""Summerland in Wintertime"" Top 5 Page for this destination Naples by deecat

Naples Travel Guide: 276 reviews and 636 photos

Beaches, Wildlife, Golf....Paradise

Naples, Florida is located in Collier County which is known as Paradise Coast. After living there for one month in January, 2009, I agree with that assessment.

The city of Naples was named after Naples, Italy, because of its similarity with a mild climate and being a fishing community.

Kentuckian, Walter N. Halderman, purchased the entire town of Naples and built a 600-foot pier into the Gulf of Mexico. This "T" shaped pier has been rebuilt three times because of destructive hurricanes.

This lovely community is known for its miles and miles of Alabaster sand beaches. Naples' beaches are regarded among the finest in the world. These white sandy beaches extend from recreation settings of the parks/public beaches near downtown Naples and stretch all the way to secluded seaside beaches to the north.
There are picturesque boardwalks throughout downtown Naples that reach over the dunes and onto the beach; thus, there are multiple public access sites.

Naples is also well known for its varied wildlife and vegetation. You can visit the National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary [25 minutes from downtown Naples.] Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a great place to see the flowers in the area.

Just south of Naples is Marco Island [the largest of the so-called Ten Thousand Islands] with uninhabited mangroves and unspoiled natural habitats for fishing, kayaking, taking photos, and much more.%c*

Naples is also well known for its multi-million-dollar homes, plush golf courses, high-end resorts, numerous art galleries, outstanding shopping, and love of the arts. Old Naples is known for its tree-lined streets, quaint cottages, very few high rises, no super highways, great restaurants, and beautiful flowers...seemed like Paradise to me.

Exquisite Flowers

Beautiful Architecture

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Perfect Weather, Great Food, Lovely Beaches, Terrific Golf
  • Cons:Traffic
  • In a nutshell:The perfect place to avoid northern winters
  • Last visit to Naples: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Fabulous restaurant tips. What a vacation. So wonderful to have such nice weather, beautiful beaches, people you knew, and great places to eat. Your tips are so helpful.

  • Mar 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    A truly spectacular page. These are outstanding tips. Love the stuff about the panthers, beaches, depot, zoo, and all those restaurants. Wow, what a time you two had.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    ~ Hello, Dee! Thanks for your great pages here at VT.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Back recently from our Naples so really enjoyed your FL Naples - looks like pristine beaches here! <(•¿•)>

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Enjoyed my virtual bite into your restaraunt tips!! I did love your expression 'snow birds' & do hope you enjoyed 'Mama Mia'

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2009 at 5:09 AM

    Superb and well-written Naples page complete with many lovely photos! Everglades National Park at Shark Valley seems to be an interesting destination to visit. ~ho & pang

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Fantastic page Dee! I love the white sand beaches and Palm Cottage, and the zoo sounds good too (especially the free-living primates). And what an amazing banyan tree! Will be back to read more

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    "Art reflects the soul of the community".... how true is that! Thanks for this awesome page Dee, I have thoroughly enjoyed 'travelling' here with your help :)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    The beaches, restaurants, arts, zoo's, waterfront, piers, and the beautiful pelican look fantastic. I think you both needed a break! Naples, Florida looks like a wonderful vacation spot! And as usual you've given us such insight to a beautiful place.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    beaches look beautiful. useful page here. congrats...


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