Clam Pass – Naples, FL

This has easily become my new favorite gulf coast beach. It’s off of the main road but easily accessible and has features that make it different from many beach experiences.     Clam Pass is a county park, so it has its own parking lot with an $8 fee. I’d scoff at the price but…

Sanibel Island, FL

My current love interest and I drove to Sanibel on a whim while on a day trip to the gulf coast. He had never seen a sunset from the west before, so we spent the day exploring Sanibel then headed an hour south to Naples. Sanibel is not the cheapest day trip; start with a…

Shy Wolf Sanctuary – Naples, FL

This place is my shit. Shy Wolf Sanctuary is a refuge for wolves, wolf-dogs, and other abandoned or neglected animals such as cougars, fennec foxes, arctic foxes, prairie dogs, bobcats, and others. It’s privately owned on a large residential-style property; to get in you call ahead or make a reservation online then ring a bell at…

Briggs Boardwalk – Naples, FL

This is a 1/2 mile boardwalk trail in the Rookery Bay Estuary area. Is it something I’d drive specifically to Naples for? Nah. But it’s a nice walk if you’re in the area. There’s a nature center too but I’ve never been there while it was open. Take Collier Blvd south from Naples, turn right…

Kayaking in Rookery Bay, Naples, FL

I came across Up a Creek Kayak tours by googling “sunset paddling in south Florida.” This was a great find and a beautiful kayak tour. We did the full moon paddle in November, and the weather was perfect. We met at a small put-out that is part of the water trail system and kayaked for…