Its location on the Gulf of Mexico, world-class hotels and resorts, and beautiful white sand beaches make Naples, Florida a popular beach destination. Vacationers can enjoy the day playing golf, shopping for antiques, or enjoying the beautiful neighborhoods with grand architecture. Secluded islands and the Everglades are nearby giving you the best of both worlds, a cosmopolitan city and a wilderness adventure!
Naples is first and foremost known for its luxury shopping and magnificent golf courses. The city's symbol, the Naples Pier was constructed in 1888, when the city of Naples was founded, and is now a perfect spot for fishing or dolphin spotting. The city gets its name from being compared to the Italian peninsula of Naples for its mild climate and abundant fishing.
Even with its high-end resorts and white "sugar" sand beaches, Naples is still a fun and affordable family destination with activities for nature lovers and beach bums alike. For shopping, hit Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South in the historic downtown area for numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops. For more "great outdoors," the Blackwater River/Royal Palm Hammock Paddling Trail is a must. You'll paddle through the scenic mangrove estuaries and salt marsh preserves of Collier-Seminole State Park. Then, spend a relaxing afternoon at the Naples Botanical Garden, a 170-acre world-class garden paradise featuring plants from Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. Kids will love the -on interactive Children’s Garden and the Butterfly Garden.
About an hour and a half north of Naples lies beautiful Sanibel Island. Sanibel is the perfect combination of relaxation and fun for the whole family. The kids will love spending the afternoon collecting shells while mom and dad enjoy a trip to the spa or a round of golf. If you could ever get sick of the beach, take a trip down south to the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. In this World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty, you'll see numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
There are plenty of options for your stay in Naples. For a romantic getaway, you'll love the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Naples. In addition to having its own spacious pool area, the hotel also provides beach towels and chairs if you plan on going to the beach. The entire family will love staying at the Inn at Pelican Bay. The location is close to the beach, shopping and restaurants. Plus, it has a complimentary beach shuttle.
The closest airport is the Naples Municipal Airport which offers smaller charter flights. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is the area's largest airport, is about an hour away from Naples, and services most major airlines. If you're coming by car, Naples is easily accessible by I-75, also known as "Alligator Alley." Coming from Miami, you can also take U.S. 41, also known as the historic Tamiami Trail. This two-hour scenic drive takes you through the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve with many great stops along the way.
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