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Your Guide to Naples, Florida

Explore more, plan less. We’ve got you covered with a list of hand-selected things to do in Naples, FL, from must-see landmarks to local restaurants and shops. Leave the itinerary up to Opal and make the most out of your next Florida vacation. 


High-end shopping and golf courses have given Naples a spot on the radar for Florida vacation seekers, but there’s more to this exquisitely pretty city than credit-card machines and greens. These Opal hand-picked highlights are beloved by locals and visitors alike, so you can see the sea from the Naples Pier, taste an authentic Cuban sandwich, and leave with just the right souvenir.

 

Where to Stay in Naples

The Capri Inn

Newly renovated with a fresh and breezy design, The Capri Inn offers refined style and a truly superb location in the heart of Olde Naples and just a short stroll from all the excitement of downtown Naples. Whether you’re visiting the Paradise Coast for a romantic getaway or a relaxed family trip, you’ll be delighted with this boutique hotel that offers newly renovated accommodations, oversized bathrooms, a private two-bedroom cottage perfect for longer stays, and a tranquil, secluded pool.

955 7th Ave S,
Naples, FL 34102

Edgewater Beach Hotel

With a coveted beachfront setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and more than  100 modern suites, Edgewater Beach Hotel is a charming Naples vacation resort that has defined barefoot elegance for over 30 years. The relaxed ambiance of Florida’s southwest coast can be felt around every corner of the retreat, from thoughtfully appointed suites to the signature cocktails served at the poolside bar. Edgewater’s understated elegance also extends to the indoor and outdoor event space, which offers a distinctive backdrop for intimate meetings and romantic beach weddings.

1901 Gulf Shore Blvd N
Naples, FL 34102

 

Top Naples Landmarks

The Naples Pier

This 1,000-foot walkway, stretching out on the Gulf of Mexico, is the perfect perch for spotting dolphins, fishing, and bird-watching while breathing in the salt air. First built in 1888, it once housed the post office, and was an important thoroughfare as the only way to get to Naples for decades was by boat.  

25 12th Ave S,
Naples, FL 34102

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Hundreds of alligators, otters, red-bellied turtles and white-tailed deer populate the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which is 30 minutes east of Naples. Walk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, and the largest old growth Bald Cypress first in North America along the 2.25-mile boardwalk. 

375 Sanctuary Rd W,
Naples, FL 34120

Third Street South

Filled with chic shops, upscale restaurants, and lush landscaping, Third Street South has been called “The Birthplace of Naples” and also stages a Saturday morning farmers’ market. Even just strolling among the colorful cottages is an event in itself.

 

Most Popular Things to Do in Naples

Shopping on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South

This is the type of place you dress up to go shopping for a dress, thanks to its tony vibe and reputation as one of the most exclusive addresses in the country. Find your finery at Vineyard Vines, pick up a bucket bag at Jean-Pierre Klifa Paris, and treat yourself to a Butterfinger cupcake at Grace & Shelly’s.

Visit the Naples Botanical Gardens

Every inch of this 170-acre piece of paradise seems to be filled with another awe-inspiring sight, from the ornamental plants of the Asian garden to the bromeliads in the LaGripped Orchid Garden. Daily 45-minute tours treat visitors to an inside look at the marvels.

4820 Bayshore Dr,
Naples, FL 34112

Take a Cruise on Naples Princess

Climb aboard this 105-foot, 3 level luxury yacht to experience a sublime way to spend the day on the water in Naples, looking at some of the most magnificent homes and natural sights while enjoying hor d’oeuvres and freshly mixed drinks. Catch some rays on the upstairs deck or enjoy the comfort of the indoor lounges.

550 Port O Call Way,
Naples, FL 34102

 

The Best Restaurants in Naples

Obviously no trip here is complete without eating your way through the signature restaurants of Edgewater Beach Resort, like their coastal dining experience, Coast, but if you decide you want to venture off property and into town for a bite – here are our local favorites.

Mediterrano

Acclaimed for its ambiance as well as its cuisine (hanging planters fill the space with floral decor), Mediterrano brings a Greek, Spanish, Italian and Moroccan twist to the tropics, serving saffron mussels, seafood paella, and ciopinno. Save room for the baklava.

336 13th Ave S,
Naples, FL 34102

Van Van Cuban Cafe

Van van, as this restaurant explains, refers to a quality of perseverance and tenacity to face life—a determination that goes into preparing finely sliced plantain strips, ropa vieja, and crispy Cuban sandwiches. Sangria, fine wines, and other refreshments are served in addition to cafecitos.

2500 Tamiami Trail N #111,
Naples, FL 34103

Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

It’s simply spectacular to take a seat anywhere at this waterfront restaurant with panoramic views from both the downstairs cafe and upper deck. Toast the day’s adventures around Naples and wait for such delights as pan-seared grouper, coconut encrusted Florida shrimp, and miso glazed sea bass. At Sunday brunch, indulge in a crab cake benedict and Grand Marnier french toast.

4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N,
Naples, FL 34103

 

A Local’s Favorites in Naples

Third Street Farmer’s Market

Where else can you find fresh roasted coffee, fresh produce, pastas, seafood, pastries—and dog treats for your four-legged friends? Open every Saturday morning from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m. the Third Street South Farmer’s Market is the best way to kick off the weekend. 

Between Broad Avenue South & 13th Avenue South

Celebration Park

For food-truck fans, Celebration Park is a place to celebrate mobile meals, from crepes to mac & cheese. Thanks to the wide variety of offerings, everyone in your group can find something for their palate before you join up at an outdoor table overlooking the water.

2880 Becca Ave,
Naples, FL 34112

Naples Beach Brewery

“Hop” into this local watering hole for a taste of such creative brews as the Sundowner, Pineapple Express, and even Peanut Butter Cup. There are always more than 20 house-brewed beers on tap, making it well worth the excursion to this restored warehouse. 

4120 Enterprise Ave, STE 116,
Naples, FL 34104

Naples is about as close as you can get to Europe while enjoying a Florida vacation. Spend time at al-fresco eateries in between exploring the world-famous Naples Botanical Garden, and taking a luxurious cruise on the Naples Princess.

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