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I’m Paula, and I’m thrilled to be your guide to the enchanting world of Southwest Florida. As a freelance travel writer,  I’ve had the privilege of exploring Southwest Florida’s beautiful region’s stunning landscapes, vibrant communities, and hidden gems.

Paula Bendfeldt founder of 365 Things to do in Southwest Florida

Matlacha, Pine Island, Florida.

When I’m not sharing about Southwest Florida you can find writing sharing recipes and Guatemalan travel tips on or writing about the best things to do in Central America at

Your Guide to Southwest Florida From A Local 

Originally from Guatemala, I now call Southwest Florida my home. Here, I live with my husband, two teenagers, and two lovable golden doodles. Together, we’ve embarked on countless adventures in Southwest Florida, uncovering the area’s best activities, kid-friendly outings, and dog-friendly experiences.

Sanibel dog friendly beaches

Ligththouse Beach in Sanibel.

A Passion for Photography and Adventure

When I’m not writing, you can often find me with a camera in hand, capturing the natural beauty of this region. I’m an amateur photographer who loves spending time on the beach, kayaking through the mangroves, and hiking through our picturesque trails. Exploring the great outdoors and capturing its wonders through the lens is one of my greatest joys.

Best things to do in Southwest Florida kayaking

Calusa Blueway, Estero River, Estero.

A Foodie’s Paradise

As an avid foodie, I take great pleasure in discovering and savoring the diverse culinary delights that Southwest Florida has to offer. Whether it’s the local seafood, international cuisine, or hidden gems, I’m always on the lookout for the next delicious dining experience to share with you.

Enjoy a Taste of Korea at Roy’s Bonita Springs

Discover 365 Things To Do in Southwest Florida

365 Things To Do in Southwest Florida, is your go-to resource for discovering this region’s finest attractions and experiences. From lounging on the beautiful beaches and kayaking through the mangroves to visiting the Edison and Ford Winter estates or taking a dolphin cruise, there’s something for everyone. Let me guide you to all the best things to do in the area, from Cape Coral and Fort Myers to Naples, Port Charlotte, and beyond!

Your guide to the best things to do in Southwest Florida

Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Local Insights and Recommendations

As a local resident, I have an intimate knowledge of the area, which allows me to provide you with the best recommendations for things to do, upcoming events, where to savor delectable meals, and where to find comfortable accommodations. I also take pride in spotlighting local businesses and restaurants that make this community thrive.

A Relaxing Weekend Getaway at the Historic Belleview Inn

The Historic Belleview Inn in Bellair, Florida.

Work With Me

If you’re interested in advertising on my website or collaborating with me to showcase your business, please reach out at [email protected]. I’m excited to help you reach your audience and share your message with my readers.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through the beauty and wonder of Southwest Florida. Together, let’s make lasting memories in this incredible part of the world.

Warm regards,


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