Naples + The Gulf Coast

Naples + The Gulf Coast Travel Guide

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 Long Boat Key.

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 congregate, in Kings Bay, in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

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, they morph into bellowing dinosaurs charging down the straightaway.

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

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Visit the ersatz European mansion built by John Ringling.

Once you’ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springs’ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three-and-a-half-hour self-guided paddling trips that span about seven miles.

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Intact remains of Florida’s mysterious pre-European inhabitants are surprisingly rare—that’s why the 425 or so graves are so special, not to mention the two ceremonial stones marked with engravings of sun gods that show how symbolic this riverside spot was for its first human settlers.