VISIT FLORIDA: Naples

There is an endless variety of adventure when planning a vacation to Naples Florida. The city’s mild tropical climate makes it an ideal destination for seaside fun or rest and relaxation. Tourists are often attracted to the areas beautiful beaches, upscale shopping, and lively art scene. Naples also has over 80 championship golf-courses and is the self-proclaimed, “Golf Capital of the World.”

In 2005, The Travel Channel voted Naples as having the best beaches in America.  Naples beaches stretch for nearly ten miles long and are characterized by their renowned pristine white sand.

  • Naples Beach & Fishing Pier is one of the city’s best-known community landmarks. Originally built as a freight and passenger dock, the 100 year old pier now provides a great place to watch the sunrise or take a daytime stroll.
  • Vanderbilt Beach is a popular tourist beach, located off the boardwalk of the nearby hotels.  Beach-goers are often caught “shelling” or “bird-watching” at all hours of the day. Vanderbilt Beach is also home to The “Turtle Club,” one of Naples premiere restaurants known for their fresh seafood and steaks.
  • Lowdermilk Beach Park offers an exquisite beachfront complimented by picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, and volleyball courts.  Lowdermilk Beach Park is a venue suitable for all ages to enjoy.

Naples also provides a large range of natural attractions such as major land reserves and wildlife parks. These alternative outdoor adventures are great for families or couples.

  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a wildlife park with some of the world’s most exotic animals. The park also comes equipped with a handful of recreational activities such as sunbathing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens merges exotic animals with botanical wonders. The zoo has a botanical garden with over 3,000 tropical plants.

Downtown Naples is a world-class shopping destination and home to some of the best restaurants in the state. The shopping options include one-of-a-kind boutiques, vintage shops, and eclectic art galleries not to be outdone by the great eateries.

  • Waterside Shops is one of the most popular retail stops in Naples Florida offering the best in high end fashion with over 50 shops specialized in jewelry, men and woman apparel, and home décor. Tourists are enthralled by the unique Spanish-styled architecture and tropical waterfalls which contribute to an enjoyable shopping experience.
  • Fifth Avenue South is located in the district known as “Old Naples” and has reputation for trendy restaurants and gift shops. This historic area features a dynamic collection of art galleries showcasing the works of the world’s most notable artist. Fifth Avenue South also has a great night life atmosphere. The Naples Players are a downtown theatre attraction and is acclaimed as one of the best live theaters in South Florida.
  • Third Street South is Naples homage to international living. This neighborhood is flooded with contemporary and modern sectors. The Village on Venetian Bay is reminiscent of a European Village accompanied with beautiful waterfronts, small shops, and gourmet bakeries and coffee bistros. Tin City is also a must see shopping area in Naples channeling 1920’s architecture. You will find an assortment of over 40 creative boutiques and several themed restaurants.

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Pictured: Sunset on the Naples Municipal Beach with the silhouette of Naples Fishing Pier against the sun. (Naples, Florida)