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.

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 handmade nets.Years as agent: 39. Specialties: Cruising, Private jet trips.

Not all the stud farms allow riding, but this one does. Ninety-minute rides are preceded by a full instruction run-through; the smart, docile horses amble calmly along the marked trails.

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'll get your picture in the local papers.

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.

Excited about: Post-revolution Egypt and what it means for her clients—incredible value, fewer crowds, and access to new sites. Thanks to Hilton’s connections, she can set up meetings with key revolutionary figures.

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

Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: Small-ship cruises. Consulting fee: Varies. donnac@preferrednaples.com

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.