Naples, Florida

It’s no coincidence that Naples, Florida is on the stretch of land known as “Paradise Coast.” Naples has an idyllic setting near the south of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Endless white-sand beaches sweep the coastline, and the deep blue ocean gently swells, its color becoming even more vivid as it meets the horizon. Naples is a destination made for relaxation, a paradise indeed.

Naples is known for its beaches, but the gleaming sand and refreshing waves aren’t the only natural attraction the area has to offer. Naples is surrounded by one of the most unique ecosystems in the United States, and even in the world. Everglades National Park — a World Heritage Site and the sole subtropical preserve in North America — is a short drive down the coast, and offers activities for every taste. You can look for exotic birds or try to spy alligators lolling in the swampy waters; you can hike, canoe, and kayak in the wilderness. The natural beauty is unspoiled and breathtaking.

Fishing Pier at Naples FloridaAnd for those who might hope to keep a little more distance between themselves and those gators? Enjoy the Florida weather with a more tame outdoor adventure. Naples is a well-known attraction for golf; in fact, it has more golf holes per capita than any area in the United States. The miles and miles of coastline make the county an oasis for fishermen, and the angling gets even more exciting if you make an excusion to Ten Thousand Islands and their intricate estuaries or explore huge Lake Trafford.

Naples isn’t without its culture. The dining is superb, especially when it comes to the seafood. Naples is on the forefront of vacation cuisine. After a long day at the beach, amble around Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South. Whether you’re looking for a casual open-air cafe or a sophisticated haute-cuisine establishment, you’ll find fresh, gourmet food. Don’t leave the area without sampling the natives’ expertise in Caribbean and Cuban cuisines. And no matter the food, the views will be gorgeous.

Beached out? Naples has a hopping nightlife scene, whether you’re looking for cultured cocktails or cold beer. Or browse the many boutiques and art galleries. Or learn something about the storied history of Naples. From the Calusa Indians to the pioneers, the cattle ranchers to the tarpon tourists, Naples has a complex and fascinating story.

Where else could you find all this? Visit paradise: visit Naples, Florida.


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