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If it’s a spot of upscale romance that you are looking for then Naples is the place to find it in. Forget the brash charms of some of Florida’s others beach resorts here everything is kept pretty and serene. On the Gulf Coast's answer to Palm Beach you will find that development along the shoreline has been kept strictly residential, lending Naples its sophisticated air. The soft white sand is backed only by narrow dunes, and from the coast you can only glimpse the tops of the exclusive luxury mansions. This cultivated style continues as you venture into the city itself. Naples is a very cultured place that will appeal to those who want their Florida sun with a splash of style and privilege. Alongside the fine dining, though, you’ll still find plenty for families to enjoy – as long as they enjoy it in a debonair manner, though!
Tin City - On the river in downtown Naples this fisherman's wharf has been suitably gentrified into a rather exclusive retail area where boutiques offer a huge array of trinkets, clothing, art and crafts. The perfect spot for a day of rather refined shopping.
Naples Beach – Development on the beach may have been scaled back but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Naples City Pier is the place to cast a fishing line and hope for the best, gaze at the dolphins frolicking in the surf or just dangle a leg over as you watch the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico.
Downtown Naples – On 5th Avenue you can take an evening stroll and watch the beautiful people end their day with a spot of shopping in the exclusive, designer shops before you pick a bar and restaurant to enjoy fine food and relaxing drinks to end yours in.
Clam Pass Park – Just outside Naples are 35 acres of protected coastal habitat that is fringed by an accessible boardwalk that runs through a mangrove forest and leads to a tidal bay area that is perfect for spotting birds from.
Hop on a segway to take in all that the ‘crown jewels’ of southern Florida has to offer. You will glide effortlessly through central Naples past its captivating landmarks, pristine beaches and all those million-dollar homes. At the end of your tour why not head to the beach to watch the dolphins play as the sun sets on another perfect day?
Beach activities, of course, provide plenty to keep all entertained but there’s a lot more to get involved in. For families Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens gives you the chance to get up close to all kinds of animals – from alligators to zebras. The zoo is set in a stunning 44-acre historic botanical garden. If that has fed your appetite for wildlife you can book yourself on a tour of the Everglades where you may find yourself getting even closer to the wildlife of the wetlands. After all that excitement, perhaps, a day exploring the history of the area in the Collier County Museums will appeal? Here you will discover fierce sabre cats and long-vanished civilizations, stunning archaeological finds, curious inventions and plenty of local legends along the way.