Naples Travel Guide

Stretching from Bonita Springs in the north to Marco Island in the south, Naples’ beaches offer locals and visitors a variety of activities and atmospheres. It is no wonder that people the world over flock to Southwest Florida’s shores.  At Bonita Beach, visitors can enjoy water activities including jet skiing, paddle boating or kayaking. Relax on secluded Barefoot Beach, or find a treasure-trove of shells at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and Vanderbilt Beach. There are plenty of shells to find, but be sure not to take any live ones it can be easy to miss the little creatures inside.  If you prefer a vibrant beach scene, head to Clam Pass Park where you’ll find a scenic boardwalk, trolley, catamaran and beach chair rentals or Tigertail Beach, located on Marco Island where acres of white sand beach is a favorite for sunbathers, birding, and beach activities.  Pack your sunscreen and swimsuits, head to the beach and dig your feet into the soft white sand and enjoy the sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters. The Paradise Coast beaches won’t disappoint.  For more information on the best beaches of Naples and the nearby area, click here.  Our Naples travel guide will help you plan your next trip to the wonderful beaches of Naples!


In Naples, the summers are short, warm, muggy, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 86°F and is rarely below 35°F or above 92°F.  The hot season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 17 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 86°F and low of 70°F.  The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 23 to March 24, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is February 8, with an average low of 42°F and high of 55°F.


You can fly directly into Naples into the Naples Municipal Airport.  For international travelers, there is also the Southwest Florida International Airport which is just 36 miles away.  To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price.  Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare.  For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights.  I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase.  Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time.  You can  Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.

Naples Municipal Airport

Southwest Florida International Airport

Car Rental

Can’t wait to get away?  Book your Dollar Naples car rental today and immerse yourself in a new city. There’s no better way to take in a new setting than with your own set of rental wheels. This way, you get to maximize your fun and avoid the hassle of trying to navigate public transportation. On, they proudly partner with Dollar. A trusted name in the rental game, the company supplies us with the best vehicles around. So you can take your pick of sleek two-seater cars for cruising with your honey or roomy mini-vans for when you need to haul around the whole tribe.

Plan ahead and reserve your Dollar rent a car in Naples, Florida today! Not only do you get to pick out the ideal vehicle, but you’ll be able to book rental cars at the lowest possible prices. Simply enter your search preferences and select a cheap Dollar rental car in Naples that’s perfect for your journey. You’ll be on the road exploring Naples before you know it.  Visit and reserve your car today.

Bars & Nightlife

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7th Avenue Social Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, Bars & Nightlife in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of Florida$$  7th Avenue Social

Food and drinks are their passion – Their goal is to create delicious and surprising meals that will overwhelm your every sense.  Enjoy Joey’s Rockin Piano where he captivates the audience with strong vocal and piano skills. His ability to play requests & connect with the audience makes for an ever changing show!  Enjoy Latin sounds on guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone with Havy and his ensemble!  Great drinks, great music, and great atmosphere.  For more information call them at  239 231 4553, or visit them on the web at 7th Avenue Social.

Burn by Rocky Patel Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, Bars & Nightlife in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of Florida$$  Burn by Rocky Patel

BURN by Rocky Patel is an evolution in cigar lounges. Featuring a design that draws on an exotic mix of Mediterranean, Asian, and Cuban cultures. Burn is a sanctuary for those who enjoy fine cigars and premium spirits. Created to offer perfection in service, Burn by Rocky Patel is the perfect place to enjoy life’s pleasures.  BURN by Rocky Patel stocks the full line of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, as well as cigars from other top cigar makers from around the world. The world class humidor in BURN also features private lockers, where  guests can keep their cigars in perfect condition to enjoy whenever they visit.  For more information call them at 239 653 9013, or visit them on the web at Burn by Rocky Patel.

Riptide Brewing Company Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, Bars & Nightlife in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of Florida$  Riptide Brewing Company

The Brewhouse and fermentation tanks are in the middle of the Taproom so you can see all the action as it happens. They usually have anywhere from 10 to 12 of our beers on tap. They also have guest taps from other local brewers like Momentum Brewing in Bonita Springs or Swamphead Brewery in Gainesville. In addition, they have a selection of good wines. For more information call 239 228 6533 , or visit them on the web at Riptide Brewing Co.

Vodka Bar & Grill Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, Bars & Nightlife in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of Florida$$  Vodka Bar & Grill

The best place for live bands and dancing in SWFL, six nights a week. Also, the finest  American Cuisine in Naples, including five star pizza and wings.   Happy Hour 11-7 Everyday.  Check out the newest hot spot in  Naples.  For more information call 239 597 3333, or visit them on the web at Vodka Bar & Grill.

Zizi Naples Kitchen Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, Bars & Nightlife in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of Florida$$  Zizi Naples Kitchen

In a neighborhood known for its bustling restaurants and bars, Zizi Naples Kitchen is a popular spot out of the elements – featuring fresh ingredients and diverse wine list, daily happy hour, and live music. There’s an open-air bar great for cocktails or a quick bite, as well as a cozy dining room with large booths and a charming outdoor terrace, perfect for a romantic dinner or a casual meal with friends.  For more information call 844 898 4184, or visit them on the web at Zizi Naples Kitchen.

Restaurants You’ll Want to Try

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$$  Maria D’Anna Cafe
 At Maria D’anna Cafe they pride themselves on serving healthy, fresh, gourmet food in a relaxed yet elegant setting.  Their menu is inspired by the best local ingredients as well as their native Polish cuisine. A small establishment, they have cultivated a loyal following of customers who enjoy their homespun approach to fine dining.  For more information call 239 263 6892, or visit them on the web at Maria D’Anna Cafe.
$$$  Hob Knob

Everything about this experience is absolutely phenomenal. The decor and ambiance is awesome,  and very trendy.  The food is beyond 5 stars.  If you indulge in dessert, and you must, get the bread pudding!  For more information call 239 580 0070, or visit them on the web at Hob Knob.

$$$  USS Nemo Restaurant

Savor award-winning cuisine in a unique atmosphere at USS Nemo, voted a top restaurant in Naples, FL year after year. USS Nemo, a five-time member of the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame and described by the New York Times as “almost worth a trip to Naples in and of itself,” you’ll find the best seafood and an unforgettable fine dining experience. At Nemo’s, the food is always fresh, and the flavors are incomparably delicious.  For more information call 239 261 6366, or visit them on the web at USS Nemo Restaurant.

$$  Caffé Milano

Caffé Milano offers a modern take on the classic Naples, presenting gourmet food in a casual setting. They can delight you with our homemade bread and pastas, their signature skizza,  a wide variety of sandwiches and authentic Italian fresh dishes to satisfy our worldwide clientele.  They offer delicious handcrafted drinks and signature desserts.  For more information call 239 692 8480, or visit them on the web at Caffé Milano.

$$$$  The Capital Grill

Enjoy exceptional fine dining of dry aged steaks and Sommelier-selected wines at The Capital Grille in Naples, FL at the Mercato Center.  For more information call them at 239 254 0640, or visit them on the web at The Capital Grill.

Things to Do

Ms. B Haven Fishing Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, things to do in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of FloridaMs. B Haven Fishing

They offer a variety of options.  Inshore Fishing so you can cast in the many rivers, creeks and bays that always provide for fun, excitement and turns of events.  Eco-Friendly Trips in search of native wildlife, collecting colorful seashells, and taking in all of your surroundings, plus learn interesting facts from your Captain who is a second generation Naples fishing guide.  Offshore Fishing in the dark blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Naples fishing grounds where you will fight against some of the most powerful fish Florida provides to the Anglers that dare to set a line.  And of course the Naples Sampler combining light fishing while in search of wildlife in the water and air, skimming the beach line for shells and take in the captivating sunsets that Southwest Florida is known well for.  For more information call 239 825 4292, or visit them on the web at Ms. B Haven Fishing.

Sweet LIberty Catamaran Sailing & Boat Tours Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, things to do in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of FloridaSweet Liberty Catamaran Sailing & Boat Tours

Cruising the pristine local waters on one of their daily Naples cruises aboard our 44 passenger 53′ Sailing Catamaran is the perfect way to spend your day. They have a variety of cruises to choose from such as shelling, sunset or sightseeing tours. They are also a unique venue for private occasions such as intimate weddings, large social groups, corporate events and memorial services for burials at sea. Local residents, visitors and their seasonal northern friends have enjoyed the Sweet Liberty trips for over 25 years in Naples.  For more information call them at 239 793 3525, or visit them on the web at Sweet Liberty Catamaran Sailing & Boat Tours.

Cool Beans Cruises Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, things to do in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of FloridaCool Beans Cruises

Whether your interests are nature, sunsets, swimming, shelling or sightseeing, they offer you a fun-filled cruising adventure.  Nature enthusiasts delight in the abundant sights and sounds of sea life, wildlife and tropical vegetation along the shores of Naples and Marco Island. Watch dolphins leaping before your eyes and manatees swimming among mangrove-dense coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Get a close up view of ospreys, eagles, herons and other birds native to Southwest Florida in their natural habitat. If you so desire, they can stop and visit the unspoiled Naples and Marco Island beaches where you may explore, swim and collect shells.  For more information call 239 777 0020, or visit them on the web at Cool Beans Cruises.

Manatee Sightseeing Eco-Tourism Adventure Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, things to do in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of FloridaManatee Sightseeing Eco-Tourism Adventure

See Manatees – Manatee Sightseeing Eco Adventures has been in business in beautiful Naples, Florida since 1999. Captain Barry and Carol started See Manatees with one boat and a lot of hard work. Today, the company has added six boats to the fleet and has fulfilled many of their customers’ dreams of seeing manatees in their natural habitat.  For more information call 239 642 8818, or visit them on the web at Manatee Sightseeing Eco-Tourism Adventure.

Naples Kayak Company Naples Florida, Naples travel guide, things to do in Naples, best beaches of Naples, Naples beaches, Naples Florida beaches, best beaches of FloridaNaples Kayak Company

Easy rentals at multiple locations- just show up and go! – Pick up or delivery to your home or condo – Fun affordable tours – easy online tour booking -Over 12 years in business!  For more information call them at 239 262 6149, or visit them on the web at Naples Kayak Company.

Best Choices for Hotels

Hilton Naples – Best Value

Less than half a mile from beautiful beaches of Naples, Florida, and close to many popular points of interest, this hotel offers spacious accommodations, award-winning on-site dining and modern amenities.  Guests of the Naples Hilton can relax after a long day in the waterfall swimming pool, or work out in the 24-hour fitness center. The hotel also features spacious meeting and banquet facilities, complete with professional event services.  The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Shula’s Steak House, is decorated for the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Guests can enjoy a selection of steak cuts and other menu items.  Guests can explore the surrounding area with free bike rental from the hotel. The Waterside Shops are within walking distance of the hotel and feature many shopping, dining and entertainment options. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hilton Naples.

Edgewater Beach Hotel

In Naples, this beachfront resort features an on-site restaurant. Free Wi-Fi access is provided. Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is just under 1 miles away.  When not diving into the Gulf of Mexico, guests can use the fitness center or buy essentials in the on-site shops. This Florida Edgewater Beach Hotel provides free parking as well.  Coast offers global cuisine with beachfront views. Indoor and outdoor seating is available during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Edgewater Beach Hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton

On the Gulf of Mexico, Ritz Carlton Naples features a 3 miles beach, 2 outdoor pools, a spa and sauna. Spacious rooms offer minibars and 42-inch flat-screen TVs with HBO.  The hotel features seven restaurants and a bar. There is an on-site hair/beauty salon, florist and car rental. Guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms.  Naples Ritz Carlton offers a tennis court. Video games, a game room and a gym are available.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Ritz-Carlton.

La Playa Beach & Golf Resort

This luxury resort offers a private, white sand beach with golf course, full-service spa and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The property overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and a marina.  A minibar and balcony come standard with all rooms at the La Playa Beach and Golf Resort. The spacious rooms feature large windows and Florida views.  Guests at the La Playa Beach can rent water sport equipment on the beach, including kayaks and jet skis. The hotel also has 3 outdoor pools and a jacuzzi.  BALEENnaples serves seafood with a Gulf Coast flavor and features outdoor dining on the beach and a fire pit. The BALEEN bar and the poolside Tiki Bar offer cocktails.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit La Playa Beach & Golf Resort.

Vanderbilt Beach Resort – Top Rated Hotel in Naples

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. On the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the Vanderbilt Beach Resort is a 15 minute drive from Naples city center. This resort offers free Wi-Fi and a heated outdoor pool.  The Vanderbilt Beach Resort features a variety of amenities, including an on-site tennis court. Guests can also book fishing and boating excursions at this hotel.  The Turtle Club Restaurant is located at this Naples beach resort and is open for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar as well as a variety of seafood dishes and American cuisine.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Vanderbilt Beach Resort.


  1. Jair

    I have bartender all over the world, only South Beach and Coco Beach in Florida. I have never even been to Naples but after peeking around your site and reading up on a few bars you listed like Vodka Bar & Grill, I am wondering what the nightlife is like in Naples? Mostly tourists, a lot of locals, are they any big seasonal events run out of Naples? I think if this meets my requirements, I found my next last job haha. Great site, very informative.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The nightlife is going to be a mix of tourists and locals.  I think you are going to find it to be a little bit of both.  During the summer, of course, you will find a lot of tourists there.  As far as events, you have the Summer Jazz Festival at the end of September, the Naples International Film Festival at the end of October, and the Pro Watercross World Championship in October – November.  There are a lot of other smaller events throughout the year, but these are the big ones.  Thanks for reading!

  2. bloggcomment

    What a great review. Thanks for such a deep level of detail. I think you’ve covered literally everything that anyone would want to know. I’ve never been to this part of Florida, but it looks sensational and would love the opportunity to be visit one day. Pictured look great, but sure they don’t do it justice. The sand and water look amazingly clean

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The pictures do not do it justice.  Naples is a very nice area, and their beaches are wonderful.  You have so much opportunity here to relax, enjoy, let loose….and just have fun.  I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about Naples.  Thank you for reading my Naples Travel Guide.

  3. Brent

    Another great review. I am wondering what was left of Florida after the past few weeks. Busy hurricane season this year, eh? I am going down to FL twice over the next few months(that I know of so far) and hope that it has been cleaned up well for all your post readers to take advantage of the posts you have about the great state of Florida.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it really has been cleaned up well. They seemed to take top priority in cleaning up the beaches. There are still mounds….large mounds of debris in front of most houses, including mine. Anyway, I have been heading to different beaches taking videos, and the beaches still look beautiful, more so maybe with the “grooming” 😀 And yes, it is a great state! Thank you so much for visiting my Naples Travel Guide.

  4. Elbert

    What a great post of Naples beach.  This post give me more information especially about the bars and restaurants with the variety of choices that you explain here it helps me to decide which one to go .

    Naples is on my list of places to visit, simply because I do love Florida!  I am hoping to plan a trip for next spring.  I will bookmark your site so I can refer back to the wealth of information you have on your site.  Thank you for sharing this 🙂

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Naples Beach is really a great place to visit.  I live in Florida not too far from Naples, and it is just has a unique vibe to from where I am.  It is a great place, as they have so many choices for restaurants, hotels, and sailing.  If you have never sailed or would like to try it, do this one thing while you are there 🙂  Thanks for visiting my Naples Travel Guide.

  5. Gus

    Wow, Naples looks and sounds amazing! I have always wanted to go to Florida but couldn’t figure out what city or town. Naples sounds just amazing, it’s just what I was looking for to experience. The nice view of the city, warm beach water, white sand, nice hot weather and the palm tress are calling my name =)
    What’s the best time of the year to visit Naples?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know it really depends on a lot of things.  I live close to Naples, and I can say that the water starts to get cold the middle of October.  I think the end of September to beginning of October is a great time.  First a LOT of families visit Florida during the summer months and it gets very crowded.  Do not go at Spring Break, that is the worst time to go unless you like lots of crowds.  Once school starts, the beaches really clear out and it is so much nicer.  Another good time would be early spring around April or May.  Please let me know if you need any other information.  

  6. Orion

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the detailed information on Naples beaches, you gave such a great description about the area, it really makes me feel like popping over right now!
    You gave a lot of useful information that locates all the facilities which is great! Can’t get lost…that’s for sure!
    The picture you chose is beautiful!


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much!  I am glad you enjoyed reading the Naples Travel Guide.  Hopefully it will prompt you to take a wonderful beach vacation to Naples!  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel!

  7. MIck

    I enjoyed reading your web page a lot. Just so happens I’m in the market for a good vacation right now. Naples, Fla. looks like a great place to visit. You provide a lot of useful information on places/beaches for travelers to visit. Good content and visuals. Can you recommend a good hotel on the beach there? In the past, I haven’t found many good airfare deals to Naples vs. Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Do you know what airline has the best offers? I liked your visuals, they make the reader want to travel there. I hope you have a lot of success with your site.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Mick.  Boy, as far as airlines go, it really depends on where you are flying from.  For instance, from Texas you can fly into Florida super cheap.  As low as $57 round trip on Spirit Airlines.  It really depends on where you are flying out of.  You can check flight prices on the various flight search sites and see which is the most economical.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. Wendi

    My husband and I live in Florida, and we’ve made it into a bit of a hobby to try a different beach every time we’re up for a beach trip. You really can’t go wrong with Florida beaches, but this review of Naples’s beaches is VERY tempting and I am now considering that we head down south for our next trip.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I live in Florida too and am always trying different beaches.  From one Floridian to another, you have to try Naples and it is not too long of a drive.  Well I am at Clearwater Beach 🙂  Thank you for reading!

  9. denney.

    hello Leahrae I have just clicked through your website and I am loving it, you have re ignited a spark in me that has been out for a long time now and I have book marked your site and I Will be using this site to help me find the best deals around in travel, have you ever been to Martha’s vineyard the island is surrounded by beaches , you can only get there by plane or ferry something you may want to add to your travels, I think my first vacation is gonna be Paradise island I love it ..thank you so much for sharing this information,.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome 🙂  Yes, I have and I do have Martha’s Vineyard listed on my site.  Also a great place.  As you can tell I love beaches, I think it is in my blood and the spark will never die LOL.  Thank you for reading!

  10. Brendan

    This is one of the most informative articles that I have read regarding travel. My family is actually trying to find a place to vacation for next summer and Naples seems pretty cool. The restaurant and night life pricing parts were very helpful as well.

    By chance, have you heard anything about which restaurant and night club are the best to visit?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The ones I listed ARE the best 🙂  I am glad I covered everything for you.  Naples is a wonderful area, and the beaches…. totally awesome.  You can pretty much visit any time of year and have decent weather.  Even when there are storms, it clears out pretty quick.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

  11. Alona

    Wow! I love beaches! Our place has beautiful beaches too but I still don’t get tired of beaches.There is just something so relaxing about beaches.This place seems lovely and lively with all the attractions.But the mention of manatees just made me excited. I would love to come here and see the manatees! 😀

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I live in Florida, and I see manatees all the time.  They are like gentle giants and to see them while at the beach just relaxing, totally awesome.  I hope you can make our direction one day.  I guess I might be kind of biased, but we have great beaches, great food, and great fun!


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