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Southwest Florida Info - Naples


Naples, a paradise of sun, shore and nature harmoniously blended with the cosmopolitan and cultural center this city has become. Naples, beautiful, uncrowded beaches, luxury accommodations, fine dining, sophisticated entertainment, pristine natural areas. It’s no wonder Naples and Marco Island have developed such lofty reputations.  Despite its metropolitan population and myriad housing developments, Naples remembers its Indian and early pioneering heritage. This diversity combined with its host of attractions, amenities and activities make Naples a great place to live and visit.

Naples has blossomed into an upscale playground, where multimillion-dollar second, third or fourth residences are not uncommon, and where celebrities and business and government leaders retreat to relax in the sunshine and play on golf courses or tennis courts. Downtown Naples, notably Fifth Avenue, is a shopper’s delight of upscale boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.

In the evening, take in a performance at the Naples Dinner Theater or the popular Naples Players at Sugden Community Theater. Or revel in world-class dance, music, or other entertainment at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, home of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Be sure to arrive early to meander through the art galleries at the Phil, but an art lover’s experience in Naples isn’t complete without visits to the von Liebig Art Center and the Naples Museum of Art.

Fascinating history lessons lie beneath the polished exteriors, and standing firm at the edge of the manicured lawns and well-tended golf courses is the daunting wilderness of the Florida Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands. This is the territory of dangerous alligators, of birds with plumes so beautiful they were hunted nearly to extinction. And this is where the Seminole, refusing to surrender to federal forces, retreated to rebuild and exist.

Collier County has three museums that explore the history of the region and its various inhabitants, in Naples, Everglades City, and Immokalee. In addition, the Palm Cottage shows visitors a glimpse of the area’s architectural history.

Experiencing the Everglades gives people a better understanding of what early settlers endured. Not too far from Naples and Marco is Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, which offer views of the unique ecosystem Marjory Stoneman Douglas dubbed “The River of Grass”. A visit to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Briggs Nature Center takes visitors into the wet wildness of the region.

For all Naples’ attractions, the beaches and the Gulf of Mexico will always be the main event. Miles of beautiful, white sand beach stretch along the waterfront, and the town’s central gathering spot is the Naples pier, where people of all interests and walks of life meet, play, fish, and chat. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area north of Naples, Lowdermilk Park, Clam Pass and Vanderbilt County Park and Tigertail Beach County Park on Marco Island are the favorite spots to get outside and enjoy the water and natural beauty of Southwest Florida. Those looking for a slightly different outdoor experience find it by venturing on a shelling charter, and ecotour, or thrilling a trip into the Everglades by airboat.

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Links of Interest (3rd party links will open in a new window):
City of Naples - official website
Naples Area Chamber of Commerce
Philharmonic Center for the Arts - Naples Museum of Art, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra
The von Liebig Art Center 

 

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