By Gabriele Walkow
Nestled along the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a dazzling Southwest Florida jewel. Allegiant travelers can enjoy pristine sun-drenched beaches, warm turquoise waters, amazing activities and a host of amenities located only an hour from the Punta Gorda Airport.
Chic and stylish shopping, offering the latest trends, awaits at unique boutiques, high-end retailers and outlet stores along the walkable downtown areas. Savor a taste of paradise at restaurants that range from fine dining—where carefully curated menus burst with international and regional flare—on 5th Ave. South and 3rd St. South, to colorful waterfront seafood eateries in historic Tin City and charming al fresco sidewalk cafes in Old Naples.
Located just steps away from downtown, visitors can head to the popular Naples Pier, first erected in 1888. Flanked by more than 10 miles of fine white sand and calm waters, this pier is a popular fishing and dolphin-spotting destination. Spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico can be photographed from here and all along the miles of beautiful beaches.
Due to its proximity to Everglades National Park and Ten Thousand Islands, Naples is popular with ecotourists. Experience exciting nature tours, go bird watching or explore the Everglades by kayak, canoe, hiking or airboat to see hundreds of animal species, perhaps the endangered leatherback turtle, the elusive Florida panther and the West Indian manatee.
Home to more than 90 championship golf courses and premier golf schools, every skill level can enjoy golfing on Florida’s Paradise Coast. Many famous golf championships, like the PGA Franklin Templeton Shootout and Chubb Classic Championships Tour, are held here, too.
Angling adventures abound on the waters! Whether you’re exploring the backwaters of the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands or deep-sea fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll hook countless game fish species, including bass, tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, permit, cobia, shark, grouper, snapper, pompano, sheepshead, triple tail, mackerel and kingfish.
Walk on the wild side at the Naples Zoo and be sure to visit Naples Botanical Garden, a 170-acre garden paradise. Both are perfect destinations for families. Museums, art galleries, theaters and symphonies, including the premier arts and cultural center, Artis—Naples, also grace this city.
Relax and rejuvenate in world-class beachfront, golf and spa resorts, sophisticated boutique hotels, cozy bed and breakfasts and well-known hotel chains. No matter your budget, you’ll discover stunning places to stay in Naples.
For more information on Naples, neighboring Marco Island and the Everglades, visit paradisecoast.com.
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