Travel Guide to Florida - - SOUTHEAST FLORIDA -

Head east of Naples along Tami­ami Trail (High­way 41) to im­merse your­self in the re­gion’s wild side and Old Florida cul­ture. For glimpses of wildlife, try Janes Me­mo­rial Scenic Drive in Faka­hatchee Strand Pre­serve State Park or Loop Road in Big Cy­press Na­tional Pre­serve. Back­road Route 92 takes you from 41 to the time-stilled fish­ing com­mu­nity and seafood restau­rants of Good­land.

Views along the Sani­bel Cause­way and Cap­tiva Drive star in many com­mer­cials, but all of the coastal is­lands promise glimpses of sea and lo­cal color. The drive through Bonita Beach, Lovers Key and Fort My­ers Beach and an­other from Lido Key through Anna Maria Is­land in Sara­sota and Braden­ton are par­tic­u­larly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of is­land life.

From Fort My­ers, head east along Route 80 to visit the his­toric small towns of river­side Alva and La­belle, and lake­side Clewis­ton. Glimpse the re­gion’s ru­ral, agri­cul­tural per­son­al­ity along the way. Or plan a trip to Pine Is­land to the north­west. Its four com­mu­ni­ties are known for ex­otic fruit farm­ing, an­cient Calusa shell mounds, an artists’ village and fish­ing.

In the Port Char­lotte area, a road trip to Boca Grande on Gas­par­illa Is­land scores for his­toric in­trigue and lovely beaches. To its north, Sara­sota lays claim to a num­ber of small or­ganic and other farms you can visit. Look for the 2016 Agri­cul­ture Guide of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Cross the Mana­tee River from Braden­ton to reach the his­toric at­trac­tions of Pal­metto, a river­side beauty also known for its agri­cul­tural her­itage.

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