Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Naples Vacation Travel Guide

Naples Vacation Travel Guide


In addition to the fine beaches, top attractions include the Naples Zoo at Caribbean GardensConservancy of Southwest Florida,and Everglades Excursions that depart from Naples. You’ll want to take a boat cruise from Naples Bay to view the beautiful Naples homes and see Florida marine life; we recommend the Sweet Liberty sailing catamaran. In North Naples, the Naples Marina and Excursion soffers nature tours by boat. For cultural activities,  Naples has a lot to offer. From the Von Liebig Art Center to the Artis-Naples to the Naples Players at Sugden Community Theater, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Further, Naples is known to have more golf courses per capita than any other city in the world.


The Conservancy of Southwest Florida operates nature centers, a wildlife rehabilitation facility and a nature store. They offer land and water excursions to experience Florida’s vast natural resources.



Naples is located south of Fort Myers and north of the Everglades. If you head straight east on Alligator Alley (I-75) across the state, you would hit Fort Lauderdale. Naples is serviced by Southwest Florida International Airport, which is north of Naples.


There are many fine beaches in Naples and plenty of beach-access areas. At the north end of Naples, Barefoot Beach and Vanderbilt Beach are two favorites. At the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, not only will you find a fine beach, but also concessions, a boat ramp, picnic facilities and water equipment rentals. Located at Naples Municipal Beach, a long-time landmark in Naples is the Naples Pier,known for its sunset view and off-pier fishing. On the pier, you’ll even find a snack bar and bait shop.


For fine shopping in downtown Naples, hit Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South. Further north, the Village at Venetian Bay and the Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay are lush outdoor boutique malls.  At the Mercato Shops, in addition to a variety of stores and a Whole Foods, you’ll find a luxury movie theater.  Coastland Center  is a typical name brand indoor mall. You may want to do some souvenir shopping at  Tin City Waterfront Shops before or after a Naples Bay boat cruise.  Naples also has its own Outlet Center,  but it is small in comparison to others; true outlet enthusiasts will want to head north to the  Miromar Outlets in Estero.


There are so many choices for dining in Naples, we couldn’t begin to make recommendations for you here, but we can give you a few links to sites with opinions from those in the know!  At the USA Today 10 Best website, get recommendations for the Naples area’s top 10 restaurants, top 10 romantic restaurants, top 10 Mexican restaurants, top 10 waterfront restaurants and more. At UrbanSpoon,  you can search for restaurant ideas by cuisine, price, neighborhood and features. You can also find the restaurant location on their map. Our local food critic, Jean Le Boeuf, offers his recommendations for News-Press newspaper – check out his Facebook page for his insight.


There is a hotel, resort or condo for every budget and taste in Naples.  Near the beach or close to Fifth Avenue shopping, check our directories to find the perfect match for you.

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