Welcome to the official site for the Paradise Coast Blueway, Collier County's Paddling Trail. A network of paddling routes along the extensive coastline, the trail leads kayakers and canoers on an exciting journey from the cypress, through the mangroves and out to the edge of the Gulf of Mexico utilizing GPS waypoints. Phase 1, the Ten Thousand Islands section of the Blueway, begins in Everglades City, at the northwestern tip of Everglades National Park’s Wilderness Waterway trail, and ends at the village of Goodland on Marco Island. There are six day trip trails as well as one long trail route in Phase 1. Eventually, with the completion of Phases 2 the Paradise Coast Blueway will provide routes through the northern border of Collier County in Bonita Springs.
Use this site to order a map, find an outfitter, learn about the ecology of the trail, get trip ideas and plan a visit to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Visit our Events page for information on the upcoming Everglades Kayak Fishing Paddle-In in the Everglades and the 4th Annual Paradise Coast Kayak Festival at Isles of Capri.
Saltwater Sports, a local kayak outfitter, guide service and retail store, has won Sea Kayaker magazine's Readers Choice Awards for Best Sea Kayak Outfitter, Southeast/Gulf Coast and Best Tour Operator, Southeast/Gulf Coast. These awards run from 2008-2011, so Saltwater Sports holds this distinction for the next three years. The awards are determined by online survey votes from readers of the magazine and visitors to Sea Kayaker Magazine's Web site.
Thanks to the Paradise Coast Paddling Club for all of their volunteer hours and efforts during trail testing and mapping of the Blueway!
Check our Events Section for the latest information on paddling events in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.