Hotels in Naples and Marco Island
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Marco Island and Naples are a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Miami and a 1 hour 30-minute drive from Fort Myers.
Escape to the Paradise Coast: Discover Naples and Marco Island
Ah, to be lying on a white sandy beach by the ocean, huh? If you’re Florida dreamin’ like the rest of us, head to the gateway of The Paradise Coast, Naples, and the beautiful Marco Island just a short drive away. Sure, Florida’s got some world-famous attractions, but with a visit to Naples and Marco Island, holidays to this incredible state might just surprise you. Track down beautiful beaches and lagoons, wander nature trails unlike any other on the planet, explore historical old towns; the world may be your oyster, but the southern coast of Florida’s where it’s at.
Holidays to Naples, Florida are a no brainer, and we’ve got some top tips for making the most of this incredible place, whoever you are and however long you’ve got. Here’s a rundown of our must-see attractions, must-do activities and, for all you sunseekers, must-visit beaches.
Of course, no holiday to The Paradise Coast could possibly be complete without a trip to, well, the coast. Finding an incredible stretch of sand to relax on isn’t exactly difficult — with some of the top beaches in the country to be found here — but we want to ensure you find the perfect beach spot for you:
- Luxe lovers and families: relax in your Floridian home-from-home at one of our incredible Marco Island hotels near the untouched sand dunes of Tigertail Beach, one of the most beautiful wild beaches in Florida. Wade across the lagoon and you’ll come across three miles of soft, white sand and a whole host of spectacular wildlife. You might even spot dolphins swimming offshore!
- South Marco Beach is the ideal spot for water sports and paddleboats, with its palm-lined walkway and pristine white sands. South Beach is as good for kids as it is for adults, with perfect swimming conditions and plenty of space to relax and play.
- A holiday in Naples, Florida must include a walk along the beautiful, wildlife-rich boardwalk to Clams Pass Beach, home to 35 acres of mangrove forest. Calm waters, white sands, and, better yet, it remains relatively hidden, despite being just a short distance from our Naples, Florida hotels.
- Situated north of Naples, Bonita Beach is part of the 10 miles of coastal beaches punctuated by banyan trees and giant oaks in the upscale Bonita Springs. It takes its name from the Spanish word for ‘beautiful’, and it’s not hard to see why. Bonita Springs is famous for its shelling, with the best to be found in the early morning.
At the centre of historic Old Naples is Third Street South, close to the Bellasera Suites Resort, is lined with shops and restaurants and great to explore on foot or by trolley tour. Make sure to stop in at Tin City, a shopping district home to over 40 locally-owned, colourful and delightfully eclectic waterfront stores for you to browse. The ultimate souvenir-shopping location. Check out the Naples Depot Museum while you’re touring, too.
In the evening, don’t miss experiencing one of the impressive fire-dancing shows at Quinn’s On The Beach, Marco Island — you’ll be blown away.
Naples, Florida holidays are best enjoyed with some added luxury. If golfing is your thing, you can’t miss teeing off on golfing greens at La Playa Beach, designed by world-renowned architect, Bob Cupp. All golf enthusiasts, ameteur or pro, would love a stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort with two 18-hole championship golf courses.
Less about sports and more about pampering? Zen out in the Naples Grande Beach Resort Spa — the Signature Artisan Massage is to die for.
Explorers and wildlife lovers, be sure to take a boat to the mangrove jungles and nature trails around the labyrinthian Ten Thousand Islands, and spot crocodiles in the Everglades National Park, which spans 1.5 million acres. Taking the 2-hour tandem kayak eco tour of this incredible subtropical area of wetlands is an unforgettable experience; it’s truly one of the most nature-wondrous places on Earth. You’ll find dolphins, manatees, turtles and flamingos, plus so many other amazing animals and birds.
Known as the Amazon of North America, The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a linear swamp forest, around twenty miles long. Take a ranger-guided swamp walk beneath the cypress tree canopy and be wowed by the area’s spectacular flora and fauna. Botany lovers, you’ll see over 50 species of native orchids and bromeliads, and, unusually royal palms share the canopy. Panthers, black bears, minks and terrapins call this beautifully diverse national park their home — take a kayak or canoe tour and see what you can spot!
The 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden and its whimsical Children’s Garden is the perfect places to find a bit of serenity during holidays to Naples, Florida. Kids can play in the water fountains and spot various kinds of butterflies, while the grownups can wander the colourful and diverse subtropical and tropical gardens. With a café to keep you well-fuelled, how better to spend a day?
Any holiday, anywhere, has got to involve some excellent grub, and holidays to Naples, Florida are certainly no exception.
- Sample the deliciously fresh seafood at Bistro 821 on 5th Avenue South. The Wagyu steak is unbelievable, but the paella might just be the star of the show. You should probably try one of everything to decide for yourself.
- The quaintly pint-sized Ej’s Bayfront Café in Naples is a breakfast and brunch hotspot. With breakfast foods served all day, you can enjoy your scrambled eggs with a view of the ocean in the outdoor dining area.
- Fresh, from scratch Italian fare and an impressive wine selection is on offer daily at Sale e Pepe on Marco Island — enjoy from The Terrace at sunset, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
Depending on when you visit, there’s a whole host of exciting events to experience in Naples and Marco Island. Here’s some highlights to add to your diary:
- Every year, June to September, SummerJazz on the Gulf Concert Series comes to Naples. Fun and free, the concert lineup is always impressive.
- If you’re visiting in October, head to Old Naples Waterfront for the annual Stone Crab Festival for a weekend of food, games and live music, all in honour of the Florida stone crab
- November welcomes the annual Old Florida Festival, the perfect event for history boffs and culture lovers alike. Hosted by the Collier County Museum, the festival takes you on a journey back in time to discover over 10,000 years of Naples’ history, with re-enactments, folk music and storytelling, plus plenty of food to keep you going. Kids and adults will all enjoy this fantastic 2-day event.