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Naples, Florida Travel Guide

Naples, FL Summary


  • Quiet and laid-back town with a historic district
  • The long, sandy beaches are less crowded than those in neighboring towns
  • Upscale shopping and fine dining on swank Fifth Avenue
  • Sophisticated feel without the showiness of other upscale communities in southern Florida
  • Beautiful mansions in residential areas surrounded by woods
  • Over 80 great golf courses
  • Beautiful sunsets with views of the Gulf of Mexico


  • Accommodation is more expensive than in neighboring destinations
  • Having a car is mandatory
  • No nightlife and little to do besides going to the beach
  • Retirement community -- not the ideal destination for families with kids

What It's Like

Naples is one of the most sophisticated destinations in southwest Florida -- with an upscale shopping and dining area along swank Fifth Avenue, and expensive hotels. Famous for its long sandy beaches and beautiful mansions, it’s also golfer’s paradise, with over 80 golf courses within a 30-minute drive from the city center.

This is a sleepy retirement community with few attractions and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts couples and older families. It is definitely not the most kid- and teen-friendly destination in the region. There are a few art galleries and several malls, but overall, there’s pretty much nothing to do besides spending the day on the beach and watching the beautiful sunsets from the Naples Pier.

Northern Naples is where most of the beach resorts are, and where the only high-rises can be found. There’s little inland, besides a few shopping malls, plenty of golf courses, and several expensive hotels. The main draw here is gorgeous Vanderbilt Beach, a long stretch of sand within a short drive of the restaurants and shops along Vanderbilt Beach Road.

Where To Stay

Naples is not the most pedestrian-friendly town in the region, and having a car is mandatory. If you want to be close to fine dining and upscale shopping, you will probably find the area around Fifth Avenue in Olde Naples convenient. However, beachgoers will likely want to stay in one of the resorts that line Vanderbilt Beach, north of the downtown area.

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