Naples lies on the southern gulf coast of Florida. Two major land reserves lie near Naples, both of which are of interest to visitors. First is the Florida Everglades, 2300 square miles of waterways, vegetation, wildlife and birds. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is the second land preserve. It consists of 1100 acres of bird and wildlife sanctuary. A boardwalk passes through the sanctuary so that visitors are able to come see the animals in their natural habitat without disturbing them.
Significant damage, particularly in the Everglades Park occurred during Hurricane Wilma in 2005. .Much of the Flamingo area was shut down, with some structures still remaining closed. The best way to explore the Everglades is by boat; indeed most areas are only accessible by boat. Wilderness campsites provide a way to view and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, but access is by permit only.
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is another favorite spot for visitors. Wildlife, birds and exotic tropical and subtropical plants coalesce into an ecological delight which is not supported by tax funds. Tours are available.
The Naples Trolley Tours provide a look at historical mansions built along Port Royal Boulevard. The shopping is world class in Naples, with not only large chains and discount stores available, but many boutiques and specialty shops as well. Tin City is an example of the specialty shopping you’ll find in Naples. Originally the site of a oyster processing and clam shelling plant, it is now the home of over 32 locally owned restaurants and boutiques.
Boat charters are available for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and dolphin watching. Tarpon fishing is a favorite in the spring and early summer. You can also just walk along the waterfront and fish from the pier or watch the dolphins
The white sand beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. Over seven miles in length, these beaches rim the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Every type of water sport and activity imaginable is found here in Naples. Naples beaches are particularly good for shell hunting and general beachcombing. Thirty five golf courses and many tennis courses add to the number of leisure time activities that beach lovers can find.
Naples has several resort level hotels and convention centers. The Escalante, for example is located in Old Naples, steps from the beach, and makes a romantic getaway for a honeymoon or second honeymoon. The Trianon – Old Naples features 55 beautifully appointed guestrooms and 3 suites located just minutes from the best shopping in Naples and five minutes from the Gulf beaches.
The food in Naples is extraordinary. You expect to find seafood specialties at a beachfront town, but Naples has all the seafood you desire plus a multitude of other types of foods. Try traditional Greek at the Café Europa Patisserie, with baklava as a specialty of the chef. Catch 22 is proud of their naked fish which you can cover with your own choice of sauces and marinades.