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The Lower Gulf Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Lower Gulf Coast Vacation

With its subtropical climate and beckoning family-friendly beaches known for their powdery sand, calm surf, and nary a freighter in sight, the Lower Gulf Coast, also referred to as the state's southwestern region, is a favorite vacation spot of Florida residents as well as visitors. Vacationers tend to spend most of their time outdoors—swimming, sunning, shelling, fishing, boating,

and playing tennis or golf.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Heavenly beaches Whether you go to the beach to sun, swim, gather shells, or watch the sunset, the region's Gulf of Mexico beaches rank among the best.
  2. Edison & Ford Winter Estates A rare complex of two famous inventors' winter homes comes complete with botanical-research gardens, Edison's lab, and a museum.
  3. Island hopping Rent a boat or jump aboard a charter for lunch, picnicking, beaching, or shelling on a subtropical island adrift from the mainland.
  4. Naples shopping Flex your buying power in downtown Naples's charming shopping districts or in lush outdoor centers around town.
  5. Watch for wildlife On the edge of Everglades National Park, the region protects vast tracts of fragile land and water where you can see alligators, manatees, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, and hundreds of other birds.

When To Go

When to Go

In winter this is one of the warmest areas of the United States. Occasionally temperatures drop in December or January, but rarely below freezing. F...

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