Known as the Crown Jewel of Southwest Florida, Naples is nestled along miles of sun-drenched sugar-sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, and also stretches across Naples Bay and its surrounding coves and waterways. Rich in history, Naples became known in the late 19th century for its scenic setting and ideal climate, similar to its namesake Italian city, then established its reputation as a winter resort by the early 1930s.
On this prime stretch of Florida’s Paradise Coast, the gracious lifestyle blends small town charm and cosmopolitan sophistication amid beautiful natural surroundings highlighted by exquisite sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Each area of Naples has its own special appeal and unique character, with the selection of luxury residences including mid-rise and high-rise condominiums, vintage architectural gems, country club estates, and magnificent beachfront properties.
Naples beaches have been noted by Condé Nast Traveler as among America’s best. Water sports are a focus of the area, with excellent year-round boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, and kayaking. Splendid beach parklands are in abundance, some maintaining their untouched natural landscape and some providing a range of recreational facilities. Naples is also known for its championship golf, and some of its country club communities have been named among the country’s top 100 by Travel + Leisure.
World-class shopping and dining are enjoyed in a variety of locations including the vibrant downtown district of Old Naples, with its wide array of fine shops, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and outdoor cafés. With every east-west avenue ending at the beach, this charming neighborhood also encompasses the Historic District of Naples where famous landmarks include the Naples Pier and 1895 Palm Cottage.
A dynamic cultural center, Naples was named the “Number One Small Arts Town in America” by art critic and travel author John Villani in 2005. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, previously known as “The Phil,” but now known as “Artis-Naples”, is Southwest Florida’s premier performing arts venue, home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The Baker Museum is adjacent. The von Liebig Arts Center hosts an active calendar of exhibits, workshops, and arts festivals. Other attractions include the Sugden Community Theatre and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples.
Naples is home to famous beach hotels and resorts such as the Ritz-Carlton Naples, Naples Grande Beach Resort, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, and LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort.
Conveniently serviced by a municipal airport, Naples is only about 45 minutes south of Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. Situated in Collier County, which maintains at least 80 percent of its acreage as park and preserve lands, Naples is home to the magnificent Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Sanctuary and within easy driving distance of the vast Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.