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.
Three airports servicing SW Florida are:
- Charlotte County Airport
- Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
- Southwest Florida International Airport
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:
- Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers
- Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota
- Minnesota Twins in South Fort Myers
- Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton
- Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte
Source: Wikipedia (with additions)