Florida West

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  My visit to Florida's Gulf Coast featured an eclectic mix of historical sites, art galleries, museums, and beach communities, with frequent visits to wildlife sanctuaries and centres.

Major destinations were Miami, Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.

Sightseeing highlights, part from the numerous nature preserves, included the Edison and Ford summer homes in Fort Myers, the Ringling Mansion, Ringling Museum of Art, and Circus Museum in Sarasota, and the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.

The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images.  A Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, in both on-screen and printable forms.


Quick Start: Florida-West.pdf


Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Art Deco District, Miami

Art Deco District, South Beach

Edison Summer Home, Sarasota

Edison Summer Home, Ft. Myers

Edison Lab, Sarasota

Edison Lab, Ft. Myers

Peace River Widlife Center, Punta Gorda

Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

Ringling Mansion, Sarasota

Ringling Mansion, Sarasota

Ringling Circus Miseum, Sarasota

Circus Museum, Sarasota

Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Dali Museum, St. Petersburg



Link to Pictures File


You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.


Route Map

We began with a short visit to Miami, but concentrated on the Gulf Coast, from Marco Island north to Clearwater Beach, and returned from Tampa.

Florida Routes Map is available if you wish a paper copy to follow along.

Florida map

Table of Contents

The Contents table from the picture files is reproduced below.  If you wish a paper copy to target your viewing, use Florida West Printable Contents.

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Route Map   4
Miami Beach   5
Art Deco District   8
Sightseeing Cruise  12
Gulf Coast
Naples  17
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary    25
Marco Island  37
Fort Myers
Edison & Ford Estates  44
Sanibel Island  59
Sanibel Island Sunset  68
Fort Myers Beach  71
Punta Gorda
Ponce de Leon Park  73
Peace River Wildlife Center  75
Ringling Estate & Museums  79
Ringling Circus Museum  80
Ringling Mansion  92
Ringling Museum of Art 103
St. Petersburg  
Treasure Island 114
Dali Museum 116
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 121
Clearwater Beach 134
End 136