A beautiful beach community, Naples and the neighbouring Marco Island have become known as the ‘finest town in Florida’. Find an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops, pristine beaches and the lush, adventure-filled Everglades right on its doorstep.
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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:
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.
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: