About Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is a region made up of the following counties:

The area was largely ignored by commercial developers until the late 1800s, and as such, lacks much of the heavier development present in other parts of Florida.

Tourism is a major economic driver in the area. In addition, many seasonal residents live in the area during the winter months, as temperatures in south Florida stay very moderate during that time of year.

Inland counties (De Soto, Hendry and Glades Counties) are notably rural, with the primary economic driver being agriculture. Important products grown in this area include tomatoes, beef, sugarcane, and citrus products including oranges.

Coastal counties (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier) are home to four of The Travel Channel’s Top 10 Florida Beaches: Naples, Siesta Key, Sanibel, and Captiva.

Three airports servicing SW Florida are:

Florida is the traditional home for Major League Baseball spring training, with teams informally organized into the “Grapefruit League.”

Southwest Florida hosts the following major league teams for spring training:

Source: Wikipedia (with additions)