Regional Amenities
The Everglades SW Florida Area

Within Three Miles

Chokoloskee Island is a village at the end of the road on the west shore of the Gulf Coast.

It is a piece of Old Florida along with its close neighbor Everglades City three miles north.

Both communities nudge the boundaries of Everglades National Park (map) and 10,000 Island National Wildlife Refuge and provide astonishing habitats for birds and sub-tropical wildlife unmatched in the U.S.

Naples Culture and Arts

Naples offers its impressive Philharmonic Center for the Arts with theater, music, Broadway plays, and a museum. Other excellent venues: Naples Publick Theatre offering Shakespeare in the park, Opera Naples, the Naples Orchestra and Chorus, and for a really fun Sunday outing: the Naples Concert Band at Cambier Park. Downtown Naples is about a 45-minute drive from the park.

Museums and History

Chokoloskee is home to the famous Smallwoods Store Museum, the spot where the infamous Mr. Watson was gunned down by local residents, the central event of the novel, Killing Mr. Watson.

Up the road a bit in Everglades City you'll find the Museum of the Everglades, "a showcase for the history of the Everglades region" sponsored by the Collier County Museums with five area locations.

Air Travel

Southwest Florida International Airport offers major airline flights from all over the world, about an hour and 15 minutes north, Rt. 75, Ft. Myers.

Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (104 miles east) and Miami International Airport (82 miles east) are both viable options.

Everglades City offers a small General Aviation Airport and Naples has its own municipal airport featuring local commercial flights and general aviation.

 

 

Among the best and closest wildlife visitors centers:

Gulf Coast Visitor Center, Everglades City, 3 miles north of the Chokoloskee Island Park (CIP), includes boat, canoe, and kayak tours, talks. (map)

Shark Valley Visitor Center, about an hour east of CIP, great 7-mile tram ride and paved bike path. (map)

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk, about an hour north of CIP, outstanding 2.5-mile walk through spectrum of habitats.

Big Cypress National Reserve, board walk and center, 8 miles northwest of CIP (map).

Anhinga Trail, Royal Palm Visitor's Center, fabulous trail and boardwalk with birds everywhere, two+ hours east of CIP (map).

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, two hours north, fun day trip.

Biking, Kayaking, Hiking

The seven-mile round trip to Everglades City involves a few back streets linked to a bike path along the causeway, a good and very safe daily workout with variations added by back streets and along the Baron River docks in Everglades City.

Mountainbikers can try the nearby Fakahatchee Strand trail, and closeby that the Okaloacoochee Slough (slew) provides a serious mountain bikers trek called the Bear Island Trail.

Marco Island, 24 miles northwest, offers miles of marked in-road bike paths along its many back streets, canals, and beaches. Similarly, downtown Naples offers marked bike trails along city streets, separate bikeways, and vast numbers of choices shown on this great .pdf map.

Hiking, biking, and kayaking trips are listed, with maps, at Trails.com for the whole region.

Local kayak tours as well as hiking, birding, and biking tours can be arranged at JT's Gallery, a short walk from the park at Everglades Area Tours.

Kayakers flock to the region to embark on the 100-mile Everglades Trail that winds through a sheltered labyrinth of Mangroves from Everglades City to Flamingo. Numerous guided tours help visitors organize trips of varying levels of difficulty. A word of advice to kayakers: don't leave shore without a GPS and detailed maps, especially if you're not on a guided tour.


 

 

Restaurants and Shopping

Everglades City provides 10 well-rated restaurants and grills including the historically prominent Rod and Gun Club and Seafood Depot.

Even closer to home in Chokoloskee, a short walk from the Park, are The Havana Cafe, excellent breakfasts and lunches with tasty Cuban cuisine.

About 20 miles away, another unique Old Florida island village, Goodland, offers surprisingly fine and fun restaurants including The Little Bar and the famously wild Stan's.

Shopping

The nearest large grocery stores are Walmart and Publix, a bit more than a half-hour drive on Route 41 going northwest. The very popular Beall's Department Store is a frequent outing for CIP women hunting for clothing bargains.

The men make almost as many pilgrimmages to BassPro Shops on Rt. 75 in South Fort Myers, a 1.2-hour drive.

Naples' 5th Avenue is famous for its high-end shops and restaurants, and once in the Naples area 45-minutes northwest, the shopping is unlimited.

RVers have quick trip for repairs at Naples RV Center or a 1.25-hour drive to Camping World in Fort Myers.

 


Contact: Managers by Phone 239-695-2414 or by Email at Manager@Chokoloskee.com

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Last revised: 1-4-2014

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