Not to be confused with the Italian city of the same name, Naples, Florida, has got all the glitz and glamor of Palm Beach and all the natural beauty you’d come to expect with this part of the state. While it’s well known for its world-class shopping, hedonism and fine-dining restaurants, vacationing in Naples doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Indeed, Hotels in Naples come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with something for all tastes and budgets; whether you want simple, rustic accommodation or all the trimmings and amenities offered by one of the luxury Naples hotels.
The only buildings you’ll find along Naples’ coastline are residential. Despite this, most hotels in Naples are a short walk or drive to the nearest beach. Beaches in Naples are swathes of soft, white sand with shores that melt gently into shallow waters, making them perfect for those with children. If you’re wondering where to stay in Naples, you’ll find a good selection offering convenient access to its beaches and local attractions. These beaches range from those brimming with water sports and facilities to the peaceful, quiet and secluded.
Of all the family-friendly beaches, Lowdermilk Park offers the best in amenities. This park has two playgrounds, beach-volleyball areas, showers, picnic spots and even beach wheelchairs for those who need them. White sands are backed by sand-dunes, which offer their own entertainment for children. It’s also close to downtown Naples, which makes it easy to leave the beach and head inland for an afternoon’s shopping.
Offering more than six miles of snow-white sands and aquamarine waters, there’s plenty of space on Naples Municipal Beach and Pier. For those staying in downtown hotels in Naples, the beach is just a short stroll from 3rd Street South. The beach’s pier is a fantastic fishing spot and offers opportunities for couples to take in a sunset or watch the boats as they bob their way into harbor.
While it might not be by the sea, Sugden Regional Park is perfect for those who like to keep active. It’s close to many Naples hotels and easy to access. Set around 60 acres of saltwater lake, the beach is as soft and sandy as any of those along the coast. There are plenty of water sports on offer, too, and you can even learn how to sail. Paddleboats are available for younger visitors who want to take to the water.
While the beaches are the jewels in Naples’ crown, there are plenty of family attractions close by.
For some theme-park-style thrills and spills, hop in your car and make the drive to Busch Gardens. With Fort Myers and Tampa Bay along the way, Busch Gardens is the perfect antithesis to all the peace and serenity offered by Naples. Themed after the wildlife of Africa, it offers rides and slides for visitors of all ages. Older guests will enjoy the speed and fear-factor of the bigger rides, such as the Cobra’s Curse, the Sheikra and the Cheetah Hunt, while youngsters can get to grips with scaled-down rides, such as the Air Grover. The Serengeti Express train is perfect for the whole family, offering the chance to see and interact with a range of exotic animals. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to cool down from the heat of the sun with water-park rides, including the River Congo Rapids and the Stanley Falls log-flume.
If you’re staying in one of the downtown Naples hotels, you’re in the very heart of some of the best retail outlets and restaurants in the state. Fifth Avenue is the place to go, packed with independent stores, big-name fashion houses, ice-cream parlors and oodles of restaurants. In addition, you’ll find art galleries, theaters and museums in abundance.