Naples has evolved from a sleepy town that rolled up the sidewalks at sunset to an international hotspot that rolls out the red carpet for high society.
This upscale Florida destination on the Gulf coast is home to some of the world’s finest hotels, exquisite boutiques and award-winning cuisine. In fact, it’s been nicknamed the “restaurant capital of Florida” boasting more than 600 eateries which is more, per capita, than anywhere else in the state.
Of course, Naples prime waterfront location makes it an obvious choice for vacationers who enjoy the ambiance of a luxury beach resort.
Shopping is a favorite pastime among visitors to Naples. From upscale designer fashions in the Waterside Shops to art galleries and outdoor cafes at Third Street South, Naples is famous for its unparalleled shopping opportunities.
Third Street South is a premier shopping and dining venue located close to the beach and Naples Fishing Pier. Home to several specialty stores, this historic district has its own concierge who dispenses advice and provides hotel package delivery.
Fifth Avenue South in nearby Old Naples is alive with restaurants, bistros and sidewalk cafes. Specialty shops carry everything from Haitian art and European antiques to century-old jewelry and gourmet goodies.
Tin City on the waterfront is known for its nautical theme, while the Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay are home to exclusive boutiques and two department stores – Jacobson’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Southwest Florida’s first major museum of art opened its doors in late 2000. The Naples Museum of Art houses both a permanent collection and host world-class touring exhibitions, in addition to a founding collection of ancient Chinese art donated by a prominent Naples family.
Places to stay in Naples Florida are incredibly abundant, from the most luxurious beachfront resorts to affordable efficiencies ideal for budget-conscious families. Some of the few to choose from: The Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort, the Edgewater Beach Hotel and the Naples Waldorf, a personal favorite.
Upscale Naples Shopping
If you’re searching for a successful, satisfying shopping experience, Naples is the place to visit. Rock waterfalls and tropical plants complete the exotic look of Waterside Shops located at Pelican Bay. This shopping center is home to both Jacobson’s and Saks Fifth Avenue while offering haute couture fashions in exclusive boutiques such as Max Mara, Mondi and Ralph Lauren. A distinctive jewelry selection and an incredible collection of specialty shops can also be found here.
Be sure to pay a visit to Kirsten’s, an art gallery and fashion locale rolled into one, featuring fascinating African masks and exotic ethnic fashions.
Old Naples’ main street, Fifth Avenue South, is one of the most fashionable addresses in Naples. It offers extraordinary shopping and dining, all embodied in a sophisticated atmosphere. Art galleries and outdoor cafes are also attractions for collectors and connoisseurs alike. As well, Haitian art and European antiques shops decorate this energetic street.
Reflecting Italian ambiance, The Village on Venetian Bay offers upscale shopping with a gorgeous view of the water. Discover jewelry, clothing and fine food in any of the wonderful boutiques, restaurants and cafes in this shopping center on the Bay.