Naples Florida Vacation Guide

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Planning a day trip, a weekend or a lengthy vacation to Naples Florida? Let us help you with our fact-filled Insider Tips.


Planning a day trip, a weekend or a lengthy vacation to Naples Florida?
Let us help you with our fact-filled Insider Tips. This tropical paradise is located on the gorgeous southwest coast of the state.
Pristine beaches offer miles of natural beauty. Hotels and resorts dot the landscape, each unique with their location and amenities.
The downtown area, although small, has a cosmopolitan flavor complete with great dining choices, art galleries and boutiques, all within walking distance of the Gulf of Mexico. We have enjoyed working, living, and vacationing here for the past forty years.
There are wonderful Insider Secrets that we want to share with you so that you, too, can experience the magic of this beautiful resort location.

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There are wonderful Insider Secrets that we want to share with you so that you, too, can experience the magic of this beautiful resort location.
We will answer all of the following questions and more!
So, welcome to our Naples Florida Insider Tips website.
We will be working diligently on it and invite you to check back frequently for updates and entries. Start planning now for your one-of-a-kind Beach Vacation!

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Restaurants in Naples Florida

There is no shortage of restaurants in Naples Florida, and you will find a wide variety of cuisine choices.

Dining out is a big part of life in Naples. It is typical to see locals rubbing elbows with snowbirds throughout the week during the “Season” which runs from December through April. During the off-season, you can usually walk into your favorite restaurant and immediately get a table, but during the peak months, it is best to call in advance for a reservation. If not, be prepared to wait. You will find everything from sports bars, premium steak houses, family dining, and sushi bars to gourmet dining in Naples. Wonderful eateries are sited throughout the area. Many restaurants are unique to Naples, such as Buzz’s Lighthouse Restaurant on Vanderbilt Road with a lovely water view of the Vanderbilt Lagoon. The Turtle Club is also on Vanderbilt Road and it offers a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. Allow yourself time to stroll along Vanderbilt Beach before or after your meal and take in the charm of the Florida Coast.

Restaurants we like in the Naples Area

  • Agave Southwestern Grill is a new eatery that gets rave reviews.
  • Sam-Bucco Bistro in North Naples offers Mediterranean Cuisine.
  • The Oyster House in Everglades City has fabulous seafood! Don't miss it.
  • HBs on the Gulf is located at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club Resort.

If you are in the mood for something familiar, Naples has an abundance of restaurant chains. You will find casual family restaurants such as Outback Steak House and Red Lobster, as well as fine dining options such as Shula’s Steak House. Additionally, there is an endless supply of fast food restaurants in all areas of the city. There truly is something for everyone!

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Golf Naples Florida

Distinctive courses with extraordinary views can be yours when you golf Naples Florida.

The scenery, weather, and abundant number of courses makes Naples a real hotbed for golf.
There are two ways that most visitors can enjoy golf in Naples. Both resort courses and semi-private courses are open to the public. The large resort hotels offer golf as part of your vacation experience. The Ritz Carlton, LaPlaya, Edgewater Beach and the Naples Grande Beach Resort all offer first class golf near the hotel. The Beach Club Hotel has its course on site. If you are not staying at one of the above, ask your hotel about access to one of the many semi-private courses that are open to the public. These courses are numerous and offer a wonderful golfing experience. Try a different one each day! Naples is host to many world-class private golf courses, but they are private. Unless you know a member, you will not be able to get on. Also, surprisingly, there is not a county or municipal course in Naples.

The weather is near perfect year-round for outdoor activities however, summer afternoons get steamy making it a good idea to schedule your golf game in the early morning or late afternoon.

If you decide to live in Florida and you are a golfer, Naples is the place for you. There are many golf course communities for your consideration. Some require a membership but not all. Either way, a fairway or green-side view from your lanai is a beautiful enhancement to your property.

There is no shortage of places to upgrade or replace your equipment. All the major golf retailers are represented in Naples. Of course your pro shop can supply anything you may need.

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Segway Tours in Naples

Segway Tours are very popular in Naples. One of the most unique and inventive transportation units for individuals is the Segway--and Naples has it. Segway is the leader in personal, green transportation. Its products have transformed the way people work, play, and live. Now you may travel throughout downtown Naples on a Segway. The tour will have an orientation period before you head out to see the many wonderful sites of beautiful Naples on the Gulf. A Segway is easy to use and operate and automatically responds to your body's movement and senses when it should speed up or slow down. It is designed to operate in any location where there are pedestrians. Be prepared to stand on a Segway and have a great time as you roll over the sidewalks of Naples and explore this fantastic area. While on your Segway, you will visit the Third Street Shopping Area in Old Naples and Fifth Avenue South where you will find wonderful boutique shops, theaters, and wonderful restaurants.

Continuing on the tour you will view the Naples Pier, probably Naples’ most famous attraction. Also included in your tour is the popular Cambier Park with its beautiful band shell and Tin City with its many unique shops and restaurants located on the Gordon River. You will also roll your Segway at the City Dock where you will view the Gordon River, see the marina and more unique shops.

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Your Naples tour will be approximately 1-1/2 hours in length. The orientation session in which you will be trained on how to use the Segway will last about 30 minutes. There are some restrictions for riding the Segway. You must: be at least 14 years of age weigh between 100 and 260 pounds not be pregnant be able to stand for 1-1/2 hours wear flat-soled shoes with closed toe. So make your reservation and get ready for a very exciting and enjoyable tour of Naples. 1010 6th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 239-262-1914 1-800-592-0848

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Naples Florida Zoo

Distinctive courses with extraordinary views can be yours when you golf Naples Florida.

The Naples Florida Zoo is open every day of the year excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas and is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm The Zoo is a non-profit charitable establishment and twenty-five cents of every ticket is dedicated to the Naples Zoo Conservation Fund. Tickets range from $19.95 for adults to free for children under two years old and under. There are also special prices for the Military and Seniors. Enjoy special events throughout the day featuring many zoo favorites including Alligators, Black Bears, Snakes, African Lions and Malayan Tigers. Meet the Keeper time gives insight into the life of a zookeeper.

If you visit on a Sunday, be sure to take the tour through special areas of the Caribbean Gardens with a Botanist. Which plants are native to Southwest Florida? Your tour guide will give you all the details. There are many fantastic exhibits which are sure to delight young and old alike. Feast your eyes on the Fosa from Madagascar to African Red River Hogs to leaping Impalas. Don’t forget the Lions and Tigers!

Everyone will enjoy the cruise on a catamaran through the Primate area. It takes about twenty minutes and is included in the price of admission. Gulf Shore Life Magazine awarded the Naples Zoo the prized distinction of “Best Place to Take Kids”. They live up to this award, so don’t miss out. Make this part of your Naples experience.

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