Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) Biennial Conference will be held June 27-30, 2010 at Marco Island, Florida. Click here for information about the LWI conference, including information about registration, hotels, and transportation to the conference hotel.
SEE UPDATES BELOW AND ALSO READ THE VERY HELPFUL COMMENTS TO THIS POST WITH ADDITIONAL ADVICE FOR YOUR TRAVEL TO FLORIDA
Fort Myers Airport (RSW) is 52 miles away (about an hour's drive) from Marco Island. It is a nice airport and easy to navigate. The LWI conference website has information about shuttle service from RSW to Marco Island. Click here for that transportation information.
UPDATE FROM ROBERT VOLK: Naples Airport (AFP) is even closer to Marco Island. It is less than 19 miles (about 30 minutes) away.
So here's some information to share with you about other airports. This is not "official" LWI information; these are just my own thoughts after visiting the conference hotel last year with other LWI Board Members. I flew into Ft. Meyers (RSW) last time and rented a car (which was cheaper than the shuttle). [But keep in mind there's a daily parking fee at the hotel.]
If you don't mind driving an extra hour (or more if you stop for birdwatching or to look for alligators in the everglades), you can also fly to Miami (MIA) which is 103 miles away from Marco Island (a drive of about two hours and five minutes), or to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) which is 117 miles away (about two hours). Check it out on Mapquest or whatever other website you use. Both of those airports are the other side of the state, but the drive is not bad and can be quite interesting.
UPDATE FROM ANTHONY NIEDWIECKI: In the comments to this post, Anthony Niedwiecki (who was recently featured here in a post about his new position at The John Marshall Law School) shared this gem of local knowledge: Even though Fort Lauderdale airport is further, it will take much less time than traveling from MIA. It is almost a direct trip (very easy and quick) across Alligator Alley from the FLL airport, while you will be stuck in traffic if you come from MIA. My experience is that flying into FLL or Fort Myers will cost less than flying into MIA. Anthony Niedwiecki
Keep this in mind too-- depending on where you live and when you want to arrive, you may more frequent flights and even better deals by looking at various airport options.
If you know the area and have additional advice, please leave a comment for us on this post. Please check out the comments already posted too.
ANOTHER POSSIBILITY: Robert Volk reminded me as well about Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) which is 137 miles (2 hours 18 minutes) away (and also on the West Coast of Florida).
ANOTHER UPDATE from Kirsten Davis: Flying through Tampa is also an option, particularly if you want to include Disney or Universal Studios in your trip. It is a much longer drive to Marco Island (about 3 hours, 185 miles) than from Ft. Myers, but the flights likely will be more plentiful than to Sarasota, Ft. Myers, or Naples, and the Tampa International Airport is about 90 minutes from Walt Disney World in Orlando. So, if you want to make Disney a part of your trip, you can fly to Tampa, drive to Marco, drive back to Disney, and fly home from Tampa. Orlando would also be an option, except you would need to add 90 minutes or so to your initial drive to Marco Island. (See the comments below for more information from Kirsten Davis, including her contact information as well for specific questions you might have).
- Fort Meyers (RSW)
- Naples (AFP)
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- Miami (MIA)
- Sarasota (SRQ)
- Tampa (TPA)
The photos here are of the conference hotel. They are provided courtesy of Professor Suzanne Rowe.
Open the COMMENTS to this post for additional helpful travel tips.