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5 Reasons Why Southwest Florida Tops the Nation’s Best Places to Live

March 30, 2022 | Read Time: 5 minutes

Nestled between the edges of the Everglades and the shores of The Gulf of Mexico, Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of the country’s most sought-after addresses for a warm and relaxed seaside lifestyle. The area consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Florida, brimming with five-star restaurants, excellent shopping destinations, and environmental gems that create an unmatched location. Located in the heart of all the action, the city of Estero enjoys a prime location that is the best of all worlds. Discover why savvy homebuyers are moving to this exceptional destination.

1. An Environmental Gem

For many people, getting close to nature is one of the main reasons they move to the area. The natural beauty of Southwest Florida is unmatched, filled with nature preserves, pristine beaches, and the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Popular natural attractions include Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, an untouched jewel with more than 13,000 acres of protected wetlands and the world’s largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest. Venture out to Lowdermilk Park, Barefoot Beach Preserve, and many other beach accesses to enjoy miles of powder-soft white sand, crystal-blue waters, and breathtaking sunsets. Nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands provide perfect day trips for gathering seashells and watching the sun dip below the horizon.

Couple on West Bay Beach at Sunset

2. A Thriving Arts and Culture Scene

A cultural center that normally flies under the radar, Southwest Florida is surrounded by numerous art galleries, theaters, and musical performance centers. Artis-Naples is the region’s premier artistic venue. The area is home to both the Naples Philharmonic and The Baker Museum, one of the nation’s biggest showcases for modern and contemporary art. For theater lovers, the Gulfshore Playhouse in Downtown Naples, and the Florida Rep in Fort Myers are professional regional theaters with seasonal shows and ongoing educational programs.

3. Endless Shopping and Dining Excursions

Known for its world-class shopping experiences and five-star dining establishments, Naples and Southwest Florida are a mecca for fashionistas and foodies alike. From high-end retailers and boutique shops to art galleries and antique stores, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are some of the area’s most popular shopping districts. Southwest Florida is also home to a wealth of great restaurants that will appeal to any palate. Enjoy freshly caught seafood on the waterfront at USS Nemo or The Turtle Club, both consistently rated as Naples’ top restaurants. For the international traveler, the area is also home to restaurants inspired by cities around the globe. Bha! Bha! Bistro and Sails Restaurant offer Persian flair while Mediterrano is known for classic Greek and Moroccan dishes.
Naples Downtown Area

4. Fishing Adventures Abound

Thanks to its abundant coastlines and rich fish populations, Southwest Florida is known as one of the best fishing destinations in Florida. Embark on a deep-sea fishing excursion to the Gulf of Mexico waters, where tarpon, grouper, red snapper, mackerel, and more can be found. For a more relaxed inshore fishing experience, head to the Naples Pier or the bay to hook snook, bass, trout, and reds while taking in the beautiful Naples sunset.

5. Seamless Connectivity

Perfectly tucked between Fort Myers and Naples, the city of Estero also enjoys easy access to all Southwest Florida provides. Numerous area airports ensure seamless travel in and out of the area. The Southwest Florida International Airport has passenger service by 14 commercial airlines to more than 59 nonstop destinations, as well as private jet services. Additional private and charter aircraft services are available at Naples Airport, just 35 minutes south.

Discover The Island at West Bay

Centrally located in Southwest Florida, future residents of The Island at West Bay, the area’s newest luxury condominium, will enjoy everything the area has to offer. The Island at West Bay is the first new condominium tower in Estero in over a decade, and the final neighborhood to be developed within the master-planned gated community of West Bay Club. This 24-story tower will feature 86 luxurious 3- to 4-bedroom residences, each indulging in spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, exquisite designer touches, and unprecedented smart home technology.

Island at West Bay by Suffolk
The Island’s wide array of signature amenities will create inviting social spaces and provide services that elevate everyday experiences into meaningful moments. A dramatic porte-cochere entrance and an exemplary on-site staff ensure a memorable arrival experience. Atop The Island’s 24th floor, the Rooftop Amenity Deck creates a breathtaking backdrop for morning yoga in the shaded Fitness & Yoga space, refreshing dips in the adult Relaxation Pool, and sunset celebrations overlooking the expansive Gulf of Mexico vistas. The ground-level amenities include a Resident Club Room, a heated lap pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, private guest suites, refrigerated storage for deliveries, a Kid’s Club Room, an indoor golf simulator, and a private dog park with a dog wash station.

With a prime location and an unmatched set of amenities, The Island at West Bay is world-class living with the comforts of a close-knit community. To stay updated on The Island’s progress or learn more about specific design features, register your interest at

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