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Naples Florida – A City Worth The Visit

04/15/2016

Naples Florida Is Calling Your Name !

Naples FloridaPerched on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest, Naples Florida is well known for its high-end shopping, world-class culture and sophisticated dining. There is also another side to Naples known as an affordable family destination that appeals to nature lovers and beach aficionados, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the focal points for Naples Florida shopping in the historic downtown area, with numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops. When it’s time for lunch or drinks and dinner, you can enjoy your meal with a water view, whether it’s a swank beachfront resort or a funky bayside bar.  Naples Florida is served by the Naples Municipal Airport and the Southwest Florida International Airport.

Naples Florida boasts 10 miles of pristine shoreline, 92 golf courses, sightseeing tours, boating, dolphin and whale watching, water sports, scuba and snorkeling water skiing and jet skiing, exquisite dining, and an active, vibrant night life.

Naples Florida

Pristine Beaches

The number one attraction for visitors to the greater Naples Florida area, its beaches boast pearlescent sugar sand that runs along the gentle Gulf of Mexico from Bonita Beach in the north to the beaches of Marco Island and Ten Thousand Islands in the south.  It is well worth mentioning that in 2005, the Travel Channel voted Naples Beach one of the top 10 beaches in Florida.

The beaches range from thriving mid-city beaches with full facilities and water sports rentals galore to quiet natural preserves and a state park, where observing wildlife and chilling take precedence. Broken only occasionally by passes and inlets, they provide long stretches for walking and communing with the sea.   Perhaps the biggest dilemma when chilling on the pearly white sands is to decide which way to look. On one side are the rolling waves, and on the other the gleaming mansions that make up Millionaires’ Row. One of the most popular beaches at Naples Pier is in the city, on 12th Avenue South.

Take your pick from this 10 Best list of family friendly beaches such as Lowdermilk Park, downtown’s Naples Municipal Beach and Pier and even a freshwater lake beach at Sugden Regional Park.

Activities range from sunning and swimming to fishing, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking and bar hopping. Naples beaches are known for their seashells and rich shore bird life, so don’t forget your shell bag and binoculars. Throw in a shelling and birding field guide while you’re at it.

Whichever variety of beach beckons your inner beach-bum, you are sure to find one that pleases. Or try a different one each day to experience the vast variety Naples Florida has to offer.

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Golf

If golf is your game, there are 92 – that’s right, I said 92 public and private golf courses in and around Naples Florida!  Naples is the self-titled “Golf Capital of the World”, claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.  It’s no surprise that the golf is top notch and tee times are plentiful, so golfers have plenty of options to get their golf on.

Click HERE for the complete list and information for each course and a direct link to their website.  Some many courses – so little time…

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Where to stay in Naples

Accommodations range from value priced to expensive, so there are many options to fit everyone’s needs.  Click HERE for a list of hotels and accommodations in Naples.

Naples Florida


Where to eat in Naples

There’s no appetizer like fresh air, so after a relaxing day at the beach or an invigorating round of golf or tennis, if you are looking around for somewhere to eat, Naples Florida will not disappoint. Whatever your preference – casual or formal, surf or turf – the right restaurant exists for you. The tropical climate is conducive to relaxed dining and what better place to enjoy fresh, local seafood than on the waterfront?

Click here for a list of the very best in Naples dining and make your reservation for a meal that will tickle your taste buds.

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Standout Places to See

Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples Florida 34112
Telephone (239) 643-7275


The Revs Institute
2500 S. Horseshoe Drive
Naples Florida 34104
Telephone: (239) 687-REVS
 

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples Florida, 34102
Telephone: (239) 262-5409
 
Bird Gardens of Naples
 1060 Purple Martin Dr.
Naples Florida 34120
Telephone: (813) 841-1911
 
The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Address: 300 Tower Road,
Naples Florida 34113
Telephone: (239) 530-5940


Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road West
 Naples Florida 34120
Telephone: (239) 348-9151

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Naples Art Association

The von Liebig Art Center – Naples Art Association
Address: 585 Park Street
 Naples Florida 34012
Telephone: (239) 262-6517

Theaters and Entertainment

Artis-Naples – Home of The Baker Museum
and the Naples Philharmonic
Address: 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard,
Naples Florida 34108
Telephone: (239) 597-1900

Gulfshore Playhouse
Address: 755 8th Avenue South,
Naples Florida 34102
Telephone (239) 261-7529

Museums

Collier County Museums
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave
Immokalee, Florida 34142
Telephone: (239) 658-2466

Marco Island Historical Museum,
180 S. Heathwood Dr.
Marco Island, Florida 34145
Telephone: (239) 642-1440

Museum of the Everglades
105 W. Broadway
Everglades City, Florida 34139
Telephone: (239) 695-0008
Naples Depot Museum – If you’re a train buff, this is a must do.
Address: 1051 Fifth Avenue South
Naples Florida 34102
Telephone: ( 239)262-6525

Naples Florida

For the Kiddos

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon – Collier County’s only water park * Favorite
Address: 15000 Livingston Rd
Naples Florida 34109
Telephone: (239) 252-4021
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples  – * Favorite
Address: 15080 Livingston Road
Naples Florida 34109
Telephone: (239) 514-0084

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Parks and Recreation

Click here for a list of Parks and Recreation.   Naples continually offers opportunities for program participation through dance, art, sports, martial arts, athletic leagues, swimming, theater, extreme sports and camps. Inclusion programs are provided for individuals with “special abilities” including summer camps for pre-school age, elementary age, middle school age and high school age participants.

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Fishing and Boating Paradise


It’s no secret that 365 days a year you will find anglers working Naples beaches for bait and sports fish.  Snook can be caught year round on the beach.

Fishing

The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Collier County.
25 12th Avenue South
Naples Florida
Telephone:  (239) 213-1800)

Visit FLgoshishing for a complete guide to fishing in Naples and Collier County.  Also Visit Fishing Guides in the Southwest Florida area.

Click HERE for a list of boat launch areas  and amenities in Collier County.

Boating

Boating is by far a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  Bring your own or you can rent or charter a boat to sail our beautiful waters.  Click HERE for a list of boat launch areas  and amenities in Collier County.

If boating luxury and convenience are more to your liking, click HERE for a list of local boat captains to assist you in planning a perfect worry-free boating day of fishing, sailing or sightseeing.

Water Sport Activities

Vanderbilt Beach is a great place for excitement and fun if you are wanting to kick it up a notch on the water.  Thrilling fun on waverunners, parasailing and kayak and paddleboards rentals are a great option.

Waverunners adventures for the time of your life are available by clicking HERE.  Don’t worry, if you have never driven one, instructors are there to walk you through everything. No worries mate.

If parasailing  high above the pristine waters and experience breathtaking views of Naples’ beaches is calling your name, click HERE for  details on experiencing the thrill of a lifetime.  My first parasailing adventure was at the age of 60! So it’s never too late !

Now for a more subdued water sport that will definitely give you a lifetime of memories to take home, maybe a kayak or a paddleboard is more your style.  Click HERE for details on to how to have fun and get fit! It’s a win-win !

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Pet Friendly Beaches  – Don’t forget Fido

Keewaydin Island
1490 5th Ave S
Naples Florida 34102

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Shopping

The Village on Venetian Bay
Address: 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N
Naples Florida 34103
Telephone: (239) 261-6100

 Fifth Avenue South
Address: 649 Fifth Avenue South
Naples Florida 34102
Telephone: (239) 692-8436
 
Third Street South
Address: 3rd Street South between Broad and 14th Ave
Naples Florida 34102
Telephone: (239) 434-6533
 
Mercato
Address: 9132 Strada Place, Suite 11103
Naples Florida  34108
Telephone: (239) 254-1080
 
Waterside Shops
Address: 5415 Tamiami Trail N
Naples Florida 34108
Telephone: (239 598-1605
 
Tin City Waterfront Shops and Dining
1200 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
Telephone: (239) 262-4200

U.S. 41 East at Goodlette Road
, 1200 5th Avenue South,
Naples Florida 34102
Telephone: (239) 262-4200
 
Coastland Center Mall
1900 Tamiami Trail North
Naples Florida  34102
Telephone: (239) 262-2323

Naples Florida

Worth Mentioning

If you are into beautiful pottery, THE place in Naples to visit is worth the trip. (actually from anywhere)

POTTERY AS ART

27570 Old 41 Rd.
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Telephone: (239) 947-8383

Pottery As Art offers diverse selections range from very large unique ceramic, concrete, and lightweight landscape containers and water features to basic decorative garden pots, birdbaths, decor spheres, pot feet and garden stools.  They also carry artist signed handcrafted metal art, Mexican Folk Art, Vietnamese, Talavera, and blown glass pieces, wind chimes and whimsical decorative items.  They also ship anywhere in the U.S. and offer a 10% discount on your 1st purchase.  See website for details.

Naples Florida

Naples Florida is a must see destination, for those who prefer a quieter, more laid-back place to bask in Florida’s winter sun, and enjoy first class amenities.  We often refer to Naples as the state’s West Coast paradise.  A warm weather town with amenities in the comfortable middle between teenagers and overagers, but offering romantic settings for people of all ages.  Come and enjoy!  Now its time to gather up my beach essentials and lasso WYSIWYG to the car and head out – ah, life is good at the beach !

Here’s to sand between your toes and sunshine on your face!

Naples Florida

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