Category Archives: Market News

MARCO ISLAND AND EVERGLADES AIRBOAT TOURS

 

If you’re looking for something exciting for the whole family to enjoy in Southwest Florida, look no further than an Everglades airboat excursion. Suitable for all ages, these rides offer a great balance of information on how the complex Everglades ecosystem works, thrills, a few splashes, and a chance to see alligators, raccoons, birds, and other wildlife.

We’ve put together a list of our five favorite Everglades tour companies where you can get the ride of your life:

  1. WOOTENS

Wooten’s has the distinction of being one of the longest-running airboat tour operators in the western Everglades. Since opening in the 1950’s it has grown into an extensive nature attraction that also offers tours of its animal sanctuary. Wooten’s is home to a Florida panther, tigers, lions, otters, and more than 100 alligators. Experience animal demonstrations, swamp buggy tours, a gift shop, and kayak rentals and tours. You can opt for public or private swamp buggy and airboat rides or a combo package with both tours.

  1. JUNGLE ERV’S

Jungle Erv’s offers guests access to private sanctuary land, accessible to no other visitors. Book a Wilderness Airboat Tour or Mangrove Canopy Airboat Tour, or a combination of both. Your tickets get you free admission to an alligator show and boardwalk trail. The boardwalk travels through a raccoon sanctuary, gator slough, mangrove forest, and manatee lookout point.

  1. EVERGLADES CITY AIRBOAT TOURS

Operated by a third-generation airboat tour guide, this tour instills pride in guests by keeping tours small—a maximum of six people per boat—and personalized. Guides can communicate with their passengers via two-way headphones. The one-hour narrated tour takes you through tight mangrove tunnels and narrow creeks that the bigger boats can’t navigate properly.

  1. CAPTAIN JACK’S AIRBOAT TOURS

With its Total Everglades Combo, you get to tour mangroves and grasslands by airboat, ride aboard a big-wheeled and elevated swamp buggy, visit Captain Jack’s animal sanctuary, see a free alligator show, or even hug a baby alligator for an Instagram post. Home to rescued wildlife, the animal sanctuary houses snakes, turtles, crocodiles, alligators, river otters, and big cats.

  1. CAPTAIN MITCH’S AIRBOAT TOURS

A descendant of pioneers in the airboat business, Captain Mitch offers a private tour in a six-seater boat. The business, he likes to boast, is “redneck owned and operated.” During a one-hour tour, learn about the Everglades ecosystem while exploring hardwood tree hammocks, cattail sloughs, and habitat for numerous animals including gators, snakes, bobcats, and bald eagles.

CALL THE WALTER TEAM TODAY FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS. PH# 239-821-0994

 

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NAPLES AND SUNNY MARCO ISLAND

 

Southwest Florida is in many ways the crowning jewel of the Sunshine State. The subtropical weather means 365 days of boating, golfing, fishing, paddling, hiking, and Everglades activities, not to mention a wealth of great restaurants, cultural activities, shopping, and the Arts. The beaches here are consistently top-rated among the best in the US, with great swimming and some of the best shelling in the entire world. Can you tell we love it here? It’s why, when we’re not traveling, we call it home!

Naples, Florida is consistently rated as one of America’s Best Vacation Spots, Best Places to Retire, and Best Place to Raise Your Kids, and if you think one place can’t have all this, you’ve probably never been to Naples. This is one city in the US that’s almost as much fun to visit as it is to live here — we loved it so much we chose to make it our forever home many years ago.

As visitors, you’ll be tempted to spend all your time at the tourist hotspots. But there are so many things to do in Naples Florida than what you’ll find in the brochures. So here’s your complete Naples Visitors Guide for when you want to hang where the locals do, visit some lesser known spots in season, or when you come back for second, third, and fourth visit.

Located on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast at the edge of the Everglades, Naples has palm tree-lined avenues and a glitzy reputation. But the city also has a small-town feel and wears its affluence and easy island style in equal measure, making it a great destination for those seeking a romantic or luxury getaway, family vacation, Everglades adventure, or chill beach vibe. And please check out Sunny Marco Island.

The 280 average days of sunshine is great for year round golf, but there are so many other things to do in Naples as well, making it a favorite destination for couples and families. 

Shopping in Naples Florida is truly an Olympic sport, and yes the beaches are really all that. It’s a restaurant powerhouse, and home to the arts and endless outdoor activities, including some of the best fishing in Florida.  

Honestly, there’s so much to see and do, your biggest decision may be where to begin.

Call the Walter Team today and let us help you with your search in Naples and Marco Island Florida.  PH# 239-821-0994

Top Ten Reasons to Love the Florida Lifestyle

The Sunshine State is one of America’s top travel destinations, and it’s also an excellent place to call home. Many people who visit here on vacation fall in love with the climate, the culture and the coast – in short, the Florida lifestyle. Thinking about making a move? Discover why Florida is the perfect fit for you and your family below.

1. Beaches – There’s just something relaxing about living near the beach. In Fort Myers, gorgeous sandy beaches are always just a few moments away. Salty breezes, coastal views and strolls along the beach benefit your physical health and your state of mind.

2. Warm Weather – Through the winter when much of the country is suffering with ice, snow, storms and cold weather, you’ll be basking in the sunshine in your flip-flops. Sip a cocktail next to the pool, and try not to brag.

3. Rising Housing Market – Data from Florida’s realtors shows that homes in the state are experiencing higher median prices, fewer days on the market, and more new listings than in 2013. Buying a house here is a smart investment.

4. Maritime Culture – Living on the coast makes you part of Florida’s vast maritime culture. Go deep sea fishing, cruise a motorboat along Fort Myers’s many canals, or head out to sea on a sailboat to experience freedom like never before.

5. Family-Friendly Atmosphere – Small children as well as seniors are part of your family – and they’re part of the community in Florida. Discover plenty of services and amenities designed for the young and old, from early bird dinner specials to children’s entertainment.

6. No State Income Tax – You won’t have to pony up for state income tax when you live in Florida, because it doesn’t exist. Florida is one of the few states that let you keep your hard-earned money. Save your cash instead, or spend it on a new boat, wardrobe update or family vacation.

7. Palm Trees – Swaying high above the beaches and streets, Florida’s beautiful palm trees evoke a vacation mentality. Even when you’re just walking to work or driving to the store, you’ll get a sense of living the good life – because you are. Welcome to Florida.

8. Excellent Universities. Got kids? When they reach college age, they’ll have numerous nearby universities to choose from that rank among the world’s best: the University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of Florida, and Florida State University.

9. Coastal Cuisine – From fresh Atlantic seafood and spicy Latin dishes to Florida’s famous oranges, there’s no shortage of delicious food to eat in this fair state. Indulge in Southern comfort foods, hot Cuban sandwiches, fruity Caribbean specialties and more.

10. World-Famous Attractions – No list about the Florida lifestyle is complete without mentioning the state’s legendary amusement parks, scenic Everglades, NASA headquarters, tropical islands and Miami’s iconic neighborhoods. You can vacation in your own backyard, without ever stepping foot in an airport.

CALL THE WALTER TEAM TODAY TO FIND THE PERFECT FLORIDA LIFESTYLE FOR YOU.  PH# 239-821-0994

MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA’S HIGH SEASON

 

BUSY MARCO ISLAND SEASON

 

If you have ever planned a vacation to southwest Florida, you probably planned it when you and your family had some time off.  Most American families get Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter off.  Those just happen to be the 3 busiest holidays and weeks of the year on Marco Island and Naples, Florida.

Eco-tour operators, hotels, restaurants and local businesses all rely on “Season” which typically runs from Thanksgiving through Easter on Marco Island and peaks during the middle of March.  The population of Marco Island is around 15,000 full-time residents and that will almost quadruple to 55,000 people during March and April.  …but why?  There are 2 big reasons:

1) Spring Break:
Every elementary and high school up north have a different week that they have spring break vacation on.  So eco-tour operators, restaurants, shops and businesses will be extremely busy for at least 6 weeks from the beginning of March through the middle of April.  Easter also plays an important role as it’s on a different date every year, so that can also shorten up or lengthen the tail-end of busy season in April.  Usually around April 23rd, all the spring breakers have headed north to go back to school and Marco Island returns to normal.

2) Snowbirds:
Usually when the first big snow storm hits up north, retirees or people that have a secondary home on Marco Island and Naples, will stay 4-5 months to here to avoid the harsh winters up north.  November through April temperatures on Marco Island and Naples are very accommodating.  Usually in the 70’s with low humidity and very little rain.  You know season has begun when all the transport semi-trucks arrive with all the high end cars on them.

Call the Walter Team today for your perfect place here on Sunny Marco Island.  PH# 239-821-0994

MARCO ISLAND THE WALL THAT HEALS EXHIBIT

 

The 25th season of The Wall That Heals exhibit will begin its national tour February 20-23, 2020 in Marco Island. The exhibit – open 24 hours a day – includes a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center. The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit replicates The Wall experience in Washington, D.C. and provides veterans and their family members the chance to experience The Wall in their own community.

Hosting the exhibit provides the opportunity to honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed and offers an educational experience for visitors on the impact of the Vietnam War on America. The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history. The mobile Education Center exhibit includes: digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” – service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit; digital photo displays of Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall; educational exhibits told through items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.