If youâ€™ve traveled to southwestern Florida, youâ€™re undoubtedly familiar with the city of Naples. If you havenâ€™t; itâ€™s high time you did.
Naples is a gem of a city located on the Gulf of Mexico. White sandy beaches line the shore, and the Naples pier is a landmark in itself. Old Naples; a portion of the city near shops and wonderful restaurants, features a taste of old Florida. The Spanish-inspired architecture lends itself to the elegant feel. Gorgeous homes grace the palm laden streets.
Youâ€™ll find plenty to do in Naples, whether you visit for a week or a day.
For first class Italian dining, be sure to visit Ristorante Dâ€™Angeli in downtown Naples. Open seven days a week, the atmosphere is rich and the cuisine even richer. If youâ€™re bringing the kids, opt for the Early Bird menu that features reduced prices and fewer upscale diners. Â For hours of operation and access to menus visit http://www.ristorantedangeli.com/menus.html.
One of my favorite stops in Naples is the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. For years our family has stopped at the zoo for an afternoon adventure. Tour the gorgeous botanical gardens and take a boat ride around â€œMonkey Islandâ€ where you can observe a number of different species in the primate family. Check out the alligators and take a ride on an elephant all in the same afternoon. Wild animal shows are scheduled throughout the day, and picnic tables are available if you wish to bring a cooler. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is especially suited to families with small children. The gift shop sells snacks, soft drinks and sundries like sunscreen, as well as a plethora of zoo-themed souvenirs. http://www.caribbeangardens.com/
The Naples beaches incorporate a ten-mile stretch of beautiful white sand. Including Vanderbilt Beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass, Clam Pass, Lowdermilk Park and Lely Barefoot Beach; most beaches feature picnic tables and restroom facilities. All Naples beaches feature some of the most awe-inspiring sunsets in the entire United States.
Take in some shopping (or even just some window shoppingâ€”the sights are to die for) on a 2-block stretch of Third Street South in downtown Naples. Often referred to as the â€œRodeo Driveâ€ of southwest Florida, youâ€™re sure to enjoy meandering through specialty stores for clothing, accessories, jewelry and more. Â Nearby Fifth Avenue features more nationally-renown chains like a Starbucks; and an additional barrage of shops and stores.
While in Naples be sure to check out the exquisite wildlife. Naples is located near the northern-most tip of the Everglades, and many species of intriguing wild birds call its shores home; as do alligators! Take a tour that leaves Naples, driving guests to nearby Everglades City, where you can take an airboat ride through the mangroves. http://www.naplestours.us/?event=offer.detail&offerId=3410
Whether youâ€™re visiting Naples solo, as a couple or with your family; youâ€™ll fall in love with this west coast Florida haven. Youâ€™ll dine, shop, lounge on the beaches, and observe spectacular wildlife; all the whileÂ enthusiastically planning your return visit.
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Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author who spends winters in Fort Myers; just an hour from Naples, Florida.