Naples, FL, Guide and Information
Naples, on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast, lives up to its title as “paradise.” The subject of many accolades, Naples is sure to delight any traveler. The area holds numerous “Best Of” titles...here are just a few:
#1 Best Destination for Luxury Travelers by the editors and readers of USA TODAY’s “10 Best” travel section.....#1 Small Art Town in the country by John Villani,” The 100 Best Art Towns in America”.....America’s Best All-Around Beach (Travel Channel).....#2 on Trivago.com’s list of Top US Cities for Quality Accommodations.....One of the Top American Cities for Food, rated by Conde’ Nast Traveler’s reader.
Beach lovers have miles of soft white sand beaches to explore…the Naples Beach is a favorite with its iconic pier stretching 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. Foodies can take advantage of countless dining options throughout the Paradise Coast, including fresh-off-the-dock seafood at waterfront cafes, sophisticated cuisine at five-star restaurants and numerous locally-owned independent restaurants.
There is a thriving arts scene which features exhibits such as The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples and the Art Association Galleries. For live music and the performing arts, head to Artis-Naples, home of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Broadway productions, concerts and other performances, or Sugden Theatre, home of the Naples Players, Theatre Zone and the Gulfshore Playhouse for musical and dramatic performances. Opera Naples’s season is November-May.
Naples offers a variety of shopping options, including trendy and historic Third Street South, which has art galleries, fashion houses and boutiques, antiques, jewelry, home décor and restaurants. Fifth Avenue South, named the #2 Best Alfresco Dining Neighborhood in the US by the editors and readers of USA TODAY, is dynamic and features a variety of galleries, as well as clothing, gift and design boutiques, restaurants and bars. Other great shopping meccas are the Waterside Shops, the stores in the Naples Design District, Bayfront, Tin City and the Village on Venetian Bay…and there so are many more.
There are numerous activities and attractions perfect for families—the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Conservancy of Southwest FL and the Naples Botanical Garden. Watersports, charter cruises and dolphin-watching excursions are plentiful as well. Nature offers an amazing number of opportunities to explore her on the Paradise Coast—paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, canoeing and diving are just a few of the activities offered. If you are a golfer, it’s vital to know that there are 91 18-hole courses on the Paradise Coast (many are private, but some area resorts allow their guests to play on their courses. Others have affiliate relationships with private clubs, and there is a selection of excellent public courses as well.
There are so many things to do in Naples you can fill your entire trip with memorable experiences. The area is also an ideal place to kick back and relax…watching the breathtaking sunset on the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most popular Naples rituals. There is a wide variety of accommodations available—luxurious Gulf-front beach hotels, historic inns, mid-range and cozy value-priced hotels, boutique hotels, vacation home rentals and camping sites. It’s no wonder Naples is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the world!
About Cindy McCartney
Owner and Publisher Cindy McCartney’s family has lived in Naples for over 25 years. She lived in almost every area of the US while in marketing and management positions in the cosmetic industry. Most recently, she owned a popular and award-winning designer boutique in Old Town Alexandria, VA for thirteen years. However, she always knew a permanent move to Naples was in the cards. She and her husband (with their two dachshunds) made the decision to move to paradise and are thrilled to have settled in South Naples. While Cindy owned her boutique, she bought an ad on the Alexandria Discovery Map. It proved to be one of the best advertising decisions she had ever made. She actually saw people around town with them, reading them, plotting their day. Visitors walked in with them on a regular basis, telling her they’d come in because they saw the store on the map. It was clear, fun, colorful and most of all, useful. This led her to realize that Discovery Map would be a perfect fit for the vibrant personality of Naples.