Colourful buildings in Naples, Florida

Things to do in Naples, Florida

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Naples, Florida is a beautiful beach city on the west coast of Florida. This area is called Paradise Coast for very good reason - the beaches are beautiful, with soft, white sands and clean, clear, blue water. There are more shopping, restaurants and beaches than you could ever know what to do with. Visitors always thoroughly enjoy your time in Naples, Florida.

There are numerous things to do in Naples but the main three are shopping, eating, and beach activities.

Naples, Florida, USA town skyline on the water at dusk.

Best time to visit Naples

Before we get into what to do in Naples, let's talk about when you should plan to visit. The best time to visit Naples is in the winter, as the summer can be incredibly hot. Once the fall cools down, Naples is the place to be. Long, sunshine-filled days, basking by the ocean are the absolute best.

Shopping in Naples, Florida

There are three major shopping areas in Naples and plenty of smaller shopping areas. The first is Fifth Avenue South and this is definitely the tourist spot. It is beautiful, and all the shops are along the road. There are plenty of cute, independent shops, but most are very pricey and cater to tourists.

Shopping on 5th Avenue South in Naples, Florida

The second area is the Coastland Center Mall. It's become a little run down over the years and mostly has the big chains. However, if you're visiting when it's warm outside, this is your respite from the heat.

The third major shopping location is Waterside Shops, and this is where all the high-end shops are. Think Saks 5th Avenue, The Apple Store, Hermes, Cartier. The shops are beautiful and the goods inside are too, if you are looking to drop some loot this is the spot.

An aerial view of the coastline in Naples, Florida

Beaches in Naples, Florida

There are many amazing beaches and activities to choose from in the city. Of course, you can start by just spending a day on one of the beautiful beaches. The Pier Beach is a great option, with wash-off stations, a long pier that you can fish from, and a local shop where you can grab snacks.

Another great option is Lowdermilk Park, with plenty of public parking, wash off stations and snacks. The third option is Vanderbilt Beach, which is in a central location in Naples, and also is a gorgeous location for watching the sunset.

Sunset in Naples, Florida

If you are looking for some more excitement, you can rent jet skis, or a boat out on the open water. You could also make your way down to 41 East Trail and take an airboat through the mangroves to see real live alligators.

Where to eat in Naples, Florida

If you enjoy good food, there are so many amazing restaurants that it's hard to go wrong in Naples. If you are looking for very high-end restaurants, you have three options: Sea Salt on Third Street for epic seafood, Sails for American Nuevo on Fifth Avenue, and The Grill Room for high roller steak at the Ritz Carleton Beach.

Eating out on 5th Avenue South in Naples, Florida

If you are looking for more mid-range, you have many options, but I suggest Low Brow Pizza, or True Food Kitchen for clean seasonal food. If you are looking for some lower priced, but still yummy options, try Slicers for delicious subs, Brooks Burgers for inventive burgers, or The Crust for thin crust pizza.

Flowers and wildlife

If you're in the mood for something a little slower paced, the Naples Botanical Gardens is a wonderful way to spend the day. The is 170-acre garden has a huge variety of flowers and water features, and is incredibly gorgeous.

A walkway in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Another great option is the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, where you can take a lovely walk through the mangroves with views of alligators and birds. Just make sure you bring bug spray as the bugs can be crazy in the mangroves.

Naples is a beautiful city with palm tree lined streets, white sandy beaches, and amazingly delicious restaurants. No matter how you spend your time, you are bound to have a wonderful visit. Just be sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray to keep yourself safe and comfortable.

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Rebecca McKellips

Author - Rebecca McKellips

Rebecca McKellips is an avid traveler, finding new experiences and exploring new places. She is working on visiting all 50 United States in the next three years. She also enjoys reading classic novels. She started blogging in 2019 and has been working on documenting her travels ever since.

Last Updated October 8, 2021

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