I recently visited Naples, Florida for the first time and it’s one of my new favorite beach towns. Naples is located in southwest Florida where it borders the Gulf of Mexico. Naples’ climate is classified as tropical savanna. Tropical savanna climates “have monthly mean temperatures above 18 °C (64 °F) in every month of the year and typically a pronounced dry season.” Naples’ dry season runs from October to May: perfect for us northerners.
Where to Stay in Naples Florida
Naturally, there are many places to stay in Naples because it’s a popular place to vacation. Lodgings run the gamut from all-out luxury to budget options. You have your pick of resorts, hotels, motels, home rentals, condo rentals, and room rentals. It all depends on your preferences and budget.
My dreams are always larger than my budget, but because I like to think big, Naples’ luxury choices include:
Where to Eat in Naples Florida
Unfortunately, I only had three nights in Naples, but thanks to my traveling companion’s friend, I think we ate at the best restaurants in Naples, Florida.
My personal favorite was The French Brasserie Rustique where we split steak frites and the risotto special. Yum!
The other two Naples Restaurants we dined at are Café Lurcat, a really good farm to table fusion restaurant. And, Veranda E at Hotel Escalante. Veranda E was somewhat difficult to find, but well worth the search when we got there. It’s tucked away in a charming courtyard. Very romantic and the food is superb.
I strongly suggest you make reservations as far in advance as possible at these, or any of Naples’ other top restaurants. Tables book up fast.
Things to Do in Naples Florida
Of course my favorite thing to do is to go to the beach – more about Naples’ beaches in another article – but beaches are by no means the only thing to do in Naples, Florida.
There are the traditional beach and resort activities such as…
- Water sports, motorized and non-motorized
- Fishing, especially great and free at Naples Pier
Some fun things to do if you have kids is to take a trip to Naples Zoo, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, or Everglades National Park to see some of the local plants and animals. If you don’t want to drive or explore Everglades National Park on your own, there are tour companies that leave from Naples.
If you prefer your activities to be indoors, I suggest The Baker Museum for fine art, the von Liebig Art Center for fine art, Palm Cottage for Naples history, Collier County Museum for Naples history, and the Revs Institute for automotive history.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin