular and lively spot, especially on weekends. For seclusion, head to the gorgeous white-yellow sands of... Read More

Intact remains of Florida’s mysterious pre-European inhabitants are surprisingly rare—that’s why the 425 or so graves are so special,... Read More

Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: Small-ship cruises. Consulting fee: Varies. Read More

For breakfast, choose from 15 flavors of muffins. Read More

Once you’ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springs’ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three... Read More

Opens early February. Read More

A miniature circus re-creates the Ringling operation in staggering detail—2,300 pieces. Read More

Top tip: The little-visited port city of Khasab, near Dubai, is almost unchanged from a century ago: You can still spot men hauling in their catch with... Read More

All the beaches on the Naples coast are not only public but clean and free. After sunning, mosey over to the City Pier, where, in a Florida rarity, you... Read More

This shellers' mecca attributes its bounty to a wide continental shelf. Bend over in a "Sanibel Stoop" to hunt for the coveted junonia: find one and you... Read More

One of the top yacht-rental companies, expert sailors can skipper themselves with a bareboat charter (from $410 a day), while novices can hire a crew... Read More

Swamp buggies are cheap, jury-rigged affairs of old truck parts and giant tractor tires that have been used for hunting for years. On the racing circuit... Read More

More than 60 years old, the mermaid show is the main lure at this theme park, where a troupe (currently 17 strong) of aquatic acrobats in mermaid-like... Read More

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