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!

Naples Weather – When to Visit

The best time to visit Naples is between March and May. Average temperatures are between 70s – 80s, which is ideal weather for going to the beach, shopping outdoors or golfing. On a financial note, if you visit between these months, you’ll dodge the winter price increases. Despite the price spikes, December – February is peak season thanks to high average temperatures when compared to the rest of the United Sates.

Summer, while hotter but cheaper, is still a busy time thanks in part to school being out. But for some the high humidity and temperature can feel uncomfortable. But if its tolerable for your family you will find wide-open beaches and accommodation rates far below the average cost of peak season. September – October features a brief decline in rates and crowds but it can still feel like summer.

Naples Attractions

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Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages.

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre Preserve. The Sanctuary is open daily from 7-5:30 with last admission at 4:30 pm. Visitors will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years. A 2.25 mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.

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Lowdermilk Beach

Lowdermilk beach is a beachfront park in Naples Florida. It’s a great place with lots of amenities for everyone, like beach volleyball and a children’s playground. There are picnic tables all over the park… Under the trees, with views of the water, and underneath the covered concession stand area.

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Clam Pass Park

Clam Pass Park is a gorgeous, family-friendly beach with soft white sand, calm waters, and is one of the most popular beach access points in the Naples, Florida area.

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Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a mile-long 166-acre park paradise for nature lovers that is separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps. The park offers visitors the opportunity to swim, scuba dive, kayak or fish along more than 1 mile of unspoiled white sugar sand beach.

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Naples Tours & Activities

Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour

Explore the Ten Thousand Islands by boat on a half-day tour to one of Florida’s top natural attractions. Depart from Marco Island, located just south of Naples, with a small group that is limited to 12 participants. Head to an isolated barrier island that is only accessible by boat, where you can snorkel and swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Read more about Ten Thousand Islands Adventure Boat Tour

Manatee Sightseeing Eco-Tourism Tour Adventure

See the gentle giants of the sea in their natural habitat on this tour. Climb aboard the covered boat and set out along the Florida waterways to spot some wildlife. Alligators, dolphins and all sorts of birds are known to frequent the areas, have your camera ready! The manatees sometimes come right up to the boat for an extra special experience. Read more about Manatee Sightseeing Eco-Tourism Tour Adventure

Camp Romano Shelling & Sightseeing Boat Tour From Marcos Island

Spend some time on the gulf waters of southern Florida—a nature lover’s delight—on a boat tour from Marco Island to Cape Romano. With a guide, you’ll have the chance to learn about the region’s marine life and see the ecosystem of mangroves, plus go shelling. Read more about Cape Romano Boat Tour Shelling and Sights from Marco Island

Marco Island Dolphin Watching Tour

Look for dolphins in the waters of the Ten Thousand Islands on this boat tour from Marco Island. With a captain-guide, you’ll explore a piece of Florida’s gulf coast to see and learn about the natural environment. Read more about Marco Island Dolphin-Watching Tour

Ten Thousand Islands Jet Ski Eco-Tour

Take a break from the beach on a jet ski tour through the waters of Ten Thousand Island. In addition to pointing out dolphins and sea creatures often missed by untrained eyes, your guide brings you to secluded locations inaccessible to boats or kayaks. With a guaranteed small group size and a range of departure times, this jet ski adventure is popular choice for visitors to Naples. Read more about Ten Thousand Island Jet Ski Eco-Tour

Best Restaurants in Naples

Maria D’anna Cafe $11 – 30

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.   Telephone: 239-263-6892 Web: Maria D’anna Cafe

Hob Nob $11 – 30

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!  Telephone: 239-580-0700 Web: Hob Knob.

USS Nemo Restaurant $11 – 30

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.  Telephone: 239-261-6366 Web: USS Nemo Restaurant.

Caffé Milano $11 – 30

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.  Telephone: 239-692-8480 Web: Caffé Milano.

The Capital Grill $31 – 60

Enjoy exceptional fine dining of dry aged steaks and Sommelier-selected wines at The Capital Grille in Naples, FL at the Mercato Center.  Telephone: 239-254-0640 Web: The Capital Grill.

Best Naples Bars & Nightlife

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.  Telephone: 239-231-4553 Web: 7th Avenue Social

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.  Telephone: 239-653-9013 Web: Burn by Rocky Patel.

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. Telephone: 239-228-6533 Web: Riptide Brewing Co.

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.  Telephone: 239-597-3333 Web: Vodka Bar & Grill

Kane Tiki Bar & Grill

Its open, tiki design works well with its Polynesian menu and sandy, watery views. A focus on rum travels to a different region, the Caribbean, but the fruity cocktails and flight tasters work regardless. Kane’s adept bartenders pour more than 30 fine brands of rum from Barbados to Brazil. The bar also carries eight Florida craft beers on tap. On the food side of things, finger foods and sliders satisfy beachy appetites.  Telephone: 239-394-2511 Web: Kane Tiki Bar & Grill

Best Naples Hotels

The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort Naples

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is a AAA Five-Diamond, Mobil Four-Star Mediterranean-style sanctuary that offers 295 well-appointed guest rooms, including 40 suites and a Presidential Suite as well the Tiburón Golf Club. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples are also encouraged to enjoy access to the services and amenities at the neighboring Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort via a complimentary shuttle service between the resorts. 

Inn on Fifth

Inn On Fifth Hotel is a great destination for tourists. Rooms at Inn On Fifth offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi. A rooftop terrace, room service, and a concierge are some of the conveniences offered at this hotel. A pool and a lounge will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Inn On Fifth Naples, free parking is available.

Inn at Pelican Bay

The Inn at Pelican Bay hotel provides daily schedule transportation to Vanderbilt Beach. Guests will also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast served lakeside as well as free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas. You can relax in the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool. This Naples hotel also offers on-site bicycle rentals and spacious guest rooms with safes, mini refrigerators, and work desk. Enjoy an ideal location within blocks of Naples .

Bellasera Resort

Escape to a true hidden gem in the heart of Olde Naples, and find yourself just steps away from world-class shopping, galleries, and dining. Bellasera features 100 studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites, outdoor heated swimming pool & whirlpool spa, fitness center, guest shuttle service, on property dining, guest bicycles, and more!

Naples Bay Resort & Marina

Naples Bay Resort is a hotel that features an amenity-rich environment that includes chic waterfront shopping, Euro-style spa, an expansive activity center with four crystal-blue resort pools, meandering lazy river, state-of-the-art fitness and tennis facilities, along with a complete Captain’s Lounge and 97 slip marina.Come experience why “Life is Different Here” at Naples Bay Resort!

GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort

The only resort in Naples located on two championship golf courses, GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort is the perfect location for your next vacation, golfing escape, or retreat. Beautifully appointed two and three bedroom villas accommodates up to 8 people. All villas have full kitchens, living room, dining room, two baths, washer & dryer and screened lanai.Heated pool and Jacuzzi spa, large pool deck with barbecue grills. 



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26 Comments

  1. Xaric

    Naples is such a beautiful place (from what I’ve seen in posters and movies). I have never had the chance to visit the area and now I am talking about taking our vacation there with my girlfriend.

    I just booked a room at GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort and we are now trying to plan what we are going to be doing each day during our stay there.

    Thanks a lot for giving us an insight into what the area has to offer. This was really helpful!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome 🙂  Sounds like a great trip and the GreenLinks is a great choice, especially if you are a golfer.  If so, I am sure that will take up part of your vacation time for sure.  Thanks for visiting my Naples Travel Guide.

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  2. Shashwat .Prakash

    Hey

    That’s a great travel guide. I’m sure you have covered almost all the aspects of it. Naples, I have never been there but my Aunt did. She is an NRI (non-resident Indian). I remember he recalling her experience in Florida, a couple of years back. I loved it. She mentioned the nightlife and the bar over there and said they really light up the place. Well, let’s see when I make that trip, hopefully soon than I imagine. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  Naples is really a great place to vacation to.  I don’t live far from there.  If you love beaches and tiki bars, you will love Naples 🙂

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  3. 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.

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    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!

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  4. 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

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    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.

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  5. 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.

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    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.

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  6. 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 🙂

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    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.

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  7. 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?

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    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.  

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  8. 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!

    Orioneli

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    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 Destinations.com!

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  9. 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.

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    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.

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  10. 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.

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    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!

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  11. 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,.

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    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!

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  12. 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?

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    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.

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  13. 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! 😀

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    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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