Naples, Florida is an opulent, oceanfront city located in Southwest Florida. As the name implies, this picturesque city resembles its Italian moniker, and early influencers suggest that its beauty surpasses the bay in Naples, Italy. Both pulchritudinous places, Naples, Florida embraces its European bent and boasts beautiful architecture, brick-paved streets, upscale boutiques, verdant golf courses, and al fresco dining options. The turquoise blue water and white sugar sand beaches create a paradisiacal backdrop for basking in the sun, breathing the salt-infused air, fishing from the coast, watching dolphins play, and viewing sensational sunsets.
Originally inhabited by the mighty Calusa Indian tribes, Naples became popular amongst westerners because of its pleasant climate and abundance of fish. In 1886, Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and his business partner, Walter Haldeman, officially purchased and established Naples as a winter haven retreat. Today, approximately 20,000 people call Naples home, although many residents – also known as snowbirds - dwell here during the winter months. While other parts of the country face unbearable cold weather, Naples offers plenty of warm sunshine. The pleasant temperatures, abundance of golf courses, and plethora of recreational and cultural venues are just a few reasons why Naples is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s “best places to retire.”
Claiming itself as the “golf capital of Florida” for having more holes per capita, Naples offers nearly 100 golf courses within a 30 mile radius. Many of these are private courses characterized by their fastidious fairways, intrinsic design, swanky clubhouses, practice facilities, and recreational amenities such as tennis courts, resort-style swimming pools, full-service spas, dining options, biking trails, and more. Popular residential golf communities in Naples include Talis Park Golf Club, the Country Club of Naples, Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples Grande Golf Club, and the Moorings Golf and Country Club to name a few. Golf aficionados appreciate the manicured greens, tropical landscape, cordial golf professionals, and leisure to competitive play opportunities.
Apart from golf, Naples is famous for its fishing game. A short distance off the Gulf of Mexico, anglers can reel in Black Grouper, Pompano, Bluefish, Wahoo, Red Snapper, and Snook, which typically frequent the mangroves closer inshore. The peaceful, sparkling gulf and bay are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking, and white sand beach is perfect for collecting seashells, meditating walks, or simply basking in the sun. Naples beach is repeatedly recognized as one of America’s Best Beaches. After a day at the beach or on the golf course, locals are to dine at one of the delectable restaurants downtown. Third and 5th Avenue South offer an array of fine dining options including Chops City Grill, Bice, Sea Salt, Campiello, Pazzo Italian Cafe, and many others. Celebration Park, which features a variety of food trucks, entertainment, and games, is another popular establishment for friends and families.
The cultural scene in Naples continues to flourish. Each season, the Naples Theater presents a variety of shows, musicals, concerts, and dance performances. The Sugden Community Theater, home to the Naples Players, is a smaller, local community theater that performs dramas, musicals, and children performances. Local, regional, and national artisans are pleased to showcase their work at festivals such as Art Fest, Naples National Art Fair, and Naples Fine Art Show. On rainy days or overly humid ones, locals enjoy strolling through one of the many historic or art museums. These include the Naples Depot and Train Museum, the Naples Holocaust Museum, the Collier County Museum, the Baker Artis Museum, and the Naples Art Institute.
Although Naples has ample entertainment and modern amenities, the city guards against development overgrowth and protects it indigenous wildlife and land preserves. As such, nature enthusiasts enjoy exploring the barrier island parks such as Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation area, Everglades National park, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Another popular attraction is Naples Botanical Gardens, a 170-acre property with cultivated gardens, natural habitats, water features, wetland preserve, and children’s garden.
Real estate in Naples includes Spanish style estates, Italian-influenced villas, golf course homes, waterfront properties, oceanfront condos, and private residences that overlook nature preserves. Residents of Naples appreciate the close proximity to the Municipal airport, which offers regional carriers. Only 28 miles away, in Ft. Myers, is the Southwest Florida International Airport. With the serene, saltwater ambiance, resort-style amenities, lush, tropical landscape, and sparkling bay and ocean, residents truly embrace the inviting Italian charm of its European namesake. Naples, Florida is a remarkable place to retire, but an even better place to live.
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