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Tips on What To Do in Naples

Resort types might choose to fill their days swinging golf clubs and enjoying spa treatments at one of Naples' many facilities. Nature lovers will find plenty to see at the many nature preserves that surround the city. Couples can while away their vacation by lounging on the sand, shopping in Old Naples and filling up at the many upscale steak and seafood restaurants.

  • Best bets: Alligator Bay (don't miss the feedings), Leopard Rock, and Primate Expedition Cruises, which sail past islands of spider monkeys, lemurs, and siamangs." -- Away.com
  • Why Go? Seashell-strewn white sand beaches without high-rise condos, sleepy and romantic without a swinging singles scene, wilder than wild: The Everglades' alligators, crocodiles, and West Indian manatees." -- Concierge.com

Beaches

Naples beaches are known for their accessibility. Travelers staying in Old Naples have only to walk to the end of the avenues to reach the Gulf's white sand and sparkling waters. Recent leisure travelers particularly recommend the beach by Naples Pier because of its proximity to the establishments of downtown Naples. Other well-liked facilities include Clam Pass County Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, both at Naples' northern end. At the park, you can rent kayaks and other beach equipment. You can also head south of the city to Marco Island, where you can lounge on the beach and water-ski.

  • Unlike many Florida cities, where you have to drive over to a barrier island to reach the beach, this city's beach is right in Old Naples." -- Frommer's
  • Head straight to Naples Pier in time for the sunset -- an impressive show that beckons tourists and Neapolitans alike; some tote lawn chairs and coolers to the beach below." -- New York Times

Nature

Yes, Naples is primarily a beach destination, but it's also known for its other nature attractions. Recent travelers rave about the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which features 13,000 acres of lush trees and plants, as well as hundreds of bird species and sometimes alligators. Although it's about 45 minutes away, the drive to the expansive Everglades National Park is well worth the trip. Go for a guided boat ride through the Everglades to see the area wildlife.

  • While this is a self-guided walk [at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary], volunteer naturalists along the route will answer questions. Depending on the season, you may spot alligators moving through the grasses, black bears in the pinelands, or raccoons and otters." -- Concierge.com
  • At the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Naples Nature Center, … you'll find nature trails and an aviary (with bald eagles and other birds). You can take guided boat rides on the hour, between 10am and 3pm, weather permitting. ... You can also rent a canoe or kayak and see the area by yourself." -- Frommer's

Activities for Couples

Naples' quiet and lazy ambience lends itself well to lovebirds. We recommend a nice meal in one of the many high-end restaurants here, then a stroll along Naples Pier or past Millionaires' Row for a fantastic view of the setting sun.

  • Naples isn't exactly a hot town with the younger set, it caters more to the babyboomer billionaire set, so don't come looking for nightlife -- the entire city pretty much shuts down by 10pm. But if you're looking for a top romantic beach on the Gulf of Florida, it's pretty hard to beat this genteel beach town with its serene atmosphere, delicious seafood and amazing sunsets." -- Lonely Planet

Attractions for Kids

Should you have your young ones in tow (though we advise against it), you will find a handful of kid-friendly spots. Besides the beaches, Naples also offers the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and the Children's Museum (opening in the fall of 2011).

  • A family stroll on historic Naples Fishing Pier is required; you might see leaping dolphins." -- Away.com
  • Amid the quiet charm of Naples, get ready to hear roaring lions, singing siamangs, and laughing. ... Just a mile from world-class beaches, get wildly close to big cats, have fun chatting with keepers, and cruise on a guided boat tour past islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes." -- Trip Advisor
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