Enter into an ethereal state and become one with the beginnings of the earth. The edges and the sharpness of lifes is a tad blurred as you sail about the magnificent 10,000 islands. Don’t try and count them all. Rather, take the time to get in touch with your inner ancient ancestors while filling your senses with the ever mystical elements of the sand, sea and sky. As you plan your Ten Thousand Islands experience, don’t miss the National Wildlife Refuge. Here is where roughly 200 species of fish and 190 birds call home at different
points over the course of a year. It’s a great place to spot bottlenose dolphins and river otters.
Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, Florida. The refuge is best accessed by boat. The two prominent boating access points are found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands. Take U.S. 41 south out of Naples and drive 12 miles to Hwy 92, turn right and drive 5 miles to Goodland, or continue on U.S. 41 for 5 miles to Port-of-the-Islands. The headquarters for the refuge is located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd,. Naples, FL, within the Comfort Inn at exit 101 on I-75.