Naples Top Destination 2013
Naples: The Best for a Reason
It's a prestigious list – New York, Honolulu, Los Angeles and more – and now it includes one more addition: Naples, Florida.
With TripAdvisor announcing the new lineup of our nation's most desirable travel destinations, it comes as no surprise that the cosmopolitan haven of Naples has been given a reserved spot. From the beaches to the city life, the lush mangroves to the brick-paved roads, Naples has created a reputation for being one of the hidden gems of America's Gulf Coast. And it's a reputation that, as anyone will tell you, is rightfully deserved.
When you first arrive in Naples, it becomes abundantly clear that the city is home to a population that is as welcoming as it is laid back. If you need directions to specific beach (there are dozens to choose from), you'll get a friendly point in the right direction to where you need to be, as well as some insider tips for parking and local eateries from the helpful citizens. Or, if you're looking for good tickets to one of the shows put on by our famous Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the answer will surely come from one of the ever-kind locals. To say living in Naples is like being a part of a community would be an understatement – here, you're family.
Lots to Do
It's true that you'll never have a dull moment in Naples – even your time spent lounging on one of the many picturesque beaches is filled with relaxing sounds of waves crashing on the soft sandy beaches. And after a well-deserved rest, hop into the Gulf for a quick swim to cool off. The water is clear, cool, and refreshing – same goes for the drinks that can be delivered to you while you enjoy the beach.
But that's not all you can do on the water. Naples is also home to some of the best boating and fishing locales that can be found. Rivers and tributaries snake throughout the city, creating intricate waterways that are perfect for catching fish, and open access to the Gulf can be found in many places, putting your precious boat just minutes away from the thrill of the open water. Plus, if you prefer a boat of the "air" variety, Naples puts you just a short distance away from taking once-in-a-lifetime airboat trip through the breathtaking Everglades.
And after a day relaxing on the beach, fishing for the region's hefty fish, and taking the boat for a watery voyage, some time on the links may be in your future. Home to some of the nation's most exclusive and prestigious golf courses, Naples is the one-stop-shop for any avid golfer. An abundance of courses, designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Robert Trent Jones, and many more, can be found around nearly every corner. And for all your equipment needs, fully-stocked pro shops are located at every course, as well as multiple, well-respected nationwide golf chains around the city. Teeing it up has never been more exciting and fun.
Plus, Naples is home to countless world-class tennis facilities, making it a dream come true for lovers of the game, casual player, and first-time learners alike. Lighted, Har-Tru courts are the norm here, and stadium seating can be found around many of them so you can be comfortable while you watch a thrilling match.
When your day of fun is done, the night is just beginning. For some, there are relaxing walking and jogging paths are a wonderful place to clear your mind and enjoy a cool breeze. For others, luxurious restaurant with multiple-course menus await, offering sumptuous options that you will crave for days after. And for others still, casual diners and family-owned eateries have a table for you, along with a friendly server who will know you by name after just the first visit – which certainly won't be your last.
The city is also home to the splendid and elegant Artis Naples, home to the renowned Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as location of many plays and concerts that will excite and delight. After a show, perhaps some early-evening shopping is in store – literally. Just down the road from Artis Naples is the fabulous Mercato, a collection of luxurious shops and restaurants that are among the most popular in all of Southwest Florida. Or, just minutes away from that, you can take a trip to the Waterside Shops, a hidden series of enticing stores that include Burberry, Ann Taylor, Naples' exclusive Apple Store, Brookes Brothers, Nordstrom, and (after you've worked up an appetite) the delicious Brio Tuscan Grille, among many others.
Naples, once a simple coastal many town years ago, has blossomed into a bustling cosmopolitan without ever losing a semblance of its addicting charm and quaint atmosphere. Travelers are across the nation are beginning to see the city for what it truly is, and for good reason – when you're in Naples, you feel like you're home. Between the beach life, countless exciting activities, exclusive restaurants, and cheerful residents, Naples is a pinnacle of the famed Gulf Coast lifestyle – so why don't you come see it for yourself?