By Terry Tomalin

September is a great month to cruise Southwest Florida destinations, from Naples down through The 10,000 Islands to the Everglades. Boaters might be intimidated to explore this wild stretch of coastline, but have no fear. There are several high-quality marinas and resorts to make your journey more comfortable.

Southwest Florida Travel Guide for Boaters

First stop is the Port of the Islands Resort & Marina, located just a 30-minute drive from downtown Naples, with direct access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the 10,000 Islands. Dock up at this top Resort & Marina and enjoy fishing, eco tours, airboat rides and skeet shooting, as well as your standard resort amenities, including an outdoor pool, Angler's Cove Restaurant and Bar, tennis court, game room with poker and pool tables, fitness center and a Chickee Hut for outdoor gatherings.

Next stop on our Southwest Florida travel guide Marco Island where you will find the Boat House Motel and its easy access to the open ocean. Within minutes, you can be fishing offshore in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Family owned and operated, this pet-friendly motel has boat slips for guests and it is a good starting point for Ten Thousand Islands and excellent flats fishing.

Finish your journey of Southwest Florida destinations at the Glades Haven Cozy Cabins & Marina at Miller's World located in the heart of the Everglades and the 10,000 Islands. This outdoor paradise was recently voted ESPN's Number One Fly-Fishing Destination in the World. You can also explore Florida's last unspoiled frontier by canoe and kayak. Book now for the fishing will only get better as we move into the fall.