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Located in Southwest Florida, Naples is the perfect destination for a romantic or family getaway. It is famous for its beaches, prestigious golf courses and close accesses to the Everglades.
The city offers nice entertainment and shopping areas. Main activities: golf, fishing, boating, beach sun bathing.
Naples Top Attractions
***Naples Beaches and Sunsets
Naples offers some of the most fantastic beaches in Florida. The sunsets are magical often chosen by young couples to celebrate their wedding.
On weekends, Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Municipal Beach (Naples Pier), and Lowdermilk Beach Park are more populated. Delnor Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area, and Clams Pass Beach Park are more secluded.
Access to the beaches from downtown Naples, parking spaces are available from 32nd Avenue South to 17th Avenue North.
Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier)
Built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, The Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. Narrow gauge train rails spanning the length of the pier transported freight and baggage in the early 1900's. Part of the structure as well as the post office located on the pier was razed by fire in 1922. Rebuilt after damage by hurricanes in 1910, 1926 and 1960, it remains a public symbol of the area's history.
Located at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road, Vanderbilt Beach County Park borders the Gulf of Mexico near plenty of hotels, shopping and restaurants. There is ample car parking, with easy handicap accessibility to the beach, rest rooms and showers. Bicycle racks are located close to the beach.
Delnor Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area
Separated by the mainland by mangrove swamps and tidal creeks, this recreation area is located on a narrow barrier island off Florida's southwest coast. A pass on the north end of the island is a natural outlet for the Cocohatchee River. The park offers Gulf-front swimming, fishing, picnicking and a boat ramp in a lush setting of sea oats, sea grapes, cabbage palms and mangroves. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is located 11100 Gulfshore Drive in North Naples five miles west of I-75, exit 17.
Clam Pass Beach Park
The Park consists of 35 acres of mangrove forest, coastal dunes and 3,200 linear feet of beach on the Gulf of Mexico. There is a boardwalk, which provides access to the beach through a mangrove forest. The boardwalk is about three quarters of a mile long and can be walked or you can catch a ride on a free tram that runs continuously throughout the day.
410 Seagate Drive, close to the Registry Hotel.
Lowdermilk Beach Park
Lowdermilk Park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables, a playground for the kids, volleyball court, and a wonderful duck pond.
Nice family ambiance.
Located on Gulf Shore Blvd and Banyan Blvd - 125 parking spaces.
North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach
This walking path between Regency Hotel and condominiums of Seagate and North Gulf Shore Boulevard provides access to the beach in North Naples. Constant comings and goings of
golf carts bringing non-walkers to the beach make a stroll less enjoyable.
Open from sunrise to sundown
- 81 Seagate Drive - Parking is available only from the end of Seagate Drive, but the access itself serves pedestrians from the ends of both Seagate and North Gulf Shore Boulevard.
Parking at City and County beaches is free with a City of Naples or Collier County beach parking permit. If you do not have a parking permit, the cost at some of the beach and boat launch locations is $4 per vehicle, per day. Other locations require coin insertion for extended parking time (.25 for 20 minutes). Weekly City of Naples beaches permit ($10) can be purchase at the Naples City Hall, 735 8th Street South.
***Everglades National Park
Everglade National Park is the biggest subtropical region of the United States. It is characterized by an extraordinary variety of fauna and flora and its fragile ecosystem.
It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.
Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.
Everglades National Park preserves and protects over 1.6 million acres of some of the best and most complete examples of the natural and cultural history of South Florida. Everglades National Park has three entrances on the Everglades Trail - wonderful opportunities are available at each entrance including boat rides at the western entrance, a tram to an observation tower at Shark River Valley Loop Road, and a series of interpretive features along the road to Flamingo - ending at Florida Bay.
Gulf Coast Visitor Center
: in Everglades City south of Naples.
***Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
A stunning 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through four distinct environments: a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest, and a marsh.
Volunteer naturalists are usually on the boardwalk to answer questions. Allow about 2-3 hours.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road West
Naples, FL 34120
Travel Magazine USA journalists are proud supporting members of Corkscrew Sanctuary
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Best accessible by boat)
The 35,000 acres refuge protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species. Activities: Fishing, Wildlife Observation and Photography.
Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, Florida. The refuge is best accessed by boat. Headquarters located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd.
**Naples Boating and Fishing
Local companies offer half and full day charters for any size group starting from the Naples City Boat Dock. They furnish everything from rods & reels, bait, tackle, ice and fishing license. The day's catch is generally cleaned and bagged at no charge. Catches: grouper and snapper, cobia, etc.
Enjoy the beauty of Naples Bay, see the multimillion-dollar homes of Port Royal, and cruise out into the Gulf of Mexico aboard the Naples Princess Cruises (159 passengers air conditioned yacht - 550 Port-O-Call Way) or the Sweet Liberty 53' catamaran (880 12th Avenue South).
Canoe rentals available at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida - 1450 Merrihue Drive -, Briggs Nature Center (Conservancy) - 401 Shell Island Road
-, Rookery Bay Reserve - 300 Tower Road -, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge - 3860 Tollgate Boulevard - , Clam Pass Beach Park - 410 Seagate Drive -.
Cruise the Naples Bay and the Everglades on your own.
Boat rentals available
at Port-O-Call Way and other locations.
Everglades AirBoat Tours
Lots of fun, very noisy but a great way to see another side of the Everglades. Tours companies
are located along Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and in Everglades City.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Offers a variety of exotic animals from apes to zebras inside a 52-acre tropical garden. - Multimedia presentation, Safari Canyon, life animals including lions and tigers, Primate Expedition Cruise for observing rare monkeys, Scales & Tails show, alligator feeding, etc. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is leading the challenge to protect and sustain Southwest Florida's natural resources. The Conservancy's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) tends to wild animals who have been hurt. Each month, the center receives and cares for more than 100 injured wildlife. Close to 50 percent being successfully returned to the wild. Patients at the WRC include birds, mammals and reptiles.
In addition to its behind-the-scenes hospital for injured animals, permanent residents including owls, hawks, pelicans and a bald eagle are outside for public viewing. - 1450 Merrihue Drive, next to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Mon.-Sat. 9am-4:30pm,
Sun. 12pm-4pm (Nov.-April)
**Naples Museum of Art
Three-story, 30,000-square-foot museum wi3h 15 galleries, a glass dome conservatory, entrance gates by renowned metal artist Albert Paley, spectacular chandeliers and a Persian ceiling by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly, a resource room and the Museum Store. - 5833 Pelican Bay - Closed on Mon. Tue. - Sat.: 10 am-4 pm, Sun.: noon-4 pm
*Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Hosts more than 400 events a year including world-class dance, opera, classical and popular music and Broadway musicals. - 5833 Pelican Bay
Numerous golf courses, private and public.
**Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay
This luxury shopping center underwent
total renovation in 2005 and 2006. Upscale brands such as Cartier, Hermes, Christofle, Tiffany, Guccy, Vuitton, and Coach opened their stores around a natural landscaping. Saks Fifth Avenue is the anchor of this beautiful open shopping center.
5415 Tamiami Trail N. (Restaurants, bookstore, luxury retail stores)
**Fifth Avenue South
Located downtown Old Naples. Restaurants, colorful shops, art galleries, ice cream parlors,
and nightly entertainment make Fifth Avenue South the tourist center of the city.
The street leads to the beach where vacationers await a magical sunset.
**Third Street South
Old Naples at its best. Restaurants, luxury shopping, and night entertainment enhance the Victorian style of this pleasant area. Access to the Naples Pier from 12th Avenue South.
*Village on Venetian Bay
Venetian style waterfront mall assembling 60 shops, galleries, restaurants with stunning views of the bay. 4200 Gulf Shore Boulevard North (From U.S. 41 turn West on Park Shore Drive and follow to Gulf Shore Boulevard).
Traditional mall with Macy's, Dillards Sears and JC Penney as anchors (1900 Tamiami Trail North).
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