Florida’s Paradise Coast melds two worlds into one. The genteel city of Naples and its polished neighbor Marco Island are upscale beach areas, yet they’re surrounded by nature. In fact, parks and preserves comprise 80 percent of the destination. For couples, the Paradise Coast offers wedding options from budget to luxe, with plenty of romantic honeymoon activities.
Marry right on the public beach in Naples at Eighth Avenue South simply by reserving your spot online and paying a token fee. Or hire a boat to take you and a few guests to Keewaydin Island. Chances are you’ll have a strip of the 8-mile beach entirely to yourselves. Celebrate on the spot with hors d’oeuvres and bubbly. High-end hotels will pamper you with extraordinary bells-andwhistles weddings. Water buffs might prefer a ceremony aboard the air-conditioned Naples Princess or Marco Island Princess yachts or Sweet Liberty or Cool Beans catamarans.
And if flowers, plants and trees bring you happiness, exchange rings in the scenic Naples Botanical Garden, the historic garden area of the Naples Zoo, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary or the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. For your honeymoon, choose from an indulgent full-service resort or a personable small and independently run lodging facility. Then take sunset sails, motorboat to a private beach and join a paddle excursion into the Everglades. Chefdriven restaurants, from simple to sophisticated, will beckon for dinner. Or catch a romantic fl ick at the luxury cinema Silverspot before ending the evening with a cocktail at Mercato with a variety of bars and restaurants. Paradisecoast.com