Naples picturesquely sits on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. Its white beach is gorgeously contrasted by the blue ocean and green palm trees. And in Naples it’s more or less always weather to enjoy the pretty beaches. But there are a lot of things to do in Naples for non-beach days as well. A vacation in Naples has all you need for a dreamy time in the Sunshine State.
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The beaches in Naples
The climate in Southwest Florida makes Naples sunny and warm all year round, even in the winter when almost all other places in the US get cold weather. So most times of the year it’s beach weather in Naples.
And a very strong reason to go to Naples is to enjoy the beaches. There are so many nice beach spots to pick from in Naples. All the way from Vanderbilt Beach in the north to Naples Beach and Gordon’s Pass in the south you find great stretches with white sand, palm trees and beautiful water.
You can’t really go wrong about the beaches in Naples. Time on the beaches in Naples is time well spent.
See what’s going on at Naples Pier
The Naples Pier beautifully extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a historic regional landmark and the pier in Naples is one of the best places in the area to enjoy a day or evening.
As soon as you take your first step on the boardwalk of Naples Pier you feel relaxed. Naples Pier is a great place to enjoy the sunshine, see how the fishermen are doing or just take in the stunning environment.
If you’re lucky a local dolphin or two might even come and play in the water at the pier. Dolphins and other Florida wildlife like the Naples Pier as much as human visitors do.
Naples Pier is fun during daytime but it’s also the best sunset spot in town. As the sun is about to sink into the Gulf of Mexico people gather at the pier to take in the colorful masterpiece.
Shopping in Naples
But Naples is not only about the beach. The city is famous for higher-end shopping.
The downtown district with its crown jewel 5th Avenue South has a great selection of clothing stores. Village on Venetian is also great place to visit, not only for the shopping, but also for its italian architecture and its location waterside. So in Naples you can have fun while you shop, wether you window shop or find something to buy.
Lush Old Naples walks
Old Naples is a very pleasant area to walk. The lush, peaceful and exclusive environment makes a stroll not only good for your health but also entertaining. A car-free experience is one of the best ways to appreciate Old Naples and see the things you otherwise might miss.
At 5th Avenue South you find many of the town’s exclusive shops and famous restaurants. If you follow the tree-lined streets west towards the Gulf of Mexico you put the commerce behind you and get to Naples Pier. And on the way to the pier you pass many charming Naples villas that your eyes happily rest on as you walk.
Make a day trip to Everglades
A great advantage with Naples is that you have all the comfortable necessities of life in the city, but still Everglades is so close. Therefore Naples is one of the best places to stay near Everglades National Park. In as little as 40 minutes it’s possible for you to get from Naples to Everglades City and the Gulf Coast Visitor Center of Everglades National Park.
From Everglades City you can venture further into the huge wetland. A unique way to see alligators in Everglades is to catch an airboat tour. You find alligators, bobcats, deer and many other animals in the Everglades area. Just make sure that you don’t get too close to the wildlife.
Naples on the water
To make a vacation in Naples extra memorable you can book a boat tour to see Naples from the water. There are many great cruise options to choose from when you visit Naples.
A dolphin tour is a family favorite in Naples. It’s always special to get close to dolphins. Another great option is a romantic Naples sunset cruise. Or maybe you’re more interested in a narrated sightseeing cruise to learn more about the area?
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