Aside from its reputation as a town full of slow-driving retirees, Naples is best known as a quiet beach town with pristine sand and mesmerizing turquoise water. If you’re into fishing, the Naples Pier needs to be on your to-do list. Hours will float by as you wait for that elusive tug on your line.
After a day of beach and bait, The Naples Brewery has a relaxing tasting room to experience some of the best local beer in southwest Florida, from their “Goofy Foot” grapefruit IPA to their Paddy O’ Furniture rye Irish dry stout. (And if you’re traveling with Fido, have no fear, the brewery is pet-friendly.)
No trip to Naples is complete without exploring the old-school treasures of Tin City. In the 1920s, the tin-roofed buildings of this waterfront area were home to clam shelling, oyster processing, and boat construction. Today, the area has all the charm of a historic Florida town with the modern conveniences of attractions like boating day cruises and restaurants.
Where to eat in Naples
Pinchers may be a chain restaurant, but the Tin City location has a peaceful waterfront view, casual vibe, and serves up a seafood dream menu of shrimp, Gulf grouper sandwiches, and jumbo lump crab cakes. Need I say more? If your wallet allows, Fifth Avenue has chic, up-market bars, restaurants, and shopping.
Where to go in Naples
Spot the glistening fins of playful dolphins on a boating trip or cruise. For those wanting to stay on land, splurge on a day of retail therapy at Waterside Shops for some standout shopping.