Situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the lovely beachside city of Naples draws visitors from across the U.S. and the globe. The reason for its popularity quickly becomes obvious when you arrive in town—miles of beaches, calm water and sand the color and consistency of sugar combine to create the perfect beach experience.
If you are planning on checking out Naples over a weekend, you will find plenty to see and do. Read on to find some helpful tips for planning your casual getaway.
Naples, Florida—Weekend Getaway
Things to do
If you are with your family, Lowdermilk Park makes an ideal outing. The park has a concession stand, playgrounds, picnic tables, shower facilities and plenty of parking. You can rent stand up paddleboards and kayaks to take out on the water. And if you get there early you can probably grab one of the palapas—thatched roof covered areas.
There are several shopping districts in Naples. The more upscale areas in Old Naples are 3rd Street South and 5th Avenue South, while the deals can be found on 10th Street—also called the Trail of Treasures.
You can also explore the outdoor walking malls of Naples, including Mercato and Waterside Shops. These areas are designed to meet all your shopping and dining needs along the waterfront.
Watch the fisherman come in
The old fishing village turned shops and restaurants known as Tin City is a perfect place to walk as the sun sets. Here you will see the fisherman returning for the evening, cleaning their catch and getting ready to relax.
What to eat
Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery
This quaint coffee shop and art gallery is owned and operated by a mother and daughter. They roast their own coffee and sell pastries baked right in town. Sip your coffee in the courtyard or while viewing art in the gallery.
Florida stone crabs
The delectable Florida stone crab is available fresh while in-season, which ranges from the 15th of October to the 15th of May every year. You can find them in a variety of restaurants around town.
Turtle Club Restaurant
The Turtle Club Restaurant is one of the few restaurants located on the beach in Naples, making it a must-see location for many visitors. The restaurant is situated on the grounds of the Vanderbilt Beach Resort.
Places to see
Who doesn’t like looking at the nicest homes in town, especially in a major destination like Naples? Gordon Drive is where you will find many of the fanciest dwellings in the city. You can see more if you go by bike or scooter, so consider stepping out of the car and onto two wheels!
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is unique in the area because it is still family owned and operated. It is the favorite hangout of locals and tourists, especially on Sundays, when everyone gets together for a party at the beach bar. Dance the night away after watching the sunset.
Third Street South Farmers Market
There are a number of farmers markets happening around town throughout the week, but the Saturday morning market at Third Street is the most appealing because it has the Old Naples vibe.
Want to Stick Around?
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