Perched on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Naples is well known for its high-end shopping, world-class culture and sophisticated dining. But Naples is also an affordable family destination that appeals to nature lovers and beach aficionados. Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the focal points for Naples shopping in the historic downtown area, with numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops. When it comes time for lunch or drinks and dinner, enjoy your meal with a water view, whether you choose a swank Naples beachfront resort or a funky bayside bar.
A Naples resident since 1987, Andrew grew up on Gulf Shore Boulevard and knows Naples’ waterfront properties intimately. With over $125 million in closed sales since 2008, Andrew’s loyal and exclusive client base along with his first-hand familiarity, brought him to his true calling in luxury coastal real estate.
THINGS TO DO
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants first planted in 1919 with a fascinating history. In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing many of your favorite animals like lions, giraffes, monkeys, pythons, and bears. In addition, you’ll also discover feature exhibits and an array of more rarely seen creatures like the fosas of Madagascar or an Asian deer that barks and eats meat. Combining conservation and recreation, Naples Zoo offers fun for every generation. You’ll also discover a number of ways to get involved in helping animals. The zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is an institutional member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
This popular destination boasts one of the most pristine stretch of beach in the world. Every day, this tropical beach paradise beckons visitors to partake in vast peaceful views of the Gulf of Mexico, and experience the many shorebirds and wildlife that gather here. Visitors arrive to this park to sunbathe, paddle board, kayak, hike, bird-watch, fish, picnic, and search for seashells. There are specific areas designated for anglers to drop their lines in the northern areas of the park for trophy catches. Boaters will also find the launch area into Turkey Bay easily accessible for most vessels, in order to experience the delicate natural estuaries of the Cocohatchee River, leading out to the Gulf of Mexico. Guided tours and interpretive programs occur on a regular basis by experienced rangers and volunteers.
A natural and cultural gem tucked away in Southwest Florida, the Paradise Coast is where the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise water meets white sand, wild islands and downtowns filled with artful treasures, culinary delights and countless other discoveries. Explore Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City, Immokalee and Ave Maria and find your most idyllic Florida vacation.