The Best Outdoor Activities on Paradise Coast, Florida

Florida is justifiably famous for its beaches and theme parks but there are so many other fantastic things to do in the region. We’re sharing some of the best outdoor activities on Paradise Coast area of Florida to inspire your wanderlust and help you get the most out of your future trips.

10,000 Island Shelling Trip

When was the last time you collected sea shells? Chances are that it was when you were a child but it’s just as much fun as an adult. We took a 10,000 Island Shelling Trip with Captain Charles Wright, the owner of Everglades Area Tours. Starting out bright and early from Goodland Boating Park, we saw quite a few birds from our boat.

seashell_trip_paradise_coastCaptain Wright is an experienced naturalist and took us to some deserted beaches, only accessible by boat, that were perfect places for shell collecting. As you’d imagine, coral and anything that’s alive should be left in place, and that included the starfish in our photo on the right below. The tours run daily and morning tends to be preferable due to the heat in the afternoon. They’re limited to a maximum of 6 guests and a great activity for all ages.

seashell_tour_paradise_coastDelnor Wiggins State Park

With a beautiful pristine beach, Delnor Wiggins State Park is rightly popular with locals and visitors alike. We spotted these cheeky racoons curiously observing us from the trees.

Then we took the boardwalk to the beach for a lovely view over the Gulf of Mexico.

There’s also a viewing tower which I couldn’t resist climbing. Close by, enjoy more beach views whilst dining at BALEEN within LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort.

Kayaking in the Everglades

For an unmissable experience, try your hand at kayaking in the Everglades. It’s suitable for all, whether you’re a novice or an expert and not particularly strenuous as you will spend quite a bit of time spotting wildlife…

This heron was a particularly impressive specimen, perched immobile as we passed by.

everglades-bird-spottingNaples Botanical Gardens

For a relaxing day out, you can’t beat Naples Botanical Gardens. This beautiful attraction is a delight for the eyes, with a myriad of flowers and trees spread over 170 acres.

Their special exhibitions are really interesting – this is Origami in the Garden which runs until 23 April 2017.

Naples Pier

No visit to Florida would be complete without a visit to the beach and Naples Pier is a particularly photogenic one. Heading down the timber boardwalks leading to the white sand, you feel like you’re escaping the stresses of everyday life.

By night, the beach takes on an even more magical aspect as the sun goes down and people gather to watch the sunset from the end of the historic pier.

naples_pier_sunsetSunset catamaran cruise

One of the highlights of our recent visit to the Paradise Coast was a sunset catamaran cruise. The fun started when we arrived at Naples Dock and spotted all the pelicans. The dock is also a popular haunt of Florida manatees, also known as sea cows yet an aquatic relative of the elephant, although we didn’t see any.

pelicans_naples_dockBoarding the spacious Sweet Liberty catamaran, we were warmly greeted by Mark and Graham. Not only is the Sweet Liberty the largest sailing catamaran in South West Florida, but our hosts were very knowledgeable about wildlife as well as local properties. The area in and around Naples is one of the most affluent in the United States and a boat tour will give you serious house goals ;-).

sunset_catamaran_cruise_houseOn our cruise we were fortunate to see a group of dolphins frolicking some distance away. They then came right up to our boat so they seemed to be as pleased to see us as we were them!

sunset_catamaran_cruise_dolphinsThis palm tree is one of the most photographed spots on the cruise and Mike told us exactly where to get the best angle for our shot. If you look closely, you’ll see a heron in the water.

The sunsets on the Paradise Coast are some of the most spectacular that you’ll ever see. This one was a great end to our catamaran cruise.

sunset-florida-naplesWhere to Stay on Paradise Coast

Continuing the outdoor theme, we’re highlighting two hotels in Naples which have particularly impressive outdoor areas. Firstly, Inn on Fifth, with its prime location on Fifth Avenue. There’s a beautiful rooftop pool within the main hotel. Across the road, the Club Level Suites also have a charming rooftop area with an outdoor jacuzzi. It’s a great place to eat breakfast or simply to relax with a good book.

inn_on_fifth_terraceOur second recommendation is Naples Bay Resort, which boasts a dock area and a separate leisure club with a main pool, adults only pool and even a lazy river!

naples_bay_resort_floridaWe hope that you’ve enjoyed our suggestions for outdoor activities on Paradise Coast. What’s your favourite of the activities shown here?

Best Outdoor Activities - Paradise Coast, Florida
We tried out these fantastic outdoor activities as guests of VISIT FLORIDA and Florida’s Paradise Coast, with car hire provided by See for more on Florida. 

  • It looks so beautiful – like paradise would be an amazing place to visit

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I can see why it’s called paradise! Plus you’d never be bored!

  • Wonderful pictures Suze! How I would love to visit one day!

    You’re becoming by far my favorite travel blogger.

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  • Aww the racoons are so cute! There’s so much to do, it sounds like a great place for relaxing as well as a spot of adventure 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Aren’t they just – and they were looking right at us! Loved the fact that you’re so close to nature here

  • Florida looks so dreamy! Ahh gorgeous pics x


  • Anamika

    I love florida..I really enjoyed kayaking when I was there..hopefully will be there soon!


  • Florida is a beautiful place to visit – so many fantastic things to do! We loved visiting the Everglades when we were there!

  • I would love to try Kayaking on the Everglades again – I was so disappointed with my tour as we didn’t spot any wildlife which was a shame. I do love a good sunset Catamaran cruise too! This looks like a very beautiful part of Florida Suze…not sure I would have wanted to come home 🙂

  • I’ve kayaked through the Everglades before and it is such a wonderful experience since you get so up-close and personal with all of the plants and wildlife while out on the water! Also sunset boat rides are always the best, especially when you get to see dolphins!!

    • I’ll never get tired of seeing dolphins, in fact we’re hoping to see some in Tenerife today!

  • I’d love to go for a swim in that pool!

    I’m going to be in London more often these days and I was wondering if you’d like to catch up for a drink sometime. It’s been almost a year since we first met.

  • Agness

    I would love to visit the Delnor Wiggins State Park. It seems like a place where I could spend hours and hours! 🙂

    • It’s a lovely place and very uncrowded – worth arriving a bit before sunset when there are lots of birds flying around

  • All these activities are very beautiful but I’m just so AMAZED that you can collect seashells! That used to be my favourite thing to do until increasingly stricter bans came into place – not even dead coral or dead shells could leave the beach! Ahhhh I would be as happy as a clam at 10,000 Island 😍

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    • Yes I was a bit surprised but as long as it’s not coral or any living organism then it is all good

  • Florida’s beaches truly are beautiful, though I’m now intrigued by the botanical gardens – how beautiful!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Wow those gardens! I don’t know that I’d be too keen to boat around the Everglades. All I think about when I hear that place is giant alligators!


  • Wow, I’m loving all these outdoor activities! I’ve always wanted to visit the Everglades, and kayaking there sounds so much fun!

  • Radi

    Such a fun post filled with so many great outdoor activities. I would definitely go for the cruise.

  • What a serene, wonderful place. You’re fabulous!