This place isn’t part of the so-called Paradise Coast for nothing. As such, you can expect some of Florida’s finest stretches. Whichever way you head, you’ll stumble upon sand. There’s the city’s long, main beach in the centre, others tucked within state parks, and even more further south on Marco Island.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Naples’ most popular sandy stretch is right in the heart of the city. But it’s not just favoured for its location. The white sands here unravel for 10 miles. And there’s a historic pier, where people gather to fish and watch the sunset.
For secluded sands, you’ll want to point your compass north. That’s where you’ll find Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, which is home to mangroves, creeks and a spotless 300-foot beach. Further north, you’ve got Barefoot Beach Preserve, where the sands are frequented by turtles and eagles rather than sunbathers.
The Coastland Center is one of the most popular shopping malls in Naples. It’s got all the favourite brands in its directory – think Forever 21, Claire’s and H&M. Plus, there’s a food court, where you can fill up in between shopping stints. The open-air Tin City district’s also a great shout for locally made souvenirs.
Most shoppers tread the pavements of 5th Avenue South and Third Street South, where the clothes shops are mixed in with art galleries and restaurants. Further out of town, you’ve got the Naples Outlet Center, where you can snap up designer labels for less.
Designer-label lovers will feel at home at the Waterside Shops. Here, you’ll find luxe names like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue. There’s a similar high-end thread at The Village Shops on Venetian Bay. Like the name suggests, these boutiques boast a scenic bay-view outlook, too.
Downtown Naples is a great spot for a chilled-out evening. You can sip craft beers and cocktails, while tucking in to comfort food at a gastropub, or sip a smooth red at a wine bar. The Mercato mall also puts on free outdoor screenings, so you can watch your favourite films under the stars.
Third Street South and 5th Avenue South aren’t just full of shops. These night owls also double up as popular drinking destinations, with their fair share of pubs, bars and cocktail lounges. Plus, you can look forward to live music and entertainment from Thursday to Sunday.
Due to its position near Florida’s southern tip, lots of Naples’ dishes have a serious Caribbean influence. Conch chowder’s one of those – it’s a spicy soup made with conch, AKA sea snail, veg and tomato paste.
These are Florida’s answer to fried chicken. Alligator’s a lean meat, so it’s low in fat and high in protein. They often come in different flavours, too, like Cajun or Bloody Mary.
Crustacean connoisseurs go mad for Florida’s stone crab. The season runs from October to May, when you’ll see it splashed all over restaurant menus. Be quick, though – they go like hot cakes.
Born in Havana, but popular throughout south-west Florida, Cuban sandwiches are a lunchtime staple. Ham, roasted pork, cheese, pickles and mustard are placed between Cuban bread, then grilled until golden.
Fishermen have been plucking these sweet pink prawns from the Gulf of Mexico for decades. In the Fifties, they were dubbed ‘pink gold’ due to the high demand. They’re either steamed in their shell or lightly battered and fried.
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