16 Instagram-worthy spots to check-in around Southwest Florida
Vacation? Check. Now that you've booked your vacation and you're ready to make memories, don't forget to pack your camera. Whether it be an iPhone, Nikon or Canon, you're going to need something to capture photographs of your time in Southwest Florida. And if you're as obsessed with taking pictures as I am, you're going to need some photo ops to post on Instagram to share with your friends and family back home.
Here are some of the places that will prove you've checked-in in Collier and Lee counties during your stay.
The Naples Pier gives visitors endless opportunities for pictures along the dock with the sunset or the horizon in the background. Visitors can even utilize the area under the dock to capture pictures on the beach or in the water.
The Naples Pier gives visitors endless opportunities for pictures along the dock with the sunset or the horizon in the background. Visitors can even utilize the area under the dock to capture pictures on the beach or in the water. The wooden beams make great use to lean on or hide behind. Other similar photo opportunities include the Fort Myers Pier and Naples City Dock. (25 12th Avenue, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-213-3062 www.naplesgov.com)
Master Bait & Tackle
Located in Bonita Springs, Master Bait & Tackle gives visitors the chance to capture photos in front of a large mural.
Located in Bonita Springs, Master Bait & Tackle gives visitors the chance to capture photos in front of a large mural. Grab some friends and family for a group picture or just take a selfie. This world famous bait and tackle shop is the perfect stop on your way to Naples or Fort Myers beaches. Visitors can even stop at Bonita Beach to catch some photos there. Other nearby photo opportunities include Bonita Beach, Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound. (4465 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL, 34134 | 239-992-2553 www.masterbaitonline.com)
Art-deco buildings in downtown Fort Myers
Downtown Fort Myers has endless opportunities for picture locations. Head over to First Street and take photos in front of the many art-deco inspired storefronts.
Downtown Fort Myers has endless opportunities for picture locations. Head over to First Street and take photos in front of the many art-deco inspired storefronts. Stop along the side of the road and take photos on the cute cobblestone streets. Previously a courthouse, Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center has a beautiful Florida structure with large pillars in the front. If you're looking for the riverfront view head to Bay Street where you'll be able to capture pictures along the water with the horizon in the background. (2235 First Street, Fort Myers, FL, 33901 www.myriverdistrict.com)
Koreshan State Park
What better way than to spend time seeing some of Southwest Florida's native wildlife while taking pictures at Koreshan State Park.
What better way to spend time seeing some of Southwest Florida's native wildlife while taking pictures at Koreshan State Park. This park offers a history of the pioneers that once lived there. Old historic buildings, large banyan trees, Estero River and old bridges make excellent photo locations to capture the nature and beauty of Southwest Florida. Visitors can even travel off the main trail to capture photographs in a more secluded area filled with trees. (3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL, 33928 | 239-992-0311 www.floridastateparks.org/park/Koreshan)
Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge
The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge is the bridge that connects Marco Island to mainland Naples. As you're crossing the bridge, you'll be able to see beautiful views of the horizon, buildings on Marco Island and even a sunset if you're crossing at dusk. Visitors can capture pictures of the bridge by standing along the shoreline near the entrances on each end of the bridge. Parking is available on the southeast side and northwest side of the bridge. (1969 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL, 34145 www.cityofmarcoisland.com)
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates will give visitors a historical experience. Visitors can tour the grounds that was once home to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford during the winter months. The property has water views, a botanical garden and old houses that can create a beautiful scenery for your photographs. Head over to the popular moonlight garden for pictures in front of an abundance of flowers, a little barn and a pond. (2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL, 33901 | 239-334-7419 www.edisonfordwinterestates.org)
Fifth Avenue South
Located in downtown Old Naples, Fifth Avenue South runs from Tamiami Trail to Naples Beach. The street is home to many upscale shops and restaurants including gift shops and art galleries. The Naples Players theater is also located on Fifth Avenue South. Often lined with expensive cars and large palm trees, the photo opportunities are endless. Wander through the side streets to Brambles Tea Room as there is some greenery and colorful areas for photos. Another similar photo opportunity is on Third Street South. (Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-692-8436 www.fifthavenuesouth.com)
"Welcome to..." signs
What's the best way to really show that you traveled somewhere new? This is a must if you're going to visit Naples. Take a photo in front of the welcome sign to show people where you traveled. There are many signs located around Naples. With the beautiful colors of the sign, this photo is definitely Instagrammable. Visitors can even stop by the Naples Pier to get a picture in front of the sign that says "Naples Pier." Other similar photo locations are the Bonita Beach sign and the Fort Myers beach sign. (25 12th Ave South, Naples, FL, 34102 www.naplesgov.com)
Lani Kai Island Resort
The Lani Kai Island Resort is a spring break destination for students all over the country. It's so colorful as its outside walls are painted with murals and designs. The hotel itself is painted a turquoise-green and has rainbow colored stairs for a bright looking picture. The hotel is also located on Fort Myers Beach. Visitors can capture beach pictures as well as sunsets. Lani Kai even has a rooftop if you'd like to get photographs with a long view of Fort Myers Beach. (1400 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-463-3111 www.lanikaiislandresort.com)
The Village on Venetian Bay
The Village on Venetian Bay is located on Gulf Shore Boulevard North in Naples. The village offers waterfront dining, upscale shops mainly specializing in home decor and waterfront views overlooking Venetian Bay. This area has many photo spots whether it be along the water or in between shops and restaurants. You can even get photographs with boats in the background as this is a common area for people to dock boats. Another similar photo location is Bayfront Place and Marina in Naples. (4200 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL, 34103 | 239-261-6100 www.venetianvillage.com)
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden offers visitors a wide variety of photo locations including 10 different gardens to choose from. Throughout the garden there are ponds, palm trees, flowers and birds. The garden even has sculptures and statues which are placed throughout the park. There is also an area called 'The Preserve,' which holds pines, mangroves and many native species to Southwest Florida. (4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL, 34112 | 239-643-7275 www.naplesgarden.org)
Southwest Florida beaches
The beaches in Southwest Florida are definitely Instagram-worthy. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the beaches are long, have a lot of seashells and crystal clear water.
The beaches in Southwest Florida are definitely Instagram-worthy. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the beaches are long, have a lot of seashells and crystal clear water. If you're looking to take photographs posing on a beach, there are many options to choose from. The beaches are also a prime location to capture the essence of the sunset in a photograph. Visitors can even explore the areas around the beaches on the boardwalks and in the greenery leading to the beach. Some of the main beaches in Southwest Florida include:
Tigertail Beach (Hernando Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-252-4000 www.colliergov.net)
Naples Beach (Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-213-3062 www.naplesdowntown.com)
Vanderbilt Beach (End of Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-252-4000 www.colliergov.net)
Bonita Beach Park (27954 Hickory Bvld, Bonita Springs, FL, 34134 | 239-949-4615 www.leegov.com)
Fort Myers Beach (Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-338-3500 www.fortmyers-sanibel.com)
Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway
The Naples Depot Museum is set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway, which is well-known to residents. The depot was built in 1927 and functioned as a passenger service briefly in the 1920s. The museum has Seaboard Air Line trains outside which makes them perfect photo spots if you like to include some history into your trip. Visitors can even take pictures inside of the train as well as on the old railroad tracks. (1051 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-262-6525 www.colliermuseums.com)
Times Square on Fort Myers Beach
Not far from the Fort Myers Beach Pier is Times Square. Visitors will find some great photo opportunities from the shops and restaurants. There are also street performers that put on shows and entertain visitors with activities. The area of Times Square is extremely colorful with pastel painted buildings and there are many palm trees which are great for pictures. Visitors who stay until the evening can capture photos of the sun setting. (1000 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33904 | 239-765-0202 www.fortmyers-sanibel.com)
Located in the CenturyLink Sports Complex off Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Hammond Stadium is home to the Minnesota Twins during spring training and the Fort Myers Miracle League. The outside of Hammond Stadium is symmetrical and features unique 'witch hat towers,' which are towers that have the shape of a witch's hat at the top. There are also fountains that visitors can take photographs in front of. Purchase a ticket and stay for the game for more photo opportunities inside the stadium. Another similar location is JetBlue Park, which is home to the Boston Red Sox during spring training. (14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, 33912 | 239-533-7695 | www.leegov.com)
Ochopee Post Office
Located on U.S. 41, the Ochopee Post Office is the smallest post office in the United States. The building was an old farm irrigation pipe shed in 1953, according to its website. The building is 7 feet by 8 feet and has one clerk. This post office has pre-stamped post cards for both domestic and international. The post office makes for a cute photo opportunity. Make sure to call ahead of time to verify hours if you want to send a postcard. (38000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL, 34141 | 1-800-275-8777 | www.roadsideamerica.com)
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